Sunday, October 7, 2012

The Amazing Screw-On Head

I enjoy reading comics.  Now, I'm more likely to pick up a couple of trades from an online retailer than to pick up floppies monthly.  That said, I will try to make it to my local comic shop (LCS) periodically to look through and pick up some back issues or some new stuff that catches my eye.  Because you need to patronize your LCS.

Anywho, I was perusing my local comic shop's bargain bin selection recently and was very excited to find a copy of The Amazing Screw-On Head, a one-shot story from Mike Mignola, creator of Hellboy.  The story is set in 1860's America and follows the missions of Screw-On Head, a mechanical secret agent who takes orders from Abraham Lincoln on affairs regarding the arcane and paranormal (standard Mignola fare).  I should also mention Screw-On Head is just that, a screw-on head that uses different bodies to suit the mission.

Now, I like Mignola just fine.  He's got a unique art style and his writing carries a good sense of humor.  But I was overly excited to see this particular title, and at first I couldn't put my finger on why...  Then I remembered, the old Sci-Fi channel made an animated pilot of this back in 2006!  The cartoon featured the voices of Paul Giamatti, David Hyde-Pierce, and Patton Oswalt.  Check it out:

Fun Stuff.  It was never picked up, which is a shame, but we'll alwas have the pilot.  Maybe it's fitting... a one-off show for a one-off comic.

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