Shaft comic book and novel release date confirmed

Dynamite have updated the release dates for Issue #1 of the new comic book Shaft: Imitation of Life and the novel Shaft’s Revenge as 10 February. Whilst Amazon on both sides of the Atlantic quote later dates, the latest being 23 February (US) and 25 February (UK) for Shaft’s Revenge, this is likely driven by when the stock is available at Amazon.

Preview of artwork for Shaft: Imitation of Life #1

Comic Book Resources have put up an exclusive preview of 5 pages of artwork from the upcoming Shaft: Imitation of Life written by David F Walker. The artwork, by Dietrich Smith, seems to depict the conclusion from Ernest Tidyman’s novel Shaft, where Shaft rescues Beatrice Persons from her Mafia kidnappers. The first issue of this second series is due out from Dynamite Entertainment on 3 February.

Details and cover for Shaft: Imitation of Life Part 2

Shaft-Imitation-02-Cov-A-ClarkeThe Bleeding Cool website has published details of the Part 2 of Shaft: Imitation of Life, David F. Walker’s new Shaft comic book series. The cover A for Part 2 is again courtesy of Matthew Clark and the blurb reads as follows:

Having grown tired of dangerous cases that lead to violence, private detective John Shaft decides it’s time to earn some easy money. His first job? Working as a consultant on a film about a black private dick. Award-winning author David F. Walker (Cyborg, Power Man & Iron Fist) proudly delivers the second chapter, entitled “Easy Money”, of the hard-hittin’, tough-talkin’ John Shaft’s latest case!

Part 2 is due out on 9 March, with Part 1 set for release on 3 February.

David Walker talks Shaft: Imitation of Life

David Walker was recently interviewed by Byron Brewer for Bleeding Cool about the new Shaft comic book series Imitation of Life for which the first issue is due out on 3 February 2016.

Sample letteringIn the interview Walker says: “Shaft is still in a bad place mentally following the case he worked in the original Tidyman novel—which is detailed in the first issue. He needs to get back to work, and he takes a missing persons case that he knows probably can’t be solved, but is easy money.”

For this series Walker is working with a different artist for this particular series, with Dietrich Smith replacing Bilquis Evely, of whom he says: “Dietrich has a much grittier style, and it serves the story and the character, because John Shaft is in a much grittier place.”

Walker also recently posted some samples of the original ink work and his own lettering (see above) to his Twitter site.

Shaft: Imitation of Life issue #1 cover unveiled

Shaft-Imitation-01-Cov-A-ClarkeA preview of the Matthew Clark’s prime cover for Shaft: Imitation of Life #1 (of 4), sub-titled Part One: Before and After has been released by Dynamite Entertainment along with the following blurb:

After a high profile case that put him in the headlines, private detective John Shaft is looking for something low profile and easy that will keep him out of the spotlight and out of danger. Shaft takes a missing person case that proves to be more difficult than he initially thought. At the same time, he is hired to be a consultant on a low budget film that may or may not be based on his life, and proves to be as dangerous as any job he’s ever had. But when there’s danger all about, John Shaft is the cat that won’t cop out — even if it means squaring off against sadistic gangsters that want him dead.

The second Shaft comic book series is again written by David F. Walker with art work this time in the hands of Dietrich Smith. Issue #1 is due for publication in February 2016 alongside Walker’s novel, Shaft’s Revenge.

More Shaft on the way in 2016

A number of specialist comic book sites have reported on Dynamite’s announcement of a second comic book series of Shaft. David F. Walker will again be writing the series, titled Shaft: Imitation of Life with artwork passing from Bilquis Evely to Dietrich Smith. Smith’s character designs for Shaft are much closer in resemblance to Richard Roundtree.

Shaft designs by Dietrich Smith

Dynamite’s blurb for Shaft: Imitation of Life reads as follows: After a high-profile case puts him in the headlines, private detective John Shaft searches for something low-profile to keep him out of the spotlight and out of danger… and takes a missing person case that proves to be more difficult than he thought. At the same time, he is hired to be a consultant on a low budget film that may or may not be based on his life, and proves to be as dangerous as any job he’s ever had. But when there’s danger about, John Shaft won’t cop out – even if it means squaring off against sadistic gangsters that want him dead.

Quotes from Dynamites press release:

David F. Walker – “The idea for the new miniseries, Shaft: Imitation of Life, is one that’s been in my head for a long time, and is something that I’m really excited about. This has been a really fun story to develop.”

Dietrich Smith – “Of all the great action heroes I watched and imitated as a youngster, Shaft was at the top — a private eye with a chip on his shoulder, an attitude that dared anyone to try him. Having the opportunity to draw the smoothest man alive is something I’m very excited about.”

The new series is scheduled to begin in February 2016 to tie in with Black History Month and the release of Walker’s novel Shaft’s Revenge.