Savage Dragon creator Erik Larsen has been in the comics business for over 20 years. He has worked for most of the major publishers and shows no signs of slowing down. He is the creator/writer/artist of Savage Dragon and current Publisher of Image Comics, the company he helped found in 1992.

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Erik Larsen
Comic Book Creator
US citizen with no criminal record
Name Withheld
Public
December 8th, 1962
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Married
Jannie (wife), Christopher (son), Joseph (son)
Image Comics
Oakland, CA
When he was born
6' 3"
210 lbs.
Brown
Blonde
None
Staedtler Mars Lumograph 100 2H pencil, Staedtler Mars Plastic Eraser, Hunt 102 nib and Higgen's Design ink. Uni-ball pen, Pentel Rolling Writer. Home Run Pies.

Origin: As a child growing up in Bellingham, Washington and Albion, California, Erik Larsen created seveal comic books featuring versions of a character named 'Dragon.' He eventually published a fanzine, which led to his doing professional work on a comic book called Megaton for creator Gary Carlson. It was here that he introduced the Dragon, a super powered superhero, to the comic-reading masses.

After a multitude of mailings, showing his work, Erik became aquainted with Jim Shooter, who was, at that point, Marvel's Editor-in-Chief. Erik eventually met Jim at a convention in Chicago and Jim was impressed enough with Erik's work that he consented to co-plot a story with him on the spot. That story was a battle between Marvel Comics characters Hulk & Thor. Although it wasn't actually published until years later, it did impress a variety of Editors enough to get Larsen some more high-profile work in the funnybook field.

Erik jumped around various books in this part of his career. He did an Amazing Spider-Man fill-in story at Marvel, a few issues of DNAgents for Eclipse, and he eventually took over the art chores on DC's Doom Patrol. Soon afterwards, he left DC and moved on to the Punisher for Marvel. Five issues of that book was about as much pain as that poor Minnesota boy could stand. Erik wanted to write and when a Nova serial was given the thumbs up to run in Marvel Comics Presents with Erik as the writer/artist, he gladly left the Punisher. But it was not to be! The powers that be had other plans for Nova and Erik's yarn didn't fit in with the impending New Warriors series. Editor Terry Kavanaugh gave Larsen an Excalibur serial to draw for Marvel Comics Presents while the poor bastard waited for his big break.

When ever-popular artist Todd McFarlane left his artistic duties on Amazing Spider-Man, Larsen was chosen to be his successor. That run was astoundingly well-recieved, and included popular stories like 'The Return of the Sinister Six', 'The Cosmic Spider-Man', and 'The Powerless Spider-Man'. Although he was comfortable with his position as Amazing Spider-Man penciller, he was frustrated drawing other people's stories. Larsen found that his ravenous desire to write had only gotten stronger. He left Amazing Spider-Man, quite pooped.

By this time, the New Warriors was going full tilt and Erik tossed together a proposal for a Nova ongoing series. While he waited for it to get the nod, Todd McFarlane left the new Spider-Man title that he had launched. Erik was called upon once again picked up the torch - and he ran with it. Larsen created a memorable albeit brief run on that title, despite a traumatic event in his personal life - his house burned to the ground, destroying all of his childhood drawings and comic books.

After this period, creator Rob Liefeld invited Larsen to help found a new comic book imprint called 'Image' at Malibu comics, alongside notorious creators Todd McFarlane, Rob Liefeld, Jim Lee, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino. Erik's flagship comic book at Image (which soon left Malibu and became the third lagest comic book publisher in the United States) was an updated version of his childhood creation -- 'The Savage Dragon.' Larsen has been succeeding with his ideas ever since, through his creations Freak Force, Star, SuperPatriot and the Deadly Duo as well as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles which he helped revitalize and bring to Image.

Erik Larsen was Publisher of Image Comics from 2004 - 2008.

