C2E2 2018: Elvira Joins Dynamite For ‘Mistress Of The Dark’ Comics & Graphic Novels

by Hannah Means Shannon

Dynamite Entertainment announced in conjunction with the Diamond Summit and C2E2 that the actual Mistress of the Dark, Elvira, has partnered with them for a line of comics and graphic novels.

New tales will be written by David Avallone (Bettie Page, Twilight Zone) and drawn by Dave Acosta (Doc Savage) and begin arriving in the month of July.

In these new comics, kicking off with a four part miniseries, the Mistress of the Dark has become “unstuck in time and crashes Mary Shelley’s monster weekend”, and will be “stalked by the most terrifying nightmare to ever walk the Earth”. (No spoilers!)

Elvira says:

I’m thrilled to partner with Dynamite!  I’ve been working hand in hand with them over the past year to put together the best comic series possible.  Elvira’s new dark adventures continue starting this July!

Played by actress-writer Cassandra Peterson, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark was the first horror host ever to be syndicated nationally.

David Avallone comments:

I really want to capture the essence of what Cassandra Peterson created and bring it faithfully to the comics page. The story is a horror tale (or a quartet of connected horror tales) with a nightmarish villain and danger and action… but at its center is this wise-cracking, plucky, sexy, unflappable heroine. Elvira is incredibly charming and funny and delightful and she maintains that in the face of whatever happens.

Dynamite CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci adds:

Working with Elvira has been really exciting, and we wanted to ensure that we would execute as perfectly as possible, we needed a writer who could do just that in David Avollone. David’s writing is crisp and he knows how to capture the voice of the characters he works with incredibly well.  So much so, that the last series he wrote, Betty Page, we were approached by Playboy to create a story for them.  I can’t wait to show the fans where David takes Elvira and hew new adventures!

Elvira: Misterss of the Dark #1 has a cover by Joseph Michael Linsner (Dawn, Vampirella: Roses for the Dead) and variant covers by J. Bone (Will Eisner’s The Spirit), Kyle Strahm (Spread), Craig Cermak (Red Team) and Robert Hack (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) with colors by Francesco Francavilla (Detective Comics). Plus, a photo variant cover featuring Elvira from the set of her classic television series.

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark #1 will be solicited in the May issue of Diamond Previews catalog scheduled to ship in July of 2018.