WEHT: The indie Class of '97?

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An investigative report by Frank Santoro.

NOTE: Some of the more mainstream names on this list — like the Frank Cho cover — seem to be because SPX was once more of a regional show with local cartoonists from the Baltimore-DC -Virginia area.

Comments

  1. Al™ says:

    This link leads to a blog page with a list of artists. When you click on each of their names, you go to Google search, where you can click through to wiki, etc.

    When I read the words “investigative report”, I had thought that Frank Santoro would be doing the investigating, not me.

  2. Frank Cho was hardly “mainstream” when SPX ’97 came out….that was so long ago that Liberty Meadows was still known as University². According to his credits at ComicBookDB, Cho didn’t start doing mainstream (translation: Marvel) work until 2002, and didn’t have a major mainstream work until 2005′s Shanna the She-Devil.

  3. Liberty Meadows began national syndication on March 30, 1997. I would consider being printed on morning newspapers around the country to be far more “mainstream” than working for Marvel and DC, but I guess some comic book readers may disagree.

  4. Ah, fair enough. I didn’t think the name change happened that early on as the strips in that SPX anthology are labeled University² and not Liberty Meadows, and the Liberty Meadows comic book releases didn’t start until 1999. But still, that SPX was the same year as his syndication started, so I’d still say he was enough of an unknown then that his presence in the SPX anthology made sense at the time.

  5. jacob lyon goddard says:

    wasn’t the indy class of ’97 called “Fort Thunder”?

  6. jacob lyon goddard says:

    i miss old Brubaker :(

    despite all the fond remembrances of Wildstorm, some part of me will always think of them as the publisher who changed Ed Brubaker from a cartoonist i loved to a comic writer i ignored.

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