Zen Intergalactic Ninja is one of those interesting indie comics that has been around for years (I even have original art from most of one issue), but it is surprising to learn the character will celebrate its 30th anniversary at the San Diego Comic-Con this year.
“It was 30 years ago that Dan Cote and I self-published Zen Intergalactic Ninja #1 up in Auburn, Maine,” said Steve Stern. “That book was a labor of love, especially for Dan, who spent nearly two years airbrushing the art.”
Cote said, “Little did we think that our homegrown comic-book would have over a hundred comics and graphic novels to his credit, and be spun off into videogames, action figures and a host of other products.”
To commemorate Zen’s 30th anniversary, First Comics is unveiling two new Zen titles, Home and Zen Bounty Hunter, at Comic-Con.
“These are two very important issues,” said Stern. “In Home, Zen finally returns to planet Baltoon, where he came to life in a genetic experiment, and meets the female scientist, Teslah, who saved him by jettisoning him into space. And in Zen Bounty Hunter, certain aspects of his appearance become altered.”