Volume One of the King Hell Heroica. Comics visionary Rick Veitch marries the larcenous history of the comics business to the outrageous themes and characters of his infamous Brat pack universe, creating one of the most startling and uncompromising visions of the superhero archetype ever put to paper.
“Collecting the complete-to-date 1992–2005 Maximortal series into one volume. Veitch’s ultimate self-published superhero project was built upon all he had done before, particularly Veitch’s self-described “Heroica Universe” and Brat Pack, but Maximortal is also Veitch’s magnum opus meditation on the very industry he worked so hard to get into, and has done so much magnificent work within: the American comicbook industry. Paralleling the superhero story of the Maximortal beat-for-beat, sequence-for-sequence, is Veitch’s insightful distillation of the real-life Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster story — of the creation of Superman, and Superman’s blossoming into THE merchandizing and metaphoric goldmine of the 20th century as Jerry and Joe had to somehow live out mortal lives in the wake and shadow of their greatest creation—and that, more than the imaginative Carlos Castaneda-informed superhero tale, is the heart and soul of Maximortal.” —Stephen R. Bissette
196 page black and white paperback with color covers
King Hell Press, 3rd edition 2017