Masks: First Look - SDCC 2012

Posted by Grey Friday, July 13, 2012

Brace yourself for classic pulp heroes overdose with Dynamite Entertainment's Masks, featuring the first crossover team-up of Green Hornet, The Shadow, Zorro, The Spider, and many other famous pulp heroes from the publisher's line-up.

Following the pleasantly surprising news of Neil Gaiman returning to Vertigo for a prequel miniseries for The Sandman in commemoration of its 25th anniversary next year, we received yet another awesome development in the comic book industry: The classic pulp heroes, whom we all knew are the inspirations behind the colorful world of superheroes that are smashing the box office records like crazy today, will be assembling in their first team-up themselves in the pages of Masks, a new series set to be published by Dynamite Entertainment some time in 2013. Written by writer Chris Roberson with acclaimed painter/artist Alex Ross taking on the chores of not only providing all the covers of the series but also the full interiors of the debut issue, Masks will be featuring a literally who's who of pulp classic heroes from Green Lantern, Kato, The Spider, The Shadow, to even Zorro himself! For more information on the title (details like how Zorro get to be in the same book with the other heroes), check out Comic Book Resources' exclusive interview with writer Chris Roberson. In the meantime, check out the awesome cover painted by Alex Ross after the jump, followed by the official press release by Dynamite Entertainment.

Here's the official press release:

July 11th, 2012, Mt. Laurel, NJ – The Shadow, Green Hornet, Kato, Zorro, The Spider, Miss Fury, The Black Bat and MORE are all featured in Masks, the Dynamite Entertainment cross-over featuring the top pulp heroes of all time. Written by Chris Roberson, the ENTIRE FIRST ISSUE IS PAINTED BY ALEX ROSS!! This is his first full interior work since “Justice” at DC Comics!!! Masks is hitting comic book stores everywhere this November, also featuring covers by Alex Ross, Sean Phillips, Howard Chaykin and Jae Lee!!!

In Masks #1, it’s 1938, and the Justice Party has swept into office in New York State. But the newly-elected officials are in the control of powerful criminals, who quickly corrupt the law to their own advantage. When a fascist police state is instituted, the only ones who stand in defense of the innocent are masked vigilantes like the Shadow, the Green Hornet, Kato, and the Spider. When the law is unjust, justice must be an outlaw…

“For years now, Dynamite Entertainment and I have desired to unite all of the varied pulp characters they’ve been publishing into one big crossover event,” says legendary comic book creator Alex Ross. “When the Green Hornet and Kato paved the way for a successful relaunch of the original masked duo characters, we knew that the grand prize of revivals should then be the ultimate original, the Shadow. Now, to be able for the first time in history to have these legends meet, along with fellow mysterymen; The Spider, Zorro, Black Bat, and others, makes this project a unique accomplishment. I always thought that illustrating the first hero archetypes like The Shadow would be a milestone in my career. I’m thrilled to touch upon the legends that began the very concept of the superhero in Masks with a crossover that is literally the longest overdue.”

“Masks is the comic I’ve wanted to write since I first discovered the pulp heroes in the 1970s,” says writer Chris Roberson. “Just working with these characters is already a dream come true, but having the first issue painted by Alex Ross makes it that much more amazing!”

“When we were exploring writers, I emailed Chris and we spent a couple of emails back and forth and in that short span, he laid out a basic framework that was pitch-perfect for what we were looking for,” adds Dynamite Editor Joe Rybandt. “Alex had initially laid out a character list and high concept, but Chris added the flesh to the bones and we’ve got something really cool coming together here.”

“Alex is so incredible excited about Masks, and realizes that it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to draw so many classic and iconic characters in one series,” exclaims Dynamite President and Publisher Nick Barrucci. “Alex promptly jumped head-first when presented with the idea to pain the interiors of the entire first issue, which will bring the most amount of attention to the series possible.”


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