Fright Night (comics)

Fright Night  is a comic series spun off from the movie of the Sámi name by NOW Comics .

Plot

Charley Brewster is an average teenager who finds his world turned upside down when vampire Jerry Dandrige moves in next door. Peter Vincent to kill Dandrige and they’re successful-but not before. Charley’s best friend, Evil Ed, is a newcomer to the world. Peter and Charley are on their way to a variety of monsters, including squid-men, a spider boy, aliens, a minotaur, an evil sorceress and the nefarious Legion of the Endless Night, a vampire coven which later resurrects Jerry Dandrige.

Aiding Peter and Charley on their adventures are Charley’s girlfriend, Natalia Hinnault, whose father has ties to the vampire underworld; Natalia’s eccentric Aunt Claudia, who is the reincarnation of Greek Princess Ariadne ; and hapless bartender Derek Jones, who seems to have a magnetic attraction to unworldly beings-much to his chagrin. Frequently featured are Evil Ed’s minions, freelance reporter Dana Roberts and bartenders Donna and Jane, who’s all in the nightclub that he owns and performs in his band, Eddie and the Vamps. Also regularly seen are a group of mindless, nameless hippies who are always in search of a good, bad or evil.

Production History

The February 1988 issue of  Now Comics News  annoncé que la popular movie  Fright Night  Was being white spun off into a comic book series by Now Comics ,  [1]  a small publishing company That licensed a variety of popular TV and movie characters and qui Had a reputation for being plagued by various financial and creative difficulties.  [2]  In the original announcement, the adaptation of the first film was released as a high-quality “prestige format”  [3] book, issue # 1 would be an adaptation of the second movie, and that would be followed by new stories. What happened Ultimately, HOWEVER, is the adaptation of the original movie got split across the first two issues and  Fright Night II  Was Issued as a stand-alone book featuring prestige format qui story canonical Was not with the rest of the series.

The series endured a lot of growing both technically and artistically. The second issue abruptly picks up where the first story left off, which begins at 22. Eight of the first nine issues include short stories unrelated to  Fright Night  , including six chapters of  Rust  The post-apocalyptic tale of a disfigured cop, which originated from 1987-1988, that the publishers were preparing for relaunch for the second of three incarnations.  [4]

There Was a revolving door of staff members, with only editor-in-chief Tony Caputo and editor Katherine Llewellyn sticking with the book for ict Entire run from 1988-1990. Llewellyn was credited and worked in many capacities, editing stories, coloring frames, checking continuity and writing scripts. Lenin Delsol penciled the adaptations of both movies, but presumably he got tied up with other works as two issues were credited as “guest-penciled by Doug Murphy.”  [5]  [6]  [7]  Neil Vokes agreed to come to work for NOW Comics with the proviso be allowed to work on  Fright Night  , which he cited as a favorite film,  [8] but it became disenchanted with the work environment and eventually quit.  [8]  Future regular  Guardians of the Galaxy  penciler Kevin West got his start picking up where Vokes left off and continued to work on  Fright Night  until the end – though issue # 18 was inexplicably penciled by James Lyle. The writing was slightly more consistent. The adaptations of the films followed by the source material closely, and then James Van Hise took over writing duties for the first batch of original stories. Tony Caputotook the reins for issues # 8-12, injecting a little more comedic tone, and then Mark Wheatley penned a single issue which was a complete and total departure from the ongoing plot. Beginning with issue # 14, Katherine Llewellyn was credited with both writer and editor, and she closely followed the storyline that Caputo had established before handing off to Diane M. Piron-Gelman (aka novelist DM Pirrone).

Eric Brant – though Hannibal King’s signature clearly adorns the artwork. Eric Brant – Credits wildly deviated from issue-to-issue and mistakes were frequent, such as issue # 22, in which the cover was credited to the artist. Similarly, ”  The Dead Remember  ” was credited to writer Joe Gentile goal It was Actually written by James Van Hise,  [9]  and the letterer Made Several mistakes, Including dropping dialogue and Adding Their Own punctuation to Van Hise’s script  [9]  (thesis also reported to the subsequent 3-D reprint of the issue).

The series ran for 22 issues until July 1990,  [10]  when NOW was forced to file Chapter 7 bankruptcy,  [11]  so did production of the series was halted and storylines were never tied up. After corporate restructuring, the comic label was reported and, in 1992 and 1993, special oven “annual” 3-D issues were released. Three of these were 3-D reprints, but the 1993 “Fright Night 3-D Halloween Annual” featured a completed but previously unpublished story titled “Nightmares.”

