NEW YORK, NY – Last fall, the announcement of the upcoming graphic novel inspired by the titans of thrash metal’s landmark 1987 album dominated the news cycle across the music and pop culture landscape. The Among the Living graphic novel pulls together a who’s who of names from around comics and music for a track-by-track storyline inspired by one of heavy metal’s most iconic albums. Today’s announcement brings news that all four members of the classic Anthrax lineup will contribute to the upcoming graphic novel, with Frank Bello writing a chapter, and Joey Belladonna penning the foreword.
“I’m truly excited about this graphic novel," said Bello. "'Among the Living' was a very special record for Anthrax, and this is a great way to celebrate it while having all the amazing people adding their talents to it. I had a blast writing a chapter for it and letting my mind go to the dark side."
Said Belladonna, “It is quite neat to be able to turn an album from years ago into a very special graphic novel. It’s got cool stories and artwork from extraordinary people, good friends, artists and musicians who have joined us for a unique venture through Among the Living."
Anthrax’s landmark 1987 album influenced an entire generation of metalheads, cementing the New York band’s place in the Big 4 of Thrash alongside Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer. The first in a string of certified-Gold and Platinum Anthrax albums amounting to millions of records sold in North America alone, Among the Living ranks high in The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time (Rolling Stone), The 50 Best Metal Albums of the Last 50 Years (Metal Hammer), and The 25 Greatest Thrash Metal Albums Ever (Kerrang!). As recently as March 2020, Loudwire noted that the Decibel Hall of Fame inductee is “now widely regarded as one of the best thrash metal albums of all-time.”
To celebrate today’s news, Z2 has partnered with ESP guitars to giveaway a stage-played Among the Living bass (1/200 produced) signed by Frank Bello himself. Additionally, Z2 will throw in the Super Deluxe graphic novel package from Z2 Comics. The Super Deluxe graphic novel package includes oversized hardcover graphic novel, slipcase featuring Greg Nicotero's zombie "Not Man," exclusive vinyl picture disc, limited edition "Not Man" NECA Madball toy, limited edition "Not Man" t-shirt, five Among the Living-inspired lithographs, and exclusive Among the Living Gold Record Plaque custom-monogrammed with your name.
All editions of the are available to order directly from Z2’s website now, with Charlie Benante’s Judge Dredd variant exclusive to pre-orders of the standard edition
About Z2 Comics:
Z2 is the premier destination for official music-related graphic novels, created by way of direct and authentic partnerships with top-tier artists, musicians, directors and pop-culture icons. Z2 has published the first-ever Gorillaz graphic album, as well as debut comic works by Grammy nominated artists Sturgill Simpson and Poppy, pop punk provocateur Yungblud, and many others. Additionally, the company has tapped top talent for official graphic biographies for such legends as Beethoven, Charlie Parker, The Grateful Dead, and Elvis Presley. In 2021, Z2 will publish graphic novel tie-ins to essential albums by The Doors, Anthrax, Dio, and many more to be announced.
In 2021, Anthrax will celebrate its 40th anniversary, four decades during which time the band has released 11 studio albums, been awarded multiple Gold and Platinum certifications, six Grammy nominations and a host of other accolades from the media, the music industry and fans. In 1991, the band helped break down race and genre barriers when they collaborated with Public Enemy on the track “Bring The Noise,” and was the first metal band to have its music heard on Mars when NASA played “ Got The Time” to wake up the Mars Rover in 2012. Along with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth, Anthrax is a card-carrying member of The Big Four, the four bands that defined the speed/thrash/metal genre. Taking advantage of COVID-19’s prohibition of concert touring, the band is already hard at work writing the next Anthrax album.
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