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Original Stormwatch Era (1993-1996)

Stormwatch began during the launch of Image Comics in 1993. It was thus a great success; all of Image Comics’ publications flew off the shelves in that early period when the excitement of a third mainstream American comics publishing company seemed an utopian dream. Image Comics had been founded by a group that included Marvel Comics’s most prominent artists (including Todd McFarlane and Jim Lee), and it was trumpeted as a movement toward creator ownership since each of the Image founders owned the books on which they worked. Marvel Comics had long had as its policy that its characters and not its creators were the genesis of its sales, and so Image Comics felt revolutionary at the time. In retrospect, much of Image Comics’ early years had little quality to recommend it. The fact that the Image founders had came from Marvel and not DC could be felt in their stories, which were even worse at Image, where illustrators frequently wrote or co-wrote as well as illustrated, than they had been at Marvel, which had a tradition going back to Stan Lee’s days in the 1960s for subordinating the story to the artwork. Moreover, as other writers and artists were brought in to work on Image titles, often because the Image founders could not keep to regular schedules but also because the founders launched spin-off titles, Image Comics shifted increasingly towards work-for-hire (ironically, a similar situation to the one that the founders had protested at Marvel Comics). Image Comics became, in effect, a small number of feifdoms, most of which operated as miniature versions of Marvel Comics. The quality of the titles tended to improve as work was farmed out; real writers began working at Image under contract, and the art, while it lacked the astounding popularity of the art of the Image founders, often told stories better (presumably, these new artists tended to subordinate their art to the story more than the stars who had founded the company on their exaggerated artistic styles).

Stormwatch was published by Image Comics but was produced by Jim Lee’s WildStorm Studios, his independent arm of the Image octopus / conglomerate / umbrella. In fact, WildC.A.T.s had been Jim Lee’s flagship book; Stormwatch was the first additional title of his WildStorm Studios. Stormwatch fit the Image pattern. The quality of its early years was not great, and the title was farmed out to various work-for-hire creators.

After Stormwatch #9 had been published, the various studios of Image Comics implimented their collective “Images of Tomorrow” gimmick — for which the various studios produced issues numbered #25 for various titles, jumping forward in numbering by a year or more for many books. As such, Stormwatch #25 was published after #9 and followed by #10. The idea was that the participating titles would move toward the events of their #25 so that #24 would logically flow into #25 and #25 would logically flow into #26, the issue published after #24. The idea was more than a curiosity, however; it was a statement that Image was here to stay — at least for another year or two. With Image’s reputation for lateness, this became a great joke; people speculated how long it would take to reach #25 and how many titles would survive that long. As it turned out, things worked out fine.

Before long, writer Ron Marz (of Green Lantern fame) was brought in, and he continued for a time; he was, essentially, the only notable writer of the early Stormwatch period. Stormwatch #22 participated in the “WildStorm Rising” crossover that ran throughout WildStorm Studios’ titles. #35 and #36 participated in an even bigger WildStorm crossover entitled “Fire from Heaven.” With #37, the then-unknown Warren Ellis took over the writing of the title that he would define and eventually transform into The Authority.

Stormwatch Vol. 1 #1

untitled -- 22 pages

  • written by Brandon Choi and Jim Lee; pencils by Scott Clark; inks by Trevor Scott

first issue; cover by Jim Lee; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; $1.95; cover-dated Mar 1993

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Stormwatch Vol. 1 #2

“Once More unto the Breach” -- 22 pages

  • written by Brandon Choi and Jim Lee; pencils by Scott Clark; inks by Trevor Scott and John Tighe
  • introduces Cannon, Winter, Fahrenheit, and Regent

cover by Jim Lee; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; $1.95; cover-dated May 1993

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Stormwatch Vol. 1 #3

untitled -- 22 pages

  • written by Brandon Choi and Jim Lee; pencils by Scott Clark; inks by Trevor Scott
  • introduces Backlash

cover by Jim Lee; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; $1.95; cover-dated July 1993

