The Earth’s Most Advanced Heroes! Gatchaman #1 Is Now Available For Pre-Order!

The first of the new GATCHAMAN is on the way! We’re kicking things off this Free Comic Book Day with the exclusive Gatchaman #0, featuring a cover by Chris Samnee (Thor), followed by Gatchaman #1 and the exciting one-shot Gatchaman—Ken: Deathmatch in June!

The Gatchaman ongoing Teen+ series features a masterful collaboration between writer Cullen Bunn (A Legacy of Violence) and comics artist Chris Batista (Justice League), with Cover A by Inaki Miranda (Godzilla: Here), colors by Carlos Lopez and letters by Buddy Beaudoin.

Writer: Cullen Bunn – Artist: Chris Batista
Colorist: Carlos Lopez – Letterer: Buddy Beaudoin
Cover Artist: Inaki Miranda
Release Date: June 26th, 2024

Synopsis: A mechanical terror has descended upon numerous cities and the world’s greatest scientists are disappearing. Our only hope: Science Ninja Team Gatchaman! As they battle these machinations from the international terrorist organization known as Galactor, their strength, willpower, and even vehicles are pushed to the absolute limit. If they fail…who’s waiting in the wings to take their place? The first exciting issue in an ongoing series that expands upon the original anime series!

To celebrate the release of our ongoing Gatchaman series, we’ve created a series of variant covers by celebrated comic artists, including Eisner and Ringo Award-winning artist Sanford Greene, Chris Batista, Francine Delgado, and Mike Deodato! Click through for a peek!


“Was I born to write this series? I’m not sure, but I was certainly forged in the Phoenix-technique fires over the course of my life to be here now. GATCHAMAN is beloved by so many, and it is humbling and exciting and a little scary to be telling new stories in that world now. I’m emboldened by the amazing people I’m working with–Chris Batista, Tommy Lee Edwards, Steve Orlando, and the Mad Cave Studios team. Each and every one of us loves these characters and this world. And we’ve had such tremendous support from the Tatsunoko team. This isn’t just an adaptation. We’re not just painting by numbers. These are new, in-continuity tales with exciting, game-changing elements that enhance and expand this already rich storyline.”

– Writer, Cullen Bunn

“The cartoon that left the most lasting impact on me as an artist, is without any doubt, Battle of the Planets aka Gatchaman. It was like nothing else, so vibrant, dynamic and unique. As much as I loved the heroes of Marvel and DC, there was just something cooler about the Gatchaman team. I’ve been obsessed ever since. Gatchaman has always been at the very top of my creative bucket list…a dream project that could never happen….until now. I could never have imagined we would be doing this project in conjunction with Tatsunoko studios and with the amazing team at Mad Cave Studios. I am truly honored to be a part of this incredible creative team that shares the same love for Gatchaman that I do. I hope fans get the same jolt of electricity I get whenever I read the new script from Cullen. I’m equally thrilled and terrified to be a part of the return of this unmatched and timeless property!”

– Artist, Chris Batista

In addition to Gatchaman #1, we’re pleased to announce our action-packed one-shot, Gatchaman – Ken: Deathmatch, hitting shops on June 26th, 2024!

This one-shot special, a story that works perfectly as an easy-entry standalone but also contributes to Mad Cave’s overall worldbuilding for the Gatchaman series, written by Tommy Lee Edwards (Batman, Hellboy) and art by Mindy Lee (Masters of the Universe Revelation); Cover A by Tommy Lee Edwards and Cover B “The Breakfast Club homage” cover by Chris Batista.

Writer: Tommy Lee Edwards – Artist: Mindy Lee
Colorist: Giada Marchiso – Letterer: John Workman
Release Date: June 26th, 2024

Synopsis: Ken goes undercover to infiltrate an underground gambling ring where martial artists from around the globe fight to the death. There, the winners are captured and brought to a secret Galactor recruiting base. If they refuse to join, the captives are dropped in the jungle and hunted as prey for Galactor’s training program. Can anyone make it out alive? The first in a series of self-contained one-shots that each focus on a separate member of Science Ninja Team Gatchaman!


“I’m so excited to be writing Mad Cave’s first Gatchaman special issue focusing on one specific member of the Science Ninja Team. Deathmatch is my love letter to Ken the Eagle, a heroic and idealistic anime character that helped shape my childhood. We’ve crafted this comic as an adventure tale to satisfy a deeply familiar fanbase, while introducing unique stories and completely new characters. I honestly feel like I’ve been training for this challenge my whole life!”
– Writer, Tommy Lee Edwards

““I’m having such a good time drawing Gatchaman! I’ve enjoyed Tommy’s script so much—it’s provided wonderful opportunities to work with the franchise’s iconic designs!”
– Artist, Mindy Lee

Gatchaman #1 and Gatchaman—Ken: Deathmatch hit shops June 26th. Collect all these exciting covers and dive headfirst into the all-new story arcs with Mad Cave Studios in their partnership with Tatsunoko Production!


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