I really got a kick out of Howard Chaykin’s American Flagg when it was originally released in the ’80s (1983-1988), and though I have most of the original issues, I can now get the entire collection in digital format thanks to Dynamite Entertainment and comiXology. And best of all, I can get them TODAY!

Man… New Comic Book Day is awesome…

Here’s the press release.

Long considered a classic, this exclusive digital release also includes a brand new forward by bestselling comic creator and novelist Warren Ellis — only available on comiXology. The forward, along with first arc of the American Flagg series marks the beginning of a new era for this groundbreaking masterpiece as it moves into the digital age.

“Bringing the work of a master creator like Howard Chaykin to the forefront of the digital realm defines what comiXology is at it’s very core” says comiXology CEO and Co-Founder David Steinberger “Being able to distribute lost classics to new readers is something we’re striving to continue as we push forward in 2012.”

Lauded for its status as a cult classic and unparalleled in it’s impact on today’s comic scene, Howard Chaykin’s American Flagg! brings it’s unique indie spirit to comiXology and is available for download as individual single issues and as a completed Graphic Novel.

“There are few great comic works as influential and well respected as Howard Chaykin’s American Flagg!  The work is, in my opinion, one of the most important works from the 1980’s.  Howard was ahead of his time with American Flagg!  He was a visionary, and Flagg!, as well as The Shadow and other works show why he is one of the most respected creators in comics.” saysDynamite President and Publisher Nick Barrucci “Offering American Flagg! digitally is ideal in bringing the classic series to a new generation of readers.  We couldn’t be more excited about having both this incredible series by Chaykin with a new forward by Ellis available digitally on comiXology.”

A monumental achievement in modern sequential art, American Flagg tells the story of Reuben Flagg and the world he inhabits following the devastating events of the Year of the Domino. In a future where planet Earth has been torn asunder by a wave of natural disasters and civilization is forced to plot a new course for itself as the United States government flees to Mars, Flagg must deal with all the remaining factions left behind.

“When I first produced American Flagg! back in the early ’80s, I had no idea just how much I got right about the dystopic future careening toward us.  Needless to say, I’m delighted to have the material available digitally,” said legendary series creator Howard Chaykin. “Now get to work, you intellectual-property pirates, thieves, and scumbags–here’s one more thing to steal.”  

A welcomed addition to the vast offerings of digital comics available on the comiXology platform, American Flagg continues to stand the test of time decades after it’s original release. Newly recolored and restored, American Flagg is available for download  as one graphic novel collecting the first twelve issues or individual issues on iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and the Web as well as the comiXology Digital Storefront program. Colliding with the future it so ably depicted thirty years ago, American Flagg has never been more widely available to readers — both new and old — than it is today.

About Dynamite Entertainment
Dynamite Entertainment was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Shadow, The Boys, Green Hornet, Vampirella, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, Game of Thrones and more!

In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and best selling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Michael Avon Oeming, Mel Rubi, Marc Guggenheim, Stephen Sadowski, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Jae Lee, Matt Wagner and a host of up and coming new talent!

Dynamite recently won the Diamond Gem Award for Best Publisher Under 4% of market share for 2011!

DYNAMITE is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s PROJECT SUPERPOWERS – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. Several of their titles have also hit The New York Times Best-Sellers list: The Boys, Vampirella Archives, Robert Jordan’s New Spring and Wheel of Time graphic novels. In 2005 Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%). The company has also been nominated for several industry awards, including the prestigious Eisner Award.

About comiXology
Founded in 2007 with the mission of bringing comics to people everywhere, comiXology — in just five short years — has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel world.  From creating the industry leading platform for digital comics to tools and services for brick and mortar retailers, comiXology has lead the charge in exposing new audiences to the rich history and culture of comic books. With the development of the Comics by comiXology digital comics platform — available across iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and the Web — comiXology provides the easiest way worldwide for people to enjoy comics at just the click of a button! Regularly ranking as the top grossing iPad app in the entire iTunes App Store, Comics by comiXology was recently selected as a preloaded app on Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Providing digital comics across multiple platforms, comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the earth has been turned into a comic book fan.

via comiXology

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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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1 Comment

  1. Oldcomicfan
    June 6, 2012 at 8:46 pm — Reply

    I wonder if I still have American Flagg in the bottom of my collection somewhere? This comic was a masterpiece when it first came out, and Chakin’s art was a notch above the rest! I actually wrote to him to find out where he got the screen-toned board and bought a bunch for my own cartooning. It was great stuff, the tone pattern is invisible until after you’ve inked the panels and then used developer in a brush to paint in where you want the tone. Sadly, it’s not permanent and fades over time, so I suspect that these reissues are scans of the printed books as opposed to the original art boards. Sad to say, Mr. Chaykin either got busy with other projects or got tired of American Flagg before the end and brought in substitute artists (and later substitute writers) none of which did the story justice. The art was such an integral part of Chaykin’s vision that it just wasn’t the same after he quit drawing the book. Man, oh man, can he draw pin-up girls, and Raul the talking cat was a panic.

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