Tsuburaya’s Redman gets the comic book treatment, with story and art by Matt Frank.
Writer/Illustrator Matt Frank recently announced through social media that he will be working on a new comic book series based on the Tsuburaya Productions tokusatsu TV series, Redman. Released in 1972 as part of the children’s variety show Ohayo! Kodomo Show on Nippon TV, the series consists of 138 short-length episodes, each with a run-time of approximately three to five minutes. The show, which can be found on Tsuburaya’s YouTube Channel, follows the titular hero as he battles various monsters, many of whom were reused characters and suits from previous Ultra series.
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Matt Frank, known for his work on many Godzilla and Transformers comic book series including the popular Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, will be providing the story and art for Redman, while Goncalo Lopes will be coloring the interiors. Redman will be released by Phase 6, the company responsible for translating Godzilla: Rulers of Earth for the Japanese market.
The Tokusatsu Network asked Matt about his involvement in the project:
Redman is one of those glorious creations that could only exist under a specific set of circumstances and a product of the time it was made in. I’m hoping to capture some of that oddly beautiful shabbiness of the original show, but also dig a little deeper into “why” Redman and these monsters inhabit such a strange world…without digging too deep and spoiling the inherent mystery!
[Phase 6] approached Tsuburaya Productions with the idea, and now I’m writing and drawing it!
Redman will be released in Japan on November 23rd, 2017.
Source: Matt Frank’s Twitter page