Dan Jurgens Gets Super for Overstreet, Hero Initiative

Iconic Artist tackles Iconic Character for the Guide! While the roster of creative giants who have taken on the Man of Steel in the last three decades is replete with […]

Iconic Artist tackles Iconic Character for the Guide!

While the roster of creative giants who have taken on the Man of Steel in the last three decades is replete with the recognizable names of top tier writers and artists, few can stake a claim to Superman in the way that Dan Jurgens can.

Now, Gemstone Publishing and the Hero Initiative, the first 501 (c)(3) charity dedicated to helping comic book creators in need, have teamed up with Jurgens, inker Norm Rapmund, colorist Tanya Horie, and DC Entertainment for a spectacular Superman cover for a limited edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #46. All funds raised from the sales of this volume go to Hero.

As with past collaborations between Gemstone and Hero, this version of theGuide will be available only in the special hardcover edition limited to 500 copies. It will go on sale at Comic-Con International: San Diego on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at the Hero Initiative booth, #5003. There will be no soft cover edition of this version, and it will retail for $35.

“Few writers or artists have had the impact on Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster’s wonderful creation in the way that Dan Jurgens has over the years. As writer, artist or both, he’s played a huge role in shaping the modern perception of the character and he’s entertained countless readers by doing so,” said Steve Geppi, President and CEO of Gemstone Publishing and Diamond Comic Distributors. “We’re very happy to have Superman on the cover of The Hero Initiative edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #46. Purchasing a copy is a great way for fans to celebrate not only Superman and Dan Jurgens’ work, but to raise much-needed funds for a superb charity.”

Best known for his 10-year run as writer-artist on Superman, Dan Jurgens began his career as artist on DC’s The Warlord. Since then his track record has included creating, writing, and illustrating Booster Gold, as well as stints onFlash Gordon, Green Arrow, Justice League Of America, Zero Hour,Sensational Spider-Man, The Mighty Thor, Captain America, Time Masters: Vanishing Point, Justice League International, Green Arrow, Aquaman & The Others, Batman Beyond, and Superman: Lois & Clark, among others projects.

The Hero Initiative edition will be available exclusively from Hero. An extremely limited number of copies will be available from Hero’s website and through a select group of participating retailers.

“As always, our thanks to Steve Geppi, Bob Overstreet, and their team at Gemstone Publishing, who continue to deliver the Guide year in and year out, but also keep supporting Hero with their exclusive, limited editions,” said Hero President Jim McLauchlin. “Dan Jurgens’ Superman just rocks, and I know our supporters will be excited to pick up a copy.”

Jurgens, Rapmund and Horie join a roster of celebrated artists who have contributed covers for the special Hero Initiative limited editions including John Romita, Jr., Klaus Janson and Dean White (#40), John Romita, Sr., Tom Palmer and Dean White (#41), Matt Wagner and Ryan Brown (#42), Terry Moore and Brian Miller (#43), Herb Trimpe, Tom Palmer and Laura Martin (#44), and Dave Johnson (#45).

The standard editions of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #45 feature Harley Quinn and Power Girl, respectively, both illustrated by Amanda Conner. The two covers join up to form a single, bigger image. Additionally, there is a limited edition Hall of Fame cover which features Russ Heath’s take on Sgt. Rock. All are available in soft cover and hard cover. The Hall of Fame/Sgt. Rock editions are limited to 1,000 copies each.

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About The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment. Hero is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) charity. The Hero Initiative Limited Edition Hardcover version of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #46 is scheduled to go on sale at The Hero Initiative booth at Comic-Con International: San Diego on Preview Night, Wednesday, July 20, 2016 and afterward through a limited number of Hero affiliates. This version will be available in hardcover only and is limited to 500 copies. The retail price is $35. Information on special signings during the show will be released soon.

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