At San Diego Comic-Con, one expects to hear news about new and upcoming movies, television shows, toys, and comic books. However, when someone says Comic-Con, the only time a person would think of the WWE in that context is when wrestlers turned actors like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Dave Bautista, and Sergeant Slaughter are appearing in a comic book movies. Now, the gap between World Wrestling Entertainment and Comic-Con is getting even smaller as the sports-entertainment company is returning to comic books.
According to WWE.com, WWE Hall of Famer and New York Times best-selling author Mick Foley was not only on hand at the con to meet and greet the fans from all over the world who descended upon San Diego for the Mecca of Pop Culture, but to also announce a partnership between the WWE and Papercutz, a children’s graphic novel publisher, to produce “an original, ongoing action/adventure series” based on past and present characters found on WWE programming like Monday Night Raw and Friday Night Smackdown. The series will be written by Foley himself with art from Adriano Moraes.
On this new project set to premiere in December, former three-time WWE Champion Foley had this to say about his first foray into comic book writing:
“I am very excited about this new partnership and comic book series. Writing is a great outlet for me, and sharing stories of WWE Superstars, both past and present, make it possible to introduce a whole new generation to WWE.”
Papercutz Editor In Chief Jim Salicrup also weighed in with his excitement for the new series and the separate children-focused series coming in June 2014:
“WWE’s Superstars are truly larger-than-life, with the kind of personality and raw power that makes a comics page crackle with excitement. It’s the kind of action and drama that’s just perfect for comics, and Mick Foley is just the WWE Legend we need to make it happen.”
To view the announcement from Comic-Con, you can check out the video below:
While this may seem like it’s coming from left field, professional wrestling has had a long history with the comic book industry. From Spider-Man’s humble beginnings as a pro-wrestler to various titles dedicated to specific wrestling federations and superstars such as the ‘Undertaker’ or ‘Stone Cold Steve Austin’ limited series from Chaos! Comics and ‘WWE Heroes’ from Titan Magazines. Marvel even brought the real life wrestlers into the pages of their comics when they released a series based on WCW from the early 90’s featuring the organization’s biggest stars at the time like Sting, The Steiner Brothers, Paul E. Dangerously’s Dangerous Alliance, and Cactus Jack, who happens to be an alter ego of Mick Foley.
As a huge WWE fan, I am very excited to see how this series turns out, but what do you think about it? Will WWE succeed with their new ongoing comic book series in the same way that other comics based on licensed properties like ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Star Trek’, or ‘Firefly’ have? Share your thoughts in the comment section.