It’s the question that keeps Rob Liefeld awake at night, as discussed by the Comics Journal message board: How will history remember the Image founders?
” Since many bad comics from the fifties and sixties are seen as charming because of their awkwardness, I think Rob Liefeld and the artists who copied him will also get a cult following. I’m almost positive that there will be altcomix artists channeling Liefeld in a very knowing popart manner.I think there will also be new artists who go against the grain by saying that many of that generation are not as bad as they are made out to be( which I think is true).”
“The Image boys managed to do what the the old 40s and 50s guys did: They managed to get young people (young men) enthusiastic enough about comics that they were inspired not only to collect them, but to create their own. Like the older school, they also managed to inspire other creators to create things that were better than their own.”
“This is probably sacralige, but early Kirby work is also pretty bad. Pages where the last panel read is on the left, bad antomony, etc.. but I think both he and the Image guys were made popular because their work was exciting to look at purely from an juvenile emotional standpoint. Kirby of course, got smart real quick and surpassed his peers to the point where others were learning from him. The Image guys, not so. Most of them are just trying to win back their former glory by doing they used to. Larsen of being the big exception, he’s trying to figure out how to letter and color his own book.”