BIBLIOGRAPHY
(many covers are clickable)
COMIC BOOKS
TITLE PUBLISHER YEAR WORK
10th Muse #5 Image 2001 Cover
Adventures of Superman #431 D.C. 1987 Penciler
Amazing Spider-Man #287 Marvel 1987 Penciler
Amazing Spider-Man #324 Marvel 1988 Penciler
Amazing Spider-Man #327 Marvel 1989 Penciler
Amazing Spider-Man #329, 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 336, 337, 338, 339, 340, 341, 342, 343, 344, 346, 347, 348, 349, 350 Marvel 1990/1 Penciler
Amazing Spider-Man Annual #25 Marvel 1991 Cover Artist
Amazing Spider-Man #345, 354 Marvel 1991/2 Cover Artist
Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 2, #19, 20, 21 Marvel 2000 Penciler
Aquaman Secret Files #1 D.C. 1998 Writer/Cover Art
Aquaman #50, 51, 52 D.C. 1998 Writer/Cover Art
Aquaman #53-#62 D.C. 1999 Writer
Big Bang Comics v2 #12 Image 1998 -----
DC Secret Origins #13 D.C. 19?? Penciler
Deadly Duo v1 #1-3 Image 1994/5 Creator/Writer
Deadly Duo v2 #1-4 Image 1995 Creator/Editor
Defenders v3 #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Marvel 2000/1 Co-Writer/Cover Artist
Desperate Times #1, 2, 3, 4 Image 1998 Co-Cover Artist
Desperate Times v2. #1 Aargh! 2000 Co-Cover Artist
DNAgents #13,14, 15, 16,17 Eclipse 1986/7 Artist
Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme #4 Marvel 1989 Cover
Doom Patrol #6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 D.C. 1988 Penciler
Doom Patrol #16 D.C. 1988 Cover
Doom Patrol Annual #1 D.C. 1988 Cover
Doom Patrol & Suicide Squad Special D.C. 1988 Penciler
Excalibur: Air Apparent Marvel 1991 Penciler
Fantastic Four: The World's Greatest Comics Magazine #1, 5, 9, 12 Marvel 2001 Co-Writer/Cover Artist
Fantastic Four: The World's Greatest Comics Magazine #2-4,6-8,10,11 Marvel 2001 Co-Writer
Faze One Fazers #4 AC Comics 1986 Penciler
Freak Force v1 #1-4,6-9,11-18 Image 1993/4 Creator/Editor
Freak Force v1 #5, 10 Image 1993/4 Creator/Editor
Freak Force v2 #1-3 Image 1997 Creator/Writer
Giant-Sized Mini-Comics #4 Eclipse 1986 Writer/Artist
Guardians of the Galaxy #19 Marvel 1991 Cover Inker
The Hulk #8 Marvel 1999 Writer
Image #0 Image 1992 Writer/Artist
Image Two-In-One Image 2001 Creator/Writer/Artist (1/2 book)
Image Illustrated Image 1994 Cover
Incredible Hulk #346 Marvel 1988 Penciler
Legion of Superheros #55 D.C. 1988 Penciler
Lobo's Greatest Hits D.C. 1991 Penciler
Mars Attacks Image #2 Image 19?? ----
Marvel Comics Presents #31-38,43 Marvel 1989 Penciler
Marvel Comics Presents #48, 49, 50,82,83,138-142 Marvel 19?? ----
Marvel Super-Heroes v2 #8 Marvel 19?? ----
Megaton #1 Megaton 1985 Creator/Artist
Megaton #2,3,4 Megaton 1985/6 Creator/Writer/Artist
Megaton Explosion Megaton 198? ----
Namor the Sub-Mariner Annual #1 Marvel 1991 Inker
Negative Burn Anthology Image 2005 Writer/Artist Contributor
The New Wave #6 Eclipse 1986 Penciler
Nightveil #5,6 AC Comics 1986 Penciler
Nova v3 #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Marvel 1999 Writer/Cover Artist
Orion #6 D.C. 2000 Back-Up Story Penciler
Outsiders v2 #24,27,28 D.C. 1987/8 Penciler
Peter Parker: Spider-Man v2, #19 Marvel 2000 Cover
Phantom Force #1,2 Genesis 19?? ----
Prism #1 Ajax 1985 Cover
Punisher #21, 22, 23, 24, 25 Marvel 1989 Penciler
Savage Dragon (mini) #1-3 Image 1992/3 Creator/Writer/Artist
