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Disney's Hercules Embarks On An All-New Epic!
Award Winning Writer Elliott Kalan and Greek's
Rising Star Artist George Kambadais Chart the Quest

January 25, Mt. Laurel, NJ:
This April, one of the greatest heroes throughout all of storytelling is setting out on a big comic adventure, as Disney's Hercules returns for a brand-new comic book series presented by Dynamite Entertainment with writer Elliott Kalan and artist George Kambadais!

The new comic follows the events of the beloved 1997 Walt Disney Animation Studious feature film, but is perfect for those who are new to the story and fans of the original film alike. After his famous journey, Hercules chose mortality over godhood in his internal struggle as a demigod. The Greek gods still don't understand why he would ever make that decision, but that hasn't severed their connection. Hercules has proven his might and mettle many times over, and the gods are more than happy to enlist him as their agent of Earthly matters.

The goddess of beauty Aphrodite has granted an artist his wish to bring her sculpture to life. The only problem is the newly conscious marble proves to be hard to handle and more bone-crushingly lively than expected. The inquisitive and kind-hearted Herc discovers on the scene that the rogue statue is simply misunderstood and rambunctious in its brand-new life, reminding him of his own precocious youth. Returning to Mt. Olympus to report back to Aphrodite, Hercules finds her temple mysteriously empty and abandoned. And that's just the opening — could this be the start of a larger sinister saga? Anyone who has ever dabbled in Greek mythology knows the answer to that!

"To me, the Disney Hercules embodies the best aspects of classic superheroes," said writer Elliott Kalan. "He always tries to do what’s right, never gives up, cares about the people around him, and feels for those who need help. Hercules is the original superhero concept — a super-strong person who keeps people safe by removing monsters from the world. What are the Twelve Labors but the original twelve-issue storyline?!? My hope is that when people read Hercules, they’ll say 'This could have been a new Hercules movie!'"

Heading up the immortal creative team on this series are writer Elliott Kalan and artist George Kambadais. Kalan's Spider-Man and the X-Men remains a fan-favorite, with panels shared between fans all the time thanks to its mix of action, comedy, and character that readers will see reflected in Hercules now. Beyond comics he has won multiple Emmy Awards across his contributions to The Daily Show, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and more. Kambadais is a skyrocketing talent in comics, following his perfectly fitting style for the initial flagship title of Disney's Gargoyles comics revival. As a native Greek, Hercules is a uniquely special project for George. He brings a level of familiarity and reverence for the mythology that will flow onto his pages.

Kambadais shared, "Hercules is a super important character in pop culture, even more so here in Greece. We have known his name ever since we were children. I remember my mother reading the Twelve Labors of Hercules to me as a bedside story! They were amazing, magical. So was the Disney Animation movie when it came out. We, as Greek children, back then (in the pre- internet days) felt kind of isolated. Living in a small corner of the world seemed far away from anything that felt big and important. When I saw the movie, I felt sort of… validated. It was equal parts exciting and moving. Now being a part, however infinitesimal, of that story feels huge!"

This immortal duo of Kalan and Kambadais are joined by a pantheon of divinely talented cover artists, including Kambadais, Matteo Lolli (Deadpool, Marauders), Franceso Tomaselli (Spawn), and Alessandro Ranaldi (Disney Villains: Hades).

Fans of Hercules won't want to miss the biggest adventure since The Odyssey! With appeal for Disney fans, mythology fiends, and with a dash of superhero DNA, there's something for everyone on this fresh hero's journey!

DISNEY'S HERCULES #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ February 2024 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in April 2024. Comic book fans are encouraged to preorder copies of the book with their local comic book retailers. It will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, ComicsPlus, and more!


About Dynamite Entertainment
Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Red Sonja, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more. Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt. In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high-profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Gail Simone, Christopher Priest, Leah Moore, Kevin Smith, David Walker, Vita Ayala, Danny Lore, Neil Gaiman, Garth Ennis, Darick Robertson, Mark Russell, Brandon Thomas, Amy Chu, Reginald Hudlin, Nancy Collins, David Walker, Steve Orlando, Greg Pak, Jenny Frison, Matt Wagner, and a host of up-and-coming new talent. Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles - including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger's Project Superpowers - have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.


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