David F Walker’s 6-part Shaft comic book will be released in a 176-page trade paperback format by Dynamite on 21 October 2015. The book compiles all 6 individual instalments of the series, which was well received by Shaft fans and comic book aficionados alike. The series also was the winner of the 2015 Glyph Comics Award for “Story of the Year” and nominated for the 2015 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity. Whilst sales of the comics have been described as disappointing, it is felt the trade PB format will do much better given the positive vibes around the comic and a recent resurgence of interest in the character.
Dynamite’s blurb: Who’s the black private dick that’s a sex machine with all the chicks? Shaft! (You’re damn right!) Created by author Ernest Tidyman and made famous in a series of novels and films, iconic hero Shaft makes his graphic novel debut in an all-new adventure. He’s gone toe-to-toe with organized crime bosses, stood up to the cops, squared off against kidnappers, and foiled assassination attempts. But who was John Shaft before he became the hardboiled investigator with a reputation as big as New York City itself? Recently arriving home from his tour of duty in Vietnam, his first case – tracking down a missing person for his girlfriend – quickly turns into a matter of life and death, making him a target of gangsters and the police!