Since “The Hard Goodbye” — legendary writer and artist Frank Miller‘s first “Sin City” story — was first published in 1991 in the pages of “Dark Horse Presents,” Dark Horse Comics has repackaged the famous story in a number of ways — but never quite like this. CBR has the exclusive first details on “Frank Miller’s Sin City: The Hard Goodbye Curator’s Collection” a new hardcover where the entire original “Sin City” yarn is presented in the form of Miller’s scanned-in original artwork, full-sized and unaltered — similar to IDW Publishing’s lauded “Artist’s Edition” collections.
“‘The Hard Goodbye’ was my first crack at writing and drawing a comic book with total freedom,” Miller said in a statement. “I am grateful to Mike Richardson and Dark Horse for helping make it such a big success. You can now see my work warts and all. You can see just how many mistakes I actually made!”
The “Hard Goodbye” Curator’s Collection is slated for release in 2016, with a cover price of $175 for a 224-page, 15 x 21.5 inch hardcover. Released as part of Dark Horse’s Kitchen Sink Books imprint, it’ll include an introduction by Robert Rodriguez, who co-directed both “Sin City” films with Miller; an epilogue by Dark Horse Comics founder and President Mike Richardson and a new interview with Miller.
“The ability to show this original work in raw form and put it into context for a future generation is something we’re conscious of going in,” John Lind, Kitchen Sink’s collection editor and designer, said in a statement.
First published in 1991 and 1992, “The Hard Goodbye” introduced Marv, likely “Sin City’s” most recognizable character, and was adapted to live-action in the 2005 film.
This announcement from Dark Horse comes the week of New York Comic Con, where “Dark Knight III: The Master Race” — co-written by Miller and the final sequel to his seminal “The Dark Knight Returns” — will be a major focus of DC Comics‘ promotional efforts. Miller is scheduled for a signing Saturday, Oct. 10, from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the Dark Horse Comics booth (#1636).
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