The next issue of indie hit and Kickstarter-funded Merrick: The Sensational Elephantman (#8), created by Tom Ward and Luke Parker (artist on the Halloween Eagle strip for Dark Horse appearing in Astro Hustle), lettered by Micah Myers, is available to pre-order now!
For those who came in late: Merrick: The Sensational Elephantman is a Victorian adventure/ horror/ cape gaslamp comic for mature readers, set in 1880s’ London. Based on a fictional version of the life of ‘Elephantman’ Joseph Merrick, it steps between historical facts and turn of the century folklore juxtaposed with the American superhero comic conventions of super powers, masks, secret identities and fantastic adventures.
Betrayed, robbed and left for dead by his tour manager, Merrick finds his way back to London where he is rediscovered by Dr. Frederick Treves who, unknown to Merrick, is the man responsible for his exile to Europe. Treves takes Merrick back to the London hospital where he can recover, promising to search for a cure to Merrick’s condition but actually attempting to unlock the secret of his skin for his own gain.
In the latest issue of this brilliant series, we catch up with Merrick, who’s barely survived his battle against the maggot deity Phu-ggogot. Now the Elephantman must face not only the wrath of the Man Elephant, but also his own past…
Offered as a limited numbered print run of 500, a maximum of two print runs for each issue, you can pre-order physical copies here on the Merrick: The Sensational Elephantman web site. You’ll also be sent digital versions of the issue in .pdf and .cbr formats so you can enjoy issues of Merrick on the move on your tablet, smartphone or PC.
• Pre-Order the print edition of Merrick: The Sensational Elephantman #8 here – then explore the site for even more Elephantman goodies, including a free download of #1
Merrick: The Sensational Elephantman ships from the UK, please bear that in mind for arrival timed ordering from abroad
• Check out Luke Parker’s work on “Halloween Eagle” written by Jai Nitz, a flip book feature in Astro Hustle #2 from Dark Horse, on sale 3rd April 2019 – more information here
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.