Dynamite Entertainment has announced that they've partnered with one of the most well-known pop culture icons of all time, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, to produce a new line of comic books and graphic novels. The new tales will be tackled by writer David Avallone (Bettie Page, Twilight Zone) and artist Dave Acosta (Doc Savage) will be making their way to comic shops this July.
The basis for the story is that the Mistress of the Dark has become unstuck in time and crashes Mary Shelley's monster weekend, beginning an epic journey through horror history, stalked by the most terrifying nightmare to ever walk the Earth.
Elvira said of the new series:
I'm thrilled to partner with Dynamite! I've been working hand in hand with them over the past year to put together the best comic series possible. Elvira's new dark adventures continue starting this July!
Played by actress-writer Cassandra Peterson, aka Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, was the first horror host ever to be syndicated nationally and has emerged as one of the most original and outrageous characters in popular culture today. Her reign as 'Queen of Halloween' has now spanned 35 years and includes two nationally syndicated television series, two feature films (Elvira, Mistress of the Dark and Elvira's Haunted Hills), an IMAX movie, and two motion control rides. She has appeared in National ad campaigns for Pepsi and Coors, recorded five music CDs, written four books, and licensed over 400 products including pinball machines, action figures, guitars, a beer, wine, soda pop, perfume, slot machines and the best-selling female costume of all time.
Writer Avallone talks about his approach to the series:
I really want to capture the essence of what Cassandra Peterson created and bring it faithfully to the comics page. The story is a horror tale (or a quartet of connected horror tales) with a nightmarish villain and danger and action… but at its center is this wise-cracking, plucky, sexy, unflappable heroine. Elvira is incredibly charming and funny and delightful and she maintains that in the face of whatever happens.
Elvira: Misterss of the Dark #1 has a cover by artist Joseph Michael Linsner (Dawn, Vampirella: Roses for the Dead) and variant covers by J. Bone (Will Eisner's The Spirit), Kyle Strahm (Spread), Craig Cermak (Red Team) and Robert Hack (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) with colors by Francesco Francavilla (Detective Comics). Plus, a photo variant cover featuring Elvira from the set of her classic television series. It will be solicited in the May issue of Previews and scheduled to ship in July of 2018.