Ugh: James Dean Would Have Been 82 This Week

The title of this post is depressing enough. I had considered doing my Circuit 3 post on James Dean this week, but the irony isJAMESDEAN he only made three films before his tragic and untimely death at the age of 24. Well thanks to Bluewater Productions, we get to celebrate the legendary actor in another way. The company has produced a comic book on the iconic actor, and is set to release it on February 8th, on what would have been Dean’s 82nd birthday. It is simply titled Tribute: James Dean. Have a look at the full release after the jump.

In what would have been his 82nd birthday this week, Bluewater Productions is releasing “Tribute: James Dean”. His life story has been told in movies, television, books and now for the 1st time in a comic book, that will be out February 8th.

James Dean was a true American original. From his early days in Indiana to his life in the big cities, he forged a singular path that defied convention and defined him as an icon throughout the world. Dean’s shorts and explosive life offers pathos and humor, as well as questions that linger to this day.

The 32-page comic book was written by Jim Beard and drawn by Eric Johns. With an amazing cover by famed artist Rob Aragon.

“James Dean truly and honestly surprised me. As I delved into his life to write this story, I discovered that that life was far more varied and layered than I knew. We tend to think of Dean in a certain way – the brooding bad boy loner – but the truth is far more gray than that black-and-white dismissal. I hope that I’ve portrayed him in the comic in a fashion that may lead people to question what they think they know about him and begin to explore the possibility that Dean carefully constructed his famous persona – and was a very different character than the past has painted him,” said Jim Beard

Artist Eric Johns says, “His life is a lightning strike. He died in a car crash that is what people remember. Read this book to remember the rest”.

“Being an artist is the loneliest thing in the world. You are all alone with your concentration and imagination, and that’s all you have. For a short while, James Dean held my concentration. I am proud to have drawn such an icon. The book is sharp and handsome, just like James Dean,” continued Johns.

Print copies of “Tribute James Dean” can be ordered exclusively at Comic Flea Market:

Also released in the “Tribute” line are comic book biographies of Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Capra, and Michael Jackson. More are schedule for this year such as Marilyn Monroe and Mary Pickford.

“I love being able to tell the stories of the legends in a totally different medium,” said publisher Darren G. Davis “These are not only great collectibles, but a great way to share these icons with today’s youth.”

Bluewater’s biographies has been embraced by the media and featured on several television news outlets including The Today Show and on CNN. The series has also been featured in many publications such as the Los Angeles Times,, Time magazine, and People magazine.

Digital versions can be purchased iTunes, Nook, Kindle, Google Play, iTunes, Amazon and wherever comic books are sold.