It’s July 12th and that means that it’s my birthday! Yes! Thank you for all the birthday wishes…twenty-nine years young forever, I say, although it’s been “forever” for a number of years already.
But that’s one of the great things about being interested in, a fan of, and a part of, the pop culture community: you never really do grow old. With the comic books, movies, television programs, board and card games, toys, music, cartoons, and video games, you always seem to find a way to stay youthful.
At heart, at least.
And if you were to subtract twenty nine years from today’s date, and then subtract a few more, and then a few more for added measure, you’d have one of the greatest years of my youth – as well as many of you out there!
It’s the early 1980’s.
And you’re hanging out at the local arcade.
And your hair is long.
And it’s on purpose.
And you’re playing Centipede.
And it’s awesome!
Relive that youthful glory with today’s comic book-styled modern release of Centipede #1!
Written By: Max Bemis
Illustrated By: Eoin Marron
Published By: Dynamite Entertainment
Pac-Man drew you in, but playing Centipede kept you going!
That’s how it was for me. Weekend afternoons at the arcade spent with those pesky, reckless, 8-bit centipedes, vertically winding their way down the television screen while my sweaty palms itched to blow them apart with hot laser fire!
High scores would shatter and the letters J-A-P-E-R would sit atop the leaderboard, if only until the next player in line got a chance at the digital invaders.
The relentless onslaught of disgusting insect-life from another planet, invading our own, was a huge draw back in those days – and the pop culture stardom surrounding the Centipede video game only got bigger when you could take the game home in the form of the Atari 2600 console.
Today, Dynamite Entertainment publishes a revitalized, twenty-first century take, on the classic Centipede video game…this time in comic book form!
Centipede #1, written by Max Bemis (Worst X-Men Ever, Foolkiller) and illustrated by artist Eoin Marron (Sons of Anarchy: Redwood Original), is based on the general premise of that original arcade game. A terrifying creature from another planet attacks! But it’s too late to save the world – everyone is already dead!
From the perspective of the last man left alive, there is still meaning to his existence…revenge!
That’s the way I used to play the game: me versus all the insectoid alien scum that the universe could provide. Mano-a-bug. You don’t get to the top of the arcade leaderboard without devastating some centipede scum!
Relive your youthful love of the arcade game while living out your love of comic books!
Make the run to your local comic book shop today and pick up Centipede #1 – the earth needs it’s 8-bit hero back!