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Stormwatch Vol. 1 #0

untitled -- 22 pages

  • written by Brandon Choi and Jim Lee; pencils by Brett Booth and J. Scott Campbell; inks by Joe Chiodo, Wendy Fouts, Alex Garner, and Seth Regla

cover by Scott Clark; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; $2.50; cover-dated Aug 1993

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Stormwatch Vol. 1 #4

untitled -- 22 pages

  • written by Brandon Choi , Jim Lee, and Scott Ruffner; pencils by Brett Booth; inks by Trevor Scott
  • Stormwatch battles Daemonites

cover by Brett Booth; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; $1.95; cover-dated Aug 1993

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Stormwatch Vol. 1 #5

untitled -- 25 pages

  • script by Sean Ruffner; story by Brandon Choi and Jim Lee; pencils by Brett Booth; inks by Trevor Scott

cover by Brett Booth and Trevor Scott; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; $1.95; cover-dated Nov 1993

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Stormwatch Special #1

“Never Give Up” -- 36 pages

  • written by Ron Marz; art by Dwayne Turner

pin-up -- 2 pages

  • art by Dwayne Turner
  • features Battalion, Hellstrike, Fuji, Winter, and Diva

“The Music Lesson” -- 7 pages

  • written by Ron Marz; pencils by Richard Johnson; inks by Kevin Nowlan and Richard Johnson
  • stars Diva and Cannon

first issue; cover by Dwayne Turner; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; $3.50; cover-dated Jan 1994

Stormwatch Sourcebook

only issue; contains bios of Stormwatch members, enemies, and Skywatch; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; cover-dated Jan 1994

Stormwatch Vol. 1 #6

untitled -- 22 pages

  • script by Brandon Choi; story by Brandon Choi and Jim Lee; pencils by Scott Clark; inks by Trevor Scott and Sandra Hope

cover by Scott Clark and Trevor Scott; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; $1.95; cover-dated Jan 1994

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Stormwatch Vol. 1 #7

untitled -- 22 pages

  • written by Brandon Choi and Jim Lee; pencils by Scott Clark; inks by Trevor Scott

cover by Jim Lee; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; $1.95; cover-dated Feb 1994

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Stormwatch Vol. 1 #8

untitled -- 22 pages

  • written by Brandon Choi, Jim Lee, and HK Proger; pencils by Scott Clark and Jim Lee; inks by Trevor Scott

cover by Jim Lee; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; $1.95; cover-dated Mar 1994

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Stormwatch Vol. 1 #9

untitled -- 22 pages

  • written by HK Proger; pencils by Ryan Benjamin; inks by Troy Hubbs, Tom McWeeney, and Frank Percy

cover by Scott Clark; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; $1.95; cover-dated Apr 1994

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Stormwatch Vol. 1 #10

untitled -- 23 pages

  • written by Ron Marz; art by Dwayne Turner
  • features Battalion, Hellstrike, Winter, Diva, and Fuji

cover by Whilce Portacio; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; $1.95; cover-dated June 1994

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Stormwatch Vol. 1 #11

untitled -- 22 pages

  • written by Ron Marz; pencils by Mat Broome; inks by Chuck Gibson, Tom McWeeney, and Trevor Scott

cover by Mat Broome; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; $1.95; cover-dated Aug 1994; published 16 Sept 1998
Stormwatch Vol. 1 #12

untitled -- 22 pages

  • written by Ron Marz; pencils by Mat Broome; inks by Chuck Gibson, Tom McWeeney, and Trevor Scott
  • Stormwatch battles Hellstrike

cover by Mat Broome; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; $1.95; cover-dated Aug 1994
Stormwatch Vol. 1 #13

untitled -- 22 pages

  • written by Ron Marz; pencils by Mat Broome; inks by Trevor Scott

cover by Mat Broome; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; $1.95; cover-dated Sept 1994
Stormwatch Vol. 1 #14

