Released in July 1999, the Creech Trade Paperback, “Rage Against Death”, collected the story that creator/writer/artist Greg Capullo first showed us two years ago. This collection features a new cover by Ashley Wood, an introduction by Todd McFarlane, character and creator bios, updated graphics, and yes, spelling mistakes were fixed, too. Although this collection does not collect every single printed page from the original series, the first printing possess, by accident, a great collectors value.
Delays at Todd McFarlane Productions as well as Quantum Graphics set the release date back from early June to mid-July. All first printing copies produced were printed on damaged paper. Apparently, the printers sent the book out with what basically looks like water damage on most or all the pages. When creator Greg Capullo saw this he was furious. He immediately contacted Todd McFarlane’s office to rectify the situation. With the initial print run being around 7,000 copies, and only about half that shipped, it was arranged to destroy the remained damaged issues and reprint them. The new copies printed to fix the error will still be labeled as “first printing.” However, according to Capullo, the new issues that will be reprinted will have some changes, namely the back cover summary. Currently, if you have a Trade Paperback with the summary that starts with “A living creature from human DNA combined with alien genetic material leaves a trail of death and destruction when it escapes from the embryo compound.” then you have one of only around 3,000 copies of that edition.
Schrijver: Greg Capullo,Miki,Wengler