I may not be one of the originals, but I’ve been a long-time fan of Deadman, back from when DC Comics reprinted his late 1960’s Strange Adventures comic book series in a handsome, heavy-stock Baxter-paper miniseries, in the early 1980’s.
Sure, we’ve highlighted the character many times on this website.
Created by industry legends, Arnold Drake and Carmine Infantino and later made famous by another legend in artist Neal Adams, Deadman has lived on through the decades, building a growing cult-like following with each passing generation of comic book reader. He’s never been the type of character that was so popular as to hold his own monthly series for any extended length of time, but he has been and remains, a character fans and readers love to see on short, individual adventures and in crossovers with their more favourite superheroes. Especially if those heroes find themselves in the darker corners of the DC Universe.
Deadman was always a story that had a beginning, middle and end.
Boston Brand, a brash and egotistical trapeze artist, is shot dead in the middle of his climactic big-top act and is returned to the world as a ghost, inhabiting the bodies of the living so that he may solve the mystery of his own murder and bring justice to the man who killed him.
If it sounds like the Deadman story would make for a great television series, well, it would!
And kind of already did, as the tale was heavily influenced by the famous 1963 crime drama, The Fugitive on ABC. Still, Deadman always had a more frightful take on comic book adventures, an angle increasingly played up by DC Comics over the decades.
Horror and Deadman go hand and hand, or, um, mouth to scream. It’s perfect that the character leads us into our upcoming spooky season with a compilation of short comic book stories, all aimed to terrify the reader (of all ages)!
Written by fan-favourite, and Eisner-Award winner, Franco (Tiny Titans, Itty Bitty Hellboy, Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam!), who is joined by a cadre of fantastically fun (and creepy) artists, Deadman Tells the Spooky Tales is a 160-page trade paperback collection of over a dozen dark-turn short stories that readers are sure to enjoy by flashlight under the bedcovers!
Ever thought you were being watched? Want to take a short cut home? Is there something living under that bed of yours? Those stories, and many more, are framed by Deadman as host. It’s a book that is perfect for fans of the character who are looking for something spooky, but more fun than serious, especially for younger readers.
Deadman Tells the Spooky Tales is a perfect stuffer in that precious Halloween loot bag, right next to the chocolates, chips and pumpkin-shaped lollipops. It makes for great (and fun) reading now that the days are getting shorter and the nights longer, as we enter the month of October – the spookiest month of them all!
Avoid the ghosts and ghouls that would otherwise block your way and make the run to your local comic book shop. Pick up the book that we all can scream for this month in Deadman Tells The Spooky Tales!