IDW has announced a new Goosebumps comic, Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp, written by Marieke Nijkamp, illustrated by Yasmin Flores Montanez, and with colors by Rebecca Nalty.

Main cover for Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp #1 by Bill Underwood.

Nijkamp previously penned The Oracle Code, a YA graphic novel about Barbra Gordon, for DC Comics. Montanez’s previous work includes Marvel Action: Captain Marvel. Nalty’s previous work includes Finger Guns and the GLOW comic book adaption.

Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp will be five issues long, and the first issue will be published in September 2020.

Secrets of the Swamp
Retailer incentive cover for Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp by Clara Meath.

The Goosebumps comics are based on the series of children’s horror novels of the same title by R.L. Stine, which are published by Scholastic Publishing. The first book, Welcome to Dead House, was released in July 1992, and the original series ran for five years, ending in December 1997 with #62: Monster Blood IV.

Since then, Goosebumps have appeared in the pages of comic books a fair few times. In 2006, Scholastic themselves published comic adaptions of Stine’s classic prose stories with the Goosebumps Graphix series.

Stine has stepped into the world of comics, himself, having penned a five-issue run of Marvel’s Man-Thing (which included short, unrelated horror comics in the back material that would make any Goosebumps devotee’s heart palpitate) in 2017 and then penning the Just Beyond horror series for BOOM! Studios.

Meanwhile, IDW acquired the license for Goosebumps comics in 2017, and Secrets of the Swamp is the third comic adaption of the property to be released from the San Diego-based publisher.

If Goosebumps doesn’t quite sate your appetite for 90’s genre fiction being repurposed into comic book form, never fear – autumn 2020 still has you covered! In addition to Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp, we’ll also be seeing a comic book adaption of Animorphs later this year.

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