DC is expanding January's Kamandi Challenge #1 from 40 to 96 pages, adding in some rarely-seen classic Kamandi stories from the late 1970s. As part of this, the publisher is upping the price of the issue from $4.99 to $7.99. Despite the additional material however, the first issue is moving from its original January 25 release date to January 18.
Kamandi Challenge #1 will now contain 1978's Kamandi #60 and Kamandi #61, which DC never officially released on its own due the title being part of a wide swatch of cancellations dubbed "The DC Implosion" by fans. The stories, written by Jack C. Harris with art by Dick Ayers and Danny Bulanadi. are being billed by DC as "never before published," though a portion of the issues were published in various DC collections such as Cancelled Comics Cavalcade #2, as well as Best of DC Blue Ribbon Digest #22, and the Jack Kirby's Sandman omnibus.
These two back-issue reprints will join the originally solicited back-matter, a reprint of Jack Kirby's Kamandi #1.
Here is the full solicitation for the issue, updated with DC's new information.
THE KAMANDI CHALLENGE #1
Written by DAN ABNETT and DAN DIDIO
Art by DALE EAGLESHAM, KEITH GIFFEN and SCOTT KOBLISH
Cover by BRUCE TIMM
Variant cover by DALE EAGLESHAM
Variant cover by KEITH GIFFEN and SCOTT KOBLISH
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for details.
Prepare to take part in one of the greatest adventures from the infinite future of the DC Universe, and join the industry’s top creative teams in a round-robin, no-holds-barred, storytelling extravaganza titled THE KAMANDI CHALLENGE!
Born from the mind of Jack “King” Kirby, the post apocalyptic Earth of Kamandi has been a fan favorite for decades, and now 14 intrepid teams of writers and artists build on this incredible foundation and take the title character on an epic quest to find his long-lost parents and travel to places seen and unseen in the DC Universe.
Each issue will end with an unimaginable cliffhanger, and it’s up to the next creative team to resolve it before creating their own. It’s a challenge worthy of “The King” himself! In this premiere issue, the Last Boy on Earth is dragged from his safe haven by a group of tigers, only to face the nightmarish threat of the ultimate weapon!
On sale JANUARY 18 • 96 pg, FC, 1 of 12, $7.99 US • RATED T