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Exclusive! Titan Comics Hook Jaw Variant Cover by Brian Williamson Revealed!

Hook Jaw #1 - Diamond UK Variant by Brian Williamson

Hook Jaw #1 – Diamond UK Variant by Brian Williamson

Following up on our previous post featuring the covers of the first issue of Titan Comics Hook Jaw project, we have this exclusive for you – Brian Williamson‘s stunning retro-styled Diamond Comics UK variant, complete with Action comic-styled masthead!

Launching this December the five issue mini-series, published under license, is written by Si Spurrier (Cry Havoc, Weavers, Doctor Who, Numbercruncher) and illustrated by long-established independent comics talent Conor Boyle, with colours by Giulia Brusco and edited by legendary British comics editor and marine life expert artist, Steve White.

A classic scene from the original "Hook Jaw" strip in Action. Art by Ramon Sola

A classic scene from the original “Hook Jaw” strip in Action. Art by Ramon Sola

Titan’s razor-sharp new title re-surfaces with a range of variant covers to collect from phenomenal artists including Conor Boyle, John McCrea (The Mummy), Marc Laming (Uncanny Avengers), Anna Dittmann, and Steve White.

The mini-series is set to be an intense modern iteration of the titular ocean predator, which debuted in the controversial Fleetway Editions comic Action in the 1970s, written for the most part by Ken Armstrong, with early input from Pat Mills and initially drawn by Ramon Sola. Action Launch Editor Pat decided that unlike the Jaws movie that inspired the strip, the shark should be the nominal hero of the strip, and that greedy and immoral humans were the villains. In the mix would be a human character the reader could empathise with, that of Rick Mason, who appears in the first two Hook Jaw stories, although his appearance in the second, like his head, is cut short. Most of the other humans in the strip are the dregs of humanity, and are deservedly disposed of by Hook Jaw in grisly fashion.

Hook Jaw was one of many strips so violent Action, the forerunner to 2000AD, was banned from the shelves after just 36 issues. A rare surviving copy of a mostly pulped Issue 37 was recently sold at auction for over £4000.

Hook Jaw #1
Writer: Si Spurrier
Artist: Conor Boyle
Colorist: Guilia Brusco
On sale: 14th December 2016

The classic Killer Great White – re-imagined by comics superstar Si Spurrier! In the troubled waters off Somalia, a rag-tag group of marine scientists studying a pack of female great white sharks find themselves caught in a conflict between pirates and the might of the US Navy. But why is the CIA so interested in the work of the scientists? And just how will they face up to the shadowy terror of the legendary great white – HOOK JAW?!

Hook Jaw #1 will be on sale in all good comic shops from Titan Comics on 14th December 2016, including Forbidden Planet – pre-order it here

Find out more about the original Hook Jaw strip here in our “Sevenpenny Nightmare” section


About John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative" who is currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 25 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary, including DEATH'S HEAD II and WARHEADS. At Marvel he wrote strips for THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS, THUNDERCATS, DOCTOR WHO and co-created SHADOW RIDERS with Brian Williamson and Ross Dearsley. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. He has written comics for Marvel UK, Judge Dredd Megazine, Lucky Bag Comic, CGL (an Italian publisher), STRIP Magazine and ROK Comics; and edited some of Titan's British comics collections including Dan Dare and Charley's War. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.
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