Monday, May 19, 2014

Hermes Press Launches Dark Shadows Appeal

As we recently reported, Hermes Press are currently preparing a new volume dedicated to the 1971-72 Dark Shadows daily newspaper comic strip, which will include the Sunday panels presented in full colour as originally printed. In association with Dan Curtis Productions, Hermes are looking for complete copies of the Sunday Dark Shadows comics covering the publication dates of November 14 1971 to March 4 1972.

Dark Shadows fans or comic strip collectors who may be able to help with some of the needed Sunday clippings will be acknowledged in the upcoming book with a special thank you and will receive a complete set of all the Hermes Press Dark Shadows books for their assistance. If you can help, please contact

Dark Shadows: The Complete Newspaper Dailies and Sundays is due out in August and can be pre-ordered by clicking here.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Dark Shadows Newspaper Strips Reprinted

Hermes Press have announced that they will be reprinting the 1971-72 syndicated Dark Shadows newspaper strip in a deluxe 224-page collector's hardback. The strip originally ran for a year in various newspapers across the US, featuring stunning art by Kenneth Bruce Bald. 

The new book will feature the complete run of strips digitally restored, along with the Sunday instalments reproduced in full-colour as originally published. Bonus content will include surviving examples of original artwork and an accompanying essay.

Dark Shadows: The Complete Newspaper Dailies and Sundays is published in August and can be pre-ordered at a discount price by clicking here.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Michael Maitland: 1956-2014

It is with sadness that we report that actor Michael Maitland passed away in a hospice on April 23 following a battle with cancer. He was 57. At the age of 13, Michael enjoyed a short but memorable stint as the Leviathan child Michael Todd on Dark Shadows.

Away from the show, he acted on Broadway in The Rothschilds and alongside Angela Landsbury in Mame. His other television work included stints on the soaps Search For Tomorrow and The Edge of Night, before his retirement from acting in the mid-1970s. 

Michael's family have posted a video tribute on Youtube, featuring personal photos taken throughout Michael's life, which can be viewed in the window below. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.