Bloody-disgusting broke this news back in March, but now it’s official. Dynamite Entertainment has announced that “Evil Ernie” will indeed be returning with the creative team of Jesse Blaze Snider and Jason Craig. “Evil Ernie” evokes memories of Iron Maiden’s Eddie mascot with his big scary face and badass leather jacket. Ernie is the tale of a kid gone from good to bad, as he gains the power to take vengeance on those who wrong him.
Snider is a long time fan of the series and he seems excited to put a new spin on the character. When speaking with CBR he said “I think that everyone will be surprised by how much this book has to offer. Scares, laughs, philosophy, action, Heaven & Hell, violence, the Devil, murder, possession, revenge, Angels, sinners, executions, gratuitousness, everything else!” Dynamite acquired the rights to the character back in 2010, and now we can rest easy knowing “Evil Ernie” will be back.
“Evil Ernie was always a violent romantic,” Snider said. “In the original series he killed for his love of Lady Death, this time around he’s killing because he wants to make the world a better place for you and me, so the horrible things that happened to him when he was growing up never happen to anyone else… It’s the story of a good kid with a bad life, who sells his soul to the devil so he can destroy the evil that surrounds him and make the world a better place. Problem is, the more bad people he kills, the closer we come to Armageddon.”
“For me though, ultimately it is the answer to the question of ‘nature versus nurture,'” Snider continued. “I say, it doesn’t matter what your nature, anyone can be driven too far. Anyone can snap.”
He continued, “It’s the same soft spot I have for Deadpool and Lobo. It’s that anarchic twinkle in everyone’s eye come to life. It’s gleeful, horrific, hysterical insanity and sometimes, I just can’t get enough of that… When I heard the job was up for grabs, I felt it was my duty to help bring it back to life the right way.”
Artist Jason Craig will be lending his fine skills to the book, as well as artists such as Tim Seeley on cover duties.
Snider said about Jason, “Jason Craig is amazing! That man is a workaholic! I’d all but given up hope on working with someone who would spend any time on character designs and then Jason shows up giving me distinctive people in plain clothes. That isn’t easy to do! Every character in this book is his own person, with interesting posture and mannerisms. I never believed I would get an artist as good as Jason on the book, so it’s kind of unreal every time I get a new piece from him.”
UPDATE: Official press release:
July 12th, 2012, Mt. Laurel, NJ – Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce the classic Chaos! character Evil Ernie returns to comics from the creative team of writer Jesse Blaze Snider and artist Jason Craig! In the world of Evil Ernie, an eternal conflict has existed for all time, a war between good and evil, Heaven and Hell, God and the Devil. And with Ardian Syaf, Nick Bradshaw, Tim Seeley, and Dan Brereton on covers, make sure to jump on board Evil Ernie for this wickedly-wild ride this coming October 2012!
In Evil Ernie #1, Ernest Fairchild was a kind and gentle soul…until one day something in him snapped, leading him to one of the most notorious killing sprees in American history. With 665 kills to his name, “Evil Ernie” requires ONE more murder to complete the ritual he started and seal his deal with the Devil. Problem is: he’s just been EXECUTED! What led an ordinary boy to become a leather-clad angel of death? How does he wield such blasphemous power? And what is the secret behind his hideous smiley-face button? Make sure to pick up Part One of “Origin of Evil” in Evil Ernie #1 this October!
“It’s pretty surreal to be working on Evil Ernie,” says writer Jesse Blaze Snider. “We’re definitely staying true to the spirit of the character, but those who want a little more substance from your Heaven & Hell opus are going to be surprised by the powerful concepts and ideas that serve as the bedrock of this new series…and this new Chaos Universe.”
“It was pretty clear from our first meeting with him, that Jesse would have done ANYTHING to write this book; and that kind of passion and dedication – along with his writing chops, of course – go a long way to making this one of our most anticipated launches later this year,” says Dynamite Editor Joe Rybandt. “Evil lives in 2012!”
“With Dynamite’s Chaos! characters, we are in possession of some of the most frightening horror characters in comic book history,” adds Dynamite President and Publisher Nick Barrucci. “Evil Ernie is possibly being the most iconic of the Chaos! characters!”
Evil Ernie is the fruit of Hell’s labor: A psychopath hell-bent on riding the world of the evil that twisted his soul, never knowing that his killing spree is actually a recruitment drive for Hell’s armies that will quickly bring us to the brink of Armageddon! Though he thinks that he is doing “good” Ernie is actually performing the greatest evil.
Jesse Blaze Snider is a comic book writer, voice over actor, TV/radio host, semi-pro football player, and rock musician. He is the eldest son of Twisted Sister front man and vocalist Dee Snider, with whom he appeared on the MTV reality show Rock the Cradle. Snider also created the Dead Romeo graphic novel series. He has also writing an ongoing Toy Story series from Boom! Studios. He also wrote a four-issue prequel to the motion picture Strangeland for Fangoria Graphix called Strangeland: Seven Sins.
Jason Craig started his career in Chicago, in 1991, working on and off for various publishers before moving away to pursue a full time career in advertising. Craig’s most notable work in the comics’ industry has been for Wildstorm Comics, drawing Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash and its sequel.