Though it only ran for a brisk 14 episodes when it initially debuted in 2002, Joss Whedon’s Firefly helped itself to a dedicated and intense group of fans that remains pledged to the series more than a decade and a half later. The near-instant cult success of the series helped the story endure past its untimely television demise, leading to the 2005 Serenity film, novels, a tabletop role-playing game, and, of course, comic books.
Gemstone Publishing, with the kind assistance of BOOM! Studios, celebrates the impact of Firefly with artist Diego Galindo’s cover for The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #49. Among other credits, Diego Galindo has also provided cover artwork for BOOM’s Firefly and Firefly: Bad Company, capturing the attitude and swagger of the series’ characters.
Scheduled to go on sale Wednesday, July 17, 2019, it will be featured in the April PREVIEWS from Diamond Comic Distributors. The April PREVIEWS can be found online at PreviewsWorld.com on Friday, March 22, and in print at local comic shops on Wednesday, March 27. The hardcover carries a $35 cover price, and the softcover retails for $29.95.
The Bible of serious comic book collectors, dealers, and historians since it was first published in 1970, CBPG #49 features updated comic pricing, as well as looks at Batman’s 80th anniversary, Zorro’s 100th anniversary, a remembrance of Stan Lee, and much more.
This version of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #49 is the first one to be announced, and will be available in both hardcover and softcover format. It marks BOOM!’s second appearance on a Guide cover, following Ryan Sook’s Planet of the Apes cover for CBPG #48.
“This is a fanboy’s dream come true. Way back four decades ago when I learned there was such a thing as a price guide to my beloved medium, comic books, I could never dream that I would form a company that would one day have a comic we published on the cover – much less two years back-to-back! What an honor!” said Ross Richie, founder and Chief Executive Officer of BOOM! Studios. “It’s a joy to see the cover feature Joss Whedon’s Firefly, which we launched to massive success at the end of 2018. Browncoats have really come out to support, making it one of the biggest launches of the year. Thanks to everyone for their support and the tremendous success!”
This also marks the second Joss Whedon property to appear on a Guide cover. Buffy The Vampire Slayer, then published by Dark Horse, appeared on The Big, Big Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #48.
“Despite its short tenure on network television, Firefly has had an oversized impact on the world of pop culture, and that includes comics. Thanks to Ross and his team at BOOM!, and Diego Galindo who has delivered a wonderful piece featuring Mal, Zoë, and Jayne, one that really captures the spirit of the show and the comics,” said J.C. Vaughn, Vice-President of Publishing for Gemstone Publishing.
Galindo joins a pantheon of Overstreet cover artists that includes Joe Kubert, Will Eisner, Carl Barks, Wally Wood, Alex Schomburg, Murphy Anderson, Alex Ross, George Pérez, Mark Chiarello, Darwyn Cook, J.G. Jones, Joe Jusko, Amanda Conner, Walter Simonson, and many others. The announcements of the cover artists for our Overstreet Hall of Fame cover, main cover, and The Big, Big Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #49 will follow on March 19-21.