The Jeepers Creepers horror flick franchise has steadily become a cult favorite over the years, with three frightening films in the can, and now Dynamite will be bringing a devilish new comic book spin on the hideous slasher as Jeepers Creepers #1 hits the stands today.
Written by award-winning industry veteran Marc Andreyko (Wonder Woman '77, Clive Barker's Nightbreed) and matched with eerie art by Kewber Baal (Jennifer Blood, KISS: The Elder),Jeepers Creepers is an immersive take on the mysterious evil that preys upon humanity in horrific fashion.
Here's the official synopsis:
In Dynamite’s Jeepers Creepers series, grad student Devin Toulson is writing his dream thesis on Myths in American History, but when his research takes him on a journey reaching back centuries, Devin finds something horrifying. Something that crosses cultures, locations, and eras. Something that returns for a bloody feeding every 23 years. Will this young man’s investigation uncover simply an urban legend or will he come face to face with an immortal monster that has terrorized humanity from the shadows since man first walked the country.
Titled after the 1938 pop tune, "Jeepers Creepers," the first Jeepers Creepers feature was released in 2001 and centers around the legend of an ancient evil entity who returns every 23rd spring to devour human flesh for 23 delicious days.
Written and directed by controversial filmmaker Victor Salva, it was a monster hit collecting nearly $60 million off a $10 million budget. It was followed up by Jeepers Creepers 2 in 2003, which was widely considered by critics and audiences to be superior to the first film. More-or-less a direct-to-video sequel, Jeepers Creepers 3 failed to obtain a major distributor and finally aired on SYFY last fall.
SYFY WIRE spoke with Andreyko about resurrecting the immortal demon for an invasion into comics, and learned how this character first chilled him to the bone and what readers can hope for as the sinister story progresses. We also got a few hints as to some of the scary surprises in store.
After the chat, check out our exclusive 8-page preview in the full gallery below! Dynamite's Jeepers Creepers #1 appears in comic shops and digital platforms today, April 25.
How did this Jeepers Creepers project come together with Dynamite?
Marc Andreyko: I'm a fan of the original film and when Dynamite announced they had acquired the license from MGM, I asked if I could pitch on it.
What can fans of the movies expect in this exploration of The Creeper's origin?
Exactly just how old the Creeper really is. And the impact he has had on varied cultures over the centuries.
Is this your first project adapting a feature film property? And how does it differ from writing established comic superheroes?
This isn't really an adaptation, but an additional story in the world of Jeepers Creepers. And, I've done a ton of these! From Let Me In to Predators to Superman Returns to the Crazies, and many more. And when dealing with licensed material, it's a lot like writing a superhero for one of the big publishers. With existing IP, you know what you can and can't do with the characters, and it is my job to work within those parameters to tell a fresh and exciting story.
What were your associations or memories of the Jeepers Creepers movies?
I remember loving the silhouette of him (it?) standing there in his hat and trench-coat. And, when we finally see the "Full Creeper," just wow! What a great design and scary modus operandi.
Why does The Creeper make for a perfect comic villain?
Two things: His look is terrifying AND he's relentless and seemingly unbeatable.
Kewber Baal's evocative art adds an absorbing dimension to the title. What was this collaboration like, and how did you respond to the style, tone, and colors?
Kewber lives in Brazil, so our collaboration is primarily e-mail, but I am thrilled with the gritty, dark, old horror comic vibe his art evokes.
What were some of your favorite parts of creating a scary-but-involving storyline for this new Dynamite horror series?
Exploring the different eras and locales of the Creeper's existence that led up to today. Tying this fictional monster into real-world historical eras and events was a blast and hopefully adds to the scope of the Creeper's mythos.