In 2003, the company relaunched under the moniker Now Comics 3.0, and it was announced that they’d be releasing a  novelty  novel by Caputo and Vokes  [12]  (presumably this would have been previously-published 2-parter ”  The Revenge of Evil Ed!,  “The only story by Caputo & Vokes that was reprinted in 3-D) but the book never came to fruition before the company folded again in 2005.

Issues

# title Dated Plot
1 “Fright Night” October 1988 Movie adaptation, part 1
Note:

  • This issue ends with an unrelated 6-page story titled ”  By the Numbers  ” which features a psychiatrist interviewing a mental patient who believes himself to be a werewolf.
2 “Fright Night” November 1988 Movie adaptation, part 2
Note:

  • This issue closes with a blurb which reads, ”  Next issue: The Return of Evil Ed? An all-new adventure!  ” Evil Ed did not return, but not until issue # 8.
3 “The Dead Remember” January 1989 Peter and Charley have to deal with “brain bats” that are taking the place of people and taking control of their bodies.
Note:

  • The story was credited to Joe Gentile but it was actually written by James Van Hise.  [9]
  • This issue ends with an unrelated 4-page story titled ”  Revenge of the Vengeful Avenger  ,” which revolves around a man who’s killed by his business associates and returns from the dead for revenge.
4 “Eight Arms to Hold You” February 1989 While visiting Squid Fest, the police enlist Peter and Charley to help them defeat the Squid-Men.
Note:

  • Beginning with this issue, each book was started with a chapter from  Rust  , another comic title that the company was preparing to launch. 7 Were annoncé chapters,  [5]  aim only 6 Were printed in  Fright Night  .
5 “The Spider-Boy” March 1989 Peter is replaced on “Fright Night” by Pogo the Killer Clown. Meanwhile, a young boy is having a spider-man … and not a do-gooding Peter Parker guy.
6 “The Legion of the Endless Night” April 1989 Peter and Charley find themselves running through the marshes of New Orleans, trying to escape the titular legion of vampires.
7 “The Legion of the Endless Night (Conclusion)” May 1989 With the help of a couple backwoods and their unusual offspring, Peter and Charley are able to defeat the Legion of the Endless Night … anyway.
Note:

  • This is the final story written by James Van Hise, who was not used.  [9]
  • This is the first issue of the Comics Code Authority, which, earlier in the day, was forbidden to be a victim of vampires , werewolves and other monsters along with the fate of violence and mild profanity that is rampant throughout the  Fright Night  series.
8 “The Revenge of Evil Ed!” June 1989 The new DJ at “The Club” is actually Evil Ed, who seems hellbent on screwing with Charley Brewster’s head. Meanwhile, Charley learns that his new girlfriend Natalia’s father was killed by a vampire.
Note:

  • This is the first issue written by Tony Caputo and featuring art by Neil Vokes. There’s an overtly comedic shift in tone and many characters that are established in this issue recur throughout the rest of the series.
  • Photos of Stephen Geoffreys , who played Evil Ed in the movie , adorn the covers of issues # 8 and # 9.
9 “The Revenge of Evil Ed! (Conclusion)” July 1989 Aafter Evil Ed implicates Peter and Charley in a front-page gay scandal, Peter loses his job. Meanwhile, Ed toys with bartender Derek, who soon comes to the realization that his work is overrun with vampires.
Notes:

  • This book includes the sixth and final chapter from  Rust  . Beginning with the next issue,  Fright Night  stories dominated each issue.
10 “Psychedelic Death, Part 1” August 1989 As Peter’s trippy 1960s movie debut on TV, all of the main characters are glued to their sets. Meanwhile, extraterrestrials surface at a local bar.
11 “Psychedelic Death, Part 2” September 1989 Derek the bartender freaks out when he discovers his new boss, Lennie, is an alien who’s planning global domination, but Evil Ed haplessly saves the day.
Note:

  • Though he’s mentioned several times, Peter Vincent does not appear in this issue.
12 “Bull-Whipped” October 1989 Charley and Natalia head to Crete to visit her eccentric Aunt Claudia, whom it is soon revealed is the reincarnation of Ariadne . Soon Claudia raises thousand year old God Theseus , which incites the wrath of his minotaur nemesis.
13 “Pet Pup” November 1989 While Peter endures hardships shooting a movie, Charley takes over as host on the  Fright Night  TV show, which features a movie about a lonely little girl who’s an unusual collection of pets in the basement, where her handicapped father can not find them.
Note:

  • This is a one-off in which Charley and Peter have no direct involvement with the issue’s main story.
  • This issue includes a pull-out photo centerfold of Roddy McDowall as Peter Vincent, shot on the set of  Fright Night Part II .
14 “The Resurrection of Dracula, Part 1” December 1989 Peter’s enrolled into “The Institute for the Performing Arts and Expansion of the Subconscious,” where he’s been hypnotized into thinking he’s Abraham Van Helsing . Charley and Natalia attempt to bring him back to reality by putting on a Count Dracula performance, Evil goal Ed convolutes matters.
Note:

