Official Press Release
For years, fans have been clamoring for new editions of Howard Chaykin’s
legendary AMERICAN FLAGG! series. In response to this demand, Dynamic
Forces, Inc and Image Comics have teamed up to present one of the most
anticipated collections in recent years.
This November, Image and Dynamic Forces will present two simultaneously
released AMERICAN FLAGG! trade paperbacks, collecting the first twelve
issues of Howard Chaykin’s watershed creation. At the same time, for the
discriminating collectors, there will be a single deluxe hardcover edition.
The first trade paperback collects issues 1 through 6 of the original series
(including the complete stories “Hard Times” and “Southern Comfort”). The
second features issues 7 through 12 (“State of the Union” and “Solidarity —
For Now”). The first volume also includes a nine-page prelude written and
illustrated by Chaykin that was never printed in the original comic.
Dynamic Forces’ 376-page hardcover edition will contain all of the material
in the two trades, as well as additional cover paintings and promotional
pieces by Chaykin, a Michael Chabon introduction, a special dust jacket
designed by Chip Kidd, an afterword by Jim Lee and, as a special bonus, a
brand-new 12 page American Flagg! story written and illustrated by Howard
Chaykin exclusively for this edition. And for the true connoisseur, there
will also be a signed edition available signed by the man himself, Howard
“Working with Nick and the terrific staff at Dynamic, and with Erik and his
wonderful crew at Image has been a great experience for me. I’m delighted
with the prospect of American Flagg! coming back under these two sensational
imprints. Thanks, guys!” states series creator Howard Chaykin.
“Howard and I have been close friends for years, but have never worked
together on a project of this scale, and scope. American Flagg! is one of
the definitive works of graphic literature of not only the ’80s, but of any
decade. To be part of the process that will put this masterpiece into the
hands and onto the shelves of fans both old and new, is truly an honor.
Having read this in my early days as a comics fan, it will be wonderful to
see both new fans and old, reading one of Howard’s best works!” says Nick
As a fan of the original series, Image Comics Publisher Erik Larsen is
especially enthused about the project.
“Lord knows the guy has produced an impressive body of work post-Flagg!, but
American Flagg!, for a LOT of us, stands out as Howard Chaykin’s signature
book,” notes Larsen. “The book that raised the bar, set the standard, and
showed the world what a talented son of a bitch he is.”
“The book, the world, and its entire cast were unlike anything that had
preceded it,” he adds. “Chaykin’s innovations sent a shockwave through the
industry. Nobody, prior to Chaykin, had so successfully combined
illustrations and sound effects. Nobody had integrated rock & roll riffs and
rhythms into a comic book. Nobody approached the page with such a sense of
design or wrote stories that were so sophisticated, complex, compelling, and
real. Chaykin’s outstanding use of duo-shade not only gave American Flagg! a
look all its own but made other books look flat and dull in comparison. And
the women — oh my.”
Originally published in the early eighties, AMERICAN FLAGG! tells the story
of Ranger Rueben Flagg as he navigates an American landscape that, in
retrospect, feels more prophetic with each passing year. The winner of
numerous industry awards, including nine Eagle Awards, AMERICAN FLAGG! is
set in 2031, in a world ravaged by nuclear conflict, environmental
disasters, and nationalism that had driven the United States government –
and the corporations that owned it – to the relative safety of the planet
Mars. The government and the corporations, now renamed the Plex, govern from
a distance, relying on the Plexus Rangers to maintain any semblance of law
Once the star of a television series dramatizing the fictional adventures of
one such Ranger, Flagg was replaced by a hologram, and then drafted into the
real Rangers, where he was assigned to protect the city of Chicago. Along
with Raul, the smartest talking cat alive, and Luther Ironheart, the
stupidest robot ever, and surrounded by a bevy of the most beautiful women
of the 21st century, Flagg faces an uphill battle protecting and defending
the American way of life — or rather, what’s left of it.
All three books, plus the signed Hard Cover Edition, will be available for
preorder in the upcoming September issue of Previews and will go on sale in
For more information on Dynamic Forces specialty merchandise, product art,
exclusive creator interviews and upcoming releases, please visit the Dynamic
Forces website at www.dynamicforces.com.
Image Comics is a comics and graphic novels publisher formed in 1992 by a
collective of best-selling artists. Since that time, Image has gone on to
become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. There are
currently four partners in Image Comics (Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc
Silvestri and Jim Valentino), and Image is currently divided into three
major houses (Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions and Image
Central). Image comics and graphic novels cover
nearly every genre, sub-genre and style imaginable, offering science
fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more
by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today.
Visit www.imagecomics.com for more information.
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