Fantagraphics has debuted a trailer for All Time Comics, the comic book publisher’s grindhouse-inspired superhero universe. All Time Comics is a creation of alternative cartoonist and writer Josh Bayer and his brother Samuel Bayer, who directed the music video for Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” as well as this new short.
Per Los Angeles Times, the trailer stars the Sex Pistols’ Steve Jones as a super villain called Raingod, who is pitted against All Time Comics’ own whip-wielding heroine Bullwhip (Denise Schaefer). Lamonica Garrett plays Crime Destroyer, a tough vigilante superhero with fists affixed to his pauldrons, while Maitland Ward plays Candy Christilliam.
Samuel Bayer said the project — and the creation of All Time Comics in general — was a nostalgia trip. “I’m just in love with the way comics felt when I was a kid, like in the ‘70s,” he shared. “When I was reading books in post-Vietnam, post-Watergate, pre-Internet, pre-modern technology days — the days before movies were done about superheroes, where comics still cost 50 cents — there was an amazing cult quality to them, and I think that’s what we tried to capture in the books.”
Perhaps the crowning moment of the short is Jones’ costume, which evokes “Mad Max: Fury Road’s” Coma-Doof Warrior, the guitar-playing mutant at the head of Immortan Joe’s search party (Jones is even shredding on a guitar for most of his appearance). Per Bayer, that’s a costume of Jones’ own invention. “I actually had something made for him, and he showed up in something [else] and I’m like, ‘That’s kind of incredible, Steve. Let’s do that,” he revealed.
The video was dedicated to longtime “Hulk” artist Herb Trimpe, who contributed to All Time Comics before he passed away in 2015.
The All Time line will consist of six individual but interconnected superhero stories featuring both veteran mainstream artists and some genre-bending cartoonists behind modern indie favorites. The series launches with “Crime Destroyer” #1, which feature’s Trimpe’s last artwork. That comic will also feature contributions from prolific “Night Business” creator Ben Marra and covers by “Street Angel’s” Jim Rugg and “Prison Pit’s” Johnny Ryan. From there, the Bayer brothers will write comics including “Bullwhip,” “Atlas” and “Blind Justice” for artists past and present.
- Ad Free Browsing
- Over 10,000 Videos!
- All in 1 Access
- Join For Free!