Classic “Scream!” and “Misty” comics unite for Hallowe’en Special!

Scream & Misty Halloween Special 2017 - Cover

(Updated 3/8/17, with confirmed on sale date)

Rebellion, publisher of 2000AD, has begun soliciting orders for a Scream! & Misty Hallowe’en Special through comic shop distributor Diamond, promising new stories starring classic characters from two much-loved British comics published in the 1970s and 80s.

Wrapped in a cover by Henry Flint, we’re to be treated to the return of wo of Britain’s best-loved supernatural comics , resurrected and merged into one terrifying tome featuring all-new stories!

The story line up is as follows…

  • Max the crazy computer makes a welcome return in “The Thirteenth Floor” by Guy Adams, John Stokes and Frazer Irving
  • The fangs are out in “The Dracula File” by Grainne McEntee and Tristan Jones
  • Weirdos, warriors and weasels plucked from the pages of various 70s and 80s British comics congregate in “Death-Man: The Gathering” by Henry Flint
  • Kek-W and Simon Coleby collaborate on “Black Max” (actually a character who first appeared in another short-lived comic, Thunder), the German World War One fighter pilot that’s descended from a race of bat-people
  • The high-rise horrors of Birdwood are back in “Return of the Sentinels” by Hannah Berry and Ben Willsher
  • Fairies can be frightening in “Fate of the Fairy Hunter” by Alec Worley and DaNi

For ordering information (Previews code AUG171919) from your local comic shop, check out this page on the Diamond PREVIEWS web site.

The special will be on sale in UK newsagents and has a cover price of £3.99, with an on sale date of 18th October 2017 with simultaneous digital release worldwide, on shelves until 13th December. It will be on sale in US comic shops from 1st November.

This is great news for British comic fans, Rebellion not only bringing us new stories featuring classic characters but also firmly putting their stamp on many vintage characters they now own. We can’t wait!

Misty co-creator Pat Mills, also creator of 2000AD has welcomed the new project, with some reservations.

“It’s fantastic – apart from Misty having a poor relation smaller logo,” he noted in a social media post, his partner Lisa raising similar concerns in the same thread. “That’s a pity. I hope it doesn’t indicate that this is aimed primarily at blokes, the ‘I used to read my sister’s Misty‘ market. Or – worse – what blokes think a female market likes. That market has distinct, sometimes almost arcane rules of its own. Misty had a strong female identity which it would be a shame to lose.”

“It’s obvious from the two Misty collections so far that – whilst Rebellion are to be congratulated on reprinting Misty – they don’t fully understand the female market which is why I say there’s a strong blokey element,” Pat told downthetubes, “and this is born out by this Scream / Misty (in mini lettering) on the cover. If they don’t know what I mean on the Misty collection I’ll be very happy to explain it to them if they ask me. It’s only minor but important things which any female fans they consulted may not be aware of if they proof read the material. But they’ve never consulted me on this aspect.

“I’m not patronising them,” he continues, “but there are lessons we learnt on girls comics that they seem blissfully unaware of. Having a line like ‘Girls will be ghouls’ for example. Ugh! That would never have been used on a girls comic in a million years. It’s a blokey line. ”

Responding to concerns, Rebellion’s Keith Richardson commented “Logos aside (at one stage we were just going to put out a Scream! special first), I think that we managed to get a good balance when it comes to the new strips. Some strong female creators have contributed some great stories so I don’t think that it is too blokey.”

• You can pre-order the Scream! Misty Hallowe’en Special through your local comic shop using the Diamond PREVIEWS code AUG171919. Online, stores such as Forbidden Planet will offer the title (using this link to search for it helps support downthetubes)

Find out what classic comic characters beyond 2000AD Rebellion now own here

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", 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 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. 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. 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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