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‘Savage Dragon #100’ sells out

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‘Savage Dragon #100’ sells out

ORANGE, CA — 9 September, 2002 — Image Comics announced this afternoon
that Diamond has completely sold out of SAVAGE DRAGON #100. A second
printing, featuring an all-new cover by creator Erik Larsen, was also
announced.

To celebrate the one-hundredth issue and Tenth Anniversary of SAVAGE DRAGON,
Larsen pulled out all the stops for a 100-page super spectacular, featuring
an all-new 22-page lead story and ten additional back-up stories. The lead
story is written, penciled and inked by Larsen, as usual, but the back-up
stories feature inks by a veritable who’s who of artists and inkers: John
Beatty, Chris Eliopoulos, Al Gordon, Jerry Ordway, Mike Royer, Bill
Sienkiewicz, Walter Simonson, Bruce Timm, Tim Townsend, and Bob Wiacek.

Rounding out Larsen’s giant-sized extravaganza are pin-ups by Arthur Adams,
Frank Cho, Carlos Pacheco, Frank Miller, Marc Silvestri and Bruce Timm,
along with new comic strips by Chris Giarrusso (“Savage Bits”), Nick
Derington and Brian Blake (“Savage Tales”) and Chris Eliopoulos (“Desperate
Time”), all of which pay tribute to Larsen’s phenomenal 100-issue run on
SAVAGE DRAGON.

SAVAGE DRAGON #100 sets a new record for the most consecutive issues of a
comic book written and drawn by a single creator. Additionally, Larsen is
the first and only Image founder to write and draw 100 consecutive issues of
the title he launched in 1992 when Image Comics was first formed.

According to Eric Stephenson, Image Comics’ Director of Marketing, interest
in SAVAGE DRAGON has been growing over the past several months, resulting in
increased reorder activity and favorable word-of-mouth about one of Image’s
longest-running series.

“I think a lot of the current buzz is in response to issue #100,” Stephenson
noted, “but a growing number of fans are coming around to the notion that
SAVAGE DRAGON is a real labor of love for Erik. Not many creators stick with
a any title for more than a few issues these days, and Erik’s been hard at
work on SAVAGE DRAGON for ten years now.”

[Savage Dragon #101]

Larsen added: “Naturally, I’m tickled pink that readers have responded so
positively to SAVAGE DRAGON #100. It was literally four full issues worth of
material from me and that was no easy task to pull off. It’s gratifying to
see that all of that effort paid off. It’s a terrific feeling watching the
odemeter roll over. I can’t wait to get at the next couple hundred issues.
It ought to be a hoot.”

In addition to the second printing of SAVAGE DRAGON #100, upcoming SAVAGE
DRAGON releases include SAVAGE DRAGON #101, THE SAVAGE DRAGON COMPANION (the
definitive guide to the first one hundred issues of the series), and the
SAVAGE DRAGON: THIS SAVAGE WORLD hardcover, reprinting SAVAGE DRAGON #75-81.

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