Devil's Due 1First Comics
Zen Bounty Hunter
(W) Steve Stern (A) Bill Maus
AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THE ZEN INTERGALACTIC NINJA CANON
PUBLISHED IN ONE VOLUME FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME ON THE OCCASION OF ZEN’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY
When artist Dan Cote and I created ZEN INTERGALACTIC NINJA and unleashed him upon an unsuspecting world 30 years ago this November, our blue-skinned alien hero had a largely featureless face. What he had was EYES. No nose. No mouth. It almost looked as if he was wearing a mask, and a number of readers would write to us, saying he reminded them of a “blue Spider-man.”
In truth, I had always wanted ZEN to have more of a face, even from our early days, and had been thinking on-and-off about how to make that happen. And so finally, in 2005, I wrote ZEN: BOUNTY HUNTER, a 50-page story which explained the process by which ZEN literally “grew” a face.
--From the preface by Stephen L. Stern