Vault Comics announced today their partnership with the legendary Slash of Guns N’ Roses, Shout! Studios, and Raven Banner Entertainment for the comic book adaptation of the cult classic sword-and-sorcery movie franchise, Deathstalker, as part of their previously announced Headshell imprint.

Presented by Slash and based on a story by writer, director, and legendary creature effects artist Steven Kostanski (Psycho GoremanThe Void), the book reunites the team from the publisher’s hit weird western series, West of Sundown: bestselling writer Tim Seeley (Grayson, Hack/SlashMoney Shot) and acclaimed artist Jim Terry (Come Home, Indio).

“I’m excited to be kicking off a new era of Deathstalker,” said Slash. “From Tim Seeley, artist Jim Terry, writer-director-creature FX-wizard Steven Kostanski, and myself, our Deathstalker is a reimagining of that fine specimen of ’80s sword and sorcery. With fantasy, you get a little of everything: horror, magic, sex, thrills, blood, guts, swords, and weirdness. You know—all those things you can’t look away from. And that’s what we’re bringing. So—please—if you share my love of all things wicked, check it out!”

Launching in October with a Kickstarter campaign for a deluxe, oversized hardcover edition of the book, it will also be available in 2024 in both single-issue comics and trade paperback through comic book stores and book shops everywhere.

Concept art from Vault co-founder Nathan Gooden.

“We obviously adore sword and sorcery at Vault,” said CEO Damian Wassel. “So, when Slash approached us with the opportunity to relaunch a cult classic of the genre together with Steven Kostanski, and our friends at Shout! and Raven Banner, we couldn’t say no. The whole idea of this project is to balance nostalgia for the so-bad-it’s-good fantasy filmmaking of the 1980s with the storytelling sensibilities of our time. There’s no one we could trust more to turn that into a wickedly hilarious, fantastically epic comic than Tim Seeley and Jim Terry.”

“I’m a child of the ’80s,” added Seeley. “I remember when my dad bought our first VCR in 1982. And I remember the slew of weird and imaginative sword and sorcery VHS tapes that followed. Deathstalker has been near and dear to my heart since I was completely disturbed and aroused by it at a far-too-young-age. And as a fan of the films of Steve Kostanski, I was thrilled to contribute to this project  and the ongoing mythology of Deathstalker with my good friend and frequent collaborator, Jim Terry at Vault!” 

“Some went to church, some had friends, I had the video store,” said Terry. “Being young at the birth of the VHS explosion was magic, and it felt like a time when folks were telling incredibly imaginative stories with limited resources – that charm and creativity would be hard to recreate today but it’s a thrill to bask in that energy with Deathstalker. I’m already enjoying myself, and very much looking forward to wandering in a world I’m very familiar with and making something that we hope will be an absolute blast to read. Thanks to all the folks involved and to my pal Tim Seeley for inviting me along to hang out in this universe for a while.” 

“I can’t think of a collection of artists more capable of reigniting Deathstalker than Tim, Jim, Steve, and Slash,” said Fields, SVP of Acquisitions and Originals at Shout! Studios. “It’s a dream team that both honors the legacy and forges a new direction unique to their trusted creative credentials.” 

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Non-final cover mock-up featuring original movie poster art from Boris Vallejo.