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Most fans of Bruce Campbell here on GEEK might focus on his role as Ash in the Evil Dead film franchise, or the excellent Starz series Ash vs Evil Dead. Some of us lucky lovers of Bruce might remember another role of his quite fondly as well, that of an aging Elvis who really did fake his death to live the quiet life, which leads to an all too quiet life at a retirement home. The film is Bubba Ho-Tep which was directed by Don Coscarelli (Phantasm) and based on the novella of the same name by Joe R. Lansdale. Campbell plays Elvis, who is forced to team up with his neighbor – JFK, played by Ossie Davis – to stop the retirement home from becoming a smorgasbord for an undead cowboy mummy who feeds on souls.

You just ordered Bubba Ho-Tep on Amazon, didn’t you? I don’t blame you and you’re welcome. Now, fans of Bubba have been patiently waiting for the sequel to the film, which famously ended with a tease joking that Elvis would return for the sequel Bubba Nosferatu: Curse of the She-Vampires. This obviously never happened, but IDW has just revealed that we will be getting the next best thing – a comic book prequel!

The new comic series will be adapted from Bubba Ho-Tep creator Lansdale’s prequel novel Bubba and the Cosmic Blood Suckers:

Hail to the King, baby! Prior to the events of the original Bubba Ho-Tep cult story, Elvis was enlisted by President Nixon to defeat an alien threat unlike anything he’s faced before. IDW and award-winning writer Joe R. Lansdale present Bubba Ho-Tep and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers!

Bubba Ho-Tep was an accidental story that turned out to be my first film adaptation, and it’s still going strong in story and film,” said Lansdale. “And finally, it has inspired a background story that was first a novel, and is now represented in the medium that first made me want to be a writer: comics. Graphic novels. What we used to call Funny Books. I’m excited and looking forward to readers discovering it all in color and looking fine. May more Bubba comics burst into existence and give the world the true story of how the world has been protected from evil, and for quite some time. Thank goodness these defenders are out there, working in the shadows.”

In adapting this acclaimed work for comics, Lansdale will be joined by writer Joshua Jabcuga and artist Tadd Galusha (Godzilla: Rage Across Time), to help bring the story to terrifying life. Part of a secret government organization designed to protect civilians, Elvis Presley and a group of hardcore warriors set out to save the world from an invasion of hive-minded, shape-shifting, vampire-like creatures from a dark dimension.

The first issue hits comic stores in March, with covers by Galusha, Baldemar Rivas, and Timothy Truman.


Images: IDW Publishing

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A Bubba Ho-Tep Prequel is Heading To Comic Stores in March!

IDW will share another tale of Elvis set before the events of Bubba Ho-Tep, based on the recently released novel.

By Scoot Allan | 12/21/2017 12:00 PM PT

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Most fans of Bruce Campbell here on GEEK might focus on his role as Ash in the Evil Dead film franchise, or the excellent Starz series Ash vs Evil Dead. Some of us lucky lovers of Bruce might remember another role of his quite fondly as well, that of an aging Elvis who really did fake his death to live the quiet life, which leads to an all too quiet life at a retirement home. The film is Bubba Ho-Tep which was directed by Don Coscarelli (Phantasm) and based on the novella of the same name by Joe R. Lansdale. Campbell plays Elvis, who is forced to team up with his neighbor – JFK, played by Ossie Davis – to stop the retirement home from becoming a smorgasbord for an undead cowboy mummy who feeds on souls.

You just ordered Bubba Ho-Tep on Amazon, didn’t you? I don’t blame you and you’re welcome. Now, fans of Bubba have been patiently waiting for the sequel to the film, which famously ended with a tease joking that Elvis would return for the sequel Bubba Nosferatu: Curse of the She-Vampires. This obviously never happened, but IDW has just revealed that we will be getting the next best thing – a comic book prequel!

The new comic series will be adapted from Bubba Ho-Tep creator Lansdale’s prequel novel Bubba and the Cosmic Blood Suckers:

Hail to the King, baby! Prior to the events of the original Bubba Ho-Tep cult story, Elvis was enlisted by President Nixon to defeat an alien threat unlike anything he’s faced before. IDW and award-winning writer Joe R. Lansdale present Bubba Ho-Tep and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers!

Bubba Ho-Tep was an accidental story that turned out to be my first film adaptation, and it’s still going strong in story and film,” said Lansdale. “And finally, it has inspired a background story that was first a novel, and is now represented in the medium that first made me want to be a writer: comics. Graphic novels. What we used to call Funny Books. I’m excited and looking forward to readers discovering it all in color and looking fine. May more Bubba comics burst into existence and give the world the true story of how the world has been protected from evil, and for quite some time. Thank goodness these defenders are out there, working in the shadows.”

In adapting this acclaimed work for comics, Lansdale will be joined by writer Joshua Jabcuga and artist Tadd Galusha (Godzilla: Rage Across Time), to help bring the story to terrifying life. Part of a secret government organization designed to protect civilians, Elvis Presley and a group of hardcore warriors set out to save the world from an invasion of hive-minded, shape-shifting, vampire-like creatures from a dark dimension.

The first issue hits comic stores in March, with covers by Galusha, Baldemar Rivas, and Timothy Truman.


Images: IDW Publishing

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Scoot Allan talks geek and writes stuff about stuff. He likes long walks to the bathroom, exercises non-regularly and has way too much hair - everywhere. He featured on the Geek Exchange Podcast, Grizzlybomb, WhatCulture, RoguePlanet.tv, BamKapow and The Urban 30.