EXCLUSIVE: First Look At Monsterverse Entertainments’ Upcoming Star-Studded Bela Lugosi Comic Project!

Why does this remind me of a “ROBOT CHICKEN” skit? Inside you can find all the details on Monsterverse Entertainment’s upcoming comic book series centered around none other than the legendary Bela Lugosi. The series boasts some very high brow genre names such as John Landis (“AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON”), Mick Garris (“THE STAND”, “MASTERS OF HORROR”), Bruce Timm (“BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES”, “VAMPIRELLA”), James Farr (“XOMBIE”) and more! Plus we have an exclusive capture from the series courtesy of Monsterverse. Read on for the skinny.

Here Is The Official Press Release…

“ASTOUNDING ARRAY OF MAJOR TALENT LINING UP FOR BELA LUGOSI’S TALES FROM THE GRAVE!

Celebrated writers, comic book professionals and Hollywood horror veterans offer their imagination for the highly anticipated terror anthology series

Dallas, TX August 1, 2009 — Comic book and horror fans are ecstatic over the incredible talent lining up for Bela Lugosi’s Tales from the Grave, which is scheduled to premiere in early 2010.

The new full-color anthology to be done in the classic EC and Warren tradition will have each fantastic tale hosted by iconic horror film star Bela Lugosi. The book will be the premier publication from Monsterverse Comics, which will launch other horror and monster related titles in the months ahead. Editors Kerry Gammill (Powerman and Iron Fist, Deadly Foes of Spider-Man, Superman, THE OUTER LIMITS) and Kez Wilson (Hammerlocke, Scarlett, Power of the Atom, SPACE JAM) will be adding their artistic talents throughout the series, along with associate editor and writer Sam F. Park (Horror films: HALFWAY HOUSE, DEATH’S DOOR and the upcoming “The Need” for screenwriter turned producer Stiles White of BOOGEYMAN and KNOWING).

In addition to leading comic professionals, several famous horror filmmakers will also be contributing to help celebrate Bela Lugosi’s new role as presenter of these weird tales of terror.

The stellar roster of artists and writers includes two major names among comic book fans.

Premier horror writer Steve Niles (30 Days of Night, Gotham After Midnight, Dead, She Said) will be crafting a new story to make readers’ skin crawl.

Top artist John Cassaday (Planetary, Astonishing X-Men, Captain America) will be writing and drawing a story as well as providing an alternate cover for the first issue.

The cover will be a portrait of Bela Lugosi by legendary horror magazine cover artist Basil Gogos (Famous Monsters of Filmland, Monsterscene).

Other writers, artists and filmmakers that readers can expect to see in future issues of the series include:

John Landis, film director (AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, MASTERS OF HORROR)…

Rick Baker, make-up artist/sculptor (AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, THE RING, HELLBOY, THE WOLF MAN)…

Mick Garris, film director/writer/producer (MASTERS OF HORROR, THE STAND, TALES FROM THE CRYPT)…

Bruce Timm, artist/producer (BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, Vampirella)…

Stiles White, screenwriter (KNOWING, BOOGEYMAN, POLTERGEIST remake)…

James Farr, creator of XOMBIE, the highly successful online animated series and comic book. Soon to be a major live-action feature film from DreamWorks…

Brian Denham, artist (Iron Man, The X-Files, Nova, The Avengers)…

Rick Klaw, writer (Weird Business)…

Joe R. Lansdale, writer (Weird Business, Savage Season)…

John Lucas, artist (Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Star Trek, Weird Business)…

Rob Brown, artist (Bane of the Werewolf, Marvel Comics Presents, Spiderman, Conan)…

Erik Gist, painter (Upper Deck, DC Comics, Boom! Studios)…

Neil Vokes, artist (The Black Forest, Superman Adventures, Untold Tales of Spider-Man)…

Robert Tinnell, film director/writer (FRANKENSTEIN AND ME, The Black Forest, The Wicked West)…

Martin Powell, writer (Moonstone Comics’ The Spider, Scarlet in Gaslight, Frankenstein)…

Larry Blamire, film director/artist (THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA, Tales from the Pub, Steam Wars)…

Frank Dietz, cartoonist/animator (Sketchy Things, Disney’s TARZAN, TREASURE PLANET)…

Terry Beatty, artist (Ms. Tree, Scary Monsters).

The interest in honoring Bela Lugosi has been overwhelming, so look for more great contributors to sign on in the coming weeks.”