Fans of George Romero and Stephen King who missed out on the 1982 Bernie Wrightson graphic novel adaptation of their collaborative horror anthology Creepshow will get a chance to once again own the highly coveted comic version in May of 2017.
The Creepshow graphic novel will be published by Gallery 13, a new publishing arm of Simon and Shuster with a distinct focus on graphic literature, on May 9th, 2017 and it is already available for pre-order on sites such as Amazon.com.
Fans have long clamored for a re-release and prices for an original copy (originally published by Plume) will set you back $50-$100 on ebay, depending on the condition of the book.
Earlier this year, another Wrightson/King collaboration from the same era was unearthed in the form of a Cycle of the Werewolf Calendar, financed by a Kickstarter campaign whose origins were described when,” Back in 1983, Bernie Wrightson had an idea- he wanted to work with Stephen King on a werewolf project, that would pair his art with King’s writing- which would be packaged as a 12-month calendar. Each month would feature a painting from Bernie and a short vignette from King, matching the monthly transformation of a werewolf. That project quickly changed from the calendar idea into the illustrated short novel, Cycle of the Werewolf, which later was adapted into the film Silver Bullet.” The Kickstarter campaign was a huge success, raising $78,965 (roughly $66,000 more than originally needed to fund the project) to support the publication of the calendar and Wrightson’s medical bills.
If you are a fan of Creepshow or Bernie Wrightson’s artwork, I would suggest pre-ordering this piece of horror history so you don’t have to pay higher after-market prices when the graphic novel goes out of print again.