‘Fire And Ice’ Prequel Comic Sets Bill Willingham As Writer; Leonardo Manco On Art

In 2022, Dynamite announced their intention to publish comics based on Ralph Bakshi‘s animated fantasy film, Fire and Ice, with oversight and creative cooperation from both Bakshi’s family and that of character designer Frank Frazetta. And now, the company is prepared to reveal the creative team: writer Bill Willingham and artist Leonardo Manco. Just in time for the film’s 40th anniversary, they will tell a tale before the events of the film, as Dynamite revealed Thursday.

Princess Teegra and her powerful panther companion have yet to face the kidnapping attempt by the evil queen Juliana and her son Nekron. Young warrior Larn’s village still stands. And elsewhere in the world, Darkwolf is out there, somewhere. The Fire and Ice comic will tell of Teegra and Larn’s activities in parallel before they meet and face the challenges chronicled in the film.

“I discovered both Frank Frazetta and Ralph Bakshi at an early age. My awareness of Frazetta cemented the first time someone put a Conan book into my hands. I discovered Bakshi when almost everyone did, when the film Wizards was released,” Willingham said in a statement. “I was in college at the time and working a number of jobs to be able to afford it. One of those jobs was at a local movie theater. I got to see it about a dozen times, twice a night for a week, and it ignited something profound in me. Now, 50 plus years later, there was a chance to work with these story giants. I wasn’t about to pass up the opportunity to work with these Giants in the Earth.”

Eddie Bakshi added, “The dedication and talent has been jaw-dropping with this new series … The Bakshi Family is honored and thrilled to be able to see fire and ice Come back to life with such creativity . what an incredible storyline addition. We are all in for this release. “

Sara Frazetta also said, “I’ve always had the desire to explore more character and world building around the film and doing this comic series has provided just that … Our team is truly out of this world. I’m so proud of everyone involved. There is so much heart and the process has been overwhelmingly positive.”

Supporting the first issue are covers from Bill Sienkiewicz, Joseph Michael Linsner, Mahmud Asrar, Francesco Francavilla, Manco, and a special presentation of Frazetta’s original painting for the film’s poster.

Fire and Ice #1 hits the stands this August.

In 2022, Dynamite announced their intention to publish comics based on Ralph Bakshi‘s animated fantasy film, Fire and Ice, withCOMICONRead More

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