Eibon Press’s epic four-issue comic book series based on the classic Lucio Fulci film The Beyond begins this Halloween season, with the first issue going up for sale on their website beginning October 25th at 7 pm Pacific! Here’s the full scoop from today’s press release:
This first issue is a really special event for us in more ways than one. First, we’re talking about Fulci’s celebrated masterpiece, and we are honored to have partnered with GRINDHOUSE RELEASING to bring this epic comic adaptation to you . . . but our comic series is more than just a straight adaptation. It’s also an expansion and a prequel to the film, which fills in many details and intriguing backstory elements only hinted at on celluloid.
The first issue depicts the character of Liza Merrill, in her first “incarnation” in 1927, as she battles evil and learns of the Seven Dreaded Gateways to Hell. You’ll discover how she met Emily and the painter Schwiek at the Seven Doors Hotel and you’ll experience the cataclysmic events that lead to Emily’s descent into hell. It’s 40 pages of insanity and gore, Lucio Fulci-style, as only Eibon Press could have brought it to you.
Check out the promos, sample pages and ALL NEW COVER IMAGES below and you’ll see what we mean. This one has been a real labor of blood-soaked love. AND THAT’S NOT ALL. In creating this first issue, we’ve really gone the extra mile to make it special, which means some insane extra stuff. Eibon has been known for years as being the leader in high-quality horror comic entertainment, with the most prestigious printing and special extras ever offered to comic fans.
We’ve been teasing our extras for weeks on THE BEYOND at our socials . . . and now it’s time to unveil what they actually are. You see, THE BEYOND had two theatrical releases here in America. The second was, of course, in 1998, when Quentin Tarantino teamed up with Grindhouse Releasing to put out Fulci’s original vision . . . but WE first saw the film as kids in drive-in movie theaters and on VHS home video, way back in 1981, under the alternate title SEVEN DOORS OF DEATH! Even though the film had been re-edited and re-scored, we loved it anyway. So to commemorate that lost version of the film, we tracked down the original master tapes of the complete alternate film score and made a deal with the composers to present it as an all-new world premiere soundtrack album on Compact Disc, re-mastered and presented with composer’s bonus tracks! That special album is available with EVERY EDITION of LUCIO FULCI’S THE BEYOND #1, complete with a dust-sleeve that features an all-new cover painting by BEYOND comic artist PAT CARBAJAL.
Each issue of THE BEYOND comes packaged in special sturdy album jackets known as Eibon Sleeves. They are unlike anything else on the market today, and each sleeve is packed with special stuff like trading cards, making each issue an instant collector’s item. And each issue comes in three editions, priced for every budget: You can get the standard sleeved edition, the signature edition (signed by me), or you can go all-in and order our special PSYCHO FAN PACKAGE, which is an embarrassment of riches this time. The Psycho edition for THE BEYOND #1 is limited to just 100 sets and comes with FOUR ALTERNATE COVERS. The Psycho Fan alternate covers are super limited, with just 100 units manufactured. The 7 DOORS OF DEATH alternate cover celebrates the 1981 version of the film. And only 100 of those covers have been created.
Plus you also get a free hand-screened BEYOND T-shirt and a cool BEYOND ENAMEL PIN, limited also to just 100 units. Insane collectability, dudes. Again, check out these exclusive promos and preview pages, and please feel free to get in touch with me if you’d like some additional comments or an interview. We’ve also included the full CD cover for the 7 GATES album and a sample track of the re-mastered main titles theme. It’s vintage 1980s synth horror nirvana! We’re hoping THE BEYOND will be a true Halloween event and we invite you along for the ride. We thank you and all our loyal fans for all the support you’ve given us in the past and look forward to bigger and nastier horrors in the blood-soaked future . . .