untitled

  • written by Ron Marz; pencils by Mat Broome and Joe Phillips; inks by Jason P. Martin, Trevor Scott, and Karl Story

cover by Joe Phillips; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; $1.95; cover-dated Sept 1994
Stormwatch Vol. 1 #15

untitled

  • written by Ron Marz; pencils by Mat Broome; inks by Chuck Gibson, Sandra Hope-Archer, Jim Lee, Tom McWeeney, and Trevor Scott

cover by Mat Broome; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; $1.95; cover-dated Oct 1994
Stormwatch Vol. 1 #16

untitled

  • written by Ron Marz; pencils by Mat Broome and Trevor Scott; inks by Alex Garner, Sandra Hope-Archer, Tom McWeeney, and Trevor Scott

cover by Mat Broome; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; $1.95; cover-dated Nov 1994
Stormwatch Vol. 1 #17

untitled -- 18 pages

  • written by Ron Marz; pencils by Ryan Benjamin, Mat Broome, and Dan Norton; inks by Trevor Scott, Chuck Gibson, Dennis Cramer, Troy Hubbs, Robert Jones, Tom McWeeney, Edwin Rosell, Hilary Barta, Robert Campanella, Jim Lee, and Sandra Hope
  • features Battalion’s funeral in the 18-page main story

pin-up -- 2 pages

  • pencils by Pop Mhan; inks by Chuck Gibson
  • features Fuji, Diva, Fahrenheit, Hellstrike, and Winter

“Loose Cannon, Part 1″ -- 6 pages

  • written by Ron Marz; pencils by Jeff Rebner; inks by Chuck Gibson

cover by Mat Broome and Trevor Scott; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; $2.50; cover-dated Dec 1994
Stormwatch Vol. 1 #18

untitled

  • written by Ron Marz; pencils by Mat Broome, Salvador Larroca, and Pop Mhan; inks by Hilary Barta, Alex Bialy, Robert Campanella, Chuck Gibson, Peter Gross, Jonathan ‘Jon’ Holdredge, Sandra Hope-Archer, Robert Jones, and Al Vey
  • Argos returns

cover by Mat Broome; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; $2.50; cover-dated Jan 1995
Stormwatch Vol. 1 #19

untitled

  • written by Ron Marz; pencils by Mat Broome; inks by Chuck Gibson, Jonathan ‘Jon’ Holdredge, Troy Hubbs, Robert Jones, Dan Panosian, Josef ‘Joe’ Rubinstein, and Art Thibert
  • Winter leaves

cover by Mat Broome; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; $2.50; cover-dated Feb 1995
Stormwatch Vol. 1 #20

untitled

  • written by Ron Marz; pencils by Mat Broome and Mel Rubi; inks by Chuck Gibson and Robert Jones

cover by Scott Clark; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; $2.50; cover-dated Mar 1995
Stormwatch Vol. 1 #21

untitled

  • written by Ron Marz; pencils by Terry Shoemaker; inks by Randy Elliott and Jon Holdredge
  • Stormwatch battles the WildC.A.T.s

the cover misidentifies the issue’s number as #1; cover by Terry Shoemaker; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; $2.50; cover-dated Apr 1995
Stormwatch Special #2

untitled -- 37 pages

  • written by Ron Marz; pencils by Cully Hamner; inks by Jason Martin, Mike Christian, Saleem Crawford, Richard Friend, John Lowe, Mike Miller, and Jasen Rodriguez
  • Flashpoint hunts one of the mercenaries

“Epilogue” -- 6 pages

  • written by Ron Marz; pencils by Allen Im; inks by Jeff Albrecht
  • serves as a prologue to the Wildstorm Rising crossover (Defile, the villain behind the crossover, appears, and the story concludes with the note “The story continues in Wildstorm Rising!”)