Savage Dragon #1-present Image 1993-present Creator/Writer/Artist
Savage Dragon vs Savage Megaton Man Image 1993 Creator/Writer/Artist
Savage Dragon Companion Image 2003 Editor/Cover Artist
Savage Dragon: Red Horizon #1-3 Image 1997 Creator/Editor
Savage Dragon: Sex & Violence #1,2 Image 1997 Creator/Story Assist
Savage Dragon/Destroyer Duck Image 1996 Creator/Editor/Inker
Savage Dragon/TMNT #1 Image 199? Creator/---
Sentinels of Justice #3-5 AC Comics 1985/6 Penciler
Shadowhawk #4 Image 1993 Cover Inks
Spider-Man #15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 Marvel 1991/2 Artist
Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #11 Marvel 1991 Cover
Spider-Woman #10 Marvel 2000 Penciler
Splitting Image #1 Image 1993 Alternate Back Cover
Star #1-4 Image 1995 Creator/Editor
Strange Tales #19 Marvel 1987 Artist
SuperPatriot #1-4 Image 1993 Creator/Scripter
SuperPatriot: Liberty & Justice#1-4 Image 1995 Creator/Editor
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #50 Mirage 1992 Pin-Up
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 Image 1996 Cover Artist/Inker
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2 Image 1996 Cover Artist
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3-23 Image 1996-1999 Cover Inker
Teen Titans #33 D.C. 1987 Penciler
Teen Titans Spotlight #10,15 D.C. 1987 Penciler
Thor #385 Marvel 1987 Penciler
Thor Vol.2 #26,27, 28 Marvel 2001 Penciler
Vanguard #1-6 Image 1993 Co-Creator/Editor
Vanguard: Strange Visitors #1-4 Image 1996 Co-Creator/Editor/Cover Inks
WildC.A.T.s v1, #14 Image 1994 Writer/Artist
Wolverine #133, 148 Marvel 1999/2000 Writer/Cover Artist
Wolverine #134-147, 149 Marvel 1999/2000 Writer
X-51 #12 Marvel 2000 Cover Artist
X-Force #2 Marvel 1991 Inks (3 pages)
X-Force #3 Marvel 1991 Inks (2 pages)
Youngblood #1 Image 1992 Inks (1 page)
POSTER ART
Don't Fuck With God Image 1997
The Marvel Universe Marvel 1991
Savage Dragon & Villains Image 1998
COLLECTIONS/TRADE PAPERBACKS/REPRINTS
TITLE WORK COLLECTED
Mighty Man #1 Back-Up stories from Savage Dragon #109-#118
Megaton ACE Edition Reprints Megaton #3, first appearance of Savage Dragon
Savage Dragon Back-Up Stories Back-Up stories from Savage Dragon #2-5
Savage Dragon: Archives #1-4 Reprints early Dragon work
Savage Dragon: Baptism of Fire TP Savage Dragon Miniseries (#1-#3)
Savage Dragon: A Force To Be Reckoned With TP Savage Dragon #1-#6
Savage Dragon: The Fallen TP Savage Dragon #7-#11
Savage Dragon: Possessed TP Savage Dragon #12-#16
Savage Dragon: Revenge TP Savage Dragon #17-#21
Savage Dragon: Gang War TP Savage Dragon #22-26
Savage Dragon: A Talk With God TP Savage Dragon #27-#33
Savage Dragon: Terminated TP Savage Dragon #34-#40
Savage Dragon: Worlds at War TP Savage Dragon #41-#46
Savage Dragon: End Game TP Savage Dragon #47-#52
Savage Dragon: This Savage World TP Savage Dragon #76-#81
Savage Dragon: Team-Ups TP Vanguard #3,4, Velocity #2, Freak Force #10, Savage Dragon #13, #25 (2nd story), #30
Spider-Man/Wolverine TP Marvel Comics Presents #48-50
The Dragon #1-5 Savage Dragon miniseries in 5 99-cent issues w/extra material
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TP Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1-5

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