Heavy Metal’s New Editor-In-Chief: Grant Morrison

(Source: Entertainment Weekly)

Heavy Metal has been around since 1977 and has published comics from some of the best writers and artists in the industry. Now it has hired one of the top writers in the industry to be it’s new Editor-In-Chief – Grant Morrison.

heavy-metal-magazine-goldGrant Morrison has written some of the strangest comics in history and transitioned into writing Batman. He first came to notice to American comic fans with his work on Animal Man and Doom Patrol, which transformed both titles into must haves for any collection. He penned Invisibles, which introduced so many concepts to comics. Recently, he’s written Batman following Final Crisis, the summer event that he also wrote. His most recent work was Multiversity, which gave the map of the DC Multiverse, before DC brought back the infinite multiverse at the beginning of the summer, just weeks after Morrison’s last issue of Multiversity reached shops. He was also the subject of a documentary that explored his life and transformative experiences titled Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods.

Heavy Metal reached it’s first peak in 1981 with the release of an animated anthology film of the same name and was an outlet for some of the best comics for adult readers during the 1980s as its popularity waned. In 1991, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman purchased the magazine, and managed it through 2014, when he sold it to Jeff Krelitz and David Boxenbaum. Their plans to revitalize the magazine has led them to hire Grant Morrison to shape the direction of the magazine.

Morrison is quoted, “We’re trying to bring back some of that ’70s punk energy of Heavy Metal, but update it and make it new again. One of the things I like to do in my job is revamp properties and really get into the aesthetic of something, dig into the roots of what makes it work, then tinker with the engine and play around with it. So for me, it’s an aesthetic thing first and foremost. The idea of immersing myself in the aesthetic of Heavy Metal is exciting. It’s going to change the clothes I wear, the way I create; it’s like a performance for me. Beyond that, just the idea of being able to curate stories, decide the direction of the magazine, and work with great talent and develop new talent is an exciting opportunity.” Morrison will also write some stories for the magazine, which will retain its bimonthly publishing schedule, and make the magazine his primary focus for the near future.

One exciting project announced with Morrison’s hiring is the publication in August of Jack Kirby‘s Lord of Light concept art that was used by the CIA in a covert plan that was the basis for the Oscar-winning film Argo. Heavy Metal will even offer prints of Kirby’s work at SDCC 2015.

Morrison’s first issue will hit stands in February 2016.

Recommended Reading:
Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods
The Multiversity
Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human
All Star Superman
The Invisibles Book One

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