Cult comic creation Octobriana returns in ‘The New Amazons’

New Amazons Preview

Kult Creations, run by longtime comics creator John A. Short, has just announced The New Amazons – a new superhero team comic featuring the return of cult underground comic character Octobriana.

This public domain Russian superwoman, who some readers may recognise for her early appearance in Bryan Talbot’s The Adventures of Luther Arkwright, was created in the early 1970s and featured in the legendary title Octobriana and the Russian Underground.

The Russian She-Devil is joined by other super-women from around the global (like Britannia and America’s Liberty) to fight the ultimate super-villains… including (in the new Preview Special) Vladimir Putin…

Octobriana battles Putin in The New Amazons
Octobriana battles Putin in The New Amazons

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Because Octobriana is supposed to have been developed by an illegal underground organisation in Kiev (although the Octobriana Society says she was actually the creation of Petr Sadecky, a spy for the Czechoslovak Secret Police), the character is in the public domain and therefore a select band of comics creators have used her image and name over the years, each putting their own interpretation on the legend.

Since her appearance in The Adventures of Luther Arkwright, she’s also featured in Larry Weltz’s Cherry’s Jubilee, Revolution Comics and Commie Zombie, also by John A. Short. Karen Ellis and Trina Robbins also drew an Octobriana strip for Womanthology: Heroic, a collection of comics and essays created entirely by women (there’s some information on that on octobrianaorg).

Written by John A. Short and illustrated in full colour by Gabby Noble (Savage! Jungle Princess/Spliffy: The Stoner Chick!), The New Amazons Preview Special features an exclusive comic strip adventure that will not feature in the forthcoming Graphic Novel.

John is a full-time comics creator who has worked for all sorts of different publications all over the world. He created Rex and Robin Hoodie for Egmont’s TOXIC and wrote for Hunt Emerson’s Ardnox High strip online. He’s had stories in Fantagraphics and Rip Off Comix anthologies in the US and strips published in the anthology titles, Soft Secrets and Wasted as well as writing for Artx and Men Only. But in comics fandom he’s best known as the self-publisher of the small press titles Octobriana (which won an award for Best New British Comic), Armageddon Patrol and Loxley.

As well as running Kult Creations he’s currently writing ‘Ms. Fortune’ for Mayfair Magazine.

The New Amazons is available from Kult Creations: http://kultcreations.blogspot.com

More on the Octobriana Myth here by the Octobriana Society

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as an editor, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years. His credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel UK and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines. He also edited STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics, including Team M.O.B.I.L.E. and The Beatles Story. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare” for Tian Books. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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