final issue; cover by Cully Hamner; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; $3.50; cover-dated May 1995

Stormwatch Vol. 1 #22

untitled

  • written by Ron Marz; pencils by Renato Arlem; inks by Robert Jones

cover by Barry Windsor-Smith; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; $2.50; cover-dated May 1995
Stormwatch Vol. 1 #23

untitled

  • written by Ron Marz; pencils by Renato Arlem; inks by Robert Jones

cover by Scott Clark; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; $2.50; cover-dated June 1995
Stormwatch Vol. 1 #23.5
a mini-comic (has smaller dimensions); a special promotion available through Wizard magazine; published by Image Comics / WildStorm
Stormwatch Vol. 1 #24

untitled

  • written by Ron Marz; pencils by Renato Arlem and Darryl Banks; inks by Robert Jones and Dan Panosian
  • Stormwatch battles Despot

cover by Scott Clark; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; $2.50; cover-dated July 1995
Stormwatch Vol. 1 #25

untitled -- 32 pages

published out of sequence (between issues #9 and #10) as part of the “Images of Tomorrow” event; cover by Mat Broome; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; $2.50; cover-dated May 1994

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Stormwatch Vol. 1 #26

untitled

  • written by H.K. Proger; pencils by Renato Arlem and Ron Lim; inks by Keith C. Champagne, Rich Faber, Robert Jones, and Dan Panosian

cover by Jason Johnson; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; $2.50; cover-dated Aug 1995
Stormwatch Vol. 1 #27

“And in the end”

  • written by Jeff Mariotte; pencils by Ron Lim; inks by Robert Jones

cover by Ron Lim; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; $2.50; cover-dated Aug 1995
Stormwatch Vol. 1 #28

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  • written by Jeff Mariotte; pencils by Ron Lim; inks by Robert Jones

cover by Ron Lim; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; $2.50; cover-dated Sept 1995
Stormwatch Vol. 1 #29

“Tango Atlantico”

  • written by Barbara Randall Kesel and Jeff Mariotte; pencils by Ron Lim and Mike Miller; inks by Randy Elliott and Robert Jones
  • introduces Prism

cover by Ron Lim; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; $2.50; cover-dated Oct 1995
Stormwatch Vol. 1 #30

untitled

  • written by Barbara Randall Kesel and H.K. Proger; pencils by Renato Arlem; inks by Mike Miller and Brad Vancata

cover by Renato Arlem; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; $2.50; cover-dated Nov 1995
Stormwatch Vol. 1 #31

untitled

  • written by H.K. Proger; pencils by Renato Arlem; inks by Robert Jones

cover by Renato Arlem; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; $2.50; cover-dated Dec 1995
Stormwatch Vol. 1 #32

untitled

  • written by H.K. Proger; pencils by Renato Arlem; inks by Robert Jones and Brad Vancata

cover by Renato Arlem; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; $2.50; cover-dated Jan 1996
Stormwatch Vol. 1 #33

untitled

  • written by H.K. Proger; pencils by Renato Arlem; inks by Robert Jones and Brad Vancata

cover by Renato Arlem; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; $2.50; cover-dated Feb 1996
Stormwatch Vol. 1 #34

untitled

  • written by H.K. Proger; pencils by Renato Arlem; inks by Joe Pimentel

cover by Renato Arlem; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; $2.50; cover-dated Mar 1996
Stormwatch Vol. 1 #35

untitled

  • written by Drew Bittner; pencils by Renato Arlem; inks by Joe Pimentel

participates in the Fire from Heaven crossover (this chapter being part 5); cover by Scott Clark; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; $2.50; cover-dated Apr 1996
Stormwatch Vol. 1 #36

untitled

  • written by Drew Bittner; pencils by Renato Arlem; inks by Joe Pimentel

participates in the Fire from Heaven crossover (this chapter being part 12); cover by Scott Clark; published by Image Comics / WildStorm; $2.50; cover-dated June 1996

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