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CHRISTINA BLANCH TALKS THE DAMNATION OF CHARLIE WORMWOOD: A DYNAMITE INTERVIEW ON BLEEDING COOL
08/14/14 @ 4:31 pm EST
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Almost a month ago it was announced that the Thrillbent webcomic The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood by Christina Blanch, Chris Carr, Chee and Troy Peteri was being collected byDynamite. Now Byron Brewer caught up with Blanch and asked about the transition from digital to print and how it might change things.

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BYRON BREWER: Christina, how did Damnation of Charlie Wormwood make the jump from Thrillbent to Dynamite?


CHRISTINA BLANCH: It’s all thanks to Nick Barrucci of Dynamite. We were chatting at a con and we started talking about the book and he asked when it was coming out in print. I told him we were printing one issue of it just so I would have something to sign at conventions and he was surprised that I hadn’t taken it somewhere. He and I then talked the next and it all just happened. It was amazing, and Dynamite has been wonderful to work with – we couldn’t ask for anything better.

BB: What is it like producing a book for Thrillbent vs. a more mainstream company like Dynamite? Can you explain the process difference to the reader?

CB: The biggiest thing is that now we know that it will be in print so we well keep that in mind when writing and when Chee is drawing. However, we still want to give readers the digital comic experience on the screen so we aren’t really changing too much. The big difference is in the production – taking the pages or the screens as we call them at Thrillbent and turning them into print pages. Our editor Mark Waid has been great in helping to do that and we are learning as we go. I’m sure we will get better at the transformation every issue.Damnation01-Cov-Francavilla

BB: You and Chris Carr have written the property for Thrillbent. Will you both be on the miniseries, and if so how do you share those responsibilities of collaboration?

CB: Nothing will change. The whole creative team that we have on Charlie is so integral to the book that we don’t want to change things. Our creative process is pretty simple but has changed over time. The first few issues we wrote together, in the same room, working through all of it. As time went by and schedules got busier and busier, it was harder to be in the same workspace. We have worked out an outline for each issue and one of us will write the book, the other will approve it, and then we send it to our editor Mark, ho then send it to our incredible artist Chee.For the uninitiated, tell us the concept of the book.wormwood_issue_01Charlie Wormwood is a teacher in the correctional education system aka prison. He isn’t thrilled about it but job in education are not easy to get. He also happens to have a son who has been in and out of the hospital and they really can’t figure out what is wrong with him. With bills piling up, Charlie is offered help from an unexpected source. This is the story of how far someone will go to help their child and how that journey changes that person. I don’t want to give too much away. People have said it has a Breaking Bad vibe which I have to take their word on because I have internationally stayed away from that show so I don’t subconsciously put in a similar storyline. When the book is done and that makes me sad, it will be nice to have Breaking Bad to watch as a treat.

BB: The book is very dark, from what I understand. How do you keep the emphasis on what sacrifices Charlie is making for his sick son?

CB: I’ve heard the book is dark. Some of our readers send me notes asking why I hate Charlie. I don’t hate him. He does have some bad luck. But, the book is called the Damnation of Charlie Wormwood.
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THE RETURN OF DOCTOR MIRAGE FROM JEN VAN METER AND ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
06/30/15 @ 10:15 pm EST
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Announced from Twitter’s HQ in San Francisco and broadcast on Periscope, Valiant have announced as part of their pre-SDCC Valiant Summit that they will publish The Death-Defying Dr. Mirage: Second Lives series from the returning creative team of Jen Van Meter and Roberto de la Torre from December.
VALIANT LAUNCHES ONE DOLLAR DEBUT FOR EIGHT TITLES
06/30/15 @ 10:12 pm EST
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Announced from Twitter’s HQ in San Francisco and broadcast on Periscope, Valiant have announced as part of their pre-SDCC Valiant Summit that they will republish the first issues of a bunch of their comics for a dollar apiece.

