From The Editor’s Desk: Mark Doyle on the launch of AMERICAN VAMPIRE

“This is a song Charles Manson stole from the Beatles, and we’re stealing it back.”

That’s what Bono says on the first track of “Rattle and Hum” before The Edge rips into “Helter Skelter.” That’s kind of how we feel about vampires these days. They are sexless teenagers. They go to school. They sparkle.

AMERICAN VAMPIRE Exclusive

We are very excited to announce that the exclusive first preview of AMERICAN VAMPIRE issue #1 will run on Monday March 15th with THE DAILY BEAST, the influential and popular news and arts website started by co-founder and editor-in-chief Tina Brown. And to accompany the preview, they will have an interview with the master of horror: AMERICAN VAMPIRE co-writer Stephen King.

AMERICAN VAMPIRE variant cover #1 by Jim Lee

Today, I’m ecstatic to reveal the variant cover of AMERICAN VAMPIRE #1. Not only is the story going to keep you captivated, so are all the covers. This is the first variant as the next 4 issues will also have variant covers by some of the top names in the industry.

I asked Jim Lee about working on the cover of this amazing new series and here’s what he had to say:

First Look at AMERICAN VAMPIRE Cover #3

“Every time Rafa sends a cover (or anything, really), it makes my day. He's a main driving creative force behind the series - his story-telling instincts, the different tones he creates for my story and Steve's, the expressiveness of the characters, the way he brings them to life on the page... What I love about his covers specifically is the way he manages to conjure up two really compelling but completely different moments from the issue - one from Steve's story and one from mine - and somehow put them together to make this weirdly coherent, beautiful, spooky whole.

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