Dynamite’s been doing Sherlock Holmes stories on a fairly regular basis for some time now. And really, given the recent court decision on Holmes being firmly in the public domain, there’s every reason to. The next entry in the Dynamite extension of the Holmes library will find the master detective crossing paths with the magician Harry Houdini. A fairly natural pairing, since Houdini had a lengthy engagement in London in 1900.
The creative team on this will be Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery, but known in comics circles for their work on Kill Shakespeare over at IDW.Press release and art follow:
Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery will bring their skill for literary reimagining to a new comic book miniseries event, Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini. Best known for their acclaimed series Kill Shakespeare, Del Col and McCreery have joined with skillful artist Carlos Furuzono to bring two larger-than-life icons into conflict: the famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes and real-life stage magician and stunt performer Harry Houdini. The battle between sleuth and showman launches with its first issue in October, featuring cover variants by John Cassaday, Aaron Campbell, and Colton Worley.
“Sherlock Holmes and Harry Houdini are two of the most fascinating characters of the last hundred-plus years. Placing them together in the same world produces so many moments of mystery, intrigue, illusion, and reveal,” says Del Col, who then quips, “And that’s only during our research, in which Conor and I escaped near-death experiences while donning deerstalker caps.”
In Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini #1, famed detective Sherlock Holmes and brash showman Harry Houdini must combine forces to defeat a mysterious mystic dedicated to destroying Houdini’s career and killing anyone who gets in his way. But despite their singular purpose, the two titans have too much professional pride between them… and it’s only a matter of time until the deadliest sin has them facing off.
Del Col and McCreery took the comic book industry by storm with their creator-owned Kill Shakespeare series, launched in 2010. In addition to their comics work, they each have found a string of success in diverse entertainment venues. Del Col has worked in the music, film, and television industries, produced two independent feature films, and most recently assisted with the management of international pop star Nelly Furtado and her world tour. McCreery has served in both creative and business positions for film and television companies, contributed over 1,000 stories and articles for media outlets, and also provided expert analysis for Canada’s Business News Network.
Conor McCreery says, “Working with Dynamite is a blast. Their editorial team has proven repeatedly that they know how to make legacy characters like Sherlock Holmes come alive. We couldn’t wait to get the chance to work with and learn from some of the best minds in comicdom.”
“I cannot say enough about both the characters and the creative on this series. Sherlock Holmes is one of the most iconic fictional characters in the world, and an inspiration for other comic heroes. Harry Houdini oozed charisma and was a brilliant man as well, as demonstrated by his penchant for debunking spiritualists. The team-up of these amazing characters is perfect. We’ve wanted to have this meeting of two great minds for years, but didn’t want to place the project on the schedule until we had the right creative team, and Anthony and Conor are that team. They are intimidatingly smart… and you would have to be to write Holmes and Houdini. Anthony and Conor have proven how well they can handle historical literary characters, and now will add an iconic real-world character, Harry Houdini, to their resume,” says Dynamite CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci.
Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ August Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in October. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini with their local comic book retailers. The entire Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini series will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.