The release:

Valiant is proud to announce an all-new wave of ONE DOLLAR DEBUTS, beginning this November in comic shops everywhere! You’ve seen the reviews… You’ve heard the buzz… Now discover the leading heroes of the largest independent superhero universe in comics with a brand new selection of 8 one-dollar introductions from some of the greatest creative talents in comics today, including Joshua Dysart, Matt Kindt, Jeff Lemire, Clay Mann, Cary Nord, Paolo Rivera, Jen Van Meter, Robert Venditti, and many more!

“Valiant’s number one priority is finding new readers and introducing them to the most acclaimed line-up of superhero titles on the stands today,” said Hunter Gorinson, Director of Marketing, Communications & Digital Media for Valiant Entertainment. “With initiatives including one dollar reprints of our best jumping-on points, line-wide $9.99 volume one trade paperbacks, and generous incentives for retailers on all of Valiant’s new series, we’re creating a new legion of fans one reader a time. Join us now and find out for yourself why Valiant is, pound for pound, putting out the best comic books anywhere in the industry today.”

From BLOODSHOT REBORN #1 to DIVINITY #1 to X-O MANOWAR #1, jump on board here this November and discover why Buzzfeed calls Valiant “a universe full of your new favorite superheroes” with an inspiring line-up of all-new ONE DOLLAR DEBUTS
WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR - AN ONGONG SERIES FROM ROBERT VENDITTI AND RAUL ALLEN
06/30/15 @ 10:07 pm EST
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Announced from Twitter’s HQ in San Francisco and broadcast on Periscope, Valiant have announced as part of their pre-SDCC Valiant Summit that their character The Eternal Warrior is returning with his own ongoing series, Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior fromRobert Venditti and Raul Allen in November and spinning out of The Boom Of Death.

To wit:

Valiant is proud to announce WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of AN ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES from New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (BOOK OF DEATH, X-O MANOWAR) and acclaimed artist Raul Allen (BLOODSHOT REBORN, Hawkeye)! Arriving in stores and online this November, Valiant’s latest ongoing series picks up in the aftermath of this summer’s colossal BOOK OF DEATH event series and will mark the first full-length Valiant series for illustrator Raul Allen, who has joined the publisher as an exclusive artist for the launch of WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR.”From X-O MANOWAR to ARMOR HUNTERS to BOOK OF DEATH, Robert Venditti has played a key role in shaping the course of the Valiant Universe. Now, he’s bringing the same epic inspiration to WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR. You’ve never seen a comic book quite like this. You’ve never seen a story quite like this. It’s risky, it’s ambitious, and it’s awesome,” said Valiant Editor-in Chief Warren Simons.

“Helping us realize that vision is the phenomenally talented Raul Allen, who is quite simply one of the most exciting new voices in comics today,” he added. “Together, Rob and Raul make one hell of a team and WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR is going to be one hell of a series.”

For five millennia, the Eternal Warrior has shaped history at the end of his sword. He’s razed empires, toppled civilizations, and broken armies as an immortal soldier in service to the Earth.

But now, the Eternal Warrior has been torn from the world he once protected and finds himself stranded in a hostile alien landscape unlike any he’s ever faced. Separated from his earthly environs, can history’s deadliest soldier survive a realm far older, far deadlier, and fare more ruinous than anything he’s ever encountered before? Beyond Earth lies eternity…

“I can’t go into too many details without giving away spoilers about how BOOK OF DEATH is going to play out, but what I can say is that in the entire history of Gilad as a character – even going back to the original Valiant continuity – we’ve seen him face countless challenges in all sorts of locations throughout all sorts of eras,” said series writer Robert Venditti. “But I can promise you that what he’s going to face here is something that we’ve never seen him face before. It’s a completely new way of looking at the character and examining what he has to go through in order to be the Eternal Warrior.”

This November, master storytellers Robert Venditti (BOOK OF DEATH, X-O MANOWAR) and Raul Allen (NINJAK) forge a new legend for the Valiant Universe’s immortal master of war with an all-new ongoing series in WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR #1 – featuring covers by David Lafuente(Ultimate Spider-Man), Marcos Martin (Amazing Spider-Man), Cary Nord (X-O MANOWAR), and Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT REBORN)!

