Stewart the Rat, a graphic novel written by Steve Gerber andpencilled by Gene Colan in the wake of their ground-breakingwork on Howard The Duck, returns in December in a value-pricededition. "Gerber took the same cynical, frustrated sense ofhumor that made his work on Howard a classic and applied it tothis tale of a walking, talking rat who faces the craziness ofthe Southern California lifestyle," explains Nat Gertler,publisher of About Comics, LLC. "With the amazing Gene Colanpencils being handled by Tom Palmer, the best inker for Colan'sdetailed realism, the artwork is lovely. Since it was drawn forblack and white, it shows the two collaborators at their best.
In an unusual move, the publisher has decided to price the newedition at significantly less than the original 1980 edition."When Eclipse published Stewart in 1980, they took advantage ofthe novelty of graphic novels to put this in an oversized,squarebound format with a cover price of $6.95, and that was ata time when a typical superheor comic book cost fifty cents,"Gertler explained. "By putting the same material in a standardcomic book format instead, we can put it out for a mere $3.95for a full 48 pages."
While this graphic novel has never been as well-known as thework Gerber and Colan did for the big two publishers, thetrue fans never forgot it in the decades since it waspublished. In a 1999 poll, Colan fans named Stewart the Rattheir favorite graphic novel and Tom Palmer their favoriteinker.
With the recent popularity of Gerber's new Howard the Duckminiseries and the Essential Howard the Duck TPB reprintingGerber and Colan's classic work, the time seems right forthis book. "Steve Gerber is one of the most unusual andvibrant writing voices in comics, and Gene Colan is auniquely wonderful visual storyteller," said Gertler, "andit's an honor to be able to bring their collaboration backinto the public eye."
Stewart the Rat is a 48 page black-and-white Mature Readerscomic with a color cover. It ships in January from AboutComics, LLC.