Hey, remember that time when Nelvana of the Northern Lights, that heroine of Canada’s Golden Age, got reprinted by Hope Nicholson and Rachel Richey by way of a highly successful kickstarter campaign? You know, the one that ended up getting picked up by IDW for distribution? Of course you do! We’ll, it’s just been announced today that Rachel Richey is in the process of bringing more of the Canadian Golden Age heroes back to print. With permission from both Corus Entertainment and the National Archives of Canada, Richey is planning to reprint the adventures of a number of wartime heroes that were originally published by Bell Features, starting with Johnny Canuck, Thunderfist, and Adrian Dingle’s The Penguin. (Hey – Adrian Dingle – Didn’t that guy create Nelvana?) Johnny Canuck will be the first to get the reprint treatment with Richey releasing a collection of the 28 issues of the series created by Golden Age artist Leo Bachle.
For those that don’t know, Johnny Canuck represented Canada’s fighting men as the personification of the war effort. Between the covers of his comic series, he fought the Nazis with honor and bravery and even went toe to toe with Hitler himself! A pretty impressive resume for a Canadian Hero. We here at Geek Hard are very excited to hear of this development and look forward to the release of this collection as well as others Richey has planned. Earlier this year, at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, our own Mr. Green got the chance to chat with Rachel about Canada’s Golden Age Heroes and Canadian comics in general. Check out the video interview below.
Keep checking back here for more updates on this project as it develops.
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