Turn off the "Sequence" option in the import dialog. In addition, check your preferences for still duration - it's eitehr a fixed value or comp duration, whichever you prefer.
Thanks Mylenium for your reply,
I could not find still preference, but I noticed if I dropped the image in the preview window its automatically spans - but do not know how to do this if I drag this to layer comp its only 1 frame - how could I expand this?
With a still you shouldn't have to do this, but here's a sort of brute force method....
-Enable Time Remapping (Ctrl alt t). Set keyframe to Hold. Delete last keyframe and extend layer.
I could not find still preference....
This is from AE's Online Help:
"To open the Preferences dialog box, choose Edit > Preferences > [category name] (Windows) or After Effects > Preferences > [category name](Mac OS)."
If you look under the Import Preferences, you will find a selection for stills.