Night and the Enemy

Cover Date
November 1987
Publisher (Indicia)
Comico The Comic Company
Place of Publication
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Cover Artist
80 p. ; 8.25 x 11"

Reprints, updates, and expands on stories, adaptations of Ellison’s Earth-Kyba War story cycle, that originally appeared in Epic Illustrated #4, 6, & 11. Collects Ken Steacy’s adaptations of the short stories Harlan Ellison has written about the war between Earth and Kyba, with revised and updated art and new adaptations to complete the cycle.

A two-page Introduction starts the book, telling the background of the Earth-Kyba war and leading into the first story. This is presented as an illustrated story, with text accompanied by two Ken Steacy illustrations.

“Run For The Stars” originally appeared in Epic Illustrated #11. It runs here with no major revisions.

“Life Hutch”originally appeared in black-&-white in Epic Illustrated #6. For this edition Ken Steacy has updated much of the art, missing newly colored pieces with black-&-white pieces from the original.

“Untouchable Adolescents” is a new adaptation for this collection. It is followed by a two page illustrated text version of the story “Trojan Hearse,” featuring a new illustration by Steacy.

“Sleeping Dogs” originally appeared in Epic Illustrated #4. It appears here featuring updated, newly colored art for the whole story.

The essay “Whispers From The Telling Box” that concludes the book features Ellison discussing his hatred of “sequels” and the nature of shared universe stories such as the “Vic and Blood” stories that make up the novel-in-progress Blood’s A Rover and these Earth-Kyba War tales (and related Kyba stories like Demon With A Glass Hand).