And now we know what the teaser images were all about–
Dynamite Entertainment has announced a January 2015 launch of King, a comic book event that marks the 100th anniversary of King Features Syndicate, the print syndication company owned by The Hearst Corporation. The event will bring together some of history's most famous comic strip heroes – Flash Gordon, Mandrake the Magician, Prince Valiant, The Phantom, and Jungle Jim, to comic books with five miniseries that build to a grand crossover in May.
Each launch issue of the King event features an interlocking cover by acclaimed artist Darwyn Cooke (DC: The New Frontier). In addition to the Cooke covers, each #1 issue will feature two Variant Editions: one featuring the artwork of Rob Liefeld, and the other from Ron Salas.
Flash Gordon #1, by Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, and Lee Ferguson, sees the archetypical space hero (and antecedent of such characters as Star Wars' Luke Skywalker and Star-Lord of Guardians of the Galaxy) involved in a cosmic heist and once again – alongside Dale Arden and Dr. Zarkov – in the crosshairs of tyrant Ming the Merciless. As always, Flash Gordon proves to be anything but "just a man."
Mandrake the Magician #1, by Roger Langridge and Jeremy Treece, puts on an epic show for all comers, with the classic stage magician using his sleight-of-hand and true magic to counter the threat of witch doctors and demons.
Prince Valiant #1, by Nate Cosby and Ron Salas, brings the King Features mainstay from comic strips to the comic book medium. An Arthurian hero who dares any adventure, Prince Valiant's latest will bring him face-to-face with sorcerers, rival knights, and an unexpected shift through time.
The Phantom #1, by Brian Clevinger and Brent Schoonover, reintroduces the daring adventurer Lothar in his new guise as The Ghost Who Walks, as he explores the birthright of a heroic lineage – one not his by blood, but by heroic deed.
Jungle Jim #1, by Paul Tobin and Sandy Jarrell, welcomes readers to meet a warrior who is as much a force of nature as the forest around him. A hunter with enigmatic abilities, the first issue promises an uncanny origin for reader enjoyment… as well as an extraterrestrial turn-of-events and an unnatural menace of the simian variety.
Flash Gordon #1, Mandrake the Magician #1, Prince Valiant #1, The Phantom #1, and Jungle Jim #1 will be solicited in the November Previews catalog and slated for release in January 2015.