Welcome to the five hundred and sixty-fifth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the first five hundred (I actually haven't been able to update it in a while). This week, which original Image series began life as an X-Men spinoff? Did Kevin Conroy take up smoking to make his Bruce Wayne voice sound old in Batman Beyond? And what was Aquaman's REAL first comic book cover appearance?
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COMIC LEGEND: Cyberforce began life as a spinoff of the X-Men.
One of the great odd little quirks of history is that a good deal of the negotiations for what would eventually become the formation of Image Comics occurred at a Marvel conference. You know, those things where they fly out the various writers of a group of comics to discuss future plans. This 1991 conference was an X-Men related conference. A good chunk of what would become the original Image Comics had already formed at this point, perhaps most notably Rob Liefeld and Todd McFarlane, but it was at this conference that they landed Jim Lee, Marc Silvestri and Whilce Portacio.
However, in another one of life's funny coincidences, Marc Silvestri was ready to propose at that conference an idea that would eventually become his first Image series, Cyberforce.
Only he was going to propose it as an X-Men spin-off!
In a wonderful interview with TJ Dietsch right here at CBR a few years back, Silvestri detailed his mindset at the time and how it all went down:
Fascinating how these things happen.
By the way, that sure does put the whole Cyblade/Psylocke thing into perspective, huh?
Thanks to TJ Dietsch and Marc Silvestri for the info!
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