Recently launched by US publisher Insane Comics is Night of the Fire-Beast, a meta fictional comic book based upon a lost 1958 B-movie, conceived and drawn by Chris Martinez, written by Jonathan Clode (co-editor of the terrific, Eisner Award-nominated World War One anthology To End All Wars), with cover art by James Biggie.
Beguiled by comics in his infancy, young Clode took to writing them once he was sure he’d grown up. He has written the one shot Anabolic Chicken Vs Mutant Bull, contributed stories to the second issue of the Outré Anthology, the Haiyan Benefit Anthology the Beyond Bullying comics collection and also features in the Pearl Jam inspired No (Comics) Code Anthology. To End All Wars was his first editing job, working with John Stuart Clark, but luckily he seemed to rather like being consumed by huge amounts of work and his efforts paid off handsomely.
Chicago-based Chris was one of the artists on To End All Wars, while comic artist James Biggie, whose credits include Transformers covers for IDW, is co-creator of of Robot God Akamatsu and giant monster aficionado.
“This is the first of a series of books based around the titular character – Fire-Beast Dorugan,” Jonathan tells us. “Rather than consider it a comic book adaptation, the book acts as the actual movie, using exposed wires, stock footage and flimsy sets within the artwork, as well as background on the film’s troubled production.
“The first part of a trilogy, each story represents a different era in the history of giant monster – or kaiju – movies. Issue 2, due this summer, represents the Japanese iteration of the character from the 1970’s, and #3 due next year, will be the big budget Hollywood reboot.
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.