Hey, folks! Stephen Romano from Eibon Press here with some big news.
Our epic four-issue comic book series based on the classic Lucio Fulci film THE BEYOND begins this Halloween season, with the first issue going up for sale on our website OCTOBER 25 at 7pm Pacific! This first issue is a really special event for us in more ways than one. First, we’re talking about Fulci’s celebrated masterpiece, and we are honored to have partnered with GRINDHOUSE RELEASING to bring this epic comic adaptation to you . . . but our comic series is more than just a straight adaptation. It’s also an expansion and a prequel to the film, which fills in many derails and intriguing backstory elements only hinted at on celluloid. The first issue depicts the character of Liza Merrill, in her first “incarnation” in 1927, as she battles evil and learns of the Seven Dreaded Gateways to Hell. You’ll discover how she met Emily and the painter Schwiek at the Seven Doors Hotel and you’ll experience the cataclysmic events that lead to Emily’s descent into hell. It’s 40 pages of insanity and gore, Lucio Fulci-style, as only Eibon Press could have brought it to you. Check out the promos and sample pages we’ve included with this press release and you’ll see what we mean. This one has been a real labor of blood-soaked love.
AND THAT’S NOT ALL. In creating this first issue, we've really gone the extra mile to make it special, which means some insane extra stuff. Eibon has been known for years as being the leader in high quality horror comic entertainment, with the most prestigious printing and special extras ever offered to comic fans. We've been teasing one of this issue's exciting extras for weeks on our social media pages and now it's time to unveil it...
You see, THE BEYOND had two theatrical releases here in America. The second was, of course, in 1998, when Quentin Tarantino teamed up with Grindhouse Releasing to put out Fulci's original vision . . . but WE first saw the film as kids in drive-in movie theaters and on VHS home video, way back in 1983, under the alternate title SEVEN DOORS OF DEATH! Even though the film had been re-edited and re-scored, we loved it anyway. So to commemorate that lost version of the film, we tracked down the original master tapes of the complete alternate film score and made a deal with the composers to present it as an all-new world premiere soundtrack album on Compact Disc, re-mastered and presented with composer’s bonus tracks! That special album is available with EVERY EDITION of LUCIO FULCI’S THE BEYOND #1, complete with a dust-sleeve that features an all-new cover painting by BEYOND comic artist PAT CARBAJAL.
CHECK OUT SOME SOUNDTRACK SAMPLES!
Each issue of THE BEYOND comes packaged in special sturdy album jackets known as Eibon Sleeves. They are unlike anything else on the market today, and each sleeve is packed with special stuff like trading cards, stickers, bookmarks and sometimes deluxe extras like soundtracks! Each issue at Eibon Press is an instant collector's item! This issue's Eibon Sleeve features art by Kyle Hotz and Jason Moore, check it out!