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October is coming and the comic publishers are lining up all kinds of awesome goodies for Halloween. Dynamite is getting in on the action with special one-shots for Red Sonja and Bettie Page.

First up we’ve got Savage Tales: A Red Sonja Halloween Special from writer Mark Russell, artist Jacob Edgar, colorist Dearbhla Kelly, and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, serving as a complement to Red Sonja #9, also out in October. It follows the She-Devil with a Sword as she returns to the Sorcerers of Wigur-Nomadene, flashing back to their first encounter. Sonja is not yet a legend, but still a brute full of anger and ambition. Savage even. She must convince the sorcerers to bring her family and friends back to life.

"I saved the darkest chapter of the Red Sonja story for this Halloween Special," said writer Mark Russell. "The main series refers to an earlier visit by Sonja to the Sorcerers of Wigur-Nomadene and this tells the story of that visit and the price she paid to try to bring her dead family back to life. Jacob’s style lends itself really well to this story of dark magic and loss and I think it will make a great entry into the canon as well as a self-contained story."

"This new Sonja series has built a world that feels lived in, covered in dirt and sand and... probably some pretty bad smells. Approaching this issue, especially given that it's a dark Halloween tale, I really want to capture that feeling but also turn up the boldness," said artist Jacob Edgar. "Really push the energy, while maintaining the integrity of the world that's been established. Mark is a heck of a writer and I'm thrilled to get the opportunity to draw one of his books!"

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Next up is the Bettie Page Halloween Special from writer David Avallone and artist Roy Allan Martinez, with a backup story from writer Erica Schultz and artist Fernando Ruiz. The main story has Bettie investigating a mysterious force hunting students at an exclusive Upstate New York college. The back-up has aliens, classic cars, and a sci-fi double feature at the drive-in theater.

"Throughout the Bettie series, I've tried my best to have some fun with classic mid-century pop cultural tropes and pitting her against a Wolfman is a natural extension of that," said writer David Avallone. "Roy Allan Martinez's style is reminiscent of some of my favorite 1970s horror artists (and his fellow countrymen) Alfredo Alcala and Nestor Redondo, but with a modern twist... so he was perfect for this story. And his rendering of Bettie Page is gorgeous and perfect. I can't wait for people to see it."

Erica Schultz added, "I'm very excited to contribute to the Bettie Page Halloween Special with Fernando Ruiz. I always knew who Bettie Page was, but it wasn't until I started writing for Dynamite that I learned she had a secret life! It's great to have the opportunity to add to that mythology!"

Both Halloween specials are out in October 2019.

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James Ferguson
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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