Tsuburaya Productions’ REDMAN Comes to America in New Comic Book Series
Source: Night Shining, Inc.
Official Site: nightshininginc.com/redman
Special Thanks to Matt Frank and Jesse Wittenrich
He is Redman, the Kaiju Hunter…
Trapped in a desolate and yet somehow familiar world populated with an vast array of the ferocious beasts known as “Kaiju,” Redman continues his endless Red Fight, battling tirelessly to cull the monsters. With each fierce battle, the mysterious, blood-splattered “hero” sinks closer to his prey, ready to strike. This while a sinister form watches and records his every move…
The Tsuburaya Productions series REDMAN (レッドマン, Reddoman) debuted April 24, 1972 as part of GOOD MORNING! KIDS SHOW (おはよう!こどもショー, Ohayō! Kodomo Shō, 1965-1980), a popular weekday morning series for small children that aired on the Nippon Television Network. It ran for 138 episodes, ending on October 3rd of the same year, and featured numerous monsters recycled from Tsuburaya’s Ultra Series.
While each day’s episode ran only 5 minutes, REDMAN’s unusual treatment of its main hero as well as the creatures he dispatched led to the series finding status as a cult hit and internet phenomenon. Now artist Matt Frank (Godzilla, Transformers) and colorist Gonçalo Lopes (Bio Wars, Dodge City) bring the tokusatsu hero back to life in the pages of a new, officially licensed comic series from Night Shining, Inc. and no kaiju is safe!
The Redman: The Kaiju Hunter Volume 1 Graphic Novel is a 128 page full color story spotlighting the adventure of Redman and his quest to rid the world of any and all Kaiju. The book is scheduled to ship this June and retails for $18.99.
The first 100 customers to purchase the graphic novel directly from Night Shining, Inc will also receive an exclusive Redman foil trading card, limited to only 150 in the U.S. Pre-order your copy today.
A Japanese edition with alternate cover art will be released by Blister Comics on May 30th. The retail price is 2500 yen.
As a tie-in to the comic, the Redman: The Kaiju Hunter limited edition collectible pin set will be released in June. These 1¾” pins of Redman and the monster Arstron (aka Earthtron) are cast in hard enamel and will be limited to only 250 sets. The SRP is $12.99 per set. The pin set is also being sold packaged with Redman: The Kaiju Hunter Volume 1 for $29.99
Night Shining is also offering a range of official Redman: The Kaiju Hunter t-shirts through their Redbubble store.
About Tsuburaya Productions
Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. has created dozens of heroes and other characters, including Ultraman, who have been loved from generation to generation. The base for the company was Tsuburaya Visual Effects Research, which was launched by the Japanese “Father of Special Effects” Eiji Tsuburaya. After showing his skill and making a name for himself working on many monster movies and special effects laden fantasy science films, in 1963 Tsuburaya incorporated Tsuburaya Visual Effects Research and established Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. in order to advance further research and development of special effects technologies and release visual works that could be enjoyed by a wider audience. The company has continued to maintain Eiji Tsuburaya’s policies even after his death.
2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the company’s founding, and it continues its work to this day. Currently, the company carries out activities including production of works for television, original video works, and films for theatrical release; licensing of owned characters’ content; development of various products; event planning and live staged events that bring out the maximum appeal of its owned characters, and development of facilities that handle related items.