Digital Ethrian Collection in the works & MORE!

sam haze news small final versionIt would appear that a digital Ethrian is in the works for eventual release on Comixology! And from the sounds of it this is no mere re-release of older content.. it seems like there’s going to be some major TLC for this digital collection! But there’s even more to it than that! Let’s hear it straight from series Artist FIGHTIN’ FRANK FOSCO:

We are looking into doing ETHRIAN digitally. First off there was a 46 page black and white one shot called VANGUARD, ETHEREAL WARRIORS. We want to color that story, redo the lettering and present that which leads into the 14 issue ETHRIAN backups in SAVAGE DRAGON. If this does good in digital we’ll see about collecting it all in a book. Along with all this Gary Carlson, Adam Pruett and I are putting a pitch together to see if ETHRIAN can have his own comic book in print. All new material for an ongoing series. This is still a ways from happening but it’s in the planning stages.

We may revisit the 1980’s ETHRIAN Megaton material. A redo, or reboot or a re-imagining. THAT or leave the old stuff as is and tweak it some and finish that story line. There is also an ETHRIAN story that was being worked on that predates the Megaton stories–that may see the light of day in a re-imagining.

So–we do have a wealth of material to work from it’s just a matter of us getting our ducks in a row.

 

Cool stuff right!? We’ll keep you posted as more info surfaces!

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Megaton Comics has a Website!

I’m not sure if it’s new, but Megaton Comics has a website that showcases the characters that have graced the pages of the comic   throughout its seven-year existence. It’s a relatively small site, but cool none-the-less! Check it out at www.megatoncomics.com.

A description of Megaton Comics from the website: 

Megaton was an independent comic book published from 1981 to 1987, and is remembered mainly because of the artists who began their comic book careers in its pages. Erik Larsen, Rob Liefeld, Angel Medina, Gordon Purcell, Butch Guice, Frank Fosco, Clarke Hawbaker, and Daniel Reed all saw their first or second published work in Megaton. Erik Larsen’s Savage Dragon and Rob Liefeld’s Youngblood both debuted there, prompting Liefeld to later bestow the title “Grandfather of Image Comics” upon Megaton writer/publisher Gary Carlson.

Early Images and Unused Covers of Frank Fosco’s Ethrian

Frank Fosco, penciler of many Savage Dragon back up stories (O’ Deadly Darklord, Rock vs Zeek, the origin of Powerhouse, the Rock House Diner, Ethrian, and the current Vanguard serial) has shared some old images and more recent unused covers related to his Ethrian character (pronounced E-3-N).

Most longtime Savage Dragon readers will remember Ethrian from his Image Comics debut in the year 2000 with the one-shot, “Vanguard: Ethereal Warriors” written by Gary Carlson and illustrated by Frank Fosco. The sequel, “The Watchers of Pyrite Gorge”  recently ran as a back-up story in Savage Dragon issues 145 through 152 and 154 through 159.

Long before Ethrian was featured in Image Comics, Frank Fosco had his character first published in 1977 in a music magazine called Triad. Gary Carlson discovered Frank’s work in the pages of Triad and asked him to bring Ethian over to his Megaton comic anthology. Carlson’s Megaton anthology would go on to publish other up and coming talent such as Erik Larsen, Angel Medina, Jackson Guice, and Rob Liefield. Vanguard, Dragon, Mighty Man, Ethrian, and Youngblood all graced the pages of Megaton publications before debuting at Image Comics.

Frank has provided Dragonfan.net with an early image of Ethrian as well as images of his debut in Triad Magazine:

Frank wrote:
This was from 1973, not ’76 or ’77 as I said on the Fincast (the Savage Fincast Podcast Episode 3). The goofy thing about this is that I’m holding the pen with my right hand…I’m left handed.

From Traid Magazine:

Last, but certainly not least, Frank provided us with some of the unused covers for the Ethrian story, “The Watchers of Pyrite Gorge”, which recently ran as a back-up story in Savage Dragon but was originally planned as a mini-series:

Thanks for sharing, Frank!