Official Press Release
“It’s always the first question out of any fan’s mouth,” Oni Press publisher Joe Nozemack said. “‘When is Mike going to do more Madman?’ They always say they love THE ATOMICS and X-STATIX, but they want more Frank Einstein. Now they can scoot their chair up to the table and prepare to feast!”
“Madman is my baby boy,” Allred said. “I can’t go too long without seeing him. Since the next big Madman miniseries is taking longer than expected, I decided I needed to do something to give him some exercise. A cool annual like the old DC books, with lots of extra, out-of-continuity stories, seemed like a good way to go.”
“Mike has a sense of heroism and romance that is unparalleled in any entertainment medium,” Oni Press editor in chief Jamie S. Rich said. “This SPECIAL has all the classic elements that made people go cuckoo for Madman in the first place.”
“It’s been almost a tradition with Madman that I open it up for other artists to interpret the character,” Allred explained. “The entire MADMAN PICTURE EXHIBITION is testament to that. In this case, Jamie and I talked about a lot of different people. Our mandate for the three guys who we ended up asking was that these stories would be their personal approach to the character. I didn’t want them just telling a story I’d tell. You don’t ask these guys to do anything but what they do best.”
“A lot is made about mainstream superhero titles taking a retro approach, or even being fun,” Nozemack concluded. “Comics fans are always chasing that classic feeling from days gone by, and they always forget that it’s right here, in the pages of MADMAN, from the inkwell of Mike Allred. This book is your reminder.”
MADMAN SUPER-GROOVY KING-SIZE SPECIAL is a 56-page, full color trade paperback. It retails for $6.95 and ships to comic book stores on July 9, 2002. The front cover is designed and executed by Mike Allred, along with a back cover illo by Mike & Laura Allred. It has an ISBN code of 1-929998-63-5.