Todd Nauck’s Wilguard returns in December with “Wildguard: Fire Power”

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Todd Nauck’s Wilguard returns in December with “Wildguard: Fire Power”

Official Press Release

ORANGE, CA — 21 September, 2004 — The world’s only “made for TV
super-team” makes its much-requested return this December in Todd Nauck’s

And, in a bit of real life imitating art, creator Nauck himself will be
appearing on television in late November, on the PAX game show “On the

In WILDGUARD: CASTING CALL, readers had the opportunity to choose a member
of the team from a large pool of heroes. They chose Freezerburn, who joined
the four other “winners” from the book: Red Rover, Ignacia, Snapback and
Lily Hammer. WILDGUARD: FIRE POWER follows the five survivors as they
attempt to prove their worth as heroes, under the leadership of
producer/superhero/superstar Four.

As you might expect, things don’t go as smoothly as planned.

“One of the four pre-selected characters, Ignacia, is a hero with flame
based powers,” explains Nauck. “The readers voted in Freezerburn who has ice
AND fire powers. So now we have TWO fire powered heroes on a FIVE member
team. Some say this makes the team unique. Some say it makes one of the
characters redundant. The scrutiny may prove too much for one character.”

WILDGUARD: FIRE POWER also features a back-up story starring the hero who
finished sixth in the original reader voting. In “Where Are They Now?,”
Nauck and artists Sean Galloway and Tim Kane follow Little Miss Sunshine
back to her Florida hometown as she investigates the disappearances of local
college students.

As for the creator’s own television debut, the Todd Nauck episode of “On the
Cover,” a pop culture game show broadcast weekdays on the PAX network, will
air Wednesday, November 24. Naturally, Nauck worked in a plug for WILDGUARD
while on the show.

“I love pop culture and watching game shows,” says Nauck “So getting to
participate on a new show all about celebrities was right up my alley. And
when the host asked about my work in comics, I took this opportunity to pimp
WILDGUARD. So tune in on November 24th and catch the fun! Check your local
listings for time and channel…”

Image Executive Director Eric Stephenson thinks WILDGUARD is a good example
of the new breed of superhero comic that Image is working to bring to

“I’ve had the pleasure to watch Todd Nauck develop from his early first
steps on THE NEW MEN to the polished professional he’s become,” says
Stephenson. “And WILDGUARD is Todd’s chance to really display everything
he’s learned over the years as a writer and artist. As with books like
INVINCIBLE, ULTRA and NOBLE CAUSES, Todd’s book is a totally fresh approach
to the superhero genre, and its success has proven once again that readers
are ready for something that really stands out from the crowd.”

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Todd Nauck’s Wilguard returns in December with “Wildguard: Fire Power”