Dynamite one-ups DC comics in contest to piss off Alan Moore by producing comic about Ozzymandias inspiration Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt.
Creatively pissing off Alan Moore has become something of an art form in the comics industry. Annoying the grizzled creator is easy enough, but so many people have been doing it for so many years that fans today barely take notice when a cinematic adaptation forces Moore to denounce any involvement with his past masterpieces or when major publishers dig through his trash bins like greedy raccoons to create boring event comics. It takes a really strong and innovative effort, such as producing toasters that burn imagery from Moore's greatest creations onto pieces of toast, to really leave a mark. In that regard, it seems that Dynamite Comics (Slogan: We Love Money Too) may have hit upon the greatest concept in Alan Moore trolling ever: producing a comic that rips Alan Moore off by showcasing a character Moore ripped off first! It's all very meta.
Peter Cannon was created in 1966 by the late Pete Morisi, and was part of the Charlton comics heroes of the silver age. When Alan Moore first conceived of the comic that would become his greatest achievement as well as his greatest source of torment, Watchmen, he wanted to use the Charlton heroes, acquired by DC Comics in 1983, for the story. DC, however, in the early stages of the longest, most complex evil master plan in the history of the universe (and we include New Coke in that), refused, and Moore was forced to create his own characters, inspired by the Charlton group. While DC owned the rights for most of those characters, it turns out Pete Morisi retained the rights to Thunderbolt, opening the door, over 25 years later, for Dynamite Entertiainment, Steve Darnell, and Alex Ross to rub salt in Moore's wounds in a fresh and uniquely mean spirited fashion.
According to Dynamite's Press Release, in Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt #1, Peter Cannon is a world-famous author, an international celebrity, and the superhero known as Thunderbolt. He is acknowledged far and wide as the man who saved the world from destruction. Unfortunately, he has little interest in fame, even less interest in people, and the peace he has created is based on an illusion. Now, as old and new enemies plan to destroy his efforts-unaware of the secret he carries-Peter Cannon must fight to keep the peace and preserve his own existence, while fending off deadly foes...and mysterious admirers.
Actually, it sounds like Cannon is not just an inspiration for Ozzymandias... he's a metaphor for Moore himself! In the ultimate "Fuck You" to the legendary creator, Watchmen co-creator Dave Gibbons appears to have contributed a cover to the project. Ouch. That's gotta hurt.
When approached for comment, Alan Moore hexed this reporter and caused me to dry hump a llama for over an hour.
Here's Dynamite's official press release:
THERE WAS PETER CANNON!!!
June 13th, 2012 - Mount Laurel, NJ - Dynamite proudly presents - Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt returns to comics this coming September! Peter Cannon was created by the late Pete Morisi. Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt #1 is written by Steve Darnall and Alex Ross, drawn by superstar artist Jonathan Lau, with covers by Alex Ross, Jae Lee, John Cassaday, and Ardian Syaf!
In Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt #1, Peter Cannon is a world-famous author, an international celebrity, and the superhero known as Thunderbolt. He is acknowledged far and wide as the man who saved the world from destruction. Unfortunately, he has little interest in fame, even less interest in people, and the peace he has created is based on an illusion. Now, as old and new enemies plan to destroy his efforts-unaware of the secret he carries-Peter Cannon must fight to keep the peace and preserve his own existence, while fending off deadly foes...and mysterious admirers.
Issue #1 also contains extra material - Peter Cannon's never before published origin story by Peter Cannon creator, Pete Morisi for a total of 48 pages all for the regular price of $3.99! This issue is soooo big, it features a foreword by Mark (Kingdom Come) Waid!
"I have a great sentimentality for all of the Silver Age heroes," says Alex Ross. "Peter Cannon belongs to that age of the heroic pantheon, and we have the chance to use him, and create a future for him. This is exciting new ground for us all."
"Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt fascinates me; for one thing, he's got the most amazingly colorful costume," adds co-writer Steve Darnall! "More than that, however, Peter Cannon is a character with a lot of interesting facets, and I am excited to explore them in the series!"
"Peter Cannon, the original Thunderbolt, is one of my all-time favorite characters. Having first read Crisis on Infinite Earths - a watershed series by Marv Wolfman - with beautiful art by George Perez, seeing that glimpse of Peter made me want to find out more about this cool looking character. Having read DC Challenge #5 with Peter Cannon, Dr. Fate, Adam Strange and others with art by Dave Gibbons, I was hooked and I sought out as many Peter Cannon comics as I could find! And when I learned that he was the archetype for Ozymandias, my love for Peter Cannon grew. Twenty-five years later, Dynamite is publishing Peter Cannon. We are giving Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt the respect he deserves by bringing aboard the most dynamic creative team possible," says Dynamite Entertainment President and Publisher Nick Barrucci. "With Alex Ross, Steve Darnall, and Jonathan Lau, as well as fantastic covers from Alex Ross, Jae Lee, John Cassaday, Stephen Segovia, and Ardian Syaf, Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt will not disappoint!"
Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt is a superhero originally published by Charlton Comics, notable for containing some of the earliest respectful invocations of Eastern mysticism in American pop culture. The character debuted in Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt #1 in January of 1966, part of Charlton Editor Dick Giordano's "Action Heroes" superhero line. After Charlton Comics sold its superhero properties to DC Comics in 1983, Thunderbolt reappeared after almost two decades in the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover series (April 1985 - March 1986, Thunderbolt appearing in #6, 7, and 10) when he joined the heroes of the Multiverse in their crusade against the Anti-Monitor. Introducing him into the new DC Universe, DC published Peter Cannon - Thunderbolt, by writer-penciler Mike Collins and inker Jose Marzan Jr.. The series ran for 12 issues from (Sept. 1992 - Aug. 1993). During the series' run, his recurring foils were the criminal terrorists-for-hire known as Scorpio. He later discovers that his girlfriend Cairo DeFrey was actually in charge of the organization. The character also appeared briefly with the Justice League.
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DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Shadow, The Boys, Green Hornet, Vampirella, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, Game of Thrones and more!
In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and best selling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Michael Avon Oeming, Mel Rubi, Marc Guggenheim, Stephen Sadowski, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Jae Lee, Matt Wagner and a host of up and coming new talent!
DYNAMITE is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles - including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger's PROJECT SUPERPOWERS - have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. Several of their titles have also hit The New York Times Best-Sellers list: The Boys, Vampirella Archives, Robert Jordan's New Spring and Wheel of Time graphic novels. In 2005 Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%). Dynamite recently won the Diamond Gem Award for Best Publisher Under 4% of market share for 2011! The company has also been nominated for several industry awards, including the prestigious Eisner Award.
Source: Press Release
Written or Contributed by: Jude Terror