Space Goat’s Evil Dead 2 titles have successfully struck a horror nerve, according to Space Goat CEO Shon Bury. The company’s first “Revenge Of” one-shot, Evil Dead 2: Revenge Of Hitler by Ian Edginton, Larry Watts, and Chris Summers is sold out from the publisher and going back for a second printing. “Diamond asked us to do it,” Bury said. “And we agreed. There’s a strong market for people who want to see Ash beat up Adolf for a full 20 pages.”
The second printing will feature a different color logo and color treatment for the art. “It will be easily distinguishable as a second printing,” Bury added.
Spurred by the strong initial orders and reorder activity on their initial title, Space Goat is expanding their “Revenge Of” titles pitting Ash against other classic horrors. The company has signed critically-acclaimed writers Scott Peterson, Ian Edginton, Georgia Ball, and Ty Templeton to handle the new Evil Dead 2 one-shots.
And they’re bringing with them tales of Martians, Vampires, Jack the Ripper, and Krampus for their 2016 titles.
According to Space Goat Publisher, Dave Olbrich, the company’s Revenge Of titles are “meant to have a little fun with an already fun property.” Olbrich added that Space Goat had a lot of success with the first Revenge title, Evil Dead 2: Revenge of Hitler, “and we were encouraged to expand on the success of that book.”
Veteran DC writer and editor Scott Peterson (Batman: Gotham Adventures, Batgirl) will tackle Evil Dead 2: Revenge of Dracula this July. “Ash and Dracula have to team-up to fight an even greater evil,” Peterson said, “But should you really bring a vampire to a demon fight?” The one-shot will be illustrated by Yvel Guichet and Horacio Domingues. A variant cover by legendary Batman artist Kelley Jones will be offered as well.
Georgia Ball, who’s currently writing two graphic novels for Scholastic, will script Evil Dead 2: Revenge of Jack The Ripper. “Ripper is the quintessential bad guy,” she said. “He’s one of the original unsolved mysteries. That makes him a natural to go up against Ash and the Deadites with the Kandarian dagger as his weapon of choice.”
Ty Templeton (Batman ’66, Batman Adventures, Spider-Man) will revive H.G. Wells’ classic Martians from The War of the Worlds. “Deadites are reanimating the preserved bodies of the original Martians,” Templeton said. “The Earth is looking at a second War of the Worlds, unless Ash can stop them, and it won’t be with the old cold-and-flu virus this time.”
According to ED2 editor Dave Land, it’s not the first time Templeton’s tackled the ED2U. “Ty did a round of EC-style variant covers for Space Goat’s Evil Dead 2: Cradle of the Damned series earlier this year. Ty’s involvement really put that book over the top.”
Rounding out the first quintet of Revenge titles is Ian Edginton’s ode to holiday joy, Evil Dead 2: Revenge of Krampus. “Ian wrote Evil Dead 2: Revenge Of Hitler for us and that turned out very well. Then he pitched me on Krampus and I couldn’t resist.” Land added that Krampus may be new to U.S. readers but he’s been creeping up on Christmas for a long time. “With the holiday season coming up it makes perfect sense to let Krampus meet our pal Ash and see if we can’t generate some new winter excitement!”
The second printing of Evil Dead 2: Revenge of Hitler by Edginton, Larry Watts, and Chris Summers will ship in May. Evil Dead 2: Revenge of Dracula will ship in July. Shipping dates and artists for the other Revenge Of titles will be announced shortly.
Be on the lookout for these titles this Summer and Fall!
- May – Revenge of Hitler REPRINT
- Jul – Revenge of Dracula by Scott Person
- Spt – Revenge of the Martians by Ty Templeton
- Oct – Revenge of Jack the Ripper by Georgia Ball
- Nov – Revenge of Krampus by Ian Edginton
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Established in 2006 by comic-book veteran Shon C. Bury, Space Goat Productions, Inc., is the comic book industry’s premier talent management and production company, specializing in Custom Comics, Commercial Art, and Concept Design. Space Goat Publishing is a division of Space Goat Productions focused on bringing entertaining comics to readers all over the globe. Visit spacegoatpublishing.com for more details