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‘Stewart the Rat’ returns

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‘Stewart the Rat’ returns

Press Release

Stewart the Rat, a graphic novel written by Steve Gerber and
pencilled by Gene Colan in the wake of their ground-breaking
work on Howard The Duck, returns in December in a value-priced
edition.
“Gerber took the same cynical, frustrated sense of
humor that made his work on Howard a classic and applied it to
this tale of a walking, talking rat who faces the craziness of
the Southern California lifestyle,” explains Nat Gertler,
publisher of About Comics, LLC. “With the amazing Gene Colan
pencils being handled by Tom Palmer, the best inker for Colan’s
detailed realism, the artwork is lovely. Since it was drawn for
black and white, it shows the two collaborators at their best.

In an unusual move, the publisher has decided to price the new
edition at significantly less than the original 1980 edition.
“When Eclipse published Stewart in 1980, they took advantage of
the novelty of graphic novels to put this in an oversized,
squarebound format with a cover price of $6.95, and that was at
a time when a typical superheor comic book cost fifty cents,”
Gertler explained. “By putting the same material in a standard
comic book format instead, we can put it out for a mere $3.95
for a full 48 pages.”

While this graphic novel has never been as well-known as the
work Gerber and Colan did for the big two publishers, the
true fans never forgot it in the decades since it was
published. In a 1999 poll, Colan fans named Stewart the Rat
their favorite graphic novel and Tom Palmer their favorite
inker.

With the recent popularity of Gerber’s new Howard the Duck
miniseries and the Essential Howard the Duck TPB reprinting
Gerber and Colan’s classic work, the time seems right for
this book. “Steve Gerber is one of the most unusual and
vibrant writing voices in comics, and Gene Colan is a
uniquely wonderful visual storyteller,” said Gertler, “and
it’s an honor to be able to bring their collaboration back
into the public eye.”

Stewart the Rat is a 48 page black-and-white Mature Readers
comic with a color cover. It ships in January from About
Comics, LLC
.

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