Just when you thought they couldn't top the gonzo concept of an aging Elvis Presley fighting a mummy in a retirement home, IDW comes along with a Bubba Ho-Tep prequel comic. Taking place before the events of the 2002 movie, the book has "The King" recruited by President Richard Nixon to fight off a vampiric alien invasion from another dimension in Bubba Ho-Tep and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers.
In reality, Elvis and Nixon actually did interact when the two met in the Oval Office in 1970. Presley was given a badge from the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. The story of their meeting was kept a secret for two years. Maybe the comic will use this real-life story as a cover for the true nature of the extraterrestrial threat.
It will be written by Joe R. Lansdale, who penned the novella that writer-director Don Coscarelli would adapt for the film 15 years ago. Ash vs Evil Dead's Bruce Campbell took up the mantle of Elvis in the film where he fought side-by-side with a black man claiming to be JFK played by Ossie Davis.
“Bubba Ho-Tep was an accidental story that turned out to be my first film adaptation, and it’s still going strong in story and film,” said Lansdale in an IDW press release. “And finally, it has inspired a background story that was first a novel, and is now represented in the medium that first made me want to be a writer: comics. Graphic novels. What we used to call Funny Books. I’m excited and looking forward to readers discovering it all in color and looking fine. May more Bubba comics burst into existence and give the world the true story of how the world has been protected from evil, and for quite some time. Thank goodness these defenders are out there, working in the shadows.”
Co-writing Cosmic Blood-Suckers is Joshua Jabcuga (Scarface: Devil in Disguise and Mummy Movie Prequel: The Rise & Fall of Xango's Ax). On art, there's Tadd Galusha (Godzilla: Rage Across Time). Along with Galusha, Baldemar Rivas, and Timothy Truma will contribute variant covers to the cause. The latter actually worked with Lansdale on a reimagining of Jonah Hex in the early 1990s.
The first issue for Bubba Ho-Tep and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers arrives in March.