A Platinum Studios Comics Graphic Novel
CREATED & PUBLISHED BY: Scott Mitchell Rosenberg
WRITTEN BY: Fred Van Lente & Andrew Foley
PROLOGUE ART & COLORS: Dennis Calero
STORY PENCILS BY: Luciano Lima and Magic Eye Studios
INKS BY: J. Wilson, Silvio Spotti, Luciano Kars, Magic Eye Studios
COLORS BY: Andrew Elder
LETTERS BY: Scott O. Brown
The Old West: an era when all a man could depend on was his horse and his six-gun, and settlers and Indians fought it out for territory on the last American frontier. That wild frontier just went out of this world. Invaders from another planet have crash-landed, and cowboys and Indians alike must put aside their differences to drive the aliens off the sovereign soil of planet Earth.
Appearing 14 times on the New York Times Bestseller list, the Cowboys & Aliens graphic novel — created by Rosenberg when he was a kid — has now been produced into its first film grossing nearly 200 million dollars, not including TV and ancillary sales, the film stars Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig.
Fred Van Lente is the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning writer of comics like Archer & Armstrong (Harvey Award nominee, Best Series), Action Philosophers! (American Library Association Best Graphic Novel for Teens), and Cowboys & Aliens(with Andrew Foley), the basis for the feature film. In 2017 Van Lente branched into the world of prose with his debut novel, the stand-up murder mystery Ten Dead Comedians. His follow-up novel, The Con Artist, a “geek noir” about murder at San Diego Comic Con, debuted in 2018. His many other comics and graphic novels include Weird Detective, The Comic Book History of Comics, The Incredible Hercules (with Greg Pak), Ivar, Timewalker, Marvel Zombies and The Amazing Spider-Man. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, the playwright Crystal Skillman, and some mostly ungrateful cats. Fred loves hearing from readers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andrew Foley writes things, things like the graphic novels PARTING WAYS and DONE TO DEATH, the video games BALDUR’S GATE: SIEGE OF DRAGONSPEAR and BALDUR’S GATE II: ENHANCED EDITION, and brief biographical summaries like the one you’re reading right now. He currently resides in Edmonton, Alberta with his lovely and talented wife, graphic designer Tiina Andreakos, as well as four cats and a dog of wildly varying degrees of talent and loveliness.
Luciano Lima is a comics artist living in São Paolo, Brazil, where he is part of Fabricio Grellet’s Magic Eye Studios. He has worked for Dark Horse on Grifter and The Mask, for Marvel on Wolverine and X-Force, and for the French publisher Semic.
Luciano Kars & J. Wilson are both staff artists at Brazil’s Magic Eye Studios, a comics art and script studio managed by Fabrício Grellet that has produced work for comic book and graphic novel publishers around the world.
Silvio Spotti was born in São Paulo, where he still lives and works. He has a degree in arts from the FMU/FAAM university, and began his career in 1992 as a penciller for the small press in Brazil. In 1996 he started working as an inker, working on a Brazilian version of the Street Fighter comic book, through the Arthur Garcia Studio. In 2003 he did his first U.S. work through Magic Eye Studios, inking IDW’s Wynonna Earp. Since then, he has inked Stargate SG1, Robocop, and Stargate Atlantis for Avatar Press, as well as Daniel Prophet of Dreams for Alias Comics. As a penciller/inker, Spotti has also done work for Disney (USA/Europe), drawing stories for Donald Duck, Kim Possible, Toy Story, Little Mermaid, and others.
Bringing Cowboys & Aliens to the Big Screen
The project began development in April 1997, when Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures bought the film rights to the Cowboys & Aliens concept pitched by Scott Rosenberg as he was actively developing the graphic novel. After the graphic novel was published in 2006, development on the film was begun again, and Favreau signed on as director in September 2009.
On a budget of $163 million, filming for Cowboys & Aliens began in June 2010, in New Mexico and California. Despite studio pressure to release the film in 3-D, Favreau chose to film in anamorphic format (widescreen picture on standard 35 mm film) to further a “classic movie feel”. Measures were taken to maintain a serious Western element. The film’s aliens were designed to be “cool and captivating”, with some details, such as a fungus that grows on their wounds, created to depict the creatures as frontiersmen facing adversity in an unfamiliar place.
Cowboys & Aliens premiered at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con and was released theatrically in the United States and Canada on July 29, 2011.
About Platinum Studios and Scott Mitchell Rosenberg
Platinum Studios Comics is part of Platinum Studios, Inc (www.platinumstudios.com). The publishing arm does more than just publish, as it develops current, upcoming and past comics published by itself, allied publishers such as Awesome Comics and Triumphant Comics and comics published by others, such as The Dark Fringe and Killing Demons. Platinum Studios Inc and Platinum Studios Comics specialize in comic book based entertainment with one of the largest libraries of comic book characters. The group develops for filmed entertainment and all kinds of media.
Platinum Studios Comics is run by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, the Fourteen time New York Times Best Seller creator. Also a film producer, movies include the number one box office winner, Cowboys & Aliens, with Daniel Craig of James Bond fame, and Harrison Ford from Star Wars.
Platinum Studios’ library includes characters that have appeared worldwide in both millions of comics and broadcast television, film, games, the internet and more.