In a move that comes straight out of left field, MeTV has teamed up with DC to bring Svengoolie into the DC Universe. This late-night horror icon from Chicago has long been delivering a hilarious view on classic horror films to audiences, and now we’ll see him injecting his same humor into the world of DC Comics. This is being done through “a series of custom inserts featured in DC comic books on sale throughout the month of October” titled ‘Svengoolie Meets the DC Universe.’ Each of these chapters was co-written by Svengoolie and his very own superfan in the comic industry, Dan DiDio, with artwork by Chris Jones.
As to the plan for this run:
On the run from (what else?) an army of homicidal rubber chickens, Svengoolie gets some unexpected help from Wonder Woman and John Stewart, who urge him to get to the Hall of Justice. But before he can make it to safety, he has to survive a showdown against the one responsible for these perilous pullets, The Joker!
Rich Koz, who plays Svengoolie, has been entertaining late-night audiences since 1979 by delivering science fiction and horror to the masses “with comedy sketches, jokes, and song parodies.”
According to Koz:
“This is a dream come true for someone who’s been a life-long fan of DC super-heroes since I first got into comics as a kid. I couldn’t be prouder to have Svengoolie standing side by side with these iconic characters. I definitely identify with them, too; after all, I have to put on my costume before I can do my job, too!”
The actor has always been a supporter of the Chicago horror and science fiction community and is known to be welcoming to casual and hardcore fans alike. He is also someone I personally grew up watching so to see him getting this opportunity is thrilling, to say the least!
DiDio, himself, is thrilled about this inclusion:
“I’m a huge fan of classic sci-fi and horror movies, and I grew up with Svengoolie. As a fan and a publisher, I never thought I’d have a chance to have Svengoolie in our books, let alone write the story. This is a fantastic opportunity, and I couldn’t be more excited.”
You can check out a few pages from the upcoming short stories below (click to enlarge):
Are you excited for the release of ‘Svengoolie Meets the DC Universe’? If you’ve seen Rich Koz portraying the character in the past are there any other DC books that you’d like to see him appear in? Share your thoughts in the comments below!