The most popular series ever introduced in the pages of Warren Publishing’s Eerie anthology – the time-travelling adventurer The Rook – returns to comics next month from Dark Horse.
Many of us who grew up enthralled by British comic anthologies in the 1960s and 70s also delighted in US publisher’s Warren’s black and white anthologies such as Eerie and Creepy, with their mix of stunning art and strange tales, whose creators included the likes of Esteban Maroto, Luis Garcia, Jose Gonzalez, José Ortiz (a regular artist on British comics), Luis Bermejo, Alex Toth, the brilliant Alex Niño (for my money), Alfredo Alcala, Rudy Nebres and many more.
Seeking his roots in the new Dark Horse series by writer Steven Grant (2 Guns) , with art by Paul Gulacy (Jonah Hex, Master of Kung Fu), the time traveling adventurer stumbles across history’s darkest secret: an immortal genius who has terrorized and shaped human culture since the dawn of man. Though seriously outgunned, he begins a lone guerrilla war across time, in pasts unheard of and futures undreamed of, to free humanity from the immortal’s unending grip.
The Rook, a time-crossing adventurer originally written and drawn by Bill DuBay who first appeared in Eerie #82 (March 1977), would appear in nearly every issue of the magazine over the next two years and would eventually be given his own magazine.
The Rook is scientist Restin Dane, who comes from a family of scientists whose members include the unnamed protagonist of the novel The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. Dane gains his nickname from the fact that his time machine resembles a giant chess rook.
Taking to wearing Western-style clothing and a gun belt, he had his first time-travel adventure at the Alamo in order to save an ancestor, successfully rescuing his great-great-grandfather Bishop Dane, who accompanies him on many of his adventures, along with two robots Restin has built.
The Rook is back – and Restin Dane is ready for action—anyplace, anytime!
Or, as Gulacy himself says on Twitter: “In regards to The Rook – two words..Holy Sh..! Folks. Check this series out. You will not be disappointed. Mind blowing. Grant kills…”
The Rook #1
Writer: Steven Grant
Artist: Paul Gulacy
Cover: Jesus Aburto
On sale 21st October 2015
• The Warren Companion, authored by Jon B. Cooke and David Roach is the ultimate compendium to the great comics of Warren Publishing, examining all the titles including Creepy, Eerie, Vampirella, Blazing Combat, Help!, The Spirit, and many more. It Includes the most cross-indexed artist and writer listing, this tome also features a new painted cover by Alex Horley, reams of unpublished art, archival photos, examinations of Warren’s competition, plus exhaustive details on Warren merchandise, conventions, top strips, most prolific contributors, foreign publications, and many other fascinating oddities! Also featuring new articles on Richard Corben, Frank Frazetta, Steve Ditko and others, and interviews with Bernie Wrightson, Jim Warren, Will Eisner, Neal Adams, Gene Colan and many more.
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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.