Mav’s Comic RoundUp
by Mike “Mav” Grandizio
Papercutz goes to the mat with WWE Comics.
This past July at San Diego Comic Con Papercutz Comics announced a new line of WWE based comic books. The first book, to be titled WWE will be written by Hall of Famer, best selling author and former WWE Champion Mick Foley will be out in December.
Papercutz, who is best known for publishing all-ages graphic novels like Power Rangers, Disney Fairies, Dance Class and Ninjago will be launching a Teen and up comic line for the WWE Series. They’ve also announced a second children’s series that will hit stores next summer.
Personally I would love to see issue one ship with special covers by legends Bret Hart and Jerry Lawler, both known for their tremendous art skills as well as in ring skills. But that’s just me.
The book will be set in the “real world” of the WWE, and incorporate stoylines and feuds right from the WWE Universe. So far I haven’t heard how often the comics will be published, or if the series is regular or a mini. Papercutz often does full stories in Graphic novel form released in volumes so I would bet that this trend would continue with the WWE series. To me, that’s the best way to do this series, since it will make the series easily accessible to WWE fans who may not read monthly comics.
This of course isn’t the first time that the worlds of wrestling and comics have collided, there have been many comic books based on wrestling and wrestlers over the years.
Famous wrestlers like Tiger Mask, Jushin Liger, and Mystico have all had comics published where they frequently banished mad scientists and monsters. As a matter of fact in Mexico and Japan it’s fairly common to see masked wrestling champions in comic book adventures.
In the early 90’s WCW had a comic series that featured Sting and other heroes fought the Dangerous Alliance. The book was very campy and over the top at times, which pretty much was WCW in the early 90’s.
During the 90’s boom wrestlers were all over the comic pages. The Undertaker, Mankind, Kevin Nash, Steve Ausitn and even the Ultimate Warrior had comic books, and recently Titan Publishing released WWE Heroes, which, um, wasn’t very good. At all.
And there really should’ve been a Maverick comic book by now, don’t you think?
I have high hopes for the Papercutz series. I’m a big fan of the company, and so are my daughters who love their Dance Class and Tinkerbell comics. So I will be checking out both new WWE titles for sure.
To check out the press release from Papercutz that includes some potential art from the series, go here: http://www.papercutz.com/6387/wwe-returns-to-comics-with-two-explosive-new-series/
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