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Sin City is turning 30, and the black-and-white crime comic from Frank Miller is getting a new edition to celebrate.
The softcover editions include new wrap-around cover art and pinup gallery art from Joyce Chin, Amanda Conner, Klaus Janson, Paul Pope, Philip Tan and Gerardo Zaffino.
Sin City is considered one of Miller’s masterworks, alongside properties such as The Dark Knight Returns and 300. Miller gives credit to Dark Horse founder Mike Richardson for jumping at his idea.
“When I first decided to write and draw a black and white crime comic, Mike Richardson didn’t blink. We were off and running and continue to do so 30 years later,” Miller said in a statement.
First published by Dark Horse in 1991, the anthology series kicked off with “The Hard Goodbye,” the tale of ex-con Marv who spends the night with a woman named Goldie who ends up dead, putting Marv on the hunt for her killer. The stories, written and drawn by Miller, continued periodically through 2000.
“Frank Miller’s association with Dark Horse has flourished for over thirty years,” Richardson said. “The original publication of Sin City was a watershed moment for our company, and we are very pleased to celebrate its 30th Anniversary with a brand-new edition. Readers will find that Sin City is just at powerful today as it was the day it was first released, exactly what you would expect from one of comics’ master creators.”
Miller turned Sin City into the 2005 film co-directed by Robert Rodriguez. It was praised for its comic-inspired visual style and earned $158.7 million globally. It spawned a sequel, 2014’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, that couldn’t quite recreate the magic at the box office or with critics. Both Miller and Rodriguez are also attached to a TV show for Legendary.
Frank Miller’s Sin City Volume: 1 The Hard Goodbye hits comic shops Sept. 29 and bookstores Oct. 12, with subsequent volumes arriving over the following months.
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