Where does a billion dollar film franchise begin? Right here, with this obscure black-and-white indie comic:
Created by Lowell Cunningham and Sandy Carruthers, and published by Aircel (by then an imprint of Malibu) in 1990. I’ve actually never read the comic, but I’m sure there’s not a whole lot in it that resembles the mega-successful film adaptation that made it a household name.
Cover art by Max Fellwalker.