Banned By The Church And Rejected By Diamond Comics In The 80s

AC And Scott Brown write for Bleeding Cool:

You know what we love almost as much as comics? A good controversy. Combine the two, and we're sold. KRANTZ has both, and it's drawn by an artist who deserves wider recognition, Horacio Lalia.

Horacio has been a fixture of the international comics scene for decades, with work appearing in Skorpio, Eura, 2000 AD, and many others. He was a longtime collaborator of the late Hector Oesterheld, and served as the model for MORT CINDER by the great Alberto Breccia.

His work deserves wider recognition, and that's why we at Bronco Ink are committed to bringing KRANTZ to English language readers for the first time.

KRANTZ is the story of time traveler Ross Krantz, sent to the past to prevent a Protestant massacre, but trapped an unable to interfere with history for fear of changing the future even more. With help of Renaissance figures such as Nostradamus, Catherine de Medici and others, he must find away home without undoing his success.

Horacio Lalia and Jorge Morhian's KRANTZ was banned by the Catholic Church in the 1980s after just three installments. There was something about The Night of St. Bartholomew, witch hunts, and general criticism of the Church that brought an untimely end to the first attempt to tell the story of KRANTZ. With a few decades and new political climate, they were able to revisit and complete their story.

But it didn't stop there. Even Diamond declined to carry it in the Direct Market. But that didn't stop us, and we're moving forward with the first of two volumes.

Banned by the Church in Italy the 1980s. Rejected by Diamond in America in 2014. I think we're on to something.

Here's a taste, and we aren't even to the good stuff yet:

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You can contact the publisher, AC Brown, with any questions at

Check out the BLEEDING COOL incentive level. There are only two, but not only will Horacio draw your four page story, but we will color it for you, too, and toss in all the extras with a free copy of MONSTROLOGY, which includes the story "The View of Mumbichi Valley" drawn by Horacio Lalia.

Thank you in advance for your support!

AC Brown
Scott O. Brown
Bronco Ink Publishing, LLC

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Dan WicklineAbout Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.
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