(From Texas) Certainly looking forward to visiting the Hermes Press booth! Can't wIt to learn more about new Phantom comic book series. Great idea to look back at post WWII Phantom, with early strip characters (Sala perhaps?). This will help distinguish what you will be doing from the misguided Dynamite efforts to put their spin on the character. Also looking forward to learning about two "mystery" titles that are listed on your blog... "The Phantom Sunday Archives" and "The Phantom Archives."
I hope you were able to stop by our booth! We were basically working on mobile so I couldn’t check these messages until we got back from SDCC.
Amazon's moved Phantom Sundays #2 into 2015 in its chronological listing of comics and graphic novels... but surely that's not right since you've received advance copies. When do you estimate it'll finally release?
HI, the book will be available in about 2 1/2 weeks; you’ve seen the advance on the blog it’ll be at the port of NYC shortly, then on to Diamond… Best, Hermes Press
Hermes Press to Publish An All-New Series of Phantom Comic Books Helmed by Writer Peter David and Artist Sal Velluto
The Phantom returns to comic books with Hermes Press! Starting in September, Hermes Press will begin the release of an all-new, six part mini-series featuring the classic Ghost Who Walks, helmed by super-star writer Peter David with artwork by seasoned veteran and Phantom chronicler extraordinaire Sal Velluto.
Hermes Press Publisher Daniel Herman observed that, “When we asked King Features to allow us to build on the mythos of The Phantom we were clear that we wanted to expand the canon of one of comics’ greatest legends by embracing the character and his history, and by building on it. We want to create new stories that Lee Falk would be proud of!”
Herman said that the selection of Peter David was the obvious choice as he is a well known fan of the strip and understands its mythos. David has written extensively for comic books for over twenty-five years, as well as for television and film. He is currently hard at work creating a story arc that fans won’t want to miss.
David pointed out that, “I’ve been a huge Phantom fan for years, and even had the chance to work on him for DC many years ago. I’m thrilled that Daniel approached me about this series and I’m taking the opportunity to produce a story I’ve literally been thinking about for a couple of decades. I’m very much looking forward to seeing Sal’s pencils and putting the book out there for the fans.”
Velluto is also hard at work crafting the art for issue #1. “This will be a classic story that will attract both fans and those who have yet to enjoy the adventures of The Phantom,” he commented.
Issue #1 will be solicited in August Previews and will hit comic shops boasting two covers by Velluto as well as variants by seasoned Phantom artists Alex Saviuk and Graham Nolan. A special poster created by Velluto will also be released at the San Diego Comic-Con to mark the new series.
“For the last five years Hermes Press has published reprints of Lee Falk’s classic comic strip together with our comprehensive reprint series of the Gold Key, King, and Charlton Comics adventures of The Phantom—now we’ll have the opportunity to add to that material with original comic books,” Herman said, adding, “We couldn’t be more excited and we think fans will be too.”
Infected By Art Volume Two Available for Pre-Order from Amazon.com
This ground-breaking collector’s edition features over 300 pieces of art from the world’s best fantasy, Science fiction, and horror artists in a range of various mediums. Each page of this book will feature the name of the artist, the title of the art, the medium in which it was created, and the artist’s website. From fantastic scenes of science fiction to the worlds of fantasy and horror, this book has it all, and will appeal to anyone who appreciates the fantastic arts. Artwork included in IBA Volume Two ranges from traditionally drawn and painted art, to artwork done digitally, as well as sculpture. Each piece of art was hand picked by a select group of judges, including Chris Achilleos (Heavy Metal, Willow), Rowena Morrill (The Fantastic Art of Rowena, Tomorrow and Beyond), Larry Elmore (Runes of Autumn, Sovereign Stone), and Enric Torres-Prat (“Vampirella,” “Tarzan”). With over 70 years of combined experience, each of these artists are uniquely qualified to decide the best of the best in all of the submissions to IBA for Volume Two.
Our comics blogger, Glen Weldon, tees up all 57 of the offerings for this year’s Free Comic Book Day and tells you which ones to try to lay your paws upon.
BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25th CENTURY A.D.(Recommended)
Bold, exciting reprints of Russell Keaton’s 1930s Buck Rogers full-color Sunday strips – which starred Buck’s little brother Buddy. Also features a sample of artist Murphy Anderson’s Buck Rogers strips from the 1940s. Gorgeous stuff.
Scratch is a cat with the power to summon any of his nine lives. Run and Amuk — a boy and his alien-enhanced ancient dog — travel the timestream righting wrongs and fighting giant fire-cows, because comics.
Want to see the next great movie or TV show? You’ll probably find it first in your local comic-book store. And Saturday is the best day for folks to stop by their local shop because it’s Free Comic Book Day.
Try: Scratch9. A cat named Scratch has the ability, thanks to a mad science experiment, to call upon one of his nine lives to help on his various adventures, including a team-up with the president.
Mike Kunkel Covers “Scratch9: Cat of Nine Worlds”
Eisner-nominated, all-ages comic’s new, feature-length adventure continues!
April 24, 2014 - Hermes Press is pleased to announce that Eisner-winning artist Mike Kunkel is the second cover artist on the all-new series “Scratch9: Cat of Nine Worlds”. Kunkel, known for his beloved comic “Herobear & The Kid” has provided a beautiful image of Scratch and his new villain Strick for the issue, which ships in July!
