To “make the wait for issue #2 less excruciating,” the Captain Ultimate team has released “a long-lost pulp adventure” starring the title character. The prose story, titled “Appetite for Destruction” and featuring a cover by Axl Rose Taylor Stauft, is available as a free download on the Captain Ultimate blog.
“When the world’s greatest hero, Captain Ultimate, disappeared, a writer named Richard Richardson kept his myth alive through pulp fiction, comic books, radio serials, and more,” the press release reads. “While much of that material was thought to have been lost to time, current Captain Ultimate shepherds Benjamin Bailey, Joey Esposito, and Boy ‘Boykoesh’ Akkerman have unearthed a treasure trove of long-lost material from the notoriously reclusive writer.”
There’s a new hero in town, one straight out of the Golden Age … wait, what? Captain Ultimate by Joey Esposito, Benjamin Bailey, Boykoesh and Ed Ryzowski debuts on comiXology today as one of five new titles from Monkeybrain Comics. The all-ages superhero title centers on a young boy and his admiration for a Golden Age hero, Captain Ultimate, who disappeared some years before — but makes his triumphant return just in time to save a city from a giant monster.
I spoke with Esposito and Bailey about the new comic, which they’ll discuss tonight at the Monkeybrain panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego (8 p.m. in Room 28DE)