Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque are bringing back American Vampire, and this time, it will be with a story set in 1976.

The new book’s first issue — American Vampire 1976 #1 — is due out October 6 via the publisher’s Black Label imprint. This series will run for nine issues, concluding the Eisner-winning series that marked some of Snyder’s first work with the publisher back in 2010 via the now-defunct Vertigo imprint. The tagline for the comic draws parralels between the ’70s and today: “America is broken. Trust between the government and the American public has crumbled. Paranoia reigns supreme. It’s 1976, not 2020…”

But you can read more about that below, while also checking out some of the first artwork from the new series.

The full press release from DC Comics about the new American Vampire 1976 book can be found below…

America is broken. Trust between the government and the American public has crumbled. Paranoia reigns supreme. It’s 1976, not 2020, and this horrifying tale is the concluding chapter of the Eisner Award-winning American Vampire, reuniting Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque for a nine-issue miniseries!

“Scott, Rafael, and I, we cut our teeth together on American Vampire 10 years ago,” said executive editor Mark Doyle. “Returning to finish the story we started a decade ago is a thrill. Working on American Vampire 1976 has been so creepy and cool, especially because the parallels between 70’s paranoia and today are really chilling…”

Skinner Sweet has exhausted all efforts to regain his lost immortality. With his powers and purpose gone, he is now determined to go out with a bang. At a seedy motorcycle rally in the desert where Skinner’s closer than ever to his death wish, Pearl Jones and a shocking partner track him down for one last, desperate mission: the force known as the Gray Trader and its minions are tunneling through the bowels of the world to unleash hell on Earth—just in time for America’s bicentennial. With catastrophe looming, it’s up to Skinner and Pearl to reconcile and change the course of history—or die trying.

“The characters in ‘76 are in a really dark place in terms of the fight against evil,” says Snyder. “The ’70s mirror our current era in many ways: the anxiety, the fear, and the re-examination of American identity. The book opens on Skinner Sweet working outside of Vegas doing death-defying Evel Knievel-style stunts, trying to die. There’s a kind of Son of Sam plot in New York City with Cal and Travis, a political thriller plot with Felicia, and all sorts of ’70s iconography. It’s my favorite arc so far.”

The series that launched the careers of superstars Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque returns for nine final issues and the closing chapter of the legacy of American Vampire.

American Vampire 1976 #1 by Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque will publish on October 6, 2020, and carry DC’s Black Label descriptor, identifying the content as appropriate for readers ages 17+. The book will retail for $3.99 with cover artwork by Albuquerque and a variant cover by Dustin Nguyen.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. This being modern comics, I’m sure it has no actual ’70s flavor at all. It’s probably written and drawn by people whose ideas of the ’70s come from “Brady Bunch” reruns.

    For the real thing, read Wolfman and Colan’s “Tomb of Dracula” comics from the ’70s (including 1976).

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