Ectokid

Ectokid  is a fantasy comic book series published by Marvel Comics ‘ Razorline imprint That ran from 1993 to 1994. Created by filmmaker and horror / fantasy novelist Clive Barkeras one of the imprint’s oven Interconnected series, it starred teenaged Dexter Mungo, the child of a mortal and a ghost, who is able to see and interact with the dangerous, interdimensional Ectosphere.

Publication history

Ectokid  was one of Clive Barker’s four Razorline titles, all set in the newly introduced “Barkerverse”. Razorline published a preview comic in July 1993 called “First Cut”, which covered the four titles, each one having a written introduction by Barker, a short prequel comic strip, and a description by the writer series (in the box of  Ectokid  , written by Lana Wachowski , credited as Larry Wachowski).

The main series ran for nine issues ( cover-dated Sept. 1993 – May 1994) before being discontinued with the rest of the Razorline titles. All art Was by penciller Steve Skroce and inker Bob Dvorak . The first three issues were written by James Robinson , with issue # 3, and who wrote the remaining six issues.  [1]  Wachowski’s Lilly sister co-wrote with her, uncredited.  [2]

The final Razorline release was the one-shot  Ektokid Unleashed  (Oct. 1994), written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning , with artwork by penciler Hector Gomez and John Strangeland. It included a prose short story by Elaine Lee about Razorline Reviews another character, Saint Sinner .  [3]  [4]

Fictional character biography

Ectokid  is about 14-year-old Dexter Mungo, whose father was a ghost. Dex, as he is called, sees the world as it is normally through his right eye, but through his left eye to the Ectosphere, to a similar size to Earth but with a number of crucial differences. All the regular-earth buildings are in the same places, but have a crusted and coral-covered appearance, and this world is populated by creatures and races of myths, legends, and nightmares.

As Barker described, ”  Ectokid  , which is perhaps the second weirdest of the bunch, is a kind of dream story for the 15-year-old that’s still alive to me – the tale of an adolescent who lives in two worlds and has access to a whole other sphere of reality “.  [5]

Other media

A game based on the series, called  Ectosphere  , was planned during the initial run of the comic, though never produced.  [6]  [7]  After the cancellation of Razorline, Barker sold the television and film rights at Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount Pictures . The film was set to have Barker, Don Murphy , and Nickelodeon ‘s Albie Hecht and Julia Pistor as producers, Joe Daley as executive producer, and Karen Rosenfelt overseeing development at Paramount. Barker would also act as executive producer of the television show, with Daley and Murphy as producers. Talking to  Daily Variety , Barker explained that he has been a “franchisee world” for the studio, “of great, transcend beauty; one that reconfigures people’s expectations of what ghosts are, of what comes after death.”  [8]

References

  1. Jump up^  Ectokid  at theGrand Comics Database
  2. Jump up^   Ojumu, Akin (May 18, 2003). “Brothers Grim” .  The Guardian  . UK. Archived from the original on December 31, 2010.
  3. Jump up^  Ectokid Unleashed  # 1at The Unofficial Handbook of Marvel Comics Creators. (“Features” link)Archivedfrom the original on October 23, 2015.
  4. Jump up^  Hyperkind Unleashed  # 1at the Grand Comics Database.
  5. Jump up^  Barker, Clive, in Russo, Tom (July 1993). “Razorline”.  Marvel Age  (126).  Quote excerpted in  “Interviews, Part Two” . Clive Barker (official site). Archived from the original on June 28, 2010.
  6. Jump up^  “Other Media” .  The Official Clive Barker Website  .
  7. Jump up^   Van Scott, Miriam (2015).  The Encyclopedia of Hell  . Macmillan. p. 29.
  8. Jump up^   Brodesser, Claude; Dunkley, Cathy (August 12, 2001). “By, Nick take ‘Kid’ for ride” .  Daily Variety  .

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