Megadeth and Heavy Metal Publish 35th Anniversary Graphic Novel, With All-Star Creators

It may be the greatest album title since Kirsty Macoll's Electric Landlady. But Megadeth's upcoming 35th anniversary ultimate greatest hits record Warheads On Foreheads will be accompanied by something brand new.

With Heavy Metal Magazine, they are putting out a 350-page graphic novel – okay, graphic anthology rather – featuring new comic book stories by some very familiar names, inspired by the songs on the album.

The graphic anthology is titled Death By Design and Bleeding Cool has the exclusive news of both the graphic novel – and who's working on it.

The project, carefully curated by Megadeth's co-founder Dave Mustaine and Heavy Metal Magazine aims to give both insight and understanding into the universe of Megadeth and its harrowed mascot, Vic Rattlehead. The creative teams include Ben Templesmith, Tim Seeley, Alex de Campi, Leah Moore, John Ostrander, Frazer Irving, Dan Fogler, Brian Wood, Joe Keatinge and more. And the cover above by John Gallagher. In fact, we have the entire comics creative teams, and the songs they have taken on, to share:

Rattlehead – Dan Fogler & Andy Belanger

Mechanix – Ben Meares & DAF

Killing Is My Business – Alex de Campi & Mack Chater

The Conjuring – Llexi Leon & Kevin West

Wake Up Dead – Tony Lee & Gyula Nemeth

Devils Island – Sebastian Girmer & Esau Escorza

Good Mourning / Black Friday – Leah Moore, John Reppion & Ben Templesmith

Set The World Afire – Diego Agrimbau & Agustín Alessio

In My Darkest Hour – David Baille & Conor Boyle

Holy Wars…The Punishment Due – Tim Seeley & Ignacio Calero

Hangar 18 – Brendon Small & Belén Ortega

Tornado Of Souls – Patrick Kindlon & Marco Turini

Rust In Peace…Polaris – Hector Lima & Garrie Gastonny

Five Magics – Johnathan LaMantia

Take No Prisoners – ML Miller & Carlos Granda

Skin O' My Teeth – PM Buchan & John Pearson

Angry Again – Homero Rios & Anton Kokarev

Symphony Of Destruction – Justin Jordan & John Bivens

Sweating Bullets – Sean Lewis & Axel Medellin

A Tout Le Monde – Llexi Leon & Richard Friend

Train Of Consequences – James Harvey

Reckoning Day – Jeff Burandt & Jason Goungor

Trust – Frazer Irving

She-Wolf – Curtis Pires & Antonio Fuso

Wanderlust – Abraham Martínez & Patricio Delpeche

Dread and the Fugitive Mind – Jonathan Lang & Andrea Mutti

Blackmail The Universe – Haylar García & Abel

Washington Is Next! – Haylar García & Kevin Enhart

Head Crusher – R.G. Llarena & Danijel Zezelj

Public Enemy No. 1 – John Ostrander & Miguel Mora

Kingmaker – Brian Wood & Riccardo Burchielli

The Threat Is Real – Joe Keatinge & Anand Radhakrishnan

Poisonous Shadows – Chistine Larsen

Death From Within – Alex de Campi & Wilfredo Torres

Dystopia – David Baille & Simeon Aston

Says Dave Mustaine: "I have always fantasized about Megadeth doing something this gloriously electrifying and gruesome. I hope everyone will enjoy the graphic novel as much as I enjoyed working with Heavy Metal to put it together for you."

Jeff Krelitz, CEO of Heavy Metal tells us "Since I was old enough to buy records, Megadeth has been one of my favorite bands, not only for the great storytelling in the music, but the world building imagery on the album covers. This opportunity to meld the two world together and tell stories inspired by their songs is a privilege that we are excited to present to the fans."

Megadeth: Death By Design is 350 pages is 12.25" x 12.25" prestige albu" format and comes in four different editions:

  • Leather bound slipcase edition with 4-clear vinyl set of WARHEADS ON FOREHEADS and DEATH BY DESIGN graphic novel signed by Dave Mustaine
  • FYE Exclusive Leather bound slipcase edition with 4-clear vinyl set of WARHEADS ON FOREHEADS and DEATH BY DESIGN graphic novel signed by Dave Mustaine
  • Leather bound slipcase edition with 4-clear vinyl set of WARHEADS ON FOREHEADS and DEATH BY DESIGN graphic novel
  • Standard hardcover edition of DEATH BY DESIGN graphic novel.

It will be in comic stores on June 5th. And, retailers, it is going to FOC this weekend…

About Rich Johnston

Head writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world. Living in London, father of two. Political cartoonist.

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