If you are among those to pre-order DARK SHADOWS THE COMPLETE NEWSPAPER DAILIES, you're already aware that there's been a delay in the book's publication.
Scheduled for release Sept. 9, a representative of Hermes Press told me the book has been delayed because of low pre-orders.While a new release date has not yet been scheduled, I've been assured DARK SHADOWS THE COMPLETE NEWSPAPER DAILIES has not been cancelled. It's just a matter of waiting for the company to received the appropriate number of orders before going into production.
In May, Hermes Press began soliciting help from collectors to complete work on the 224-page hardcover collection. The company was looking for complete copies of the original strips as they appeared in print, covering the publication dates of Nov. 14 1971 to March 4 1972. I suspect these strips were needed specifically as color keys for the Sunday strips, which will be reproduced in color for the first time as part of this publication.
While the various DARK SHADOWS comics that have appeared over the years have featured some terrific art, Ken Bald's work on the newspaper strip might the best of the bunch. It's reportedly Bald's favorite work of his career, which is no small statement. Bald has worked on everything from DOC SAVAGE to CAPTAIN AMERICA to DR. KILDARE during his long career.
If you've got an interesting in seeing this book become a reality, please consider pre-ordering a copy on Amazon.