Image & Dynamic Forces wave "American Flagg!" in November

Fri, August 27th, 2004 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Founder/Former Owner

Official Press Release

For years, fans have been clamoring for new editions of Howard Chaykin's

legendary AMERICAN FLAGG! series. In response to this demand, Dynamic

Forces, Inc and Image Comics have teamed up to present one of the most

anticipated collections in recent years.

This November, Image and Dynamic Forces will present two simultaneously

released AMERICAN FLAGG! trade paperbacks, collecting the first twelve

issues of Howard Chaykin's watershed creation. At the same time, for the

discriminating collectors, there will be a single deluxe hardcover edition.

The first trade paperback collects issues 1 through 6 of the original series

(including the complete stories "Hard Times" and "Southern Comfort"). The

second features issues 7 through 12 ("State of the Union" and "Solidarity --

For Now"). The first volume also includes a nine-page prelude written and

illustrated by Chaykin that was never printed in the original comic.

Dynamic Forces' 376-page hardcover edition will contain all of the material

in the two trades, as well as additional cover paintings and promotional

pieces by Chaykin, a Michael Chabon introduction, a special dust jacket

designed by Chip Kidd, an afterword by Jim Lee and, as a special bonus, a

brand-new 12 page American Flagg! story written and illustrated by Howard

Chaykin exclusively for this edition. And for the true connoisseur, there

will also be a signed edition available signed by the man himself, Howard


"Working with Nick and the terrific staff at Dynamic, and with Erik and his

wonderful crew at Image has been a great experience for me. I'm delighted

with the prospect of American Flagg! coming back under these two sensational

imprints. Thanks, guys!" states series creator Howard Chaykin.

"Howard and I have been close friends for years, but have never worked

together on a project of this scale, and scope. American Flagg! is one of

the definitive works of graphic literature of not only the '80s, but of any

decade. To be part of the process that will put this masterpiece into the

hands and onto the shelves of fans both old and new, is truly an honor.

Having read this in my early days as a comics fan, it will be wonderful to

see both new fans and old, reading one of Howard's best works!" says Nick


As a fan of the original series, Image Comics Publisher Erik Larsen is

especially enthused about the project.

"Lord knows the guy has produced an impressive body of work post-Flagg!, but

American Flagg!, for a LOT of us, stands out as Howard Chaykin's signature

book," notes Larsen. "The book that raised the bar, set the standard, and

showed the world what a talented son of a bitch he is."

"The book, the world, and its entire cast were unlike anything that had

preceded it," he adds. "Chaykin's innovations sent a shockwave through the

industry. Nobody, prior to Chaykin, had so successfully combined

illustrations and sound effects. Nobody had integrated rock & roll riffs and

rhythms into a comic book. Nobody approached the page with such a sense of

design or wrote stories that were so sophisticated, complex, compelling, and

real. Chaykin's outstanding use of duo-shade not only gave American Flagg! a

look all its own but made other books look flat and dull in comparison. And

the women -- oh my."

Originally published in the early eighties, AMERICAN FLAGG! tells the story

of Ranger Rueben Flagg as he navigates an American landscape that, in

retrospect, feels more prophetic with each passing year. The winner of

numerous industry awards, including nine Eagle Awards, AMERICAN FLAGG! is

set in 2031, in a world ravaged by nuclear conflict, environmental

disasters, and nationalism that had driven the United States government -

and the corporations that owned it - to the relative safety of the planet

Mars. The government and the corporations, now renamed the Plex, govern from

a distance, relying on the Plexus Rangers to maintain any semblance of law

and order.

Once the star of a television series dramatizing the fictional adventures of

one such Ranger, Flagg was replaced by a hologram, and then drafted into the

real Rangers, where he was assigned to protect the city of Chicago. Along

with Raul, the smartest talking cat alive, and Luther Ironheart, the

stupidest robot ever, and surrounded by a bevy of the most beautiful women

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of the 21st century, Flagg faces an uphill battle protecting and defending

the American way of life -- or rather, what's left of it.

All three books, plus the signed Hard Cover Edition, will be available for

preorder in the upcoming September issue of Previews and will go on sale in


For more information on Dynamic Forces specialty merchandise, product art,

exclusive creator interviews and upcoming releases, please visit the Dynamic

Forces website at

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