Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Look Behind you, Barnabas - Your Journey Is At An End!

Hermes Press continues its archival reprint series of the classic Dark Shadows comic book with Dark Shadows-The Complete Original Series: Volume Two. Reprinting Dark Shadows #8-14; originally published by Gold Key Comics, Volume Two continues the bronze age adventures of vampire/anti-hero Barnabas Collins on his quest to remove his dark curse and to restore order to the Collinwood estate. Along the way, he also has to deal with the lycanthropic Quentin Collins, as well as a threat from his own immortal past.

Written by both Donald Arneson and Arnold Drake (Doom Patrol, Deadman), Dark Shadows was drawn by Joe Certa & Jack Sparling. Volume Two features masterfully painted covers by George Wilson, giving the series a timeless pulp look. The hardcover book with 224 pages retails for $49.99. Trivia: The quote (above) is the cover blurb from the original George Wilson cover of Dark Shadows #11 (Nov.1971).

As director Tim Burton and actor Johnny Depp continue to develop their Dark Shadows feature film, you can experience the 1970s Dark Shadows series in digitally remastered full-color that is of a higher quality than the original comic book's printing. Hermes Press continues to be haunted by Barnabas Collins and his supernatural ilk, as they gear up for future volumes of Dark Shadows. Thanks to Chris Irving for the heads up!


Anonymous said...

Arnold Drake, not Alvin Drake.

Chuck Wells said...

By Gadfry, you're absolutely right.

I wish tht I had caught that unfortunate error, since I actually know better, but since you've opted out of the "official" credit for catching this mistake ..... um, never mind folks.

I'm Mr. "Anonymous", just fooling with you!

BrittReid said...

"...digitally remastered full-color that is of a higher quality than the original comic book's printing..."

Unless they're working off the original b/w art and recoloring it from scratch, I'm afraid that's not possible.
My impression is that they're scanning the printed books and digitally-enhancing them, which can, perhaps, match the original printed pages, but certainly not surpass them.
Any time you break line art down into four colors, you lose some fidelity to the line since it's now screened, not solid.
But, if they have the original line art as separate elements, then they can surpass the quality of the first printing!
Is that the case?

Chuck Wells said...

BrittReid just "Kato-ed" the high expectations of fans everywhere.