AFTER NEARLY 25 YEARS, CARE BEAR COMICS ARE COMING BACK
06/30/15 @ 10:00 pm EST
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Some exciting news came out of the American Library Association’s Annual Conference earlier this week.

Roar Comics and AG Properties debuted a new reading experience for children of the ‘80s (and their kids). An all new series of Care Bears comics!

For the first time in nearly 25 years, the comics will continue, written by Georgia Ball (My Little Pony, Scooby Doo), with illustrations by Melanie Gillman (As the Crow Flies).

The series will start out in a digital comics app with interactive educational content. A print trade paperback will follow in May of 2016.
CONFIRMED: LEAKED "AMAZING SPIDER-MAN" ART REVEALS CREATIVE TEAM, NEW COSTUME
06/30/15 @ 6:54 pm EST
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As Marvel continues to announce the booksthat will comprise the "All-New, All-Different"lineup, which includes recently announced books like "Extraordinary X-Men" and "The Vision," a number of leaks have arrived onlineahead of Marvel's plans to unveil their full slate on Wednesday. The cover for "Amazing Spider-Man" #1, for instance, popped up onBleeding Cool ahead of Marvel's official announcement, revealing both a new costume and familiar creative team for the wall-crawler.

Today, Marvel has officially confirmed to Comic Book Resources that this is indeed the cover for "Amazing Spider-Man's" post-"Secret Wars" return, which will feature Peter Parker in a slightly modified spider-suit. Writer Dan Slott and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli, the creative team prior to the formation of Battleworld, will also be staying onboard the series as the "friendly neighborhood" gets "bigger."

Alex Ross provided the cover for the relaunch, featuring what appears to be a more playboy-esque Peter Parker, a Parker Industries skyscraper and another Spider-suited individual driving what appears to be an updated Spider-Mobile.

This won't be the only ongoing series starring Spider-Man, and Peter Parker won't be the only web-slinger in the line; Brian Bendis and Sara Pichelli will launch "Spider-Man," a new series starring Miles Morales in the title role.

STAN LEE HOSPITALIZED ON SUNDAY, BUT MAKES ANT-MAN PREMIERE
06/30/15 @ 6:29 pm EST
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On Sunday morning, comic book icon Stan Lee was rushed to the hospital, but with a healing factor that would make Wolverine envious he was able to make tonight's premiere of Ant-Man.

Sources for TMZ say the 92-year-old was "taken from his Hollywood Hills home to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center" yesterday. As of now, the reason for the emergency call to 911 isn't clear.

Lee was feeling well enough to be interviewed at the premiere, showing no signs of being under the weather. Actually, he was very upbeat and talkative like he normally is. He even quipped, "The only reason I came was to see my cameo."

See for yourself in the clip here: https://youtu.be/l68ALviHRB0
MARVEL ANNOUNCES 45 ALL-NEW ALL-DIFFERENT SERIES
06/30/15 @ 6:20 pm EST
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Today, comic shop retailers across the globe received the All-New, All-Different Marvel Previews, a magazine revealing most of their post-Secret Wars publishing line that will debut in Oct., and it is full of revelations as to the direction of the Marvel Universe. Here are the titles revealed in the new magazine:

Invincible Iron Man #1
W: Brian Michael Bendis A: David Marquez
“Upgrade.”

A-Force #1
W: G. Willow Wilson CA: Victor Ibanez
“A-Force to be reckoned with…”

All-New All-Different Avengers #1
W: Mark Waid A: Adam Kubert, Mahmud Asrar CA: Alex Ross
“Earth’s mightiest most dedicated heroes.”
Team consists of Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Vision, Ms. Marvel, Miles Morales, and Nova.

Uncanny Avengers #1
W: Gerry Duggan A: Ryan Stegman
“Fighting for Humanity, Inhumanity, Mutants…and Deadpool”
Team consists of Spider-Man, Quicksilver, Brother Voodoo, Steve Rogers, Rogue, either Inferno or the Human Torch, a new female character, and – you guessed it – Deadpool.



