1. 'James Bond: The History Of The Illustrated 007' Coming In September 2008

    By Devin Zydel on 2008-03-22
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    Mark your calendars. 2008 is shaping up to be yet another year filled with various literary 007 releases, and today we report on another new one.

    Due for release in September 2008 is Alan J. Porter’s James Bond: The History Of The Illustrated 007.

    As the title suggests, this 240-page paperback will be focusing on Bond in the world of comics, as most recently reprinted by Titan Books throughout the past four years. The book will be published by Hermes Press.

    According to the author’s personal blog:

    The fully illustrated book will chronicle the story behind Bond’s comics adventures around the world, from British newspaper strips, to original stories produced for markets such as Sweden and Chile, to Japanese manga, and of course the various American series and movie adaptations.

    I’ll also be taking a look at the various Bond spoofs, 007’s influence on comics art in general, and hopefully lining up interviews with some of the creators who have added to Bond’s story over the years.

    Alan J. Porter

    Serpent's Tooth

    Serpent’s Tooth comic

    Since that posting, writers Mike Grell and Doug Moench, who worked on the original US Bond adventures Permission To Die and Serpent’s Tooth in the early 1990’s (Moench also worked on 1994’s Minute of Midnight), have been mentioned as part of Porter’s research for the book.

    In addition, fans can view an early design concept cover for James Bond: The History Of The Illustrated 007 on Porter’s blog.

    Most recently, Porter has contributed his articles on the US comic book adventures of Bond in Titan’s Death Wing and Shark Bait collections. He’ll also be contributing to Titan’s forthcoming Bond collection, The Paradise Plot (due out on 27 June).

    For more on Porter’s researching for James Bond: The History Of The Illustrated 007, visit his personal blog.

    Now for the first time, the complete history of the illustrated James Bond is chronicled by pop culture historian Alan J. Porter in James Bond: The History Of The Illustrated 007. Porter’s new book examines James Bond’s adventures in newspaper strips and comic books. Before Bond became world famous with his movie series, the character was the subject of successful English newspaper strips and later in comic books. With the explosion of Bond on the screen the character and his exploits become even more popular in comic strip and comic book versions all over the world. James Bond: The History Of The Illustrated 007 examines it all, and covers Bond’s newspaper strip and comic book appearances from the 1950s to the present. The release of this all-new history is timed to coincide with James Bond’s newest movie appearance and is sure to be a must for all Bond fans. The cover of the book presents a never-before-seen painting by noted artist Bob Peak who made a significant contribution tot he Bond canon’s movie poster art.

    Pre-order James Bond: The History Of The Illustrated 007

    Keep watching for all the latest literary James Bond news and coverage. To keep track of all the upcoming 007 releases, events, television shows, and more–just keep your eyes on the CBn Calendar, located on the right panel of our main page.