Dynamite Comics brings a continuation of Frank Frazetta and Ralph Bakshi’s fan-favorite sword and sorcery epic to comic shops in August.
Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the animated film’s original release in 1983, the new Fire and Ice series by Bill Willingham and Leonardo Manco takes place before the events of the film, delving further into the back stories of princess Teegra, evil queen Juliana and her son Nekron, protagonist Larn, and the mysterious Darkwolf.
Willingham shared his personal history with the film and stated “I discovered both Frank Frazetta and Ralph Bakshi at an early age. My awareness of Frazetta cemented the first time someone put a Conan book into my hands. I discovered Bakshi when almost everyone did, when the film Wizards was released. I was in college at the time and working a number of jobs to be able to afford it. One of those jobs was at a local movie theater. I got to see it about a dozen times, twice a night for a week, and it ignited something profound in me. Now, 50 plus years later, there was a chance to work with these story giants. I wasn’t about to pass up the opportunity to work with these Giants in the Earth.”
Sara Frazetta is excited to see the return of Fire and Ice, and has “…always had the desire to explore more character and world building around the film and doing this comic series has provided just that.”
The first issue features a number of covers to choose from by Bill Sienkiewicz, Joseph Michael Linsner, Mahmud Asrar, Francesco Francavilla, Leonardo Manco, and Frazetta’s original painting of the film’s poster.
Look for Fire and Ice #1 in stores this August, and check out some of the cover art by Sienkiewicz, Manco, Lisner, and Frazetta below.