Transformers were not independant. Marvel comics then IDW FTW bitches! But Marvel still owns the rights to their universe of TF.
Hellboy, while popular RIGHT NOW, is not THE most popular independant comic character. Stop doubting my comic book knowledge, fool. I was reading comic books back when you daddy was shootin' your potentional brothers and sisters into the bathroom sink.
Hellboy, unlike Spawn, does not get 2-3x series of figures produced from his books a year, nor does he have an entire company built from his image (like McFarlane), nor does he have a multi-season TV series, blah blah
To be honest, DHP can be argued as NOT being independant, since a majority of their books are licensed product - like Buffy, Angel, Star Wars and movie adapation books. Hellboy has what? 1-2 bi-monthly or quarterly books? And Im sorry none ever rank in the top 25 books as best sellers.
TK's Resident Comic Book God & Raggedy Ann Enthusiast.
Sandy Frank dubs. All others are fail.
Topher: "What's your super power?"
Chase: (opens switch-blade) "A poor upbringing."