Pantera’s ‘Vulgar Display Of Power’ Gets The Z2 Comics Treatment With The Official Graphic Novel

by Richard Bruton

30 years of Pantera’s sixth album, ‘Vulgar Display of Power’, gets the official graphic novel treatment from Z2 Comics.

Vulgar Display of Power Cover Art by Paul Booth – tattoo artist and friend of the band delivering the grisly aftermath of the sucker-punch cover photo from the original album

Another week, another Z2 Comics music release. Well, actually it’s two this week – we had word of the Tori Amos graphic novel earlier in the week. But Z2 really is rather dominating the whole music comics landscape and, you know what, it’s doing a damn fine job of it.

Anyway, Pantera broke out their metal sound in the early ’80s, but it was ‘Vulgar Display of Power’ in 1992 that really unleashed their sound, hard and heavy as hell.

And now Z2 Comics brings us an “ambitious graphic anthology paying tribute to one of the biggest bands in the history of heavy metal, whose innovative fusion of groove and hardcore served as one of the defining sounds of the 1990s: Pantera!”

Vulgar Display of Power Cover Art by Brian Ewing

The graphic novel features adaptations of all eleven of the album’s tracks from creators including Alan Robert, Eric Peterson, Keith Buckley, Burton C. Bell, Steve Niles, Tony Lee, and illustrators Brian Ewing, Ryan J. Downey, Erik Rodriguez, Ryan Kelly, Steve Chanks, Kevin Mellon, John Pearson, and Danijel Zezelj.

“We’re really happy and excited to have this graphic novel come out for the fans, and to be a part of something special, as it pertains to its artists and creators.” – Pantera vocalist Philip Anselmo

“Check out our killer new Vulgar graphic novel, can’t wait to check all of it out!! And neither will you!!” – Pantera bassist Rex Brown

Vulgar Display of Power Cover Art by Erik Rodriguez

As you’d expect by now, Z2 and Pantera present Pantera: Vulgar Display of Power in both softcover and hardcover formats, as well as deluxe, super deluxe, and platinum editions packaged with an exclusive vinyl variant LP of the classic album, gallery ready prints by Danijel Zezelj, Erik Rodriguez, and Alan Robert, signed editions from Philip Anselmo and Rex Brown, plus more available exclusively through Z2’s webstore. Also available in a limited and numbered edition will be a one-time release of a special Pantera ‘punch action’ resin statue, paying tribute to the album’s iconic cover art.

You can preorder the graphic novel, in all its forms, at the Z2 website.

Vulgar Display of Power Print Art by Danijel Zezelj
Vulgar Display of Power Vinyl Art
Vulgar Display of Power Resin Statue

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