|Alter ego Eric Draven|
Genre Gothic fiction
Number of issues 45+
Created by James O'Barr
|Format Limited series|
The Crow Special Edition ISBN 978-1451627251
Penciller Phil Hester
|Publisher Caliber Press, Kitchen Sink Press, Image Comics, IDW Publishing|
Abilities Enhanced strength, speed, and agility Cat-like reflexes Heightened senses Accelerated healing factor Resistance to injury or pain Psychometry Tactile Empathy & Telepathy Sees through the eyes of the Crow Able to turn into a crow and possess flight and nightvision
Publisher Caliber Press (1989–1990) Kitchen Sink Press (1996–1998) Image Comics (1999) IDW Publishing (2012–2014)
First appearance Caliber Presents #1 (Jan. 1989)
Adaptations The Crow (1994), The Crow: Salvation (2000), The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005)
Similar Deadworld, Battle Pope, Locke & Key, The Sandman, Hellblazer
The crow what s the difference
The Crow is a comic book series created by James O'Barr. The series, which was originally created by O'Barr as a means of dealing with the death of his girlfriend at the hands of a drunk driver, was first published by Caliber Comics in 1989. It became an underground success, and was later adapted into a film of the same name in 1994. Three film sequels, a television series, and numerous books and comic books (published by numerous companies) have also been subsequently produced.
- The crow what s the difference
- Superhero origins the crow
- Caliber Press
- Kitchen Sink Press
- London Night Studios
- Image Comics
- Gallery Books
- IDW Publishing
- Critical reception
- Film and TV
- Novels and story collections
- Video games
The Crow has been translated into almost a dozen languages and has sold around 750,000 copies worldwide.
Superhero origins the crow
The Crow first appeared on the back cover of Deadworld #10 (November 1988); James O'Barr provided a back cover to the first comic book Caliber Press published, which contained an advertisement for the upcoming The Crow appearance in Caliber Presents #1. (The ads shows The Crow standing with a smoking shotgun in one hand and a samurai sword in the other, with the statement, "For Some Things...There Is No Forgiveness". It mentions The Crow appearing in February 1989.)
The Crow's first in-story appearance was in Caliber Presents #1 (January 1989), in the story "Inertia", which serves as a prequel to the main series. O'Barr again provided a back cover for this issue.
The character's first limited series was The Crow #1-4 (Feb.–May 1989). Four issues, titled "Pain", "Fear", "Irony", and "Despair," take readers through a series of vengeance tales as The Crow cuts and shoots through Tin Tin, Tom Tom, Top Dollar, Funboy and T-Bird, the gang members that attacked and killed him and his lover Shelly.
In A Caliber Christmas (Dec. 1989), Eric reflects back on happier times with Shelly in the story "Atmosphere." (In The Crow graphic novel, this story is placed between issues #2 and 3.)
Caliber Presents #15 (Sept. 1990) contained a preview of the unpublished The Crow #5, titled "Death", that was meant to complete the original story arc. Tundra Publishing later reprinted the first four issues in two double-sized volumes and printed "Death" (also double-sized) as the third volume.
Kitchen Sink Press
From 1996-1998, Kitchen Sink Press published five mini-series and a one-shot based on The Crow concept with a new avatar in each series.
London Night Studios
Following the Kitchen Sink series, London Night Studios published The Crow/Razor: Kill the Pain in 1998, which saw Eric Draven paired with Everette Hartsoe's bad girl character Razor.
In 1999, Image Comics released a new Crow comic series with yet another take on the Eric Draven story. It ran for ten issues, ending in November of that year.
O'Barr stated in a 2004 interview that The Crow: Author's Edition would contain at least "60 pages of new material that no one has ever seen. Half of that are pages that had to be removed for space reasons." O'Barr described the additions as including "more romance flashback scenes between Eric and Shelly," as well as sequences that would make the work "more visually interesting."
On January 16, 2010, it was announced on O'Barr's official website that the Author's Edition of The Crow was indeed going to be released and that O'Barr was currently working on it. On April 7, 2011, O'Barr announced that The Crow: Special Edition would be released on July 28, 2011, from Gallery Books.
