Icon Comics
Type Comic publisher
Industry Publishing
Founded 2004 (launched)
Products Comic books
Parent Marvel Comics
Website Official website

Icon Comics is an imprint of Marvel Comics for creator-owned titles, designed to keep select "A-list" creators producing for Marvel rather than seeing them take creator-owned work to other publishers.



It was launched in 2004 with Michael Avon Oeming and Brian Michael Bendis' superhero/detective series Powers, and David Mack's Kabuki moving to the imprint, both from Image Comics. In June 2005 the imprint's third title, J. Michael Straczynski's Dream Police was launched, followed in September by The Book of Lost Souls, also from Straczynski. Criminal by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips is an ongoing crime comic also published by Icon.

Mark Millar has described the deal with Icon in relation to his Kick-Ass series:

The creative team get all the rights and you do all the promotion yourself.

you could end up out of pocket because some of the team get paid upfront under these deals whereas Johnny and I don't take a page rate. But it was a calculated risk as we both have pretty good reps and so anything over, say, 25,000 would basically cover our Marvel page rates.[1]




See also

  • Epic Comics, an earlier Marvel imprint for creator-owned works.


  1. Brady, Matt (January 16, 2008). "Mark Millar, Marketing Machine". Newsarama. Retrieved December 7, 2009. 
  2. Ching, Albert (March 19, 2011). "Bendis and Bagley on Their BRILLIANT Creator-Owned Debut". Newsarama. Retrieved October 11, 2011. "This is a long miniseries so I guess the technical term is maxiseries. But it's really something in between." 
  3. Richards, Dave (March 19, 2011). "C2E2: Bendis & Bagley's "Brilliant" New Creation". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  4. Renaud, Jeffrey (December 4, 2009). ""Nemesis" Asks: What if Batman was The Joker?". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved December 4, 2009. 
  5. Richards, Dave (April 16, 2010). "C2E2: Bendis Turns "Scarlet"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved July 8, 2010. 


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