Titan Comics have today announced Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter, the next title from its Hammer Horror line of comics, that sees the publication of brand-new comic stories featuring classic Hammer properties, which is set to debut later this year! Based on the 1974 film, the book will be the second Hammer title following the success of Peter Milligan and Ronilson Freire’s The Mummy: Palimpsest which hit stores and digital devices last November.
Written by Dan Abnett (Aquaman, Guardians of the Galaxy) with art by Tom Mandrake (Sidekick, The Spectre) Titan Comics’ Captain Kronos chronicles the adventures of the mysterious and powerful Kronos who has dedicated his life to destroying the evil vampire plague. Once a victim himself, the debonair Hunter knows the vampire’s strengths and weaknesses as well as the dangers of confronting the potent forces of darkness. Now the cult-classic adventure, based on the Brian Clemens film, continues in comics form!
Originally founded in 1934, legendary British film studio Hammer Films became famous for iconic titles such as Dracula, The Curse of Frankenstein, One Million Years B.C. and The Quatermass Xperiment. Rebooted as HAMMER in 2008, the company has been reinvigorating this beloved global brand and marked its return to features in 2010 with the release of Let Me In, followed by The Resident, Wake Wood and The Quiet Ones over the next four years.
In 2012, HAMMER broke records with the first ever feature ghost story in the company’s long history, The Woman In Black. Directed by James Watkins, adapted by Jane Goldman from the novella by Susan Hill, and starring Daniel Radcliffe, the film took over $130m worldwide, making it one of the biggest indie horror films ever. It was followed up in January 2015 by The Woman in Black: Angel of Death – the franchise has since crossed $200m in worldwide theatrical box office.
In other media, HAMMER has diversified into live theatre, publishing and television.
HAMMER’s first theatrical stage production, The Turn of the Screw, based on the classic ghost tale by Henry James, opened at London’s Almeida Theatre in 2013. Last year saw a run of a new adaptation of the Shirley Jackson classic The Haunting of Hill House at the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse. Both productions were mounted in partnership with Sonia Friedman Productions.
In publishing, HAMMER has its own fiction novel imprint, in partnership with Arrow, part of the Penguin Random House Group. Recent titles include Helen Dunmore’s The Greatcoat, Jeanette Winterson’s The Daylight Gate, and Breakfast with the Borgias by Booker Prize winning author DBC Pierre. Separately, HAMMER also has a comic and graphic novel imprint with Titan Publishing. The first title, a 5-issue monthly comic series called The Mummy: Palimpsest, was launched at the end of 2016. The third, fourth and fifth issues will be released over the first few months of 2017.