by Michael Tierney
History of the Wild Stars -- The 20-teens
2014 marked the 30th anniversary of the first Wild Stars publication.
To celebrate, in August 2014 the Volume 2 and new paperback and hardcover editions of Volume 1 were released locally and worldwide through Amazon.com.
Three years after Wild Stars II was published, it was another case of life imitating art when an extraterrtrial object passed through our solar system. Scientists evaluated that this cylindrical object contained alien water within its core, bascially decribing the Marzanti spike from the novel. In the Wild Stars, a Marzanti spike is an alien device used as a first step of colonization by crashing it into a planet's oceans and adapting their biology to that planet.
The reason I said this was another case of life imitating art is because a similar thing happened once before with Wild Stars II: Force Majuere.
Force Majuere: Prairie Bay #1 is a comic reprinted in Wild Stars II: Force Majuere, and first published in 2002. In it I introduced the then controversial idea that Mars might contain water. Years later, in 2011, a Mars probe sent back the picture on the right showing water gysers exploding on Mars. What makes this picture even more unique is that the gyser openings in the photo are almost an exact match to those on the 2002 cover! Compare it to the upper left inset on the advertisement shown below, and you'll see what I mean.
These links go to the hardcover, or the Wild Stars: The Book of Circles -- Recalibrated trade paperback or Wild Stars 2: Force Majeure.
All three editions are availble locally at either Collector's Edition in North Little Rock,
or at The Comic Book Store in Little Rock.
I was invited as a featured guest of the 2015 River City Comic Expo in Little Rock on August 29th, 2015.
To see more photos of the event, click on the photo
or this link.
I was LIVE on 96.5FM radio on
Shane Plays on Saturday, March 19, 2016
You can listen to Shane and myself discuss comics in general, my own Wild Stars comics and novels, plus my upcoming Edgar Rice Burroughs: 100 Year Art Chronology 3 book set.
The Multiversal Scribe Magazine (1977)
Across the Distance Portfolio
Wild Stars Volume One #1 (Summer 1984)
Wild Stars Portfolio One
Wild Stars Volume Two #1 (Winter 1988)
Under the Wild Stars
Wild Stars Volume Three #1
Wild Stars Volume Three #2
Wild Stars Volume Three #3
Wild Stars Volume Three #4
Wild Stars Volume Three #5
Wild Stars Volume Three #6
Force Majeure: Prarie Bay #1
Shown below are the out-of-print Wild Stars Chronicles,
a limited edition set of hardcovers released in 2008.
Top Row: Nebula 71 (written in 1971); Ceobra (1974); The Catalyst (1976); Moonshadow (1978); Wild Stars Rising (1976-77).
Bottom Row: First Marker (1978); and the prequel/sequel to First Marker, Under the Wild Stars from 1998. These were the source material for all the Wild Stars comics.
For even more of the story behind the story,
check out the Wild Stars Production Notes!
For something different ...
check out the Bonus Section!
Wild Stars navigational chart:
Wild Stars History