Alternate Covers on Buckaroo Banzai #1

Moonstone has announced that Buckaroo Banzai #1, due in April, will be $3.50 and ship with two covers. Plus, there’s an additional limited edition cover version available for $4.50.

I can understand doing special covers when you’re talking about Alex Ross or Jim Lee or big-name artists who have their own followings, but I’ve never heard of Michael Stribling or David Michael Beck. (I have heard of and like the work of Matt Haley, but he doesn’t strike me as someone who can sell a comic based on his doing the cover.) I can’t imagine that I’m the only one, so I wish Moonstone would have listed their credits in the ad copy.

I would like to show you the art for these covers, but I can’t find a copy of the press release at Moonstone’s own site, and their Buckaroo Banzai page hasn’t been updated. (Also, they need to redo their navigation buttons; when they changed the background of the site, the text included as part of the images became unreadable. Some of them don’t even have ALT text defined.)

I did find out, hidden in their message boards, that the fifty-cent preview issue originally due in December has been moved to January.

When you’re doing a project like this that has the potential for outreach to fans of the property, it would be nice if you attempted to interest the movie fans in comics instead of pumping out attempts at collectibles. Sure, Moonstone wants to make as much money as they can, but if you abuse the buyers too much, they’ll never want to go back to a comic store.

4 Responses to “Alternate Covers on Buckaroo Banzai #1”

  1. Dan Coyle Says:

    I noticed the preview art for the 50 cent book had Peter Weller’s likeness, but the art for the covers of the new series doesn’t (but I detected the likenesses of Ellen Barkin and Jeff Goldblum). Perhaps that’s the reason.

  2. A.L. Baroza Says:

    Isn’t Michael Stribling the guy doing the godawful covers for Ellis’ JLA Classified arc?

  3. Johanna Says:

    Mmmm, interesting. That’s always a concern with licensed projects of this nature.

    I’m curious to see how the final book works, which is the most important thing.

  4. Johanna Says:

    AL: Oh, dear, you’re right. Ick. I don’t care at all for his stiff, computer-generated figures.




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