Blondie’s Comic Debut Gets Bigger With New 4-LP Blondie Box Set – 1974-1982: Against All Odds Released Alongside Graphic Novel
by Richard Bruton
More details of Blondie‘s graphic novel debut and the 4-LP Against The Odds collection now available with deluxe versions.
Announced back in February 2021 and now scheduled for Fall 2022, Blondie: Against The Odds is a graphic novel co-written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, and drawn by Job McCrea. It will
As we reported back then, Z2 Comics described it as a book “inspired by some of their most iconic tracks, along with a few deep cuts,’ following their rise from the downtown Manhattan club scene to international fame ‘as told through and inspired by some of their early singles up through their enduring influence and cultural prominence in the present day,” with co-writer Palmiotti will be drawing on his own memories of a youth spent in the New York punk rock and new wave scene and its iconic venues like CBGB’s and the Mudd Club.
The creative team had this to say:
“I think it would be impossible to give Blondie and the downtown New York music scene the proper respect and visceral representation it deserves if I didn’t live through it. My life was comic books and music and there was no more exciting time in my life than when Blondie hit the music scene. Amanda and I are having a blast telling the story of the band and how they went from killing it on stage in small clubs to becoming an unstoppable worldwide sensation.” – Jimmy Palmiotti
“When I was growing up (and still pretty much, to this day), a few of the things I loved were music, comic book heroes, ultra-cool style, and a wicked, wild, and weird sense of humor. Blondie embodies all those things, and when I listen to their music, I can’t not dance. Or if I have to sit and work for long hours, I can’t not at least bounce and bop along in my seat. As a teenager, Debbie Harry was one of the super-heroes I wanted to grow up to be. In fact, I still wanna grow up to be her.” – Amanda Conner
“I am drawing a new Blondie graphic novel written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, this is officially signed off on by the band which is pretty exciting! Big Blondie fan, big time happy!” – John McCrea
Well, now we have more info on the deluxe versions of the graphic novel package, as Z2 Comics and Blondie have announced that they’ll be including the recently announced Blondie 1974-1982: Against The Odds official 4-LP box set with all platinum editions of the graphic novel. The Compilation Contains the albums Plaza Sound, Parallel Beats, Coca Cola and Home Sounds.
The 4-LP box set package features 52 bonus tracks across the four albums and comes with a 128-page hardcover book inside a foil-wrapped slipcase, designed to capture the iconic band’s inception and rise, as Blondie merged disco, rock, and beyond in the punk cradle of New York City’s Lower East Side.
Limited to 100 copies, the Blondie 1974-1982: Against The Odds 4-LP box set will be released in platinum editions of the Blondie: Against The Odds graphic novel anthology.
The 128-page hardcover book included with the platinum edition is written byConnor and Palmiotti, with artwork from Montos plus 14 additional stories from multiple creative teams based on standout songs. These creative teams include; Wendy Wright-Williams, Cassie Parkes, David Avallone, Howard Rodman, Jazzlyn Stone, Dan Whitehead, Davide Barnett, Richard Kadrey, J.H. Williams III, Sebastian Piriz, Lisa Weber, Anthony Marques, Manuela Pertega, Corey ‘Rey’ Lewis, Emily Pearson, Liana Kangas, Evgenia Vereli, Sean Pryor, Rodrigo Reyes, and Marco Perugini.
Blondie: Against The Odds is available for preorder now for a fall release in softcover and hardcover editions at finer comic shops, book, and record stores worldwide. Exclusively available through Z2’s website in limited quantities are the deluxe and signed platinum versions, with a set of exclusive prints from artists including Colleen Doran, Alison Sampson, Brian Ewing, Michael Allred, Dan Lerner, Matthew Lineham, Scrojo, Jan Meininghaus, Jesse Phillips, Tess Fowler, Brennan Wagner, Sean Pryor, John K. Snyder III, and Jay Jay Jackson. The platinum edition includes the Blondie 1974-1982: Against The Odds box set along with a 12-inch vinyl single of “Sunday Girl” featuring new cover art from Jesse Phillips.