Hip Flask: Unnatural Selection 10th Anniversary Elephantmen Edition

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Hip Flask: Unnatural Selection is the Origin of Hip Flask, Comicraft's grim yet affable hippopotamime hero.

Somewhere in the African desert, thousands of miles from civilization, a group of geneticists led by Kazushi Nikken, has conducted unholy experiments involving both human and animal DNA. This is the story of the birth of Hieronymous Flask and his eventual liberation from the torturous world of MAPPO.

This 48 page oversized hardcover features cover to cover painted art by Ladronn, collecting the remastered and expanded 'widescreen' art and story from UNNATURAL SELECTION and also pages and covers from HIP FLASK vol. 2: ELEPHANTMEN.


RICHARD STARKINGS learned the ropes of comic book production at Marvel UK in London. Moving to California in 1989 he founded the Comicraft studio with John ‘JG’ Roshell and together they revolutionized the art of comic book lettering & design -- introducing US publishers to the practice of digital lettering (covered in detail in their book COMIC BOOK LETTERING THE COMICRAFT WAY) which is now the industry standard. Starkings created the HIP FLASK character as a mascot for Comicraft's line of comic book fonts before developing the critically acclaimed UNNATURAL SELECTION storyline which details the origin of HIP FLASK and THE ELEPHANTMEN.

LADRONN was born and raised in Veracruz, Mexico. After leaving Art School at the age of 21, he managed a design studio and later worked for Televisa Veracruz as a designer of animated station promotionals. His goal was always to work as a painter, and he never considered creating comics, especially not for the American market, until after he visited the San Diego Comic convention with a friend in 1995. Ladronn was invited to submit samples of his work to Marvel Comics and shortly thereafter he landed a regular job penciling the monthly X-MEN spinoff comic book, CABLE. He was later joined on CABLE by Joe Casey and they created a memorable run on the title from issue 51 through to 70. Ladronn's incredible painted work was first published in a short story for Marvel’s THOR 2000 before he pencilled and inked the first three issues of THE INHUMANS with Carlos Pacheco. This was his last work for Marvel before starting his career over again painting HIP FLASK for Active Images.

JOE CASEY is the co-creator of the avant garde comic book series, CODEFLESH and AUTOMATIC KAFKA. He has also written some of the most recognizable comic book franchises in the world, including SUPERMAN and THE X-MEN. He plays rock'n'roll and p*sses people off on a regular basis. He is a founding member of the MAN OF ACTION creative thinktank, creating original properties in all forms of entertainment media.

Pub Date: 2013
Format: Hardback with color illus.
Pages: 48 
Size: 9.00 x 12.50 inches

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