by Frank Frazetta Merchant of Death reached nearly 50,000 copies in sales at Opus Comics. To celebrate, the publisher released 16 retail-exclusive covers produced for the first issue of the series.
CBR can exclusively reveal all 16 retailer-exclusive covers for The Merchant of Death by Frank Frazetta #1. The cover series features artists such as Frazetta, Gerald Parel, Clayton Crain, Krystiano Dacosta, Michal Ivan, David Mack, Casey Parsons, Vincenzo Riccardi, Alex Maleev, Zu Orzu, Marat Mychaels, David Romero, Mark May and Shannon Maer. The list of retailers involved includes Incendium Online, Frazetta Girls, Black Flag Comics, State of Comics/Warp Zone Comics, Things From Another World, Chasing Spire, Spectral Comics/That Dude Books, Whatnot, Mill Geek Comics/ComicTom101, Frankie’s Comics/ Golden Apple Comics, Sanctum Sanctorum Comics and The Comic Mint. “We are thrilled with the massive interest in Frank Frazetta’s return to comics,” said Opus Comics Editor Denton J. Tipton. “It’s truly a testament to the legendary artist’s influence across decades of pop culture and the vitality of his work that continues to attract new generations of fans.”
The Merchant of Death by Frank Frazetta #1 comes from writer Mitch Iverson (DOTA: Dragon’s Blood, Voltron: Legendary Defender), artist Stefano Martino (stranger things, Doctor Who), colorist Luis Antonio Delgado (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin) and letter Jacob Bascale (Disturbed: Messiah of Darkness). The series brings to life the haunting, shadowy figure Frazetta portrayed in a 1973 painting and has since become an iconic image of the sword-and-sandals genre. The Merchant of Death by Frank Frazetta is the first of several comic book launches to an entire multiverse based on Frazetta’s work.
Alongside Opus Comics/Incendium is Frazetta Girls, the company founded by Frazetta’s daughter and granddaughter to license the famous artist’s work. “I’m so proud of our team and so grateful to the fans for their overwhelming support of our first issue,” said Frazetta Girls co-founder Sara Frazetta. “This journey has only just begun, and I hope they love the story as much as we do.”
Frazetta’s Death Dealer has appeared in comic books before. In 1995 Verotik published a four issue Merchant of Death series by Glenn Danzig, Simon Bisley, Liam Sharp and Arthur Suydam. In 2007 Image Comics also published a six issue Merchant of Death: Shadows of Mirahan mini-series by Joshua Ortega, Jay Fotos and Nat Jones. Pictures Merchant of Death then inspired a series of Dungeons & Dragons adventures published by Goodman Games.
The Merchant of Death by Frank Frazetta Number 1 saw a 50% increase in sales thanks to Diamon’s Final Order Cut-Off (FOC) program. Opus Comics’ next title at FOC is Disturbed: Messiah of Darkness #1 by writer Tim Seeley and artist Angel Hernandez, with an on-sale date of May 18 and an FOC date of April 25.
The Merchant of Death by Frank Frazetta #1 is out May 11 from Opus Comics.
Source: Opus Comics
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