IDW Announces Goosebumps Comic Series and Behaving Madly, a Vintage “Funny Magazine” Anthology

IDW isn’t just transforming robots and colorful ponies. The media company announced two new items today: an ongoing comic adaptation of the much-beloved Scholastic children’s horror series Goosebumps, and the bound anthology text Behaving Madly, produced in partnership with Yoe! Books, collecting representatives of comic-style, satirical magazines of the 1950s other than the historic MAD Magazine.

Goosebumps is set to be an anthology of a kind itself, weaving its tales through three-issue miniseries, each with its own writer-artist team, a format that should keep the surprises (and scares) coming. Behaving Madly combines history and humor by providing a survey of items across various MAD Magazine imitators and competitors, each selected story reprinted for the first time. Notably, the collection includes a full story by the legendary Jack Kirby.

If you’d like to take a trip back to the 1990s for a scare, Goosebumps launches in October. If you’d prefer to travel to the 1950s for a groan, Behaving Madly will be available in August and is up for preorder on Amazon; a book trailer is also available here.

The full press releases follow.

“Goosebumps” Comic Books Creeping into Stores This October – R.L. Stine’s Spine-tingling Series Heading to Comics

San Diego (July 13, 2017)— Comic readers, beware, you’re in for a scare! New comic book adventures will beckon young readers into the world of R.L. Stine’s bestselling Goosebumps series. IDW Publishing will bring funny scares to the next generation of Goosebumps readers this October.

This year, the Goosebumps book series published by Scholastic celebrates 25 years of giving readers… well, goosebumps, and IDW is thrilled to add to the chills with original stories that re-visit some familiar and frightening faces. Fearsome monsters will populate the Goosebumps comics, and our spunky heroes will need to work together to get out of some truly bumpy spots.

“My first reading thrill when I was a kid were the EC horror comics, Tales from the Crypt and The Vault of Horror,” said R.L. Stine. “They introduced me to the excitement of reading. Now all these years later, I have another thrill–seeing my stories and characters come to life in a comic book series of their own.”

The first Goosebumps storyline, “Monsters at Midnight,” will kick off with writer Jeremy Lambert (Attack on Titan Anthology) and artist Chris Fenoglio (X-Files: Origins), who will transport readers to a hauntingly familiar setting called Horrorland—a world of terrifying possibilities originally introduced in theGoosebumps novels. Mia and Ginny were planning on spending a thoroughly dull summer at Grandma’s house with nothing but mothballs to entertain them. Enter a spooky, old bookshop and a door left slightly ajar, and soon these sisters find themselves trapped in a Horrorland drastically different from the sleepy, suburban town they left behind.

Each three-issue arc will feature a brand-new, self-contained story with rotating creative teams. And good news for monster collectors—each single issue will have creep-tastic variant covers by artists such as Derek Charm, Drew Rausch, CP Wilson III, Cat Farris, and more!

Read at your own risk!

“Behaving Madly” – When MAD Wasn’t The Only Funny Magazine Around

San Diego, CA (July 13, 2017) – When MAD was turned into a magazine, every publisher and his uncle came up with his own version using many of the same artists and writers as well as other top-ranking comic book creators.

In Behaving Madly you will find rare, never before reprinted material by such industry greats as Bill Elder,Jack Davis, John Severin, Joe Maneely, Ross Andru, Joe Kubert, Russ Heath, Bob Powell, Howard Nostrand, Lee Elias, Basil Wolverton, Joe Sinnott, Don Heck, Ric Estrada, and Al Jaffe. Rare, complete stories by Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko are included at the same price. A special section at the end of the book is devoted to the way MAD reacted to these imitations and the many ways they took on their main competitor themselves.

Selected and introduced by Ger Apeldoorn and Craig Yoe, Behaving Madly covers every MAD Magazine imitation between 1955 and 1959, from Snafu, Lunatickle, Cockeyed and Crazy,Man, Crazy to Think, Frantic, Frenzy, Loco,Panic and Zany, as well as a thoroughly researched introduction on the whole field, which will be seen as the final word on the subject.

But Behaving Madly is more than a must-have collection. It is also a fresh and funny look into the culture of yesterday, littered with big names and even bigger yucks. You’ll see Edward E. Murrow interviewing Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley as an alien, Walt Disney pestering wild life, and spoofs, imitations, and parodies of everyone from Alfred Hitchcock to Ernest Hemingway.

If all this wasn’t enough Behaving Madly includes an amazing revelation! Yoe says, “This surprising and never before known fact is sure to shake both the comic and Fine Art world!” For the first time Behaving Madly reveals the previously unknown source for Roy Lichtenstein’s famous, most widely seen painting, Pistol. Pistol (1964) was appropriated from a MAD knock-off, Panic #3 (Nov. 1958), and a magazine, Time, then, used a version by Lichtenstein  for their controversial cover on their “The Gun in America” issue (June 21, 1968). The image was taken by Lichtenstein  from from a magazine to make a Pop Art painting and then went into back to a magazine completing the circle.

Ger Apeldoorn is a comic book historian who wrote about Mad comic book imitation and Harvey Kurtzman for Alter Ego and has been running the popular The Fabulous Fifties blog for more than eight years. It is visited daily by many artists and collectors and often referred to in the Comic Journal’s weblog. In December, Alter Ego will use his study on the efforts of Stan Lee to get out of comics between 1956 and 1962 as its cover article.

Craig Yoe is a two-time Eisner winner and legendary editor and packager of the Yoe! Books line of reprints at IDW. His books have covered subjects ranging from horror, to romance, to kids comics. His book, Super Weird Heroes, is a best-seller and a sequel is in the works. They first met when Ger on his blog shared some rare scans of Milt Gross’ silent movie reviews and it was love at first sight. Behaving Madly is the duo’s joint love letter to the art of graphic satire and took them both more than five years to produce.

Both are willing to be interviewed, probed, and paraded around for the entertainment medium of your choice. You can find them signing copies of Behaving Madly during San Diego Comic-Con at the IDW booth (#2743) on Friday, July 22nd from 1-2pm.

View the book trailer for Behaving Madly here.


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