Erik Larsen was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As a child growing up in Bellingham, Washington and Albion, California, he created several comic books featuring versions of a character named "The Dragon", whom he has since described as a Batman-like character who drove a car copied from Speed Racer's Mach Five. The Dragon turned into a superhero using a magic word to trigger his powers like Captain Marvel. He and two friends produced a fanzine called Graphic Fantasy, which featured Savage Dragon.Follow him on Twitter @ErikJLarsen
Larsen's first paid work was for the anthology Megaton, co-creating and illustrating a feature called " Vanguard" with publisher Gary Carlson . A revised version of the Dragon debuted in issue #2 and appeared in the following two issues.