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“DANGER GIRL” CREATOR BLASTS VARIANT PRODUCER

Danger Girl #2 Variant
Danger Girl #2 Variant


In comments on the Cliffhanger Danger Girl message board
(www.dangergirl.com), “Danger Girl” creator J. Scott Campbell, whose
book featured more than five variant versions of its first issue, blasted
retailer Comic Cavalcade for their “absurd” prices and multiple variants
of “Danger Girl” #2.

“I am appalled and embarrassed by not only the amount that they are
trying to charge you guys for these very ordinary comics, but the fact that
they slapped a couple of different colored sparkly inks over the logo and
pretend that they’re ‘completely different!'”

Comic Cavalcade is selling three versions of “Danger Girl” #2, a new
cover for $7, the platinum foil version, which has a chromed title, for $20
and the “ruby red” version, with a red chromed title, for $60. The
company says the variants are limited to 4,000 copies for the basic
variant, 1,000 for the platinum and 400 for the ruby red.

“I apologize for this fiasco and promise that I will pay more
attention to the deals that I get myself involved with regarding ‘Danger
Girl’ in the future.”

– J. Scott Campbell

“I assure you all that neither Andy [Hartnell] or myself had any idea when
we were approached to do this alternate that there would be THREE
different logo colors. Nor were we told of this absurd price they would
be asking. I assure you, we only see a fraction of the money they’re
taking in. I apologize for this fiasco and promise that I will pay more
attention to the deals that I get myself involved with regarding ‘Danger
Girl’ in the future.”

This isn’t the first time “Danger Girl” has ventured into variant territory,
however: The first issue was also accompanied by a “chromium” edition
with a foil cover, which was limited to roughly two copies per retailer,
leading to some California-area retailers charging $70 and up for the
issue, which has a cover price of $9. There was also an oversized
“Danger-size” edition made available to stores that had high orders of the
regular edition of the comic, a “tour edition” cover only available at
personal appearances by the creators, and retailer American
Entertainment had an alternate cover of the first issue, using the art from a
promotional “Danger Girl” poster from last summer. The American
Entertainment version was also available with chromed title. American
Entertainment also had variants, including one with a chromed logo, of
the “Danger Girl” preview issue originally available only with copies of
“Gen13” or “DV8.”

“Be aware, though, that variants have become a permanent fixture of this
business.”

– J. Scott Campbell

“Be aware, though, that variants have become a permanent fixture of this
business,” Campbell said. “That’s just a fact we all have to come to grips
with. I mean think about, If you guys didn’t buy them, we wouldn’t make
them.”

In an e-mailed response to Comic Wire, William Christensen, the
president of Comic Cavalcade, wouldn’t go into details about the
situation, but said the company has “put a call in to Wildstorm and Mr.
Campbell to discuss any possible confusion that may have occurred. We
look forward to doing more products with Image, Wildstorm, and Mr.
Campbell in the near future.”

And back at the Dangergirl.com message board, Campbell defended the
practice of issuing variants at all:

“Believe me, not having all the variants to DG will not affect your
enjoyment of the storyline in the slightest (unlike another forthcoming
comic which boasts that you absolutely NEED all it’s variants for greater
understanding of it’s story, which will remain nameless…)”

The probable nameless comic? Top Cow’s “Fathom,” which will feature
multiple first issues, each of which will include several
unique-to-that-variant pages, featuring a different character’s perspective
on the events in the story. Top Cow’s spin on the “Fathom” variants is
that they actually have more value for the readers other than collectors.

LARSEN GOES “NOVA”


Erik Larsen
Erik Larsen


Erik Larsen, who’s gone from working on only his own “Savage
Dragon” book to taking over “Aquaman” and “Wolverine” will soon be
working on his fourth regular monthly book: “Nova.”

Larsen made the announcement Wednesday on the Savage Dragon
mailing list, and says no artist has been decided yet. The announcement
has not been officially confirmed by Marvel Comics at press time. No
word on when Larsen’s “Nova” will hit the stands.

ORIGINAL “MAGE” SERIES REDISCOVERED


Even after a decade’s absence from the stands, Matt Wagner’s “Mage”
series made a big splash critically and with fans when he began the
second part of his trilogy, “Mage: The Hero Defined” last year.

But fans who wanted to pick up the original series, “Mage: The Hero
Discovered,” were out of luck. Original issues and the three trade
paperbacks that collected the series – which is both an autobiographical
work about Wagner himself and a Campbellian adventure story
featuring legendary figures returning to the modern world – were both
scarce and very expensive.

What seemed a natural solution – republishing the original trade
paperbacks – was complicated by the fact that when Comico, the
publisher of the original “Mage” series collapsed, the printing films for
two of Wagner’s series, “Mage” and “Grendel,” were lost.

But there’s “destroyed lost” and “misplaced lost,” and “Mage: The Hero
Defined” turned out to be the latter.

Starting in October, Image Comics – the publishers of the current
“Mage” series – will be publishing a series of eight prestige format
books every two weeks, each including two issues of the original series.
Each will have been recolored using modern coloring techniques.

And in other “Mage” news, or perhaps non-news, Wagner declined to
comment on rumors mentioned on several Internet film sites that Vince
Vaughn, of “Swingers” and “The Lost World” fame, had spoken to him
about playing Kevin Matchstick, the protagonist of “Mage,” in a
possible upcoming movie.

“CHASTITY” SUIT OFF


Nancy Collins has dropped her suit against Chaos Comics. The former
“Swamp Thing” scribe accused Chaos of lifting much of the early
adventures of Chaos vampire Chastity from Collins’ first novel,
“Sunglasses After Dark,” the first of several novels about the vampire
Sonja Blue.

“The resemblance to Chastity had less to do with the comics version of
SUNGLASSES than it did the original prose version. And numerous
readers (including several fellow professionals) familiar with my work
saw the initial attack in the van (and the whole punk
vampire/vampire-slayer thing) as a distinct rip-off, so it wasn’t just me,”
she said in an interview at Beau Yarbrough’s Secret Identity Web site
(http://www.lby3.com/comic/archive/collins.html).

“…time constraints forced me to drop the case. Drop, not
withdraw.”

– Nancy Collins

“However, time constraints forced me to drop the case. Drop, not
withdraw,” Collins emphasized. “I still believe what I believe concerning
the matter to be true, but I have chosen not to pursue further litigation,
as it would be a waste of my time and resources.”

Chastity appears next in Chaos Comics’ “Evil Ernie” #1 this month,
while Sonja Blue most recently appeared in “A Dozen Black Roses”
from White Wolf Books.

BARON AND RUDE VENTURE OUTSIDE “NEXUS?”


It’s been a while since the critically acclaimed “Nexus” has shown up on
the comic stands, but Mike Baron and Steve Rude have something else
in the pipeline. Unfortunately, what they’ve been busy with is something
of a mystery.

“I can’t say for certain when Nexus will again appear, but he will,”
Baron wrote this week to the Comic Wire. “In the meantime, the Dude
[“Nexus” artist Steve Rude] and I have not been idle. We hope to have
an announcement to make in Chicago [at the Wizard Con ’98 comic
convention next month].”

What’s the announcement concern? Baron isn’t saying …

“There’s always a temptation to say ‘This will be the Biggest Thing since
Star Wars!” and announce Project X. But right now, Project X is still in
the formative statements so I can offer you no details, except it will be
in English!”