Monday, January 30, 2012

Love and Rockets Links: Dark Horse Comics Spotlight

image via (c)2012 Gilbert Hernandez
Though Gilbert Hernandez has spent the majority of his career at Fantagraphics Books, he has worked for many other comics companies in the past thirty years. Dark Horse Comics has published many of Gilbert's books, including GIRL CRAZY, SPEAK OF THE DEVIL, CITIZEN REX, and various anthology stories. It was announced 1/13 that Gilbert will be doing another mini-series for Dark Horse this year titled, FATIMA: THE BLOOD SPINNERS. The first issue of this zombie-themed series will be out June 20, 2012, just in time for Comic Con International. original press release here.

A preview of the CITIZEN REX collection can be found on the Dark Horse website here.

Here's an odd job: THE GUILD: VORK with cover only by Gilbert.

The press release for the first slate of Dark Horse Originals back in November 2010 can be viewed here. This included CITIZEN REX by Mario and Gilbert.

Previews from individual issues of CITIZEN REX are still online: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. This series is not available for digital download.

Gilbert's mini-series SPEAK OF THE DEVIL also has some previews still online: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, collection. The collection is still in print, while all the single issues are available for digital download.

Gilbert's first series from Dark Horse, GIRL CRAZY, is not available in print, digital download, or free preview. However, there is still a product page posted on the Dark Horse website.

According to Grand Comics Database, Gilbert's first published work for Dark Horse was in BETTIE PAGE COMICS 1 (March 1996), a six-page story co-written with Dave Stevens and drawn by Tony Meers. This issue also included promo material for his GIRL CRAZY series which debuted a few months later.

Going way to a few years after LOVE & ROCKETS started, Dark Horse has Los Bros Hernandez version of MISTER X back in print in an Archives hardcover-type format. Preview of three pages can be found here.

A not-so-old one is still online for free viewing: "Dreamstar" by Gilbert from 2009 from MySPACE DARK HORSE PRESENTS.

Dark Horse has been reprinting the work of the unjustly overlooked Jesse Marsh in it's hardcover TARZAN ARCHIVES: THE JESSE MARSH YEARS. Of interest to L&R fans is Jesse Marsh is an early influence of Gilbert Hernandez, in the following preview pages you can still spot similarities in figure- and line-work between the two. Here are links to free previews of the ten volumes so far: One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten.


  1. Excellent list - but what about Gilbert's work for DC/Vertigo? I have 4 out of the 5 never-reprinted issues of GRIP: The Strange World of Men somewhere in a long box, but there's also the Sloth GN, some issues of iZombie, and the Pete Bagge Yeah! series recently reprinted by Fantagraphics - anything else?

  2. Jonathan - GRIP is one of my favorite Gilbert series, it's great to see his special brand of weirdness in color. I'll have to do a Vertigo spotlight in the future.