New Avengers #1
W: Al Ewing A: Gerardo Sandoval
“Avengers Idea Mechanics. We A.I.M. To Help.”
Team consists of Sunspot, Squirrel Girl, Hawkeye, Songbird, Hulking and Wiccan.

Ultimates #1
W: Al Ewing A: Kenneth Rocafort
“Ultimate problems need Ultimate solutions.”
Team consists of Black Panther, Monica Rambeau, Blue Marvel, Miss America, Captain Marvel, and Galactus(!?)

Doctor Strange #1
W: Jason Aaron A: Chris Bachalo
“Some surgery requires a scalpel – some, an axe.”

Captain Marvel #1
W: Tara Butters & Michele Fazekas A: Kris Anka
“Captain Marvel rises.”

Sam Wilson, Captain America #1
W: Nick Spencer A: Daniel Acuña
“Who do you stand with?”
The cover shows a torn photo of The Falcon and Steve Rogers as Captain America in the background. Rogers and Wilson as Captain America walk in opposite directions in the foreground.

The Totally Awesome Hulk #1
W: Greg Pak A: Frank Cho
“Who is the Hulk?”
The hulks face and left hand are blacked out on the cover.

The Mighty Thor #1
W: Jason Aaron A: Russell Dauterman
“The flash may be weak but the thunder is strong.”

Scarlet Witch #1
W: James Robinson A: Kevin Wada
“Seeing red…”

Ms. Marvel #1
W: G. Willow Wilson A: Takeshi Miyazawa & Adrian Alphona CA: Takeshi Miyazawa
“CRUSHED IT.”

Illuminati #1
W: Josh Williamson A: Shawn CA: Riley Rossmo
“Forever evil.”
The team clearly features the Red Hood. Other members are smaller and silhouetted. Absorbing Man is recognizable by his ball and chain. Other members appear to be Black Ant, Titania, and…Mr. Hyde?

Hawkeye #1
W: Jeff Lemire A: Ramon Perez
“Hawkeye vs. Hawkeye”
Both Hawkeyes appear noticeably aged on this cover. Clint, in particular, is sporing a white beard and several new lines on his face.

Ant-Man #1
W: Nick Spencer A: Ramon Rosanas CA: Mark Brooks
“Once a criminal…?”

The Vision #1
W: Tom King A: Gabriel H. Walta CA: Marcos Martin
“A bold new Vision for the Marvel Universe.”

Contest of Champions #1
W: Al Ewing A: Paco Medina
“When heroes gather…”

Amazing Spider-Man #1
W: Dan Slott A: Giuseppe Camuncoli CA: Alex Ross
“Your friendly neighborhood just got bigger.”
Spidey’s got a tweaked suit with a redesigned symbol and glowing green parts. Also, it looks like the Spider-Mobile may be back.

Carnage #1
W: Gerry Conway A: Mike Perkins CA: Mike Del Mundo
“Descent into madness…”

Spider-Woman #1
W: Dennis Hopeless A: Javier Rodriguez
“Parent by day. Hero by night.”
Jessica Drew is noticeably pregnant on the cover.

Spider-Man #1
W: Brian Michael Bendis A: Sara Pichelli
“Welcome to the Marvel Universe, Miles Morales. Hope you survive the experience!”

Spider-Gwen #1
W: Jason Latour A: Robbi Rodriguez
“The Secret History of Gwen Stacy and Peter Parker!”

Silk #1
W: Robbie Thompson A: Stacey Lee CA: Helen Chen
“The Sinister Silk”
Silk appears to be robbing a bank on the cover.

Spider-Man 2099 #1
W: Peter David A: Will Sliney CA: Francesco Mattina
“Smack to the future.”



Web Warriors #1
W: Mike Costa A: David Bildeon CA: Juian Totino Tedesco
“Defending the Spider-Verse
Cover features several characters from Spider-Verse, including Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Ham, Spider-Man: India, Spider-UK and Spider-Girl (Anya Corazon).

Daredevil #1
W: Charles Soule A: Ron Garney
“The devil’s apprentice”
The cover shows that Daredevil’s apprentice is Gambit.

Guardians of the Galaxy #1
W: Brian Michael Bendis A: Valerio Schiti
“The raccoon’s in charge.”i
The team consists of Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Drax, Venom, The Thing, and a woman in Star-Lord’s costume, most likely Kitty Pryde.

Drax #1
W: CM Punk with Cullen Bunn CA: Ed McGuinness
“Best in the galaxy

Howard the Duck #1 (yes, again.)
W: Chip Zdarsky A: Joe Quinones
“Howard, uh, gets a new hat…”

Nova #1
W: Sean Ryan A: Cory Smith CA: Humberto Ramos
“The family business…”
Cover shows Sam Alexander with an adult Nova, possibly his father.

Star-Lord #1
W: Sam Humphries A: Dave Johnson
“Feels like the first time. Feels like the very first time.”

Venom: Spaceknight #1
W: Robbie Thompson A: Ariel Olivetti

W: Frank Barbiere A: Brent Schoonover
“To fight the monsters of the world…We need the monsters of the night!
Team consists of Dum Dum Duggan, Hit-Monkey, Man-Thing, Werewolf by Night, Manphibian, zombie Jasper Sitwell, and a few others.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1
W: Marc Guggenheim A: Mike Norton
“Keeps your friends close and your enemies closer.”

Uncanny Inhumans #1
W: Charles Soule A: Steve McNiven


“The silence is broken.”
Team consists of Black Bolt, Medusa, Reader, Triton, the Human Torch, and Beast.

Karnak #1
W: Warren Ellis A: Gerardo Zaffino CA: David Aja
“The flaw in all things”

Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #1
W: Marguerite Bennett A: Kim Jacinto & Stephanie Hans CA: Julian Totino Tedesco
“Hel hath a new fury.”

Squadron Supreme #1
W: James Robinson A: Leonard Kirk CA: Alex Ross
“Sole survivors of their own worlds, they’ll do ANYTHING to protect this one.”

Extraordinary X-Men #1
W: Jeff Lemire A: Humberto Ramos
“Still hated. Still feared. Still standing.”
Team consists of Storm, Iceman, Colossus, Magik, Nightcrawler, Jean Grey (still young), and Old Man Logan.

Uncanny X-Men #1
W: Cullen Bunn A: Greg Land
“Bigger threats require more threatening X-Men.”
Team consists of Magneto, Psylocke, Sabretooth, Mystique, and Fatomex.

All-New X-Men
W: Dennis Hopeless A: Mark Bagley
“On a mission to make their own future”
Team consists of Wolverine (X-23) and young Cyclops, Angel, Iceman, and Beast.

Old Man Logan #1
W: Jeff Lemire A: Andrea Sorrentino
“Older. Wiser. Sharper.”

All-New Wolverine #1
W: Tom Taylor A: David Lopez
“Best there is at what she does”

Deadpool #1
W: Gerry Duggan A: Mike Hawthorne CA: Tony Moore
“More Deadpool than you wanted”

So there’s your initial All-New, All-Different Marvel offering. With only 45 titles revealed, there’s sure to be a few more waiting to be announced.
HISTORY IS MADE - YOUR FIRST LOOK AT ARCHIE #1‏
06/30/15 @ 5:54 pm EST
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COMIC SUPERSTARS MARK WAID AND FIONA STAPLES REIMAGINE AN ICON!

Change is coming to Riverdale in this can’t-miss kick-off to Archie’s new ongoing series! Familiar faces return in new and unexpected ways in this must-have #1 issue! As the new school year approaches, you’d think Archie Andrews would be looking forward to classes and fun—but nothing is as it seems in the little town of Riverdale. But is this a one-off or a sign of bigger changes awaiting for America’s favorite teens—and the entire town? Find out in this exciting and remarkable first issue!