The new series leads directly out of the Free Comic Book Day event. Each issue is written by series creator Rob M. Worley and illustrated by Joshua Buchanan (“Scratch9: Cat Tails”).
“Mike is a hugely inspiring figure in the realm of all-ages comics. His Herobear books are so much fun and so heartfelt at the same time,” said Worley. “It’s great to have him back on Scratch9!”
Kunkel follows the first issue’s cover artist Kevin Eastman in a roster of all-star comic talent. Upcoming cover artists includes Marvel cat variant creator Jenny Parks, “Afterlife of Archie” artist Francesco Francavilla and “Bodie Troll” creator Jay Fosgitt, “American Vampire” artist Rafael Albuquerque, with more to be announced.
“Cat of Nine Worlds” pushes Scratch, a cat with the ability to summon any of his nine lives, further away from Penelope than ever before. Now he’s stranded in the ice age with his first life (the tiger Garogga) and no clue how to return to his best girl.
“Scratch9: Cat of Nine Worlds” #2 is available for pre-order from the May Diamond Previews catalog (ordering code #MAY14 1449). The book ships in July.
As with all Scratch9 products, a portion of the proceeds will go to the S.W.A.H. fund, benefitting animal shelters across the country.
Johnny Hazard and Milton Caniff's Steve Canyon come to Comixology
Steve Canyon: The Complete Series Volume 1 and Johnny Hazard The Complete Newspaper Dailies Volume 1 are coming today to Comixology!
Steve Canyon: The Complete Series Volume 1-Fans of Milton Caniff’s Steve Canyon will have an opportunity to read online the all-original comic book incarnation of one of the most important comic strips ever. The comic book adventures of Milton Caniff’s Steve Canyon, one of the most popular and enduring comic strips from the late 1940s through the 1980s is joining Hermes Press’ line-up of classic comic book reprints. Hermes Press has painstakingly restored the artwork of Milton Caniff, William Overgard, and Ray Bailey so that it looks better than the originals. Fans of Steve Canyon can now read these rarely seen adventures in all their four color glory. Find it on Comixology at http://tinyurl.com/mme6tqb for only $14.99.
Johnny Hazard The Complete Newspaper Dailies Volume 1-Frank Robbins’ masterpiece, one of the all-time greatest action/adventure newspaper comic strips, Johnny Hazard, is back! When Johnny Hazard first saw newsprint it was near the end of the Second World War. The first storyline in the feature finds Johnny escaping from a Japanese prisoner of war camp by stealing an enemy airplane. From there his adventures were packed with never-ending action, Veronica Lake-esque women, and classic bad guys. Now you can see it all from the beginning, complemented by the work of one of the master artists of the comic strip medium, Frank Robbins. Reproduced entirely from original King Features press proofs. Find it on Comixology at http://tinyurl.com/jwhy4g9 for only $14.99.
Scratch9 Issue 1 and Sparrow and Crowe Issue 4 Released to Comixology by Hermes Press
Comics have never looked so good, and Hermes Press is proud to present Scratch9 Cat Tails Issue 1, and Sparrow and Crowe: The Demoniac of Los Angeles Issue 4! Coming today to a computer screen near you, both of these exciting titles have been released to digital comic book seller Comixology!
Scratch9Cat Tails Issue 1 is the story of Scratch, an ordinary house cat who can summon any of his nine lives to help him during his various adventures! There are four stories in this action-packed issue, including “D’Argent in Zee Hard Luck”, “Bektah vs The Thief Of All Tomorrows”, “Garogga in Chasing Home”, and “Greetings from IX Of The Far, Distant Future.” Written by Rob M. Worley and illustrated by a variety of artists. Find the digital version at https://www.comixology.com/Scratch-9-Cat-Tails-1/digital-comic/79157
In this penultimate chapter of Sparrow and Crowe: the exorcism of Amanda Marino! Armed with the Ring of Solomon, Doctor Xander Crowe enters Amanda’s tortured psyche to trap his old nemesis — the demon Adramelech! But: as the final truth is revealed, Sparrow & Crowe discover that nothing is what it seems — and a deal with the devil is only as good as the devil’s word. Find the newest issue at https://www.comixology.com/Sparrow-and-Crowe-4/digital-comic/78842
Many publishers seem to have an endless desire to revamp old pulp heroes and revive caped crusaders who’ve been MIA for years, such as the recent (and uninspired) resurrection of the great Pete Morisi’s superhero title, Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt. Such updates, which often ‘modernize’ the character by making him, look, talk, and act like every other contemporary superhero, are rarely worth the time.
But with this makeover, it looks like Howard Chaykin will energize a stale property by giving Buck Rogers a not-so-modern world-view, one that revisits 1930s America and speaks to 2013 by looking to an era that shares much with our own. Rather than the coded jingoism we expect from traditional pulp fictions, Rogers articulates a ‘workers vs. capitalists’ socialist perspective; because the character first appeared in 1928, Chaykin’s move has an historical rationale.
While I prefer Chaykin’s art in black and white (here it’s colored and printed in the ‘hyper-gloss’ method), I enjoyed reading a book with an unusual take on what many others would’ve approached as a generic space opera: a handsome white guy battles an ugly alien to save a beautiful white woman and the universe. Bypassing such clichéd territory, Chaykin fashions an intergalactic Eugene Debs.