Comics & Books

The comic line began back in 1992 with the Dark Horse comics printed, John Bolton illustrated adaptation of ‘Army Of Darkness (1992)’.  A combination of Ivan and Sam Raimi’s script and the truly amazing artwork by Bolton ensured this series would be long covetted by fans across the globe. The series lay dormant until the Dark Horse run was reprinted in Germany in 1998 by Kult Editionen, retaining Bolton’s now classic artwork, but now translated into German.  The license was purchased by Dynamie Entertainment in the mid-00s and soon a long succession of successful storylines were produced which, not only focused on the Ash character, but brought in other licenses for a series of interesting crossovers with varying success. The series remains a flagship title for Dynamite Entertainment  and a reboot announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2013 will see comic fan favourite Steve Niles write for a new series titled ‘Ash and the Army Of Darkness’

Below is a list of each title released since 1992. Follow each jump to find info and cover scans!

The Evil Dead & Evil Dead 2

Army Of Darkness

Crossovers: Army Of Darkness Vs:

#2 – Books

Despite a loyal and ever growing fanbase, the Evil Dead franchise has, surprisingly, spawned very few commercially published books. Whilst the list is slight the quality is high and we start with a truly great book from author Bill Warren (scroll down for more).

Title: The Evil Dead Companion

Author: Bill Warren
Paperback: 272 pages; Language: English
UK Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (21 July 2000)
ISBN-10: 1840231874; ISBN-13

US Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin; First Edition edition (2001)
ISBN-10: 0312275013; ISBN-13: 978-0312275013

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Description: Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead achieved instant, lasting cult status back in 1982 for its gleeful splatter effects and gruesome gallows humour. Film historian Bill Warren has had unlimited access to the Evil Dead archives, and takes us behind the scenes to look at how Raimi and his enthusiastic crew created a modern horror classic, revolutionising the independent film industry. Warren goes on to examine the making of the two sequels, the bigger-budgeted The Evil Dead 2 and the epic Army of Darkness, and the ever-increasing popularity of the Evil Dead trilogy.



Title: The Evil Dead (Cultographies)

Author: Kate Egan
Paperback: 128 pages; Language: English
Publisher: Columbia University Press (17 Jan 2012)
ISBN-10: 1906660344; ISBN-13: 978-1906660345

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Description: Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead (1981) has been celebrated as a rollercoaster ride of terror and a classic horror hit, a defining example of the tongue-in-cheek, excessively gory horror films of the 1980s. It is also the film that introduced the now-iconic character of Ash (played by Bruce Campbell). This study considers the factors that have contributed to the film’s evolving cult reputation. It recounts its grueling production, its journey from Cannes to video and DVD, its playful recasting of the genre, and its status, for fans and critics alike, as one of the grungiest, gutsiest, and most inventive horror films in movie history.


Title: The Unseen Force: Films of Sam Raimi

Author: Kenneth Muir
Paperback: 368 pages; Language: English
Publisher: Applause Theatre Book Publishers (1 Sep 2004)
ISBN-10: 1557836078; ISBN-13: 978-1557836076

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Description: The life and work of legendary cult-film director Sam Raimi Raimi has three film in production/post-production for 2004-5 release Film historian and popular writer JK Muir turns his attention to the life and work of legendary cult-film director Sam Raimi who exploded onto the movie scene in 1982, when he was 23, with the audacious, independently produced horror film The Evil Dead. There were two Evil Dead sequels, the critically acclaimed A Simple Plan starring Billy Bob Thornton (1999), The Gift starring Kate Blanchett (2000), and in 2002 Raimi’s Spider-Man had the biggest opening weekend in film history – netting USD114 million at the box office. The Unseen Force also features a sneak peek at the much-anticipated Spider-Man 2. Raimi’s influence on other filmmakers continues to be enormous – from the “shaky cam” shots of the Coen brothers to the early oeuvre of Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, both of whom have been termed the “direct progeny” of Raimi’s works.


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