On this day in 1958, the world’s most famous MI6 Agent took to the world of comics for the first time, as Ian Fleming’s James Bond brought his hard-drinking, womanizing, spy-killing adventures to the pages of UK newspaper The Daily Express just five years after the launch of the novels with Casino Royale.
Ahead of San Diego Comic-Con 2015, Dynamite has announced that writer Warren Ellis and artist Jason Masters will be the creative team on a new James Bond ongoing series this November. Having acquired the James Bond licence last year --- it was one of Dynamite's SDCC announcements for 2014 --- the publisher will launch the series, titled James Bond 007, starting this November.
Author Ian Fleming's British super-spy James Bond is one of the most iconic characters in modern fiction, and thanks to the Daniel Craig-led reboot that began with the movie Casino Royale in 2006, he's as popular today as he's ever been. Dynamite Entertainment hopes to tap in to that popularity, as it announced today that it has acquired the worldwide rights to publish James Bond comics in print and digital, starting in 2015.
This is big news for Dynamite as it heads in to New York Comic-Con. The publisher is well versed in licensed properties, including Flash Gordon, Red Sonja, and Tarzan; but Bond has the potential to be their biggest license, with the best name recognition and audience reach.
I've been getting back into James Bond movies pretty heavily over the past few months, but my interest in the world's most famous spy is clearly small change compared to Sean Dove. In December, Dove took on a project called "#Decembond," where he drew a piece of art inspired by all 23 James Bond movies. Now, he's collecting them all in a hardcover called Last Days of Danger and using Kickstarter to fund the printing.
At 56 pages, the book not only includes the art, but also commentary for each film based on Dove's experience watching them for the project, but really, that's just icing on the cake. The art alone is worth the price of admission.
Sanity: After reading Ruben Bolling's latest Tom the Dancing Bug comic, it was a relief to find out that Walt Disney Co. is pulling its application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to brand "SEAL Team 6" (named after the team who, among other things, took out Osama bin Laden) for toys, games and other merchandise...
It's probably safe to say that most ComicsAlliance readers (and contributors for that matter) aren't like James Bond - in other words, we're not all British globetrotting super spies who regularly spit in Death's eye and consequently get the best looking girls and/or guys in the sack at the end of the day...