Thursday, June 26, 2008

Scarlet Returns to Chicago Today!

CHICAGO, IL – In 1955, the last comic strip of Invisible Scarlet O’Neil was published by the Chicago Sun-Times. Now, 53 years later, the character returns to the Windy City to celebrate her re-birth as a comic book icon at the Wizard World Chicago comic convention held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center June 26 - 29.

Invisible Scarlet O’Neil has been referred to as comics’ “First Leading Lady with Superpowers”. Scarlet was the creation of Russell Stamm, who had been an assistant to such giants in the field as Sidney Smith (The Gumps) and Chester Gould (Dick Tracy). In addition to the newspaper strips, she also appeared in Famous Funnies magazine and had her own short comic book series in the early 1950’s. The strip ran for fifteen years before ending in 1955, and the character was not seen again.

Starting in 2007, Russell Stamm Jr. determined to bring his father’s character back into view and wrote a modern version of Scarlet which is currently in production by Atlantis Studios for release in Fall 2008. Artist, writer, and comics historian Trina Robbins has consulted on Scarlet’s new look, in a graphic-novel length action-adventure designed appeal to fans of the original strip and modern readers.

Scarlet O’Neil will be visible again at Atlantis Studios booth #943. Russ Stamm, Jr. will be available to discuss both old and new versions of his father’s creation. Also scheduled is Michael A. Gordon, writer of “The Untold Origins of Invisible Scarlet O’Neil,” a comic-sized history of the character and the creator.

Atlantis Studios will be performing portfolio reviews of artists interested in illustrating future Scarlet projects. A brand-new comic book trailer will premiere, and through the magic of digital technology you will be able to get your picture taken with Invisible Scarlet herself!

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