Script: Mark Waid
Art: Fiona Staples, Andre Szymanowicz with Jen Vaughn, Jack Morelli
Regular Cover: Fiona Staples
SDCC Exclusive Covers: Fiona Staples
Variant Covers: J. Scott Campbell, Colleen Coover, Tania del Rio, Joe Eisma, Francesco Francavilla, Genevieve F.T., Michael Gaydos, Sanford Greene, Robert Hack & Steve Downer, Dean Haspiel, David Mack, Moritat, Mike Norton, Jerry Ordway & Jose Villarubia, Ramon K. Perez, Ron Salas, Greg Scott & Steve Downer, T. Rex & Andre Szymanowicz, Brittney Williams, Chip Zdarsky
Blank Sketch Cover Also Available
On Sale Date: 7/8
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.
EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #1 STILL HATED. STILL FEARED. STILL STANDING.
06/30/15 @ 5:40 pm EST
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The fate of mutantkind is decided here! Prepare for a new team of X-Men for a new set of threats this fall as the Marvelous Mutants return inEXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #1! Eisner Award-nominated writer Jeff Lemire (All-New Hawkeye, Sweet Tooth) joins chart-topping artist Humberto Ramos (Amazing Spider-Man) for the flagship X-Men title of the post-Secret Wars Marvel Universe!

Eight months have passed. The X-Men are in dire straits. A cataclysmic event that has altered the destinies of both Mutant and Inhuman. Many of the X-Men have gone missing – including their wayward leader Scott Summers. It will take the remaining X-Men to forge mutantkind into something stronger. Something…extraordinary! Now – Storm, Colossus, Magik, Nightcrawler, Iceman, Jean Grey and Old Man Logan will lead mutantkind headfirst into tomorrow.

“The chance to write the flagship X-Men book is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” says Lemire in an upcoming interview with Marvel.com. “It’s both exhilarating and somewhat intimidating. The X-Men have a staggering legacy and an extremely devoted fan base, so this is not an assignment I am taking lightly. I’ve poured everything I have into making this book something special. I don’t want to write just another X-Men run. I want the work Humberto and I do to stand up with the truly great X-Men runs. ”

Welcome to the new Marvel Universe, X-Men – hope you survive the experience! It all starts this fall as Lemire and Ramos bring you EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #1!

EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #1Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art & Cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS
Coming Fall 2015!

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DYNAMITE PROUDLY ANNOUNCES SEPTEMBER 2015 RELEASE OF THE ART OF JOSE GONZALEZ, A CAREER RETROSPECTIVE OF THE PREMIER VAMPIRELLA ARTIST
06/30/15 @ 5:33 pm EST
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Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that acclaimed artist Jose "Pepe" Gonzalez will be the subject of a career retrospective in the upcoming September release of The Art of Jose Gonzalez, a 250-page hardcover collection of his illustrations from fantasy and horror comic books, commercial advertising, personal commissions, and more. Narrated by author, artist, and historian David Roach (The Warren Companion), the massive tome also features an introduction by fan-favorite painter Joe Jusko.

Writer David Roach says, "Jose Gonzalez is widely regarded as the definitive Vampirellaartist, and his run on the strip from 1971 to 1983 is, for many fans, one of the high points in the character's long and illustrious history. He is justly famed for his exquisite and provocative drawings of beautiful women, including not just Vampirella, but the glamorous movie stars of Hollywood's Golden Age, particularly Marilyn Monroe. Gonzalez was far more than just a comic book artist; he was an inspired and prodigiously gifted illustrator whose work was printed around the world, although very little has been seen by his fans up until now. The Art of Jose Gonzalez is the culmination of more than 30 years collecting on my part, and I have scoured the world for rare book covers, illustrations, and unpublished artwork to compile what I hope will be seen as a comprehensive tribute to a great but enigmatic artist, much of whose life and art has been hidden until now."

For nearly two decades, Jose Gonzalez was hailed as the premier Vampirella artist, drawing the fiery vixen for Warren Publishing in the Seventies and Eighties. Renowned for bringing to life the most beautiful women the art world has ever seen, Gonzalez's career spans from drawing British romance comics to movie stars, book covers to commercial advertising. For the first time ever, author David Roach covers Gonzalez's entire career, transcending his vast body of Vampirella work to explore the full breadth of the master's creations.

