Monster, a comic strip published by Scream! from authors Alan Moore (Watchmen) and John Wagner (Judge Dredd) is coming back to store shelves this July. After being out of print since the ‘80s, the series is coming back via 2000 A.D.. The title is being printed in an 190-page graphic novel. The Guardian has the first new details on the reprinted comic. The strip was drawn by an artist known only as Heinzl.
Moore wrote the first installment of the comic in 1984 before Wagner finished Monster. The series started in March of 1984 after being cancelled June of the same year and eventually absorbed into Eagle comics.
“While Alan was beginning his groundbreaking run on Swamp Thing for DC Comics in America in the early 80s, he was still working for the UK industry where he’d cut his teeth,” said 2000 AD spokesman Michael Molcher. “The late 70s and early 80s were a heyday for British comics, with shelves groaning under the weight of a myriad of titles all the way from classic war comics through to horror comics. [But] despite teaching a whole generations of kids how to read and appreciate good stories, this period of classic British comics has been woefully neglected and with our reprints of Monster … we’re bringing great comics from some legendary names back into the light.”
The series follows a deformed boy who grew up in an attic, following the footsteps of EC in terms of tone. While the first story was credited to Moore, subsequent comics were attributed to writer Rick Clark, a pseudonym for Wagner. Monster is Moore and Wagner’s only comics collaboration. Molcher explained that tracking down copies of Scream! to reprint this collection has been difficult, “but we have substantial experience with ‘2000 A.D.’ collections of restoring neglected comics back to how they looked in the 1970s and ’80s.”