"It's a blunderful life" for everyone's favorite big chinned Chosen One

Dynamite presents their first ever Christmas Special... this time with a twist as we send Ash on a Christmas adventure the likes of which the world has never seen! Will Evil Ash destroy Christmas? Can Good Ash stop Evil Ash from ruining Christmas? Is there really a Santa? Find it all out this December in a 40 page one-shot by writer James Kuhoric and classic Marvel artist Dave Simons!

Everyone loves the holidays, right? Wrong! If you've ever worked S-Mart retail in December, you know it's   special hell filled with something worse than Deadites.... dumbass holiday shoppers. And when the Necronomicon gets a hold of some classic holiday entertainment, it send Ash through a voyage of twisted Christmas visions that beat him senseless and initiate something deeper in Ash. "It's a blunderful life" for everyone's favorite big chinned Chosen One and this year he's going to face something tougher than Deadite Santas and zombie elves. He'll find a piece of his soul that was swallowed long ago..

Quote Jim Kuhoric:  About the chance to work on AoD, artist Dave Simons exclaimed, "When Nicky first sent me a box o' comics to familiarize me with the Dynamite line, in amongst the Red Sonjas and Lone Rangers (great book, by the way) was Army of Darkness. I thought that AoD would be a fun book to work on and particularly suited to me with my experience in both horror (Tomb of Dracula, Ghost Rider) and humor (The Real Ghostbusters and many other animated shows).  Little did I know I'd end up working on the AoD Holiday Special! This marks my return to print after several years of working in animation and I couldn't have picked a more appropriate project."

Dave's a class act, any way you gut it, and with Ash, you don't know where it's being "gut" or "cut".  It's a  different turkey jerker each and every time.  In all seriousness, we were exctatic to work with an artist with a pedigree's as impressive as Dave.  This is the first person we're putting together with him, but we are talking more down the line.  Fingers crossed! Check it out, because it's the return of Dave to comics, but also because he's a great artist.

ARMY OF DARKNESS: ASH'S CHRISTMAS HORROR (ONE SHOT) James Kuhoric (w), Dave Simons (a) Covers: Dave Simons

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Dave's reference photo, his two pals, Jud and Stacie posing in the kitchen, photo by Dave!
Dave's original preliminary sketch and cover idea.
Here's the new cover for the Army of Darkness Holiday Special "Home For the Hellidays".  Somehow the first cover I did was lost.  I don't have it, the guys at Dynamite don't have it.  It's a complete mystery.  I could have just re-created the first cover to replace it, but having just finished drawing the story I now had a better concept, the culmination of which you see above.  I think it all worked out well in the end.

--Dave Simons

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