NBM to bring back to print P. Craig Russell's 'The Magic Flute'

Wed, May 7th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Founder/Former Owner

Official Press Release

NBM is proud to bring back to press all of the opera adaptation work

by revered artist P. Craig Russell in a three volume series

entitled "The P. Craig Russell Library of Opera Adaptations." Each

volume will be published approximately 6 months apart, bringing back

the many adaptations Russell has done over the years, published

principally in the eighties by the long-defunct Eclipse comics. Most

of the works, spanning from Wagner to Leoncavallo, have been

unavailable for over a decade, since the demise of Eclipse. For this

republication, all the art has been reshot from the originals to

allow for larger size reproduction to better showcase Russell's


In this first volume, his classic adaptation of Mozart's The Magic

Flute takes up the entire book. Russell shows his fascination with

the fantastic and fantasy elements of the story. Later volumes will

bring out again Parsifal, Salome, Pelleas & Melisande, Ariane &

Bluebeard and his more recent adaptation of I Pagliacci ("The

Clowns") as well as other smaller works.

This follows closely in the footsteps of his recent completion of the

monumental adaptation of Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung (Dark Horse),

which garnered great praise.

Later this year, besides continuing this Library, NBM will bring out

his fourth volume in the projected 5-volume series adapting the Fairy

Tales of Oscar Wilde, tales good for all ages.

And so, ladies and gentlemen, the curtain rises, the orchestra swells

and we see Tamino, a prince on a mission to find Pamina, The Queen of

the Night's daughter, whom he must rescue from the evil Sarastro.

Tamino/Pamina, Papageno/Papagena, Sarastro/Queen of the Night. A

triptych of couples that lay the drama in this story full of


8x11 , 144pp., full color clothbound, $24.95, ISBN 1-56163-350-X;

more at www.nbmpublishing.com

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