DC’s new Batman may be part of the Fox family, but Archie Comics has its own Fox family of superheroes — Paul Patton, Jr., AKA Fox, who fights crime alongside his wife She-Fox and their son, Ghost Fox. And in May, Fox and her kin will return to comics with a one-shot from writer/artist Dean Haspil with The Fox: Family Values.
The Fox: Family Values #1 features a second story by writer Vito Delsante, artist Richard Ortiz, colorist Matt Hermes and letterer Jack Morelli, as well as a reprint of the classic Silver Age Fox story by famed cartoonist Alex Toth.
Fox is a classic Archie superhero character who is part of the publisher’s ‘Red Circle’ superhero universe, dating back to the ’40s. As part of the Mighty Crusaders team with heroes like Shield and Webb, he’s like Archie’s equivalent of Batman.
Haspil, who writes and produces Fox’s main story: Family Values #1, previously published . scored 10 points Fox With writer Mark Waid as part of the ‘Dark Circle’ edition of Archie’s superhero imprint. Now, in 2022, Archie, senior director of editorial Jamie L. Rotante, said that it is a publisher’s priority to bring Fox to the forefront of a new wave of “Red Circle” superhero stories.
“We wanted to bring Fox back into the limelight in 2022 in a way that makes it very accessible to new fans, while also respecting what has come before. And what better way to bring back Dean Haspill. What could be the way?” In Archie’s announcement, Rotante says. “What’s so interesting about this character is that he’s a superhero unlike any other—he can deftly tackle both serious issues and weird and wacky villains and situations in a single episode.”
Here is a gallery of Haspell’s uncolored interior pages, as well as his cover rough, his main cover for One-Shot, and a variant cover by Jorge Kletsoudas:
Haspil, who plotted his ten-issue run of The Fox with a screenplay by writer Mark Waid, said he was inspired to return to the character when he thought of the reference to Fox as part of the entire family of superheroes. .
“When I plotted and drew ten issues of Fox, I was basically given full latitude to do what I wanted and it encouraged me to open all kinds of unexpected doors,” Haspil says. “After a good 5 year break, I wondered where Fox was these days and realized that his ‘freak magnet’ curse had become a family affair. I set out to explore a daily life story about a man and his wife. And his son and how each one of them deals with their idea of being a hero. I also wanted to deliver a story that could introduce Fox to new readers and spark the potential for more stories!”
Fox: Family Values #1 ends May 18. When or if more stories of Fox and Archie’s other heroes may come, time will tell.
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