Rebellion have announced that they will be collecting together the original comic strip adaptions of Harry Harrison’s pulp classic The Stainless Steel Rat. Out of print for nearly a decade, this new collection will include three complete stories from writer Kelvin Gosnell and artist, the late, great Carlos Ezquerra. These strips originally appeared in 2000AD between 1979 and 1985 and will be available on 19 August 2021. And for real hardcore fans there will also be a limited edition ‘deluxe’ hardcover available to pre-order in the new year.
For newbies, here’s a lowdown on what the original novels were all about:
“Originally created by Harrison in 1961, DiGriz is a guileful rogue who claims he turned to crime as a deliberate act of rebellion against the regimented and dull authoritarian society around him. Despite being an accomplished thief and master of disguise, DiGriz is caught by the ruthless elite law-enforcement agency known as the Special Corps. Discovering that all the Corps’ top agents are reformed criminals, DiGriz is given a simple choice – join up or spend your life in jail!
Never quite able to suppress his urge for lawbreaking, DiGriz escapes from the Corps before meeting and falling in love with the psychotic Angelina – another master criminal, although she is a lot more murderous than the laid-back DiGriz!”
So, Catch Me If You Can meets Star Wars then?
Here’s the list of the three stories included in this first volume:
- ‘The Stainless Steel Rat’ (2000 AD Progs 140–151, 1979-1980)
- ‘The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World’ (2000 AD Progs 166–177, 1980)
- ‘The Stainless Steel Rat for President’ (2000 AD Progs 393–404, 1984-1985)