Your Nightmares Collected for the First Time!
The beloved horror comic magazine series MONSTERS ATTACK! featured some of the world's greatest comic creators. Many of them were veterans of the fabled EC Comics, Atlas Comics (later Marvel Comics), Charlton Comics and Warren Publishing, including John Severin, Steve Ditko, Alex Toth, Gray Morrow, Gene Colan and Pat Boyette.
In the late 1980s, Mort Todd was Editor-in-Chief of the infamous Cracked magazine and already working with many of the living legends of the comic industry. A fan of creature culture since a kid, Mort was inspired to put out a horror magazine along the lines of Tales from the Crypt, Creepy and Famous Monsters with the awesome talent he assembled. He had launched an incredibly popular humor magazine called Cracked Monster Party, which indicated a 'serious' monster magazine might be successful as well... and it was! Mort wrote many of the stories and as editor crafted the look of the book, a homage to his misspent youth!
Since then, many comic fans have requested that Mort put together a collected edition and now the time is as ripe as a rotted zombie!
The series will be split into two volumes, with a deluxe limited edition hardcover version also available that combines the two volumes. All the material will be heavily annotated with notes about the creation of these comics by editor/writer/artist Mort Todd, Art Director Cliff Mott and contributors including writers John Arcudi, Charles E. Hall, Nick Cuti and others. There will also be rare behind-the-scenes photos, art and other supplemental fun! And all who pledge will have their name listed on a Horror Hall of Fame section in these Kickstarter limited Editions.
The MONSTERS ATTACK! Collection Volume One
Volume 1 will include the following incredible comics: Sex Vampires from Outer Space by Mort Todd & Gray Morrow; A Monster for All Seasons by Pat Boyette; Return of the Golem by Mort Todd & John Severin; Frankenstein 1990 by Mort Todd & Rick Altergott; In Solid by Steve Ditko; Aquacarnivora by Mort Todd & Gray Morrow; All in His Head by Steve Ditko; The Outsider by H.P. Lovecraft, Bhob Stewart & Steve Harper; A Boy's Life by Mort Todd & John Severin; Bookworm by Nick Cuti & Alex Toth, along with pin-ups and articles George Romero's Dead: Flower Children of the Apocalypse; The Mars Attacks Art of Norman Saunders and Are You Ready for Freddy, The Man of Your Dreams.
The MONSTERS ATTACK! Collection Volume Two
Volume 2 will feature the following psychotic episodes: Face It by Steve Ditko; Wake of the Monster by Pat Boyette; The Daemon by John Arcudi & Gene Colan; Tag Yer Ded by Mort Todd & John Severin; Illusion by Steve Ditko, Circulation: Zero by Charles E. Hall & Gray Morrow; A Job Well Done by Richard Meyers & Alex Toth; The Creator by Steve Ditko PLUS an unpublished story Transformation Flying by Charles E. Hall & John Severin, along with pin-ups and articles Jason's Body Count (with a wild pictograph of who died and how in the Friday the 13th movies), Akira, Godzilla King of the Monsters, a Sam Raimi Interview and The Frankenstein Legend.
As well as offering the printed volumes and hardcover as Kickstarter rewards, other premiums include full color poster prints and digital editions of the releases.
Also included as a Kickstarter reward is a collected edition of all of Steve Ditko's stories from Monsters Attack! Ditko is perhaps best known as the original artist and co-creator of Spider-Man and Dr. Strange, and these comics are colored and published by Mort Todd, with the permission of the artist.
Monsters Attack! was a labor of love by Mort Todd and all the creators and that affection was echoed by the readers. Though released over 25 years ago, these tales of terror are timeless and will be cherished by the original fans and a new generation of horror and comic connoisseurs.
Please let your like-minded fiends, er, friends, know about this fantastic project on your social media!
Risks and challenges
They say print is dead, but we beg to differ! Comic and horror characters are all the rage on film, TV, with toys and other merchandise, but comics sales are much lower than they used to be. Our current business model involves print on demand, which isn't very profitable in the short or long run. These releases are a lot of work and no one's getting rich off it (yet)! It is our aim to raise enough capital to print our books thousands at a time, instead of one at a time, and get wider distribution. We have set a modest goal which will cover printing expenses for The Monsters Attack! Collection and the rewards, but it'd be nice if we got overfunded! That way we can honor our creators and pay some royalties to the contributors. Regardless, we will continue to put out fun, entertaining comics and hope you will join us on our ride!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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