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    First Look: Matt Frank`s Cover for Godzilla in Hell #2

    Click on the above image to see Matt Frank`s textless cover art for Godzilla in Hell#2 cover art by Matt Frank. Image courtesy of Matt Frank. © 2015 Toho Co., Ltd.

    Source: Matt Frank Official Site: IDW Publishing Special Thanks to Bobby Curnow


    Final Subscription Variant cover. Image courtesy of Matt Frank. © 2015 Toho Co., Ltd.

    IDW Publishing Godzilla artist Matt Frank (Godzilla: Rulers of Earth) has offered SciFi Japan readers an exclusive preview of his cover artwork for Godzilla in Hell #2. Frank has drawn the Subscription Variant cover, available to customers who subscribe to Godzilla in Hell through comic book shops and other retailers. The standard cover (which can be viewed here) is by Bob Eggleton, the writer/artist for this issue. Describing his process for creating the artwork, Matt Frank explained, "I wanted to push myself with this cover, and make something really exciting and cool. It`s been a while since I was able to color my own cover as well, so I relished the opportunity! I borrowed some books on both Gustave Doré and Wayne Barlowe from my buddy (and fellow Godzilla artist) Paul Hanley, and also took note of Bob Eggleton`s inspirations for the issue itself from John Martin. My initial pass at the cover was actually quite different -- it was a much more subdued image of Godzilla traversing a desolate hellscape, passing damned souls beneath him, and the images of Rodan, Anguirus, and Varan loomed over him." "It wasn`t completely unsatisfactory, and I had planned to take a different approach to the coloring process, when I spoke with Jeff Zornow about his own covers for the book, and how excited he was to be tackling such a unique subject with his own flair. I then realized that the cover I was working on wasn`t to my satisfaction -- I was trying too hard to be like Bob, my friend and mentor, and not enough like myself! So I scrapped it and started from scratch! Thankfully our editor, Bobby Curnow, was understanding, and I had just enough time to come up with a new piece and re-submit! And I`m much happier with the finished product! Note the mouths snatching at the souls with their vile tongues -- I was particularly proud of that detail!" Godzilla in Hell is a five issue mini-series in which Godzilla has plummeted to the deepest, darkest bowels of the infernal kingdom. A rotating creative team will each take Godzilla through a new and more dangerous layer of Hell as the events that led to Godzilla’s damnation are gradually unveiled. In the second issue, Godzilla descends further into the pit, navigating a city that can never be destroyed. The King of the Monsters must also contend with demonic versions of his greatest foes, waiting for the perfect moment to strike! Godzilla in Hell #2 is scheduled for release on August 12, 2015. The issue runs 32 full-color pages and has a cover price of $3.99.

    About IDW Publishing

    IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro`s The TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, Paramount`s Star Trek; HBO`s True Blood; the BBC`s DOCTOR WHO; Toho`s Godzilla; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio. IDW`s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Warner Brothers and Barry Sonnenfeld are attached to adapt LORE into a feature film starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot, with Michael Bay`s Platinum Dunes and Sony bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.

    About Toho Co., Ltd.

    Founded in 1932 and headquartered in Tokyo, Toho Company, Ltd. is one of the leading entertainment conglomerates in Japan. Toho is best known worldwide as the producer of twenty-eight Godzilla motion pictures, based upon a character the company unleashed on the world back in 1954, and masterpiece films directed by Akira Kurosawa. Toho has been the number one distributor of motion pictures in Japan (both domestic and foreign) for eight consecutive years since 2003. The company is also, throughout Japan, the leading producer of theatrical works and one of the largest owners of office buildings and theaters.

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