  • Vokes received a “co-plotted by” credit.  [8]
  • Character Christopher Boris was modeled after actor Christopher Lee .  [8]
15 “The Resurrection of Dracula, Part 2” January 1990 Natalie’s life in jeopardy, her Aunt shows up to unmask the doctor as a fraud, and Peter ‘Van Helsing’ decides to save the day.
16 “Motion Potion” February 1990 Aunt Claudia finds herself under the control of evil sorceress Constance Beauregard, who plans to resurrect Jerry Dandrige.
17 “Blood Ball” March 1990 Evil Ed finds himself in the league with a vampire basketball player. Meanwhile, the Legion of the Endless Night makes their final preparations to resurrect Jerry Dandridge.
Note:

  • This is the first issue by Kevin West.
  • This is the only issue where Peter nor Charley appear.
18 “Fang Fusion” April 1990 After Evil Ed alerts Charley to the resurrection of Jerry Dandrige, Aunt Claudia decides to form an Anti-Monster Society. Meanwhile, bartender Derek decides to take matters into his own hands.
Note:

  • This is the only issue penciled by James Lyle.
19 “Daddy’s Girl” May 1990 The Anti-Monster Society takes on Jerry Dandrige and Claudia’s father, Jacob, whom she discovers is the leader of The Legion of the Endless Night.
20 “The Charge of the Dead Brigade” June 1990 The Anti-Monster Society tries to find a way to lift the zombie curse from Derek when they encounter a gaggle of other zombies.
21 “Were-Wolf, There-Wolf” July 1990 When Charley has his soul transferred to the body of a timber wolf , he has trouble convincing Peter, Natalia and Aunt Claudia that he’s more than just a stray animal.
22 “Reign of Terror” August 1990 Jerry Dandrige has been amassing an army of Parisian vampire prostitutes and everyone agrees that he must be destroyed. Evil Ed attempts to enlist Charley and Peter for help, but when they refuse he decides to kill Dandrige himself.
Note:

  • The plans and ultimate fate of Jerry Dandrige were never revealed, since this was not intended to be the final issue. One additional story, ”  Nightmares  ” was completed and later released in 3-D, but the plot did not revolve around Dandrige.
  • The cover art is credited to Eric Brant’s goal Hannibal King’s signature is prominently displayed.

Special issues

title Dated Plot
” Fright Night Part II “ 1988 Adaptation of the second film, released as a stand-alone Graphic novel .
“Fright Night 3-D Special” 1992 A 3-D reprint of “Psychedelic Death” parts 1 & 2.
“Fright Night 3-D Fall Special” 1992 A 3-D reprint of “The Resurrection of Dracula” parts 1 & 2.
“Fright Night 3-D Halloween Annual” 1993 Debut printing of “Nightmares,” in which Constance Beauregard returns to summon a flock of demonic harpies .
“Fright Night 3-D Winter Special” 1993 A 3-D reprint of “The Dead Remember.”

References

  1. Jump up^  “NOW Comics News” . ebay.com. Archived from the original on September 15, 2014 . Retrieved 15 September 2014 .
  2. Jump up^  “The NOW Comics Astro-Boy History” . zoraan.wix.com . Retrieved 15 September 2014 .
  3. Jump up^  “Comic Book Terms – Prestige Format” . comicbookgraphicdesign.com . Retrieved 15 September 2014 .
  4. Jump up^  A Comic A Day: Rust # 1
  5. ^ Jump up to: b  Fright Night # 4: Eight Arms to Hold You
  6. Jump up^  Fright Night # 6: The Legion of the Endless Night
  7. Jump up^  Fright Night # 7: The Legion of the Endless Night (Conclusion)
  8. ^ Jump up to: d  That’s All Vokes !: I Am Dracula – Enter Freely
  9. ^ Jump up to: d   “FRIGHT NIGHT Now Comics # 3 over a photocopy UNPUBLISHED SCRIPT PLOTS” . ebay.com. Archived from the original on September 15, 2014 . Retrieved 15 September 2014 .
  10. Jump up^  Frankenhoff, Brent (2010).  Comic Book Price Guide  , p. 291
  11. Jump up^  “It’s So Long For Now: Caputo Files for Bankruptcy Clearance,”  The Comics Journal  # 140 (February 1991), pp. 11-12.
  12. Jump up^  NOW Comics 3.0 – The Return of an Innovative Company, Fan Favorite Titles

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