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King Kong is on his way back to theaters and soon, he'll be gracing the pages of comics.  BOOM! Studios along with DeVito Artworks LLC has announced Kong of Skull Island, an original, limited series, set to debut in July.  Created by Merian C. Cooper and grounded in artist / author Joe DeVito's Skull Island, the comic is exclusively authorized and endorsed by the Cooper family as their official King Kong / Skull Island prequel and sequel origin story.  The book will be written by James Asmus and illustrated by Carlos Magno.

Kong of Skull Island takes place long before Carl Denham, Jack Driscoll, and the rest of the Wanderer's crew set foot on the island.  Two fractures and combative civilizations are forced to band together as they venture onto their new home of Skull Island.  Maybe they should have questioned the fact that their new residence has the word “Skull” in it.  Anyway, they soon find that their neighbors include dinosaurs, giant creatures...and Kongs.  That's plural!

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King Kong is the progenitor of an entire section of genre fiction. It is truly an honor to be a part of that gigantic legacy,” said BOOM! Studios President of Publishing & Marketing Filip Sablik. “We’re thrilled to be working with Joe DeVito to create a comic series that is authentic to the origins of Kong.”

“It is exhilarating to be working with BOOM! Studios and such an astute and nuanced group of writers and artists. This fabulous Kong of Skull Island series digs deep!” said Joe DeVito.

Kong of Skull Island #1 is set for release on July 13th, 2016.  It will feature a main cover by Felipe Massafera for $3.99.  Incentive covers by Nick Robles, Eric Powell, and retailer auction covers by Ryan Sook and Paul Pope are also available.  Retailers will have the option to bid on the Sook and Pope covers in order to secure it exclusively for their store.  I don't like how that sounds at all.

I love King Kong.  There's something great about a giant ape tearing through stuff.  I was sold on the name alone, but putting Carlos Magno on art sealed the deal for me.  He worked on BOOM!'s Planet of the Apes series awhile back and he knows a thing or two about drawing some great simians.



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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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