In July 2012, IDW Publishing published a new five-issue Crow series, The Crow: Death and Rebirth, written by novelist John Shirley (co-writer of the original Crow film) and illustrated by Kevin Colden.
Three more IDW Crow series followed: The Crow: Skinning the Wolves (2013), The Crow: Curare (2013) and The Crow: Pestilence (2014).
The story revolves around an unfortunate young man named Eric. He and his fiancée, Shelly, are assaulted by a gang of street thugs after their car breaks down. Eric is shot in the head and is paralyzed, and can only watch as Shelly is savagely beaten, raped, and shot in the head. They are then left for dead on the side of the road. Eric later dies in the hospital operating room while Shelly is DOA.
He is resurrected by a crow and seeks vengeance on the murderers, methodically stalking and killing them. When not on the hunt, Eric stays in the house he shared with Shelly, spending most of his time there lost in memories of her. Her absence is torture for him; he is in emotional pain, even engaging in self-mutilation by cutting himself.
The crow acts as both guide and goad for Eric, giving him information that helps him in his quest but also chastising him for dwelling on Shelly's death, seeing his pining as useless self-indulgence that distracts him from his purpose.
The Crow is ranked 37th in IGN's Top 100 Comic Book Heroes In 2005, creator James O'Barr claimed that The Crow was:
Film and TV
In 1994, a film based on the comic (titled The Crow) was released to theaters by Miramax Films. The film was both a critical and commercial success earning $50,693,129 total gross during its 1994 United States theatrical release. A cult following, in part due to the accidental death of its star Brandon Lee on the film's set, has maintained the film's popularity, with a regular staple of movie memorabilia being found at retailers like Hot Topic. Three sequels have been made so far: The Crow: City of Angels (1996), starring Vincent Pérez (as The Crow), Mia Kirshner, Richard Brooks and Iggy Pop; The Crow: Salvation (2000), starring Eric Mabius (as The Crow), Kirsten Dunst and Fred Ward; and The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005), starring Edward Furlong (as The Crow), David Boreanaz and Tara Reid. A television series, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven (1998), was based on the first movie with Mark Dacascos replacing Lee in the role of Eric Draven.
In the late 1990s, a sequel/reboot to The Crow entitled The Crow: 2037 was in the works; it would be set in the future. It was written and scheduled to be directed by Rob Zombie, but it was ultimately cancelled.
On December 14, 2008, Stephen Norrington announced in Variety that he planned to write and direct a "reinvention" of The Crow. Norrington distinguished between the original and his remake: "Whereas Proyas’ original was gloriously Gothic and stylized, the new movie will be realistic, hard-edged and mysterious, almost documentary-style." In 2009 Ryan Kavanaugh's Relativity Media was negotiating with Edward R. Pressman for both the film's rights and financing. In May 2013, actor Luke Evans accepted the role of Eric Draven, with F. Javier Gutiérrez set to direct. According to James O'Barr the movie is expected to be much more faithful to the comic including flashbacks, metaphors, horses, trains, and barbed wire, making it not suitable for younger audiences. Director Javier Gutierrez also confirmed that his intentions are to create literally a page-by-page adaptation of the movie. Filming was slated to start in the spring of 2015.
Novels and story collections
From 1996–2001, a number of novels based on the world and thematic concerns of The Crow were published, mostly by Harper. Authors of these novels included such notable names as Chet Williamson, David Bischoff, Poppy Z. Brite, S. P. Somtow, Norman Partridge, and A. A. Attanasio.
In 1998, O'Barr and editor Ed Kramer asked an array of fiction writers, poets, and artists — including Gene Wolfe, Alan Dean Foster, Charles de Lint, Jack Dann, Jane Yolen, Henry Rollins and Iggy Pop — to interpret this Gothic fiction phenomenon. The Crow: Shattered Lives and Broken Dreams was released by Random House on Halloween; and a year later, in a limited signed and numbered volume, by Donald M. Grant Publishing.
The Crow: City of Angels is a 1997 action video game for Sega Saturn, Sony PlayStation, and Microsoft Windows. It is loosely based on the movie of the same title. The player assumes the role of the hero of the film, Ashe Corven. Due to the game's negative reviews, this is the only video game in The Crow franchise.
There have been five albums of music related to The Crow and its attendant films: