DC almost released an Ice-T graphic novel?


In the latest Comic Book Legends Revealed, find out how close we came to seeing an Ice-T graphic novel from DC.

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COMIC CAPTION:

DC almost released an Ice-T graphic novel.

STATUS:

True

One of the major effects of moving to a direct-to-market sales model in the comics industry was that it suddenly became entirely possible for a small publisher to make a profit on an independent comic. , since there was only print-to-order, and there were now direct-to-market comic stores where you could sell your product to an audience specifically looking to buy comics. It was very similar to how indie comix in the late 1960s and early 1970s exploded in popularity, as there were main stores (stores that sold paraphernalia for marijuana use) that operated as the equivalent of direct market comic stores when the mainline stores bought the comics directly. The store heads were fascinating because obviously there wasn’t a big enough market to sustain the indie comix stores themselves, but the store heads were thriving, and as they needed things to sell (there there are only a limited number of pipes for sale), indie comix hung in this market, and similarly, when direct-market mainstream comic stores began to boom in the 1980s, independent comix ( which had lost the store-head market when the Supreme Court ruled that cities could determine whether store-heads were allowed on a local basis, and most said “no” to store-heads) then had a second wave when they hung on the comic book store market. However, this was even bigger than the previous boom, since you didn’t have to work directly with the main stores, you could deal with distributors who then dealt with ALL the direct market comic shops in the country. So it was much easier for a small publisher to succeed (still not EASY, of course, but much easier).


DC and Marvel saw this new indie boom and tried to cater to this possible new audience. DC’s response was to form Piranha Press in 1989.

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DC editor Mark Nevelow was the founder of the DC spin-off imprint specializing in indie comics. As he explained to the Los Angeles Times in 1990, “We’re moving away from what people traditionally expect from comic books. We’re trying to get people who don’t buy comics to buy comics.

However, by 1991 Nevelow had moved on, and DC tried new ideas with Piranha Press, with Andy Helfer pushing a line of musician-based comics called Piranha Music. It was launched with a Prince comic (cover by Brian Bolland!)…


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Helfer himself struck a deal with Ice-T to do a Piranha Music graphic novel featuring the rapper (who, like Prince, released music through DC’s parent company, Warner Bros.). The greats Trevor Von Eeden and Randy Elliott did the art of the series, with the iconic Mike Zeck doing the cover…

Here are some sample pages…

However, at the same time, Ice-T released a new song called “Cop Killer” and… well…

Warners soon dropped all promotion for the album, and the graphic novel was never released.


It’s a shame, because he looked pretty cool.

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