Comic Wire

Fri, June 18th, 1999 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
Beau Yarbrough, Columnist

"DANGER GIRL" CREATOR BLASTS VARIANT PRODUCER

Danger Girl #2 Variant
Danger Girl #2 Variant

In comments on the Cliffhanger Danger Girl message board

(www.dangergirl.com), "Danger Girl" creator J. Scott Campbell, whose

book featured more than five variant versions of its first issue, blasted

retailer Comic Cavalcade for their "absurd" prices and multiple variants

of "Danger Girl" #2.

"I am appalled and embarrassed by not only the amount that they are

trying to charge you guys for these very ordinary comics, but the fact that

they slapped a couple of different colored sparkly inks over the logo and

pretend that they're 'completely different!'"

Comic Cavalcade is selling three versions of "Danger Girl" #2, a new

cover for $7, the platinum foil version, which has a chromed title, for $20

and the "ruby red" version, with a red chromed title, for $60. The

company says the variants are limited to 4,000 copies for the basic

variant, 1,000 for the platinum and 400 for the ruby red.

"I apologize for this fiasco and promise that I will pay more

attention to the deals that I get myself involved with regarding 'Danger

Girl' in the future."
- J. Scott Campbell

"I assure you all that neither Andy [Hartnell] or myself had any idea when

we were approached to do this alternate that there would be THREE

different logo colors. Nor were we told of this absurd price they would

be asking. I assure you, we only see a fraction of the money they're

taking in. I apologize for this fiasco and promise that I will pay more

attention to the deals that I get myself involved with regarding 'Danger

Girl' in the future."

This isn't the first time "Danger Girl" has ventured into variant territory,

however: The first issue was also accompanied by a "chromium" edition

with a foil cover, which was limited to roughly two copies per retailer,

leading to some California-area retailers charging $70 and up for the

issue, which has a cover price of $9. There was also an oversized

"Danger-size" edition made available to stores that had high orders of the

regular edition of the comic, a "tour edition" cover only available at

personal appearances by the creators, and retailer American

Entertainment had an alternate cover of the first issue, using the art from a

promotional "Danger Girl" poster from last summer. The American

Entertainment version was also available with chromed title. American

Entertainment also had variants, including one with a chromed logo, of

the "Danger Girl" preview issue originally available only with copies of

"Gen13" or "DV8."

"Be aware, though, that variants have become a permanent fixture of this

business."
- J. Scott Campbell

"Be aware, though, that variants have become a permanent fixture of this

business," Campbell said. "That's just a fact we all have to come to grips

with. I mean think about, If you guys didn't buy them, we wouldn't make

them."

In an e-mailed response to Comic Wire, William Christensen, the

president of Comic Cavalcade, wouldn't go into details about the

situation, but said the company has "put a call in to Wildstorm and Mr.

Campbell to discuss any possible confusion that may have occurred. We

look forward to doing more products with Image, Wildstorm, and Mr.

Campbell in the near future."

And back at the Dangergirl.com message board, Campbell defended the

practice of issuing variants at all:

"Believe me, not having all the variants to DG will not affect your

enjoyment of the storyline in the slightest (unlike another forthcoming

comic which boasts that you absolutely NEED all it's variants for greater

understanding of it's story, which will remain nameless...)"

The probable nameless comic? Top Cow's "Fathom," which will feature

multiple first issues, each of which will include several

unique-to-that-variant pages, featuring a different character's perspective

on the events in the story. Top Cow's spin on the "Fathom" variants is

that they actually have more value for the readers other than collectors.

LARSEN GOES "NOVA"

Erik Larsen
Erik Larsen

Erik Larsen, who's gone from working on only his own "Savage

Dragon" book to taking over "Aquaman" and "Wolverine" will soon be

working on his fourth regular monthly book: "Nova."

Larsen made the announcement Wednesday on the Savage Dragon

mailing list, and says no artist has been decided yet. The announcement

has not been officially confirmed by Marvel Comics at press time. No

word on when Larsen's "Nova" will hit the stands.

ORIGINAL "MAGE" SERIES REDISCOVERED

Even after a decade's absence from the stands, Matt Wagner's "Mage"

series made a big splash critically and with fans when he began the

second part of his trilogy, "Mage: The Hero Defined" last year.

But fans who wanted to pick up the original series, "Mage: The Hero

Discovered," were out of luck. Original issues and the three trade

paperbacks that collected the series - which is both an autobiographical

work about Wagner himself and a Campbellian adventure story

featuring legendary figures returning to the modern world - were both

scarce and very expensive.

What seemed a natural solution - republishing the original trade

paperbacks - was complicated by the fact that when Comico, the

publisher of the original "Mage" series collapsed, the printing films for

two of Wagner's series, "Mage" and "Grendel," were lost.

But there's "destroyed lost" and "misplaced lost," and "Mage: The Hero

Defined" turned out to be the latter.

Starting in October, Image Comics - the publishers of the current

"Mage" series - will be publishing a series of eight prestige format

books every two weeks, each including two issues of the original series.

Each will have been recolored using modern coloring techniques.

And in other "Mage" news, or perhaps non-news, Wagner declined to

comment on rumors mentioned on several Internet film sites that Vince

Vaughn, of "Swingers" and "The Lost World" fame, had spoken to him

about playing Kevin Matchstick, the protagonist of "Mage," in a

possible upcoming movie.

"CHASTITY" SUIT OFF

Nancy Collins has dropped her suit against Chaos Comics. The former

"Swamp Thing" scribe accused Chaos of lifting much of the early

adventures of Chaos vampire Chastity from Collins' first novel,

"Sunglasses After Dark," the first of several novels about the vampire

Sonja Blue.

"The resemblance to Chastity had less to do with the comics version of

SUNGLASSES than it did the original prose version. And numerous

readers (including several fellow professionals) familiar with my work

saw the initial attack in the van (and the whole punk

vampire/vampire-slayer thing) as a distinct rip-off, so it wasn't just me,"

she said in an interview at Beau Yarbrough's Secret Identity Web site

(http://www.lby3.com/comic/archive/collins.html).

"...time constraints forced me to drop the case. Drop, not

withdraw."
- Nancy Collins

"However, time constraints forced me to drop the case. Drop, not

withdraw," Collins emphasized. "I still believe what I believe concerning

the matter to be true, but I have chosen not to pursue further litigation,

as it would be a waste of my time and resources."

Chastity appears next in Chaos Comics' "Evil Ernie" #1 this month,

while Sonja Blue most recently appeared in "A Dozen Black Roses"

from White Wolf Books.

BARON AND RUDE VENTURE OUTSIDE "NEXUS?"

It's been a while since the critically acclaimed "Nexus" has shown up on

the comic stands, but Mike Baron and Steve Rude have something else

in the pipeline. Unfortunately, what they've been busy with is something

of a mystery.

"I can't say for certain when Nexus will again appear, but he will,"

Baron wrote this week to the Comic Wire. "In the meantime, the Dude

["Nexus" artist Steve Rude] and I have not been idle. We hope to have

an announcement to make in Chicago [at the Wizard Con '98 comic

convention next month]."

What's the announcement concern? Baron isn't saying …

"There's always a temptation to say 'This will be the Biggest Thing since

Star Wars!" and announce Project X. But right now, Project X is still in

the formative statements so I can offer you no details, except it will be

in English!"

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