"The book features artwork from all periods of Jose Gonzalez' life and career, from his prodigious childhood drawings to the private commissions of his later years with artwork sourced from some of the world's leading collections," says Roach. "His work on Vampirellais celebrated by chapters covering his legendary Frontis drawings and the best of his private commissions, most taken from the original artwork. It will also include three of his finest Vampi strips: 'Return Trip' and 'Spawn of the Star Beast' (both printed from the original art), along with the legendary lost Vampirella strip, 'The Wrathmore Curse', never-before-printed in America. But before finding acclaim in the United States, Gonzalez had spent the previous decade as one of the leading romance artists in Britain and the book collects together the very finest pages from this little-known and hard-to-find period. Later on, the artist turned towards illustration, creating a series of astonishing movie star portraits, book covers and personal drawings for his native Spain and across Europe. These illustrations -- much of them featuring his trademarked beautiful women -- reveal him to be among the very finest illustrators of his generation, ranking him alongside such American greats as Robert McGinnis, Gil Elvgren, and Coby Whitmore... and will come as a revelation to even his most devoted fans. The final chapter is a lengthy gallery section featuring the unpublished artwork I was lucky enough to find from private collections across Europe and America; it includes many of the best commissions he drew for collectors and the cream of his astonishing fine art drawings taken from his three solo exhibitions.

"I have been a Gonzalez obsessive for almost 40 years and had built up what I thought was a truly comprehensive collection of his work, but the process of compiling the book has been a revelation to me, and I feel will be for his fans, as well. I simply had no idea of the sheer breadth and quality of his artwork and hopefully the book will spark a major reassessment of the artist's work. While compiling the visual elements of the project, I have also spoken to many of his friends and colleagues from the Golden Age of Spanish comics and the legendary Warren magazines, resulting in a comprehensive biography of a truly extraordinary man. Gonzalez was almost universally regarded by his peers as a genius, seemingly able to draw with any materials he picked up and with the ability to create incredibly realistic portraits entirely from memory. He was also a talented performer, singer, and lover of nightlife with scant regard for convention… or deadlines! In life and art, Jose Gonzalez was truly unique. As a fan, as well as a comic book artist myself, I have been determined to put together a fitting tribute to a great talent and in many ways the book is the culmination of a lifelong obsession which I hope will thrill long-time Vampirella fans along with lovers of great drawing and pin-up art."

The Art of Jose Gonzalez will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' July Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, corresponding to items shipping in September 2015. Comic book fans and art aficionados are encouraged to reserve copies of The Art of Jose Gonzalez with their local comic book retailers, bookstores, or online retailers.

 
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Updated: 06/30/15 @ 10:15 pm

1. THE RETURN OF DOCTOR MIRAGE FROM JEN VAN METER AND ROBERTO DE LA TORRE

2. VALIANT LAUNCHES ONE DOLLAR DEBUT FOR EIGHT TITLES

3. WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR - AN ONGONG SERIES FROM ROBERT VENDITTI AND RAUL ALLEN

4. AFTER NEARLY 25 YEARS, CARE BEAR COMICS ARE COMING BACK

5. CONFIRMED: LEAKED "AMAZING SPIDER-MAN" ART REVEALS CREATIVE TEAM, NEW COSTUME

 

Latest News
Updated: 06/30/15 @ 10:15 pm

1. THE RETURN OF DOCTOR MIRAGE FROM JEN VAN METER AND ROBERTO DE LA TORRE

2. VALIANT LAUNCHES ONE DOLLAR DEBUT FOR EIGHT TITLES

3. WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR - AN ONGONG SERIES FROM ROBERT VENDITTI AND RAUL ALLEN

4. AFTER NEARLY 25 YEARS, CARE BEAR COMICS ARE COMING BACK

5. CONFIRMED: LEAKED "AMAZING SPIDER-MAN" ART REVEALS CREATIVE TEAM, NEW COSTUME



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