Dynamite Publishing, who have ruled the roost when it comes to reviving popular pulp characters of yesteryear with their modern interpretations of ‘Flash Gordon’, ‘The Phantom’, and ‘Mandrake The Magician’ are teaming with video games company Atari for a series of new comics based on popular Atari titles from the 1980’s.
The collaboration will include securing the rights to a retrospective hardcover book comprised of photos and concept artwork, as well as behind-the-scenes information and interviews with those involved in Atari’s history. Added to this will be comic book adaptations of popular Atari games such as ‘Asteroids’, ‘Centipede’, ‘Missile Command’, ‘Crystal Castles’ and ‘Tempest’. In addition, Dynamite plans to re-print existing material such as the 1980s’ ‘Atari Force’ comics.
“We are excited to be teaming up with Dynamite Entertainment to bring a modern twist to a classic series of comics and table top books that are rich with historic art,” Fred Chesnais, Chief Executive Officer of Atari said in a statement. “Atari’s roots in the comic book world and iconic art is a collector and video game enthusiast’s dream. Our partnership is a fun way to expose our brand to a new generation and resonate with our long-time fans.”
“Atari is a touchstone for so many people,” added Dynamite Director of Business Development Rich Young. “Their games and game system exposed a lot of folks to video games for the first time … and frankly, got them hooked! I have fond memories of playing games on the 2600 with friends growing up, and am quite happy that we have a chance to work with Atari on this publishing program.”
Formed in 1972 Atari were the pioneers of the early gaming consoles. These consoles were the must have toy throughout the latter part of the 1970’s and early 80’s. And helped pave the way for later consoles and home gaming in general. Dynamite’s products will be available through comic book stores and digital platforms such as Comixology and Dynamite Digital.