We’ve just released the Third Edition of Copper Knights and Granite Men, and Shell and I have done a lot of work to improve it. Some of you are probably wondering what we could have possibly done to improve a superhero book based on the King in Yellow, with the comedic sensibilities of Army of Darkness. Even though the book has generally received positive reviews, it was only the third book we’d put out, and the first over 100 pages in length. Since its original release, we’ve learned a lot about our craft and found several ways to “Amp” up that “Lee/Kirby-era Fantastic Fourmeets Hammer Horror” vibe everyone loves.

Let’s start with the obvious: A new cover, completely done by Shell Presto. We still love the original painting by Matty Lasuire, and we’ve reproduced it in the back pages of the book. It was a very evocative rendering of the Promethean, but in hindsight, it doesn’t work that well as a cover. It was too dark for the small thumbnails on Amazon, and its grim, somber atmosphere clashes somewhat with the tone of the book. It’s also a bit too mysterious: it’s hard to guess from the cover what the book is about.
Shell and I spent a lot of time brainstorming and planning our new cover, finding inspiration in the covers of old Pulp magazines. These vivid paintings did a magnificent job evoking suspense with their perilous scenes of heroes on the brink, a sense of excitement often enhanced by the presence of some gorgeous (and sometimes menacing) bombshell. I think Shell’s done a wonderful job of capturing those elements here. Besides the added sex appeal, the pulp cover stylings tell the reader a lot about the mood of the book. Taut, punchy adventures; wisecracking, devil-may-care heroes; deadly mysteries and fiendish plots; supernatural dread: these are the things that come to mind of many people when they think of the old pulps, and they’re exactly the things they’ll find in Copper Knights and Granite Men.

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