Stray Dogs’ Tony Fleecs Leads Variant Cover Program for Josh Williamson’s Dark Ride

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CBR can exclusively reveal Tony Fleecs is serving as the art director for a variant cover program homaging Disney posters for Skybound’s Dark Ride.

Tony Fleecs (Stray Dogs, Star Wars Adventures) is joining Skybound Entertainment’s Dark Ride, a new horror series set in an amusement park from Birthright‘s Joshua Williamson and Andrei Bressan, for a new variant cover program.

CBR can exclusively reveal that Fleecs is acting as the art director for a classic homage poster variant cover program featured in the first four issues of Dark Ride. Each variant will feature a different artist and pay homage to a Disney theatrical poster that acts as an inspiration for the series. Stray Dogs co-creator Trish Forstner is the artist behind the Dark Ride #1 variant, “The Little Demon,” which homages 1989’s The Little Mermaid. Dark Ride #2’s variant comes from Agnes Garbowska and homages 1991’s Beauty and the Beast, followed by Dark Ride #3’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs homage by Andy Price and Dark Ride #4’s Ducktales homage by Dennis Culver.


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“I have a secret superpower, and I didn’t know it was something I could really do until we did approximately 1 million horror movie covers for Stray Dogs; I know how to do the logo part of an homage image… maybe better than anyone in the game,” Fleecs said. “I’ve been friends with Josh Williamson for years and I think he really dug the horror movie covers Trish Forstner and I had done on our book Stray Dogs. He asked if we could bring that kind of thing to Dark Ride but sort of in reverse: Instead of cartoon versions of horror posters, horror versions of cartoon posters. So, of course, I called up some of my favorite artists. I’m so excited to be working on this project and to be able to bring a bunch of great artist friends with me.”


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Dark Ride #1 releases in October from Williamson (Dark Crisis), Bressan (Justice League Incarnate) and colorist Adriano Lucas. The synopsis for the issue reads, “Devil Land has been the world’s premiere horror-themed amusement park for over 50 years, home to the scariest ride ever created – The Devil’s Due. But when lifelong fan Owen Seasons begins his first day on the job, he will discover the true horrors happening behind the scenes, the truth about the park’s reclusive creator Arthur Dante and that the job of his dreams might just be a living nightmare.”


Dark Ride #1 features additional cover and variant cover art by Bressan, Lucas, Martín Morazzo and Sweeney Boo. The issue also offers a blank sketch cover. Dark Ride #1 goes on sale Oct. 5 from Skybound Entertainment.

Source: Skybound Entertainment

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