American Mythology Productions has announced to fans a new line of Zorro comics just last month, promising to take the iconic fan favorite character in bold new directions, has another major announcement regarding the comic series. Renowned comic artist Michael Kaluta has signed on to produce art for the books, helping to lead up to the character’s 100th-year celebration in 2019.
Kaluta, a staple in the comic book community since the early 1970’s, began his career with work on Edgar Rice Burroughs novel adaptations for DC comics and made a name for himself with his elaborate panel designs and books like The Shadow in 1973-74. Kaluta has worked with a number of major comic book publishers over his career, such as Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Vertigo, IDW, and now American Mythology.
He is a multi-award-winning artist for his work in comics over the last five decades. No stranger to pulp hero action, he promises to pack even more punch to an already exciting series taking Zorro into dark waters as he battles supernatural beings and demonic forces. The artist’s work will be showcased beginning with the new series’ planned second story arc Zorro: Sacrilege. Fans of the artist will have even more to celebrate as Kaluta looks to return to his ERB roots by contributing to American Mythology’s upcoming Carson of Venus series and the horror title, Eternal Thirst of Dracula.
The first story arc for the Zorro series will be written by David Avallone.
In advance of next year’s landmark 100-year anniversary of the character, American Mythology has announced that Zorro – the swashbuckling adventurer of literature and film – will return to comics in August 2018 with a bold and unexpected twist:, the Zorro tales will have a supernatural bent, pitting the famed hero against demons, vampires, and all forms of paranormal evil. Zorro: Swords of Hell, the first miniseries of the Maryland-based publisher’s thrilling new western horror direction, will be written by David Avallone, illustrated by Roy Allan Martinez, and colored by Enrica Angiolini.
In Swords of Hell #1, wealthy playboy Don Diego de la Vega celebrates the defeat of his nemesis, the villainous Alcalde Quintero, by his secret alter-ego Zorro with a joyous celebration at his hacienda… but unknown to de la Vega and his beloved Lolita, his actions have set a terrible vengeance in motion. A dark power has risen in Alta California, an unstoppable horde of demonic horsemen intent on bringing Hell to Earth, and Zorro – the defender of the people – must use every weapon, every skill, every ounce of strength and resolve to bring this infernal incursion to heel.
The debut issue of Zorro: Swords of Hell features a wide selection of cover variants, providing fans and retailers with the freedom of choice:
Main Cover by interior artist Roy Allan Martinez
“Demon Fury” Variant by S.L. Gallant (G.I. Joe, Marvel Adventures: The Avengers)
“Classic Nostalgia” Variant by Jon Pinto (Stargate Atlantis)
“Visions of Zorro” Limited Edition Variant, by cartooning legend Alex Toth (Super Friends, The Herculoids), limited to a print run of only 450 comics
“Blank Sketch” Variant, perfect for professional and aspiring artists to illustrate