Dynamite is back on Indiegogo, this time for some comics instead of variant covers. The publisher has launched a campaign to fund the release of a Miss Fury original graphic novel penned by Billy Tucci, illustrated by Maria Laura Sanapo, colored by Ceci de la Cruz, and lettered by Mindy Lopkin.
Writer Billy Tucci says:
I’m beyond excited to play a role in bringing back one of the most influential characters in comics history. Miss Fury will battle the Third Reich from the skies over New York to behind enemy lines in occupied France as Marla Drake is charged with capturing and bringing to justice the sadistic Nazi commander of the infamous ‘Joy Division.’ More importantly, I take it very, very seriously to honor Miss Fury’s creator, June Tarpé Mills, and to bring to light one of the most heinous yet forgotten episodes of the Holocaust.
Miss Fury has a long, storied history, dating back to 1941. She is the first female hero created by a woman in the comic book medium. June Tarpe Mills told the story of the original “Cat Woman” through newspaper strips for ten years. The character was also licensed to Marvel at the time for a comic book.
Artist Maria Sanapo added:
I’m proud to continue the legacy of the great woman June Tarpé Mills on this marvelous character Miss Fury. Her contribution to comics history is immense, with her talent and feminine touch. Each page has been a blast for me and working with Billy is fantastic!
The graphic novel, called “Joy Division” digs into a deep dark secret of the Nazi regime. During the 1940s, several concentration camps featured brothels where Jewish women were forced to work as prostitutes for soldiers. This tragedy is rarely discussed, yet still very relevant today. Miss Fury and her team of Black Furies discover this cruel phenomenon and head in to kick some Nazi ass. The storyline fits perfectly into a continuity gap in the original storylines, taking place in the summer of 1944. It is made with the blessings from the Mills family.
Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO and Publisher says:
This is a story Billy has wanted to tell for years. Some fans may remember it was originally going to be periodicals, but there were scheduling issues. Then Billy wanted to change the format and take it directly to fans, as he’s done so successfully with Shi. Billy wanted to bring in Maria, but she was busy working on our fun crossover with Archie Comics, so we pushed this back until she was available. With Ceci and Mindy joining too, everyone has finally been able to get back to this project, and it’s become all the more personal and better for it. I can’t wait for fans to read this incredible story!
The original graphic novel features a complete 100-page story. It is available with three alternate covers by Tucci in both paperback and hardcover. Backers of the campaign can get copies signed and remarked by Tucci. Alternate covers by Sanapo and Asha Kishna are also available. Add-ons include lithograph prints, a trading card set, a challenge coin, and a water bottle inspired by the WWII fighter plane “nose art” that featured American icons like Miss Fury. There’s also a wholesale pledge level for retailers and bundles of every cover with a customized ammunition box display.
At the time of this writing, the campaign has already surpassed its funding goal and is getting ready for stretch goals. There are thirty days left in the campaign.