Kettering comic writer teams up with Hollywood legend

The cover of Video Nasty, a Mario Covone comic
The cover of Video Nasty, a Mario Covone comic
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An up-and-coming comic book writer from Kettering has drafted in a legendary Hollywood film poster designer to create the cover artwork for his latest venture.

Mario Covone, 32, has set his first published comic, called Video Nasty, in 1980s Kettering.

Comic book writer Mario Covone NNL-140327-165035001

Comic book writer Mario Covone NNL-140327-165035001

Mario was first introduced to comics during a trip to the market as an eight-year-old and has been hooked ever since.

The former Montagu School pupil used to run Apocalypse Comic shop in Market Street, Kettering, but has now turned his hand to writing comics.

And he has employed the talents of Graham Humphreys, who is responsible for some of the most iconic images in horror including the movie posters for Evil Dead, the first five Nightmare on Elm Street films and From Dusk Till Dawn.

Mario, who has won plaudits for his web-only comic strips, hosted a launch party for Video Nasty at a cinema in Leicester Square, London.

Video Nasty is set in Kettering in 1983 when politicians, backed by campaigner Mary Whitehouse, were trying to ban horror videos.

Police Inspector David Gorely must solve a string of grisly murders while contending with pressure from his superiors to find a link between the killer and the recent influx of horror home videos.

Mario added: “When I came up with the story I knew I wanted to get a famous artist to do the cover.

“They do say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but that rule doesn’t really apply to the comic world.”