Fan-favorite artist Howard Chaykin has officially been announced as the artist on the launch of the upcoming_ BLADE__ series alongside writer Marc Guggenheim. Chaykin, probably best known for his AMERICAN FLAGG_ series, is ready to take the vampire-hunter to new heights as he combines horror with super-heroics.
Marc Guggenheim is thrilled at the chance to be working with Chaykin. “I've been a longtime fan of Howard's work,” says Guggenheim. “His American Flagg and Blackhawk series were incredible inspirations to me. He has a dynamic, exciting style that has remained an original voice that I have yet to see any artist duplicate. That's a very rare thing in comics.”
When asking for a Blade artist, Guggenheim couldn’t be more pleased to have Chaykin help him launch this title. “I think Howard's the perfect choice for Blade,” added Guggenheim. “Let's be honest, his involvement brings a level of cache, of class to the project that I don't. Moreover, he's the pitch-perfect choice given what we're trying to do with this new_ BLADE_ series, which is to appeal to both fans of horror and super-hero action alike. Howard's style is "clean" enough to give it that classic super-hero look, but he can also pull off the darkness that a vampire-hunting comic requires.”
Joining Guggenheim and Chaykin is newcomer Marko Djurdjevic whose mind-blowing covers ensure that he won’t be an unknown commodity for long.
The hero that starred in three movies and a television series on the way is getting his own miniseries in_ BLADE #1. With talent like Guggenheim, Chaykin, and Djurdjevic taking over the popular mainstream vampire-hunter, you can bet that BLADE_ is going to be one heck of a rollercoaster ride. Just check out the first issue as it features not only Dracula, but also your Friendly Neighborhood Wall-Crawler, Spider-Man.
BLADE #1 Written by MARC GUGGENHEIM Penciled by HOWARD CHAYKIN Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC 32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99 FOC – 8/31, On Sale – 9/20/2006