We haven’t really written much about Bluewater’s Ray Harryhausen inspired line of comics. We say that as someone whose favorite movies as a kid were Harryhausen’s efforts. But our most favoritest favorite of all was JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS because it was and is the best movie EVER MADE, and we stand by this assertion. So, willwe buy a Harryhausen sanctioned JASON comic? Probably.
After recently announcing the sell-out of the first title in their RAY HARRYHAUSEN PRESENTS line of comics, Bluewater is back for more with the release of their second all-star packed Harryhausen series, JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS: KINGDOM OF HADES!
“I think Jason and the Argonauts probably came the closest to becoming the motion picture I imagined when we began pre-production. I suppose you could call it my most satisfying film from that standpoint,” Harryhausen said.
Jason’s story sails again in November, with the start of an all-new adventure told in a four-issue miniseries from Harryhausen and Bluewater Productions, along with creators David McIntee (Dr. Who), Mike Grell (Batman), and Rantz and Tiago da Silva – both formerly of Bluewater’s POWER OF THE VALKYRIE series.
Here’s how the story is described by the publisher …
RAY HARRYHAUSEN PRESENTS:
Jason and the Argonauts: Kingdom of Hades #1 (of 4)
From the writer of DR Who comes a new Ray Harryhausen Presents adventure. The quest to find the Golden Fleece is over, but now Jason and his band of Argonauts must embark on a new and more difficult journey- the journey home. Pursued by a vengeful Aeetes, the Argonauts will brave many dangers, and encounter old friends and new, and old enemies and new … But when the gods play games, no-one can avoid reaching the lands of the dead forever.
— November 2007, four-issue monthly miniseries, 32 pages — $3.50
Cover artist Mike Grell made his comics-debut in 1973, and has since been on such books as Batman, Iron Man, Green Arrow, James Bond: Permission to Die, the Tarzan Sunday comic strip and the internationally acclaimed Longbow Hunters.
“I’m delighted to be painting a series of covers for Jason and the Argonauts,” Grell said. “I met (Bluewater Managing Editor) Darren Davis at Seattle’s Emerald City Con last spring and he told me about the Ray Harryhausen projects Bluewater is doing. Being a huge fan of just about anything Ray ever did, but particularly Jason and the Argonauts, which was one of my favorite movies as a kid, I got very excited and shamelessly pitched him to do covers. It’s been a labor of love and a total blast.”
It was at the same Emerald City Con that Davis also met artist Rantz, and quickly signed him to the Bluewater label. Rantz now provides art for JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS!
“I was both honored and shocked to be asked to draw this series,” Rantz said. “This series has been a thrill to do thus far, and the team is really great to work with. I’ve tried to keep true to (the writer) David’s vision as best as possible.”
In June, BWP announced the first title in the RAY HARRYHAUSEN PRESENTS series, WRATH OF THE TITANS #1 had sold out. On the heels of this success, fans are encouraged to scoop up JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS before it’s too late!
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