Experience both thrills and chills with BOOM! Studios' first look at "The Thrilling Adventure Hour"
Comic adaptations of radio serials are almost as old as the medium itself, what with characters like the Shadow making their way to the four-color page after comics' boom in popularity. Following that line of reasoning, an adaptation of a parody of radio shows seems like a no-brainer, a surefire formula for success. After all, radio dramas are full of mystery, intrigue, and larger than life characters, so they're already one step away from working on the comic page, and a popular send-up has a built-in modern audience to boot.
Such is the case with The Thrilling Adventure Hour, the upcoming series from BOOM! Studios that- you guessed it- adapts the radio drama parody of radio dramas (...right) of the same name. The series, from writers Ben Acker and Ben Blacker and artist M.J. Erickson, premieres later this year, and BOOM! have released a preview of the first issue. Check it out below.
Your First Look at
THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR #1
from BOOM! Studios
Discover The Supernatural Secrets Of The Doyles in July 2018
LOS ANGELES, CA (June 20, 2018) – BOOM! Studios is proud to present your first look at THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR #1, the first issue of an all new series by creators Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, along with rising star artist M.J. Erickson, to be released on July 18th. Based on the wildly popular Hollywood stage show and podcast, Frank and Sadie Doyle are the toast of the upper crust - headliners on the society pages…and they see ghosts. When one night of having a drink (or ten) with friends goes horribly, and perhaps predictably, wrong at a haunted house, the Doyles find themselves in a situation beyond belief.
You can view a promo video featuring The Thrilling Adventure Hour stars Marc Evan Jackson (Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars) and Paget Brewster (Sadie Doyle, Beyond Belief) here: The Thrilling Adventure Hour #1 Promo
Created in 2005 by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, The Thrilling Adventure Hour is both a popular Hollywood stage show and podcast that pays homage to the timeless Hollywood radio serials. These original and exciting stories crossing a myriad of genres have been performed by actors and comedians such as Paul F. Tompkins, Paget Brewster, Busy Philipps, Nathan Fillion, Linda Cardellini, Patton Oswalt, Neil Patrick Harris, and more.
THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR #1 features a main cover by Jonathan Case (Green River Killer), along with variant covers by Natacha Bustos (Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur) and the award-winning The Little Friends of Printmaking.
“Acker and Blacker captured lightning in a bottle with The Thrilling Adventure Hour and we’re so excited to bring that creative spark to comics,” said Cameron Chittock, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Thanks to M.J. Erickson’s incredible line work, Frank and Sadie Doyle are back to their old tricks and I can’t wait for fans to see the twists and turns this haunted house has in store for them.”
Also in stores on July 11th,, THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR: A SPIRITED ROMANCE DISCOVER NOW EDITION is a comic shop-exclusive collection of The Thrilling Adventure Hour Presents: Beyond Belief limited series (previously published by Image Comics) from Acker, Blacker, and artist Phil Hester (Green Arrow), which introduces readers to Frank and Sadie Doyle for the first time. This collection carries an MSRP of $14.99 and features a cover by Hester.
In October, a standard edition of THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR: A SPIRITED ROMANCE, featuring a different cover and including additional behind-the-scenes material, will be released to comic shops and bookstores worldwide, with an MSRP of $14.99. While this standard version will remain in print, THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR: A SPIRITED ROMANCE DISCOVER NOW EDITION will be strictly limited to the initial print run and then never reprinted again.
The Thrilling Adventure Hour #1 will hit comic shops and digital retailers on July 18. Check out the gallery below with a first look at the issue's interiors as well as several variant covers.