Erik Larsen was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He started drawing seriously at an early age and broke into comics when he published a fanzine called Graphic Fantasy. His first professional work was in 1983 when he drew the comic ‘Megaton’.
Larsen has worked on a variety of characters and books like Amazing Spider-Man and Spider-Man, Punisher. He followed a successful run by another artist, Todd McFarlane, and continued to establish sales records utilizing his own personal style for the Spider-Man character.
Then, in 1992, Larsen left Marvel and joined together with Todd McFarlane, Rob Liefeld, Jim Valentino, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Lee to form Image Comics. For Image, he produced his own comic called ‘The Savage Dragon’– one of the longest-running creator-owned superhero comics series. Larsen also served for several years as the company’s publisher.
In 2004, Larsen replaced Jim Valentino as the publisher of Image Comics, taking responsibility for all comics produced by creators other than the Image partners and their studios. Larsen stepped down as publisher in July 2008 and executive director Eric Stephenson was promoted to the position.
Larsen was nominated for the 2016 Inkwell Awards All-in-One Award, for “Favorite artist known for inking his/ her own pencil work in award year interior, cover-dated, American comic book material.” In 2017, he was again nominated and received the 2017 All-in-One Award for his work on Savage Dragon.