Bob Wiacek’s prolific career as a comic book artist began in the mid-1970s. He has since worked as an inker for DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, and Valiant on popular titles ranging from Batman to Star Wars; and he is currently fulfilling commission requests for fans on his Facebook page and preparing an upcoming Kickstarter project. Horror News Network caught up with Mr. Wiacek at the 2019 Rhode Island Comic con to reflect on his legendary run on the second series of Man-Thing comics from 1979-1981.
Horror News Network is proud to honor Len Wein as this year’s Horror Comic Award Honoree.
The world of comics lost another giant when Len Wein passed away in September of this year. Wein was not only responsible for the creation of Wolverine in the seminal Incredible Hulk #181 (along with the late Herb Trimpe), but he also wrote the adventures of “the Green Goliath” for five consecutive years in the 1970’s, one of the longest tenures on the title by any writer to date.
And speaking of “green”, Wein was also responsible for the creation of one of the greatest horror characters in the history of comics: The Swamp Thing. Wein and artist Bernie Wrightson captured the attention of all horror comic fans in House of Secrets #92 (1971) which introduced Dr. Alec Holland and his more famous mossy alter-ego to the world. Due to the “muck monster’s” immediate popularity with fans, Swamp Thing soon earned his own series, running for a total of 24 issues (with Wein scripting the first 13 issues). read more
In June we reported that Damon Lindelof, the prolific writer behind such projects as as television’s Lost, and movies like Prometheus, Star Trek Into Darkness, and World War Z, was in talks with HBO over developing a series based on the DC Comics classic, Watchmen. While news over the project went quiet for a couple of months, Variety confirms that HBO has officially ordered a pilot episode for the tentative new series.
For those who are new to the game of television production, a pilot episode is a sample episode that studios can order to have a better idea of what the series would look like before making the decision to greenlight the entire season. Many pilot episodes ultimately become the first episode of a television series if the studio decides to move forward with production. Given the facts that Lindelof and HBO have been talking about this series for months and the series is based on one of the most popular and critically acclaimed comic books of all time, chances are pretty good that HBO will like what they see. read more
With the massive popularity of super heroes and comic books and their subsequent film and television adaptations, it is surprising that very few comprehensive documentaries about the world of comics exist. Every year or so, the History Channel or other cable outlets will produce a generic overview of the long history of the medium and hit all of the key eras (the original Golden Age, Frederic Wertham’s crusade against comics, the Silver Age comeback, the gritty 1980’s, the current popularity of super hero films, etc.), but viewers (and more importantly, comic fans) rarely get the documentaries they deserve. read more
HBO, a network known for its dark and gritty television series like The Night Of, True Detective, and Oz, may be adding an adaptation of the definitive dark and gritty graphic novel masterpiece, Watchmen, to its stable. Variety reports that the prolific screenwriter, Damon Lindelof, is in talks to develop an adaptation of the book into a television series for the premium network.
Created in 1986 by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Watchmen has since become recognized as one of the finest and most influential graphic novels ever published; so it’s no wonder the network believes it is a strong property to adapt. HBO unsuccessfully attempted to develop a Watchmen television series back in 2014. Lindelof’s current project is said to be completely independent of that process. Lindelof’s previous work for HBO was on The Leftover, which recently concluded. His previous screenwriting work includes science fiction and horror projects such as television’s Lost, and movies like Prometheus, Star Trek Into Darkness, and World War Z. read more
According to a recent press release from Dark Horse Comics, Karen Berger, the award-winning comic book editor and the founder of DC Comics’ Vertigo line, will “acquire, edit, and oversee Berger Books, a new line of creator-owned comic books and graphic novels to be published by Dark Horse Comics.”
Berger, who was the guiding force behind some of the greatest comic stories ever told (including Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing, Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, Garth Ennis’ Helllblazer and Preacher, and Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol to only name a few), will bring some of her “magic” to Dark Horse Comics in the near future. read more