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Aardwolf launches Kickstarter for Dave Cockrum’s ‘Futurians Return’

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Dave Cockrum passed away in 2006, but his life’s work lives on in the minds of his fans and in the epic contributions to Marvel’s X-Men, DC Comics’ Legion of Super-Heroes, and elsewhere. And now, Aardwolf Publishing is looking to raise funds to release a never-before-seen chapter in Cockrum’s creator-owned series The Futurians, titled aptly enough, The Futurians Return.

Cockrum created The Futurians in the early 1980s following the success of the relaunched Uncanny X-Men, jumping into creator-owned with an inaugural volume published by Marvel before releasing another three issues through an upstart publisher. The series follows a group of superhumans whose powers come via a transmission from the future intended to help prevent a major disaster. Led by a hobo-turned-businessman Vandervecken (or alternately, the Dutchmen), the Futurians are assembled and quickly tasked with confronting the threats they were empowered to stop.

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The Futurians takes everything that Dave learned from his X-Men experience and adds Dave’s love of science fiction,” says Aardwolf Publisher Clifford Meth. “The characters are all very different and at once very real, likable — they interact well together. And of course there’s Dave’s practiced, old-time storytelling techniques that he culled from Murphy Anderson and Neal Adams and Wally Wood. He was a studied artist who also understood that design must work in service of story.”

The Futurians Return will contain a new 22-page story Cockrum created before his passing, as well as a second tale he drew based on a story by Meth. The book is rounded out by pin-ups from the likes of Jim Lee and Bill Sienkiewicz, and a tribute written by Neil Gaiman.

In just over two days, The Futurians Return Kickstarter has already surpassed its $6,000 funding goal. Aardwolf is offering a variety of original art as pledge rewards, and a bonus digital edition that will contain everything the print edition has plus Cockrum’s original penciled and a digital additional pin-ups. The minimum pledge to receive the physical book is $25, with the digital edition available for pledges as low as $5.

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Already a backer. Can’t wait for the oucome of this, and Cliff always is off the charts with the stretch goals. So the more the merrier!

I am a huge fan of Dave Cockrum’s work. I’ve always thought it was a real shame that he did not have the opportunity to create more Futurians stories during his lifetime. I met him on a few occasions, and he mentioned that he had ideas for a number of stories he wanted to do with the characters. I’m happy that we are going to finally see one last Futurians tale by him.

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