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Moonstone Books Kickstarts a Kolchak: The Night Stalker 50th Anniversary Graphic Novel

On Tuesday, January 11, 1972, Kolchak: The Night Stalker terrified and delighted audiences on ABC. The TV movie — written by horror legend Richard Matheson and based on an unpublished novel by Jeff Rice — was the highest-rated TV movie in U.S. history. It subsequently spawned both a second TV movie, The Night Stalker, and a cult TV series that ran for just one season, but inspired a generation of storytellers, notably including X-Files creator Chris Carter. 

Moonstone Books is celebrating this pop culture milestone with a Kickstarter campaign for Kolchak: The Night Stalker 50th Anniversary Graphic Novel, edited by James Aquilone. This all-new, 100+ page, full-color graphic novel will feature 10 startling stories chronicling the life of monster-hunting reporter Carl Kolchak. The stories are written by such master storytellers as David Avallone, Rodney Barnes, James Chambers, Nancy Collins, Peter David, Kim Newman, Jonathan Maberry, Richard Christian Matheson, Tim Waggoner, and Aquilone, and illustrated by such amazing artists as Jonathan Marks Barravecchia, Marco Finnegan, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Paul McCaffrey, Clara Meath, Julius Ohta, Tom Rogers, J.K. Woodward, and Colton Worley. It features covers by Colton Worley, Jerry Ordway and J.K. Woodward as well as lettering by Thomas Napolitano, coloring by Zac Atkinson, and text design by Shawn T. King.

Kolchak: The Night Stalker 50th Anniversary Graphic Novel also includes an introduction by Richard Christian Matheson, the bestselling horror author/screenwriter/producer and son of The Night Strangler writer Richard Matheson, an essay on the 50th anniversary by Mark Dawidziak, the author of The Nightstalker Companion, and a retrospective of Moonstone Book’s Kolchak publication history by publisher Joe Gentile.

The Kolchak: The Night Stalker 50th Anniversary Graphic Novel Anthology will be available in limited-edition softcover and hardcover editions, both with variant covers. In addition Moonstone Books is creating a special 40-page standalone comic for the Kickstarter, featuring the story “Satanic Panic ’88,” written by James Aquilone and illustrated by Colton Worley, and featuring a cover by Dan Brereton.

Preview: Justice Inc: The Avenger – Faces Of Justice #4

Justice Inc: The Avenger – Faces Of Justice #4

writers: Kyle Higgins, Joe Gentile
artist: Alexandre Shibao
cover: Tom Mandrake
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

The thrilling series conclusion! The secrets of the Avenger’s past are at last revealed – as is the conspiracy against his good name. And since villains from Benson’s past have come calling – Justice Inc. is ready to give them a strong right cross as an answer!

Preview: Justice, Inc. The Avenger: Faces Of Justice #2

Justice, Inc. The Avenger: Faces Of Justice #2

writers: Kyle Higgins, Joe Gentile
artist: Alexandre Shibao
covers: Tom Mandrake (A), Tom Mandrake (RI-B/W)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

The mystery only deepens! Who really could have killed the scientist Doctor Sprechen? It’s not looking good for the man who calls himself the Avenger!

In the aftermath of a clash with some suspicious thugs, Team Avenger races the clock to follow up on a clue that might help exonerate their leader – and Benson finds himself contending with serious opponents in the diligent men and women of the nation’s Federal Bureau of Investigation!

Preview: Justice, Inc. The Avenger: Faces Of Justice #1

Justice, Inc. The Avenger: Faces Of Justice #1

writers: Kyle Higgins, Joe Gentile
artist: Alexandre Shibao
covers: Tom Mandrake (a), Alexandre Shibao (b)
incentive covers: Tom Mandrake (B/W art), Alexandre Shibao (B/W art)
Order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

No man is above the law! When the FBI discovers evidence that incriminates Richard Benson in a brutal murder, the Avenger finds himself arrested and subjected to an intense investigation by the Bureau’s best agents! Now the Justice, Inc. team must spring into action to save their leader, and discover if there’s a sinister plot at play… or could the Avenger actually be guilty of such a heinous crime?

Higgins and Gentile Sign on for Justice, Inc.: The Avenger

Dynamite Entertainment has announced that Justice, Inc.: The Avenger is set to return in a brand-new four-issue miniseries, Faces of Justice, courtesy of co-writers Kyle Higgins and Joe Gentile, and artist Alexandre Shibao. With the debut issue set for release in July, Justice Inc.: The Avenger – Faces of Justice will serve-up a scorching good read for fans to add to their summer reading list.

When the FBI discovers evidence that incriminates Richard Benson in a brutal murder, the Avenger finds himself arrested and subjected to an intense investigation by the Bureau’s best agents! Now the Justice, Inc. team must spring into action to save their leader, and discover if there’s a sinister plot at play; or could the Avenger actually be guilty of such a heinous crime?

The debut issue of Justice Inc.: The Avenger – Faces of Justice features several cover variants, providing fans and retailers with the freedom of choice! The cover artwork features the talents of Tom Mandrake and Alexandre Shibao. Limited variant editions in “Black & White” formats are also available as retailer incentives for comic shops that support the launch issue by achieving stocking thresholds.

The Avenger originally debuted in September 1939 as the lead character in an eponymous pulp magazine, published by Street and Smith Publications. Writer Paul Ernst is credited with creating many of the earliest Avenger tales (published under the house writer pseudonym “Kenneth Robeson”), blending the qualities of contemporary pulp heroes like Doc Savage and The Shadow, as well as his own creations that included Seekay, The Wraith, Dick Bullitt, Old Stone Face, the Gray Marauder, and Karlu the Mystic. The Avenger appeared in numerous prose novels, radio programs, and comic books throughout the decades, most recently in Dynamite Entertainment’s 2014 revival of the Justice, Inc. series written by acclaimed author Michael Uslan and illustrated by Giovanni Timpano.

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