Official Press Release
Darkness/Hulk, written by Paul Jenkins (Origin, Spectacular Spider-Man) and drawn by Dale Keown (Pitt, Darkness), will hit stores today, but with an unexpected bonus. Top Cow has announced that a surprise variant cover by Top Cow founder Marc Silvestri will be part of the print run received in comic book stores, in a 1 out of 10 copy ratio, to go along with Dale Keown's regular cover.
"We wanted to give retailers who stocked up on this book an unexpected gift for doing so," says Top Cow President Matt Hawkins. "Marc [Silvestri] couldn't resist getting a chance to not only draw his creation, the Darkness, but take a stab at a well-known comic icon such as the Hulk. Plus we simply wanted to do something to call attention to the unique nature of these Top Cow/Marvel crossovers.."
Top Cow was founded in December of 1992 and currently publishes its line of comic books in 21 languages in over 55 different countries. The company has launched 20 franchises (18 original and 2 licensed) in the industry's Top 10, seven at #1, a feat accomplished by no other publisher in the last two decades. Its flagship franchise Witchblade was TNT's #1 original film of 2000. Virtually all of Top Cow's other properties are in development as feature films, live action television or animation. Top Cow has also successfully licensed and merchandised its franchises into toys, statues, clothing, lithographs, puppets, posters, shot glasses, lighters, lunch pails, wall scrolls, mouse pads, die cast cars, calendars, Christmas ornaments, Halloween masks, trading cards, standees, video games and role playing games.