The GeeksverseIDW T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents

IDW T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents
Published on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 by

During the first week of 2013, we have reflected on the comics of 2012 and IDW is a hands down favorite company because of their great license work. Looking ahead into 2013, IDW will be taking another shot at reviving T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents.

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents was a Wally Wood work originally. The series itself also had an interesting, albeit not fully fleshed out, conceit: That these guys were working day jobs. T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents rumbled with the super hero stereotypes and tropes. Since its inception the team has bounced around. Now, IDW is taking a turn.

The history of the concept and its rights is almost more interesting than the book itself: Archie Comics published a few issues; a series was made with art from George Perez and Dave Cockrum, among others, by a company, Deluxe Comics, who didn’t own the rights; Penthouse took a crack at reviving it; Liefeld claims to have taken a crack at reviving it; and most recently DC did a couple of miniseries with Nick Spencer writing it and CAFU drawing. DC also reprinted the original Tower Comics issues in Archive editions. Any list that jumps from Archie to DC and back again is a company hopping property. The team book that Liefeld, Perez, and Wood never quite made a household name does have a following even if it is not a huge body of movie goers.

Licensed books are their bread and butter, but this is a fairly obscure concept, even for comics nerds. IDW hasn’t even announced a creative team yet. Like Dynamite and Dark Horse, IDW has had recent successes putting together creative teams to tell stories for other people’s properties. These “safe bets” are far from a sure thing. More toy based comics have been forgotten than worked for any publisher. Reviving a hero comic that has not had the nostalgia of toy support is still a big leap in confidence.

A few answers can be found by poking around the press release, since one name pops out: Michael Uslan. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s pretty much Warner Bros. go-to superhero movie producer. Does that mean that Uslan is a fan that is finally taking a shot with this team book? Or does that hint at a movie in the works? Only time will tell.

Comments are closed.
Advertisements

Connect With Us!
The Geeksverse on Instagram
Recent Comments