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Image Co-Founder Erik Larsen Announces Return to Marvel

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Comic book writer/artist and Image Comics co-founder Erik Larsen has announced that he will soon be returning to Marvel Comics for a few short-term projects.

"So -- suddenly I've gotten a few small Marvel gigs," Larsen explained on Twitter. "Nothing ongoing -- just a few small gigs here and there -- mostly short form, writing and drawing."

He continued, "And, again, I should emphasize -- these are small jobs. Three short assignments. 41 total pages."

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Elsewhere in the Twitter thread, Larsen explained that Marvel had reached out to him to offer these jobs, citing the company's desire to do a number of special projects to celebrate its 80th anniversary. Furthermore, he confirmed that all of the main characters in his new Marvel projects are ones that date back 55 years or more.

During his original stint working at Marvel, Larsen was perhaps best known for his work on Amazing Spider-Man. As Todd McFarlane's successor, Larsen penciled the comic regularly from February 1990 to August 1991, during which time he worked on such classic stories as "The Cosmic Spider-Man," "The Return of the Sinister Six" and "The Powerless Spider-Man."

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In 1992, Larsen, along with McFarlane, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino left Marvel to form Image Comics, a publisher that became a dominant industry force by providing a platform for creator-owned work.

Under his personal imprint, Highbrow Entertainment, Larsen began focusing on his series Savage Dragon, which he is still writing and penciling to this day.

Of course, Larsen's upcoming 80th anniversary projects will not mark the first time he has made his way back to the Marvel since co-founding Image. Previously, he returned to the House of Ideas to write for Wolverine in 1999 and he briefly penciled The Defenders in 2001.

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