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Tom Strong returns in July with ‘Planet of Peril’


Ahead of the release of the Vertigo solicitations, MTV Geek has official confirmation that the long-teased Tom Strong and the Planet of Peril will at last debut in July.

Initially discussed in early 2011, following the closing of DC Comics’ Wildstorm imprint, the miniseries teams the character’s co-creator Chris Sprouse with his Tom Strong and the Robots of Doom collaborator Peter Hogan for an adventure that sends the science hero on a quest for the one thing that can save the lives of his daughter Tesla and her unborn child.

Created by Sprouse and Alan Moore, Tom Strong was introduced in 1999 as part of the writer’s America’s Best Comics line. Born at the dawn of the 20th century, Tom was raised in a high-gravity tube by scientist parents, an upbringing which, combined with the ingestion of the mysterious Goloka Root, granted him longevity, super-strength and a genius intellect. Of course, this new miniseries finds Tom powerless, which raises the stakes a bit.

Sprouse shared some of his penciled art from the project on his blog last summer. Tom Strong and the Planet of Peril #1 arrives July 31.

tom strong and the planet of peril

It’s the return of Tom Strong—too bad he’s powerless! The lives of his daughter Tesla and her unborn child both hang in the balance, and there’s nothing Tom can do to save them…until he remembers the one thing that just might. To find it, he and Val Var Garm must journey to the far side of the galaxy, and the mysterious world known as…TERRA OBSCURA!



COOL, Tom Strong is Great! can’t wait to get this!

Did Moore give his share of rights to Sprouse and Hogan? I thought that he would never let his properties be published by DC.

Alan Moore never owned rights in this. It was wholly owned by America’s Best Comics, which was in turn owned by Jim Lee’s WildStorm, which he sold to DC just as ABC was taking off.

oh yeah, I loved Tom Strong back in the day, looking forward to ANY comic featuring him and the supporting cast! :-)

So…Vertigo is the new WildStorm? That ended badly.

In my opinion, you buried the lede: Terra Obscura is back! That’s the ABC/DC home of the Black Terror, Tom Strange, Fighting Spirit, Colonel Future, et al. I’ve been waiting eight years for their return!

Finally some good news.

I am so freakin’ in!!! Sign me up.

Love Tom Strong. But under Vertigo?

Is Vertigo now a mix of former WildStorm and current Vertigo properties? When that happen?

Even though Tom Strong and Astro City are cool, Vertigo’s meant to be a cutting-edge mature readers imprint for people who don’t want to read superheroes.

Johnny Sarcastic

April 6, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Fantastic news. This is certainly one of the rare occasions where a different writer ‘gets’ the character as much as the original – Hogan’s really great. Plus, Chris really loves this character and it shows – it’s always some of his best work. I cannot wait!

Even with the New 52, DC finds ways to get at least some of my money.

Whenever ABC re-emerges in one way or another, so do criticisms of Alan Moore – particularly regarding the contract and the ownership of the characters. I know that Moore isn’t perfect, but I do not like to see him being called a hypocrite. At least when it doesn’t apply. This is the way I’ve heard it (or read it)…

Originally, all the ABC titles were going to be owned by the artists. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, being the first out of the gate, was properly copyrighted to Moore and O’Neill, and the rest were supposed to be copyrighted the same way as they were published.

But then WildStorm was sold to DC. This put the contracts and indeed the entire operation in question – and also allowed for the possibility of a bigger up-front paycheck, thanks to DC’s more considerable financial resources. Moore called all his ABC collaborators and put it to a vote – it was the kind of choice that we’ve all grown familiar with hearing about in the comics business – keep the rights but earn less up front, or lose the rights but get a much bigger paycheck up. The ABC collaborators voted for the bigger paycheck, and Moore went along. So that’s why Moore, despite his dislike of DC and their business dealings, signed over Tom Strong, Promethea, and the rest.

Here’s Moore himself (in Alan Moore: Storyteller by MIlledge, page 211) : “I’d got a choice, basically. I could either stand on principle and say ‘Well, now, I said I would never work for DC again and I mean it, so we have to abandon the whole project’ – which I hadn’t the heart to do. For better or worse, I decided that it was better to forego my own principles upon it rather than to put a lot of people who’d been promised work suddenly out of work.”

I’d like to know more about that voting process. Why exactly did they vote to give up ownership? Given how Moore and O’Neill are still producing The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, it makes you wonder if Moore might still be writing Promethea if the ownership were different.

So… was it because some of the collaborators, like Williams or Sprouse, were younger and just starting out in the business? Was it because some, like Cannon and Veitch, had other, more personal work to fall back on? Was it because they knew that Alan Moore developing an alternative comics line was lightning in a bottle, and they just needed to get on with it in the quickest and easiest way?

This would be a good story for someone to uncover.

Strongman of America

May 9, 2013 at 8:21 am

Hurray for Tom Strong!
Hurray for Chris Sprouse!
Hurrary for Karl Story!
Hurray for Peter Hogan!
Hurray for Terra Obscura!
Here’s to a Strong and Stange tomorrow!

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