Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Unfinished Comics - SWEENEY TODD by Gaiman & Zulli

With the recent publication of an ending to Stephen Murphy and Michael Zulli's THE PUMA BLUES, and barring last minute complications the impending continuation of Mark Buckingham and Neil Gaiman's MIRACLEMAN Golden/Silver/Dark Ages trilogy, the mind naturally turns to other unfinished and given-up-hoping-for comic book works.

The first that comes to mind is SWEENEY TODD, seeing as how it's an intersection of the now finished/finishing works, drawn by Michael Zulli and written by Neil Gaiman. Intended to be serialized in Stephen Bissette's horror comics anthology TABOO, it never got further than setting the table, with a "penny dreadful" teaser insert in one issue (with an introduction by Gaiman, some artwork by Zulli and some of the Victorian research material), followed by a 26-page prologue. There was also a gorgeous painted poster. Bissette also conducted an interview with Gaiman and Zulli in COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #972 [1992] which details their ambitions for the project, well illustrated with Zulli's artwork including the image posted here.

So will we ever see more? I wouldn't bet on it, but that's a step up from what I'd have thought a few months ago.

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