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Amazing cover art by Cling Langley
Amazing cover art by Clint Langley

Friends, I am happy to announce that this is the month, and this the happy morn.  Today I debut as a writer of comics.  Please be sure to visit your comic book retailer this week to pick up your copy of Daring Mystery Comics 70th Anniversary Special #1, featuring the never-before-told origins of Golden Age hero, The Phantom Reporter.  Sinister murder, corporate greed, and a little bit of alchemy thrown in — because that’s how I roll.  You can read a brief interview with me about the project here.

Says Marvel:

Marvel continues its historic anniversary celebration – as the Phantom Reporter leaps from the pages of THE TWELVE into his own solo adventure! By day, cub reporter…by night, relentless scourge of the underworld! But what could drive All-American collegiate champ Dick Jones to become a masked vigilante? Why does this high-society dilettante fight for the underprivileged? And what is the blood-soaked mystery that will take gun-toting terror from the swankiest Park Ave penthouse to the shadowed mean streets on the hunt for justice? Find out as Edgar Award-winning historical thriller novelist David Liss (A Conspiracy of Paper,) makes his comics writing debut and teams with artist Jason Armstrong (Lobster Johnson: The Iron Prometheus) to tell the never-before-revealed origin of the Phantom Reporter! Plus: A classic reprint from DARING MYSTERY COMICS #3!

The first page.  Dig Jason Armstrong's pitch perfect art.

The first page. Dig Jason Armstrong's pitch perfect art.

For those of you unfamiliar with how comics work, these books are published on a weekly basis.  They will remain in most stores for about two weeks, and then become more difficult to find.  As this is my comics debut, and I will be continuing to work in the medium, there is at least the chance that issue will increase in value, making it a good investment in these uncertain times.  If you don’t have a favorite place to buy comics, check out ComicShopLocator.com for a store near you.

6 Responses to “”

  1. Andy says:

    I will buy it. By the way David, do you have some favorite comic books or graphic novels? My favorite by far is Transmetropolitan. I also enjoyed Preacher, The Tick, and Nextwave.

  2. David Liss says:

    I have the first bound trade paperback volume of Transmetropolitan in my to-read pile. Some of my favorites are Ex Machina, Walking Dead, and Invincible. I hear great things about Scalped, but I haven’t checked it out yet.

  3. Meghan says:

    Hi David,

    I just wanted to drop by and say how excited I am about this news. I love all of your work and think this is an exciting announcement.

  4. Marc Jacobs says:

    Great news. I love the Twelve characters. Really look forward to this.

    “Whiskey Rebels” would make a great comic, although I’m not sure if the alcohol content would make it “Adults Only.”

    I’m a big fan of your work, going back to “Conspiracy of Paper.”

    I found your website via “Missions Unknown,” the San Antonio SF/F/etc blog.

  5. Jon Johnson (Sir) says:

    I ordered this on the description alone. Now that I’ve been introduced to your other works (of which I was unaware) I will now be picking those up. See, comics inspire literacy!

    Also: I wanted to mention that if you like the “noir” aspects of the Phantom Reporter, I highly recommend the late, great Sandman Mystery Theatre series from DC/Vertigo. A good selection of it is in trade collections and they only get better and better as they progress. Awesome Guy Davis art in most of the run, too.


  6. David Liss says:

    Good call. Here at davidliss.com, we love Sandman Mystery Theater. The gas mask is maybe the creepiest costumed hero disguise ever.

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