Pictured at left is the cover image by comics artist John Cassady of the "variant" cover edition of the upcoming BELA LUGOSI'S TALES FROM THE GRAVE from MONSTERVERSE ENTERTAINMENT. Now, a firm release date has been set as October 21, 2010. Cute -- just around Halloween! Advance orders can be made in this month's (August) Diamond Previews comics catalogue. Below is the most recent news release explaining more.
(HURST, TEXAS) MONSTERVERSE ENTERTAINMENT reveals the JOHN CASSADAY variant cover for its upcoming BELA LUGOSI'S TALES FROM THE GRAVE horror anthology comic book series. One copy of the special Cassday cover edition will be included with every five copies ordered by retailers. The standard cover features a striking portrait of Bela Lugosi by legendary monster painter Basil Gogos.
John Cassaday is one of the most popular comic book artists in the world and was the illustrator of DC Comics' acclaimed PLANETARY series and Marvel Comics' hugely successful ASTONISHING X-MEN for which he received the Eisner Award for best penciler. He has recently brought his story-telling talents to the film medium, having directed an episode of the noted science fiction/action series, DOLLHOUSE. Joss Whedon (Cassaday's X-MEN collaborator) created DOLLHOUSE along with BUFFY, THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and FIREFLY and is both writing and directing THE AVENGERS for Marvel Studios and Disney.
BELA LUGOSI'S TALES FROM THE GRAVE will be in comic shops during the coming Halloween season. The comic will be a double-sized 48-page color quarterly for $4.99. The first issue contains stories and art by such notables as Kerry Gammill, (SPIDER-MAN and SUPERMAN) James Farr (whose XOMBIE online animated and comic book series is being brought to theater screens by Dreamworks in a live-action production by top writer/producers Orchi and Kurtzman), Chris Moreno (WORLD WAR HULK), John Cassaday, Rob Brown (named last year's horror artist of the year in an online vote), Derek MacCaw, Rafael Navarro (creator of the Xeric Award winning series SONAMBULO), Martin Powell and Eisner Award- winning artist Terry Beatty (THE BATMAN STRIKES), Brian Denham (IRON MAN, ANGEL) and Bruce Timm (designer for Warner Bros animated BATMAN series) and more. The book also features an article by leading Lugosi researcher and author Gary D. Rhodes.
Upcoming issues will feature work by some top names in movies and comic books. Directors John Landis and Joe Dante, make-up genius Rick Baker and others are bringing their talent for horror from movies illustrated page for the first time. Other contributors will include Steve Niles, Benton Jew, Neil Vokes, Jack Herman, Mike Hoffman, Brian Denham, Hank Mayo, James Groman, and Joe and John Lansdale.
The Diamond Item # Code is: AUG101080 with the title, BELA LUGOSI'S TALES FROM THE GRAVE. This information is for fans to inform their comic book shops exactly what to order.
The MONSTERVERSE editorial staff will be in attendance at the international SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2010. Publisher/editor Kerry Gammill will be signing at the Vanguard Productions Booth 1709 at times to be announced. You can receive TWITTER updates at Comic-Con from MONSTERVERSE at: http://www.twitter.com/monsterverse for the latest convention news and information.
October will feature many launch events for the Lugosi comic book including a MONSTERVERSE/LUGOSI NIGHT at the American Cinematheque in Hollywood at the Egyptian Theater. Details coming soon.
MONSTERVERSE ENTERTAINMENT is a transmedia company headed by its publisher and editor, the comic book and film design artist, Kerry Gammill. Keith Wilson, formerly of DC Comics, is a co-editor and writer/artist. Producer/writer Sam F. Park is the West coast editor and a writer/artist.