The first issue of the new EVIL ERNIE series has hit 30,000 pre-orders.
The press release follows:
Media Release — The Evil One is back, as Dynamite announces the upcoming Evil Ernie #1 locked in its final orders from fans and retailers at 30,000 copies. The issue is set to release December 1.
This makes the new series by writer Scott Lobdell (Uncanny X-Men, Teen Titans) and artist Ariel Medel the bestseller for the character through Dynamite. The story by Lobdell is set to reinvent the persona of Evil Ernie, with a new avatar in Ernest Gleckman, and a new mission connected to the death that follows in his wake.
The first issue is available with two standard covers, by superstar Brett Booth and horror icon Arthur Suydam. Fans and collectors were excited by three unique bonus covers only available during “Final Order Cutoff.” One by Stuart Sayger evokes the horror roots of the 30 years-running Chaos universe. Then a pair of homages to legendary comics received overwhelming support from fans and retailers. Artist Ken Haeser pays homage to Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. While Jamie Biggs portrays Ernie swinging along like one wall-crawler from Todd McFarlane’s Amazing Spider-Man #300.
About Dynamite Entertainment
Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Red Sonja, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more. Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt. In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high-profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Gail Simone, Christopher Priest, Leah Moore, Kevin Smith, David Walker, Vita Ayala, Danny Lore, Neil Gaiman, Garth Ennis, Darick Robertson, Mark Russell, Brandon Thomas, Amy Chu, Reginald Hudlin, Nancy Collins, David Walker, Steve Orlando, Greg Pak, Jenny Frison, Matt Wagner, and a host of up-and-coming new talent. Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s Project Superpowers – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.