Issue #1 (cover art by Jim Lee)
Issue #2 (cover art by Denys Cowan)
Issue #3 (cover art by Massimo Carnavale)
Issue #4 (cover art by Frank Quitely)
These Django Unchained comic covers come courtesy of an interview indieWIRE recently published with Django Unchained producer Reginald Hudlin. The interview focused on the comic, but Hudlin and indieWIRE did discuss the film a bit. It’s a great read, but I’m going to give my standard “don’t read this if you want to go into the film cold,” as they discuss some details of the plot that are not shown in the trailers. Here are some of the relevant bits related to the comic:
Who came up with the idea for a “Django Unchained” comic book?
It kind of happened organically, actually. We were getting proposals to publish an illustrated screenplay, meaning it would be the screenplay with a bunch of photographs from production, and Quentin didn’t really want to do that. He believes the screenplay is an artistic medium in itself. He loves publishing his screenplays, but he wants them to stand alone and not have pictures as a crutch; either the writing works or it doesn’t. And when Quentin gave me that response to the offer I said, “Well, I get that. And, in fact, I was kind of disappointed because when I read ‘illustrated screenplay,’ I thought they were talking about a comic book adaptation.” Then he lit up, like, “Yeah. Now, that’s what I’m talking about! That would be fun.” [laughs] I agreed, so I reached out to my friends in the world of comic-book publishing and we got it going.
Can you talk about the decision to go with R.M. Guera for the book’s illustration, and what kind of direction Quentin gave him?
We looked at a lot of artists, and Quentin picked R.M. Guera, who has done great work but is best known for “Scalped,” which is a kind of noir series among Native Americans set on a reservation. He’s a brilliant artist, and that sensibility is perfect for what Quentin’s doing. Also, R.M. already worked with Quentin, adapting a couple of scenes from “Inglourious Basterds” for Playboy magazine. “Django” was that same approach: Don’t draw what’s in the movie; draw what’s in the script, which in some ways is different from what’s in the movie. We also have a great lineup of different cover artists: Jim Lee, Denys Cowan, Alex Ross and Frank Quitely. They all do their interpretation of Django. I get excited about projects like this, because I also feel like it’s a way to help support a medium that means so much to me.
Issue #1 will be released on December 19th (check out the five-page preview–no spoilers). The Django Unchained comic will be based on the original screenplay, and will therefore contain scenes that were cut or rewritten for the film.