Johnny Cash Is Comic Book and Guitar Hero
Johnny Cash is now a comic book hero. The late Man in Black's life will be depicted in the upcoming 'Johnny Cash: I See a Darkness' comic, due in September. The book, with illustrations in black and white, takes the reader from Johnny's early beginnings with Sun Records to the time just prior to his death. The author includes landmark events in the singer's life, including working with Elvis Presley, performing at Folsom Prison and making his big comeback in the '90s with producer Rick Rubin.
'Johnny Cash: I See a Darkness' also highlights the music legend's record sales of 90+ million and his rebellious ways in Music City, where he broke all kinds of rules that artists were expected to follow when making a record. Titled after a song from his 'Solitary Man III' disc, the book was written by Reinhard Kleist, and is already a bestseller and award-winner in Europe. The translated version is 224 pages and will be on shelves Oct. 1st for a retail price of $17.95.
This is not the first time Cash has had a comic book depicting his life story. In 1976, the appropriately titled 'Hello, I'm Johnny Cash' was released, selling for 39 cents. In 2004, a copy of that comic sold for $168.
The tributes to Johnny this year keep coming. He will also be a playable character in the wildly-popular 'Guitar Hero' video game this fall. "Cash's virtual image will live on as Guitar Hero players can rock out on any instrument controller to 'Ring Of Fire,' and even unlock the ability to strum and sing along as the 'Man in Black' himself in the all-new Electric Honky Tonk Bar venue," a gaming executive explains.
Johnny joins a growing list of artists depicted in the game, including the Rolling Stones, White Stripes, Kings of Leon, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Vampire Weekend. 'Guitar Hero 5' hits store shelves Sept. 1st.