Today Pamela Mullin over at Vertigo comics released a press release detailing plans for a slick and downright cool looking variant cover for Scott Snyder and Stephen King’s new vampire-western monthly “AMERICAN VAMPIRE”, to be released on March 17th. The hotly anticipated new series from the horror legend and his past collaborator Snyder, marks Kings first fully original monthly comic book series that tells the story of the first American vampire set against the old west. Read on for the preview of the first issue as well as the full press release on the variant cover by newly appointed DC head Jim Lee!
‘Today, I’m ecstatic to reveal the variant cover of AMERICAN VAMPIRE #1 . Not only is the story going to keep you captivated, so are all the covers. This is the first variant as the next 4 issues will also have variant covers by some of the top names in the industry.
I asked Jim Lee about working on the cover of this amazing new series and here’s what he had to say:
“One of the unique challenges of contributing a cover to a brand spanking new series with original, never seen before characters is obviously not knowing who the characters are: how they act, the way they hold themselves, the forces that shaped their personal histories. Luckily for me, American Vampire’s artist-Rafael Albuquerque-made it a non-issue. From just a single illustration, I could see the world he was creating, and it made drawing Pearl and Skinner for this alternate cover both a breeze and a hella lot of fun. The drawings are that good.
The fact there are words to accompany the pictures is pure gravy. Speaking as a fan, I can’t wait to read what Scott Snyder and Stephen King have come up with. They have a lot to live up to :)” –Jim Lee’
When asked about the cover here’s what Stephen King had to say.
“That’s one of the best comic mag covers I’ve seen since the days of my misspent youth, when I haunted the newsstands in Brunswick, Maine each month for the new Creepy or Eerie. Kudos to Mr. Lee.” –Stephen King
WRITTEN BY: SCOTT SNYDER and STEPHEN KING
ILLUSTRATIONS AND COVERS BY: RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
1:25 Variant; COVER BY: JIM LEE
“Witness the birth of a brand new species of vampire in this new ongoing series that begins with five extra-sized issues featuring back-to-back stories by exciting new writer Scott Snyder and the master of horror himself, Stephen King! When notorious outlaw Skinner Sweet is attacked by an old enemy (who happens to be a member of the undead), the first American vampire is born… a vampire powered by the sun, stronger, fiercer, and meaner than anything that came before. Plus… Pearl Jones is a struggling young actress in 1920s Los Angeles. But when her big break brings her face-to-face with an ancient evil, her
Hollywood dream quickly turns into a brutal, shocking nightmare.