Dynamite has announced that the hard-hitting private detective John Shaft made famous by Richard Roundtree and an amazingly catchy theme song by Isaac Hayes will be coming to comic shops near you. Shaft, created by novelist Ernest Tidyman, has gone up against crooked cops, hired assassins and mob bosses… but for the first time we will get to see how the man became the legend in a new series by the creative team of David F. Walker and Bilquis Evely.
Shaft #1 celebrates the 45th anniversary of an American icon with a wealth of cover art options by industry talents including Francesco Francavilla, Michael Avon Oeming, Ulises Farinas, Matt Haley, Sanford Greene, and a landmark collaboration between Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz.
"Working on Shaft, one of the most iconic characters in pop culture, is a dream come true," says David F. Walker. "I've been a fan of the character since I was a kid, and especially love him in his original iteration, as created by author Ernest Tidyman. My take on Shaft is steeped in Tidyman's work, and builds on the world created in the original novels. I'm exploring who he is as a man, as a private detective, and as a cold-blooded killer. This John Shaft is much grittier, more badass, with a complexity never seen in the films. The name may be familiar, and some aspects of the character may be recognizable, but at the end of the day, he will be something new and exciting – especially in the world of comics. This is Shaft the way Shaft was meant to be."
Shaft #1 will be solicited in the October Previews catalog and slated for release in December.