The big green guy is returning to comics at last, alongside his horsey pal, Pokey. Papercutz has announced plans for a monthly comic book series to be released July 19th, debuting at San Diego Comic-Con, and for graphic novel collections to be available as early as November 2017.
Licensor Joe Clokey who is partnering with Papercutz for the comics, is actually President of Premavision and son of Gumby creator Art Clokey. For a character who has never left the toy market and is still so universal and watchable, it’s about time for Gumby to return. The timing of the comics ties in with a bigger media resurgence for Gumby, since Premavision recently announced development of a new television series (in partnership with the Jim Henson Company) and plans for a feature film are also in the works. This also coincides with the recent 60th anniversary of the original TV series.
Papercutz’ Managing Editor Jeff Whitman is going to be writer on the series, and may or may not have worn a Gumby costume to work to show his level of fandom and desire to secure the comic. Whitman says:
…we’re committed to capturing the magic that Art Clokey brought to his creation and that we’ll be exploring all the different settings and characters in the Gumbyverse while staying true to the essence of Gumby. He can jump into any book (with his pony pal, Pokey, too), so the story potential is virtually endless. We’ll also be finding out more about the Blockheads, Gumby’s sister Minga, his friends Prickle and Goo, and more recently introduced characters like his girlfriend, Tara. These comics will celebrate Gumby’s past, present, and future; if you have a heart, then Gumby’s a part of you.
Papercutz Editor in Chief Jim Salicrup says the publishers is also in talks to bring classic Gumby comics of the past back to print, such as work by Art Adams, Rick Geary and Bob Burden.
The first issue of Gumby, debuting at SDCC, will be 32 pages, priced at $3.99, and like future issues, it will feature two ten-page lead stories and a five-page backup story, thereby including the work of various artists.