With Spawn recently overtaking Dave Sim’s 300-issue run on Cerebus (albeit NOT with a single creative force at the helm, which some are pointing out as an important asterisk), I’ve been thinking about the various independent comics of the past twenty-odd years.  Regular listners to the MSP will know of our affection for books like ‘Atomic Robo’, ‘Locke & Key’ and ‘The Sixth Gun’, and I still have fond memories of short-lived ephemera like ‘U.N. Force’ and ‘The Avant Guard’, but modern audiences have an embarassment of riches when it comes to creator-owned comic fun.  The Matthew that discovered comics in the 80s couldn’t imagine things like ‘Savage Dragon’, ‘The Wicked + The Divine’ or the late, lamented Milestone universe even *existing*, leading to today’s owned-and-operated query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is impressed by the long-runs of Spawn and Dragon, but will always pick ‘Astro City’ as my number one, asking: What’s your fave-rave creator-owned or independent comic of them all?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Basically all manga is creator owned, but since that isn’t really a good answer, I’ll choose Hellboy. Atomic Robo is great too.

  2. Usagi Yojimbo is probably my go to answer as I have loved him as a character and Sakai as a creator since my childhood.

    My adult self would say Fatale (and anything else by Brubaker/Philips) is what I keep coming back to read over and over.

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