Kolchak Stalks Pop Culture Immortality

Kolchak: The Night Stalker graphic novel

When rumpled reporter Carl Kolchak first hit television screens, no one thought he’d last 50 years. Though his movie-of-the-week debut, The Night Stalker, was soon followed by The Night Strangler, the subsequent television series didn’t even last a season. People remembered the series — and Darren McGavin’s portrayal — fondly, and it’s turned out to be immensely influential in popular culture. Even if you don’t know Kolchak, you know The X-Files and its many attempted knock-offs. (That includes an extremely unsuccessful remake of Kolchak: The Night Stalker that lasted even fewer episodes than the original.)

Moonstone Books has kept the flame alive, producing comics and anthologies starring Carl Kolchak. The distribution might have been small, but the fandom is mighty. And so Kolchak turns 50 in 2022, and Moonstone celebrates by bringing together some of horror fantasies top writers to create a new graphic novel anthology. The Kickstarter campaign starts soon, and Moonstone has me hooked with the presence of Jonathan Maberry and Kim Newman. That Peter David guy is no slouch, either, nor is Richard Christian Matheson, whose father Richard Matheson wrote the first two TV movies.

This book has a strong pedigree, and Moonstone’s press release confirms it:

There will be 10 all-new original stories by Kim Newman (Anno Dracula), Rodney Barnes (Killadelphia), Richard Christian Matheson (Classic Monsters Unleashed), Jonathan Maberry (V-Wars, Classic Monsters Unleashed), Peter David (The Incredible Hulk, Aquaman, Young Justice, Supergirl, Fallen Angel, Spider-Man), Tim Waggoner (Halloween Kills, Classic Monsters Unleashed), Nancy Collins (Swamp Thing, Vampirella, Army of Darkness: Furious Road), Jim Beard (X-Files: Secret Agendas, Planet of the Apes: Tales from the Forbidden Zone, Spider-Man: Enemies Closer) and James Chambers (Kolchak: the Night Stalker: The Forgotten Lore of Edgar Allan Poe).

Artists include Jerry Ordway (Superman, Crisis on Infinite Earths, The Power of Shazam!), Colton Worley (Classic Monsters Unleashed), Paul McCaffrey (Anno Dracula), J.K. Woodward (Fallen Angel, Star Trek), Warwick Johnson-Cadwell (Samurai Jack, Tank Girl) and Tom Rogers (Herald: Lovecraft & Tesla).

You can catch up on Kolchak on the Syfy Channel, as well as pick up earlier books on Amazon.

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In addition to running Fanboy Planet, Derek has written for ActionAce, Daily Radar, Once Upon A Dime, and The Wave. He has contributed stories to Arcana Comics (The Greatest American Hero) and Monsterverse Comics (Bela Lugosi's Tales from the Grave). He has performed with ComedySportz and Silicon Valley Shakespeare, though relocated to Hollywood to... work in an office? If you ever played Eric's Ultimate Solitaire on the Macintosh, it was Derek's voice as The Weasel that urged you to play longer. You can buy his book "I Was Flesh Gordon" on the Amazon link at the right. Email him at editor@fanboyplanet.com.