Tuesday, November 29, 2011

New Tarzan Comics

First we have Dynamite Comics and their new title that comes out next month- Lord of the Jungle.
The original Lord of the Jungle returns! If you thought you knew the story, think again! For the first time in its 100 year history the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs story, Tarzan of The Apes is told UNCENSORED! This series will capture the savagery and action of the original while expanding on it with new elements! The story begins in the late 1800s, John Clayton, Lord of Greystoke, and his wife, the Lady Alice, are left stranded on a remote African coast. They must fend for themselves in this savage world, and the fact that Lady Alice is pregnant doesn't make things any easier!
The violent saga of Greystoke begins in December written by Arvid Nelson and illustrated by Roberto Castro, and featuring covers by Alex Ross, Lucio Parillo, Ryan Sook, and Paul Renaud!
 


And! if that wasn't enough, Dark Horse comics is coming out with more!

Dark Horse Comics has a new imprint that will cover adaptations of pulp stories in graphic novel form. One of the books green-lit is a brand new Tarzan at the Earth's Core!
Martin Powell: Michael HudsonCEO and President of Sequential Pulp Comics, Dark Horse's new imprint, contacted me some years ago to supply the box text for his company's statue of the pulp hero The Spider, which I had been writing in both prose and comics. We found we shared a lot of the same interests and became friends. A year or so later, Michael told me he intended to create a new comics publishing company that would focus on classic pulp fiction adaptations as well as original concepts, and he invited me to write for him. I became involved with a number of Edgar Rice Burroughs graphic novel projects, (Burroughs is my favorite author) and one day I mentioned to Michael that I'd always felt Tarzan at the Earth's Core, with its dinosaurs, gorilla-men, and prehistoric high adventure, had all the elements to be a great hit, either as a graphic novel, or a feature film, or both, and that we should try to obtain the license. Fortunately, Michael had an amiable relationship with not only Dark Horse Comics, but also Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. There was a brief, rather tense time of waiting after he made the pitch, but then one evening he phoned me, voice shaking with excitement, saying we had the official permission to proceed. Obviously, I was--and am--ecstatic! The artist is Tim Burgard, who was born to draw this kind of thing. Tim was the story board artist on last summer's Rise of the Planet of the Apes. He loves Tarzan as much as I do, and has amazing ideas for this. Over the past twenty-five years, I've been lucky enough to write many of my favorite fictional characters, from Sherlock Holmes, to Superman and Batman, but Tarzan tops them all. I can't recall a moment in my life when Tarzan wasn't a part of it. My older brothers must have introduced me to the Tarzan movies and comics when I was very young, but I don't remember that. It seems Tarzan has always been with me. He was at the very top of my list of characters I wanted to write. Dreams do come true. (Now, if I could write a Popeye story, someday...)
more from that interview here.

About Dark Horse' pulp imprint:

SEQUENTIAL PULP COMICS LAUNCH IN SEPTEMBER

08/02/2011 5:00pm

Sequential Pulp Comics, a highly anticipated new graphic-novel line distributed by Dark Horse, will launch in September!
This new line will bring to life works of classic literature, 1950s paperbacks, and other stories. The series comes out of the gates with Victor Hugo’s classic literary work The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a forty-four-page graphic novella that marks Tim Conrad’s first new work in twenty years!
“Michael and I share a love for great stories, no matter where they come from. I grew up with these great works of science fiction, adventure, the supernatural, and crime noir,” said Dark Horse president Mike Richardson. “I can’t wait to see how Michael and his talented teams of artists and writers will breathe new life into them in this exciting new series of graphic novels.”
“We intend to simplify matters by foregoing single-issue comics, at least at first, and going straight to the graphic novel. In doing this we reach all markets including digital at the same time, and I believe the modern comics audience is hungry for complete stories,” said Sequential Pulp president Michael Hudson. “Our goal is to tell great stories and accentuate them with excellent art.” He concluded by saying, “Mike Richardson is a personal mentor and his vision has been one of greatness for Dark Horse for twenty-five years. I like surrounding myself with successful people, and with his help I know this can be a success.”
With titles scheduled into 2013, this new line is sure to please modern comics fans, as well as others who remember these classic works of fiction. Other upcoming titles include Dick Briefer and Mary Shelley’s The Monster of Frankenstein, Harry Whittington’s noir masterpiece A Night for Screaming, and many others. 


Their website has this list of works in progress:


  • MARTIANS GO HOME
  • TIM CONRAD'S HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
  • SWORDS OF VENUS
  • MARTIN POWELL'S HALLOWEEN LEGION
  • CASPAK, THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT
  • NUMBER 13, THE MONSTER MEN
  • THE CAVE GIRL
  • A NIGHT FOR SCREAMING
  • CURSE OF THE WREWOLF OF PARIS
  • THE METAL MONSTER
  • SKYLARK OF SPACE
  • SEVEN FOOTPRINTS TO SATAN
  • KING SOLOMON'S MINES
  • UNDER THE PYRAMIDS


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