Marc Silvestri is an American comic book artist, creator and publisher. He currently serves as CEO of both Top Cow Productions and Image Comics. Silvestri was born on March 29, 1958 in Palm Beach, Florida, he first discovered comics through his cousin, who was an avid collector. It was during visits to his cousin's house that Silvestri would become familiar with artists such as Jack Kirby, Bernie Wrightson and John Buscema. Silvestri names Wrightson, Buscema and Frank Frazetta as his biggest influences.