Who is the man who would risk his neck for his brother man, and also is soon to star in a new series of graphic novels?

That's right, I'm talkin' about Shaft. 

John Shaft, the black private detective character who's "a sex machine to all the chicks," according to his (Oscar-winning!) theme song, will be resurrected for original comic books, graphic novels and prose novels, Dynamite Entertainment announced this week.

Most people know Shaft from the original 1971  film, which launched the blaxploitation movement, as well as its two sequels and the 2000 remake starring Samuel L. Jackson

The deal also includes the rights to reprint all seven of the the existing Shaft novels, which have long been out of print. Dynamite plans to start with those reprints first. I'll list them, because the titles are just too beautiful not to:

  • Shaft (1970)

  • Shaft Among the Jews (1972)

  • Shaft's Big Score (1972)

  • Shaft Has a Ball (1973)

  • Goodbye, Mr. Shaft (1973)

  • Shaft's Carnival of Killers (1974)

  • The Last Shaft (1975)

The new prose stories and original graphic novels will be the first new Shaft stories, outside of the 2000 movie, since Shaft creator Ernest Tidyman's passing in 1984.

Dig it. 

[Via Dynamite]