STUNNING J. SCOTT CAMPBELL COVER WRAPS UP QUESTIONABLE THINGS
This Revealing Look at the Private Lives of Elephantmen Warrants An “M” Rating
Berkeley, CA - 10 February 2011 – Lovely Miki will once again grace
the cover of ELEPHANTMEN, but this time she will be joined by a mature
readers label for the first time ever! While the beautiful cover by
the famed J. Scott Campbell is enough to get pulses racing, it was the
interior pages of this most revealing issue that caused Richard
Starkings and Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson to decide on the
“M” rating for this pulp science fiction series.
Richard Starkings spoke of the mature label, “Right from the beginning
I wanted to show that the Elephantmen were attractive to women, and
attracted to women. When Ladrönn and I launched HIP FLASK, we decided
very definitely that the book would be R rated, and I think
ELEPHANTMEN #30 has to carry the actual rating, because there are
scenes in the issue which will raise some eyebrows.”
Starkings added, “I do like that Miki is very much the proactive
partner in the relationship, because some girls in the real world do
like to let guys know that they’re interested — they like to lead,
they like to be in control, and Miki is one of those girls. She’s
comfortable with her sexuality and in this issue she shows it. And in
the next one too, so it looks like the “Mature Readers” label will
In this final installment of the Questionable Things story arc, Miki
visits Hip Flask to kiss and make up after recent events… and to spend
a quiet night alone with him! This issue will lead into the one shot
ELEPHANTMEN: MAN AND ELEPHANTMAN, which will be a great jumping on
point for readers that have not yet been introduced to the series.
While the series has often walked a fine line as far as ratings are
concerned, the quality of story and art has always been highly
praised. And for the first time since joining the series with issue
#26, Axel Medellin is creating fully painted art himself.
ELEPHANTMEN #30, a 32-page full-color science fiction comic book for
mature readers will be for sale in stores on March 9, 2011 for $3.50.