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The Art of Marc Silvestri

For a long time in the world of comic books, DC Comics and Marvel reigned supreme with little competition other than with each other to challenge their rule. While the two companies undisputedly remain titans of the industry, the world of comics has grown and become more nuanced with the rise of alternative monetization models, allowing for a revolutionary diversity of talent and voices within the community. Marc Silvestri was a part of the key turning point that has led to this bounty of choice within the comic book industry.
Marc Silvestri is an American comic book artist who has worked for both DC and Marvel. In 1992, fed up with the insider politics at both companies, Silvestri and six other major artists banded together in hopes of finding a different way of publishing comics. This simple idea would go on to form the core tenants of the major comic book publishing company Image Comics. He is now the CEO of his own comic book publishing company Top Cow Productions, which is partnered with Image. He is best known for his work with Cyberforce, Witchblade, and The Darkness at Image and Uncanny X-Men and Wolverine with Marvel. Much of his work have seen adaptations in tv, manga, anime, novels and video games.
This art book focuses mostly on his work with Image comics, but you will see selected covers from other companies and even a few commissions. Its a great addition for art enthusiasts, comic geeks, and will look awesome on your coffee table.
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Cyberforce is a comic that focuses on the exploits of a superhero team comprised of mutants that were captured, experimented on, and enhanced through cybernetics by the evil corporation known as Cyberdata. It was one of Top Cow’s first series.
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Witchblade follows the story of New York City homicide detective Sara Pezzini who becomes the wielder of the Witchblade, a powerful sentient gauntlet that gives Sara magical abilities. She often battles paranormal foes and is heavily tied to Silvestri’s The Darkness.
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The Darkness is a spirit of chaos that possesses the former mafia hitman Jackie Estacado, giving him demigod-like power and access to a dimension of shadows inhabited by a race of demons known as Darklings who are subservient to The Darkness.

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Ah, that’s interesting. I didn’t know how Image Comics came about. I just knew they were one of the few providers of comics that I almost always liked.

khurtack
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The biggest reason for Silversit, McFadden etc, to create Image was creators’ rights. Unlike Marvel and DC, Image always allows the creators to retain the rights to their work. DC in particular has screwed over the original creators of Superman and up until recently Bill Finger.

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Right. It was revolutionary because creators could maintain their own brand/characters by publishing through Image. There have been tons of original creators who’ve been screwed over through the years.