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The MEGADETH: DEATH BY DESIGN 350-page graphic novel will be presented in a 12.25”x12.25” prestige “album” format .


This year marks the 35th anniversary of the release of MEGADETH, to which the band is set to releasetheir ultimate greatest hits compilation, WARHEADS ON FOREHEADS, on March 22. To further celebrate this, MEGADETH has partnered with premiere comics publisher, HEAVY METAL, to create the ultimate fan experience with a 350-page anthology of comic stories inspired by all the songs on the album. The collaboration, titled DEATH BY DESIGN, features stories written and illustrated by top talent from the comics, film, television and music world, all inspired by the songs from the album.

The project, carefully curated by DAVE MUSTAINE and HEAVY METAL, is a powerful book that gives both insight and understanding into the universe of MEGADETH and its harrowed mascot, VIC RATTLEHEAD.

MEGADETH, working in close collaboration with HEAVY METAL, has collected an unprecedented pool of talent for MEGADETH: DEATH BY DESIGN – making it any comic book or MEGADETH fan’s dream. Brendan Small (creator of Metalocalypse) teams with Belen Ortega (Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) for Hangar 18. Dan Fogler (Fantastic Beasts And Where To find Them) writes an apocalyptic tale insanely drawn by Andy Belanger (Southern Cross) for Rattlehead. An A-list talent pool rounds out the roster featuring Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash), Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night), Brian Wood (DMZ), Justin Jordan & John Bivens (Spread), Leah Moore & John Reppion (Judge Dredd), Joe Keatingue (Popgun), Christine Larsen (Holy Diver), Frazier Irving (Annihilator) and more than 50 other talented creators. John Gallagher’s brilliant cover is a face melter.


  • Rattlehead || Dan Fogler & Andy Belanger
  • Mechanix || Ben Meares & DAF
  • Killing Is My Business || Alex de Campi & Mack Chater
  • The Conjuring || Llexi Leon & Kevin West
  • Wake Up Dead || Tony Lee & Gyula Nemeth
  • Devils Island || Sebastian Girmer & Esau Escorza
  • Good Mourning / Black Friday || Leah Moore, John Reppion & Ben Templesmith
  • Set The World Afire || Diego Agrimbau & Agustín Alessio
  • In My Darkest Hour || David Baille & Conor Boyle
  • Holy Wars…The Punishment Due || Tim Seeley & Ignacio Calero
  • Hangar 18 || Brendon Small & Belén Ortega
  • Tornado Of Souls || Patrick Kindlon & Marco Turini
  • Rust In Peace…Polaris || Hector Lima & Garrie Gastonny
  • Five Magics || Johnathan LaMantia
  • Take No Prisoners || ML Miller & Carlos Granda
  • Skin O' My Teeth || PM Buchan & John Pearson
  • Angry Again || Homero Rios & Anton Kokarev
  • Symphony Of Destruction || Justin Jordan & John Bivens
  • Sweating Bullets || Sean Lewis & Axel Medellin
  • A Tout Le Monde || Llexi Leon & Richard Friend
  • Train Of Consequences || James Harvey
  • Reckoning Day || Jeff Burandt & Jason Gongour
  • Trust || Frazer Irving
  • She-Wolf || Curtis Pires & Antonio Fuso
  • Wanderlust || Abraham Martínez & Patricio Delpeche
  • Dread and the Fugitive Mind || Jonathan Land & Andrea Mutti
  • Blackmail The Universe || Haylar García & Abel
  • Washington Is Next! || Haylar García & Kevin Enhart
  • Head Crusher || R.G. Llarena & Danijel Zezelj
  • Public Enemy No. 1 || John Ostrander & Miguel Mora
  • Kingmaker || Brian Wood & Riccardo Burchielli
  • The Threat Is Real || Joe Keatinge & Anand Radhakrishnan
  • Poisonous Shadows || Chistine Larsen
  • Death From Within || Alex de Campi & Wilfredo Torres
  • Dystopia || David Baille & Simeon Aston


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