John Benteen's Fargo: Hell on Wheels graphic novel - adapted by Howard Chaykin

by Howard Chaykin

**Weds. December 20th through midnight Friday December 22nd - SECOND CHANCE CAMPAIGN for all those that missed it the first time -- don’t miss this final opportunity!

Legendary comic book creator Howard Chaykin launches his first ever crowdfunding campaign!

Now expanded to 128+ page prestige format, this action packed hardcover graphic novel stars soldier of fortune Neal Fargo, and is based on the legendary 'Fargo' paperback series by John Benteen! Imagine if Conan was an American in the early 20th century. He still wouldn't be as hard as Neal Fargo. Adapted, written and illustrated by the inimitable HOWARD CHAYKIN!

Supporters of the campaign are in for massive treats, as there are art contributions to the book by a murderer’s row of artists, including Gary Frank, Butch Guice, Eduardo Risso, Denys Cowan, Mahmud Asrar, Ron Garney and lots more, with a variant cover provided by Dave Johnson!


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Digital copy

PDF format, 128+ pages





Hardcover - Cover A

Newly expanded to 128+ pages!, full color, with cover by Howard Chaykin




Hardcover+Digital Bundle

Get digital & physical copies of the book


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Hardcover - Cover A - SIGNED

96+ pages, full color, with cover by Howard Chaykin, bookplate signed by Howard Chaykin


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Hardcover - Cover A - REMARQUED

96+ pages, full color, with cover by Howard Chaykin, bookplate signed & remarqued with a sketch by H...




Hardcover - Cover B

Newly expanded to 128+ pages! full color, with cover by Dave Johnson


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Hardcover - Cover B - SIGNED

96+ pages, full color, with cover by Dave Johnson, bookplate signed by Howard Chaykin





Get BOTH covers!

Get one copy each of Howard Chaykin's Cover A and Dave Johnson's Cover B!





Book + Print Bundle - BOTH SIGNED

Be the ultimate supporter and get a Hardcover and a limited 11 x 17" High Quality Art Print, both si...





Retailer Bundle - ALL COPIES SIGNED

3 copies of the hardcover at wholesale pricing, all signed by Howard Chaykin. For retailers only.




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High Quality Art Print - signed & numbered

11 x 17" giclee signed by Howard Chaykin, limited to 50


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Get killed in a Fargo fight scene!

You can be drawn you into a Fargo fight scene as one of two 'Indians' who get killed by Fargo in a w...


This campaign is for a 128+ page prestige format hardcover graphic novel adaptation of one of Howard Chaykin’s favorite characters from the highwater era of paperback adventure heroes of the sixties and seventies. Chaykin writes and draws the entire book, along with the extraordinary colorist Yen Nitro and of course his longtime letterer/designer, Ken Bruzenak.
Who is Neal Fargo?
Fargo has been described as "a combination of Robert E. Howard's Conan mixed with Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch." He was a big man with wide shoulders, narrow hips and the long legs of a born and bred horseman. His hair was close-cropped and snow white, though he was only in his thirties. He had grown up hard and never looked back. He’d punched cattle, rough-necked in the oil fields—even fought in the prize rings. He joined up with Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders and found his true calling—combat. His face was so battered, scarred, weathered and remarkably ugly that it was almost handsome. He drew helplessly admiring looks from the women and cautious, wary looks from the men. He was a soldier of fortune, for sale to the highest bidder—he was Fargo.
What's the story?

In Hell on Wheels, Fargo is hired to protect a small railroad under relentless attack from a corrupt and ruthless competitor with money to burn, and hired guns to do the burning. Fargo is a man ready for any challenge, and for this hardboiled soldier of fortune, payback is fair game. Packed with fist fighting brawls, gunplay, women and whiskey from running start to stunning finish, this story is the perfect example of why Neal Fargo is a timeless character in the timeless world of adventure fiction, and perfect for the modern graphic novel. Combine that with the unique creative sensibility of Howard Chaykin, no stranger to tough, smart protagonists (with an eye for the ladies) and Fargo: Hell on Wheels will be one of the most exciting independent graphic novels of the year!


Book Contents:
Fargo: Hell on Wheels
• Howard Chaykin intro
• Joel Haas Foreword
• Artists' Portfolio: Interpretations of Neal Fargo






Guest Art

Here's a look at some incredible interpretations of Neal Fargo that will be featured in the art gallery of the book!
Dave Johnson (cover) / Walter Simonson
Sedat Ozgen / Butch Guice
Robert Tanenbaum / Ron Garney
Denys Cowan / Giancarlo Bernal
Mahmud Asar / Dalibor Taljic
Dan Panosian / Cully Hamner
Philippe Xavier / Tim Fielder
Enrico Marini (2)
Frank Cho / Steve Epting
Eduardo Risso / Jordi Bernet
Gary Frank / Lee Weeks


“Tough guy. Fortune-seeker for hire. Uncompromising, mean SOB… am I talking about Neal Fargo or Howard Chaykin himself? It’s an open question, but here’s one thing I do know: Chaykin, the master storyteller, is in his element with FARGO: HELL ON WHEELS. Steel yourself.” 
- Cully Hamner
"Many years back, Howard Chaykin used the tagline "Brigand for Hire" with his Dominic Fortune character. As a life-long fan of Chaykin's work, I feel the phrase describes both the wonderfully creative man himself,  as well as that unique"Chaykin" take upon the adventure hero he has demonstrated multiple times over the years -- the type of material he frankly does better than anyone else in the industry. I anticipate his upcoming Fargo work will once more add to that very rich legend."
- Butch Guice
"We’ve been fortunate throughout the history of comics that every now and then visionaries appear to show us something we haven’t seen before, and may not have known was even possible. Howard Chaykin is one of those visionaries - a bottomless well of talent and a constant source of inspiration."
- Steve Epting
"Master storyteller Howard Chaykin, with his illuminating understanding of comics and its history, is the perfect fit for Fargo, This will be one to look out for."
- Mahmud Asrar
“For me, Howard Chaykin, tackling a book like Fargo: Hell On Wheels, is something uniquely special.  Chaykin brings the sort of nuance that is rarely seen in today’s comic book sequential storytelling.  A savvy blend of brilliant compositions, grit and style.”
- Dan Panosian
"Howard Chaykin is a storyteller's storyteller. His work and importance to the medium is widely recognised by every quality professional I know. He's a master of this most American art, comics, and adapting a story that's full of violence, greed and lust.  This (Fargo: Hell on Wheels) is prime time Chaykin."
- Richard Pace
"A small few understand the science behind the craft of making funny books as Howard Chaykin does. Even fewer have articulated that understanding as effectively (or with as much flair) — in word as well as in practice. Genius."
- Lee Weeks


"Howard  Chaykin has always had very strong black and white visuals with a lot of cool textures. His savage energy is intuitive for a project such as Fargo."

- Ron Garney

Early Bird Special

Model Steve Holland is best known as the iconic version of DOC SAVAGE on over 100 paperback covers, as well as thousands of other heroes, villains and everything in between. Holland was also the model for the first FARGO paperback in 1969.


For the first 48 hours of the campaign, when you make a pledge to buy FARGO: HELL ON WHEELS you will receive a free digital copy of the full color book STEVE HOLLAND: PAPERBACK HERO -- 216 pages of incredible paperback covers and photos covering the entire career of the man who would be Neal Fargo!





If you're a fan of comics, you know the name Howard Chaykin. The legendary creator of American Flagg!. The man who first brought Star Wars to comics. He has worked for virtually every publisher and on every major character in the comic book business. He has been a comic book man, a professional working at his craft, writing and drawing comics for over a half century. Those last four words leave him gobsmacked every freaking day, and yet, there he is, still at it.



Gizmoe Press is a publishing company that acquires and creates graphic novels focused on adult-based, dramatic, action-oriented content in genres ranging from crime, espionage, westerns, horror, science-fiction and adventure. Compelling storylines and characters mixed with unique, impactful artwork from creators around the world are the creative engine of the company. Gizmoe Press looks to provide a consistent high-quality product for readers who enjoy visual storytelling without the tights.

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The book is being worked on as we speak, and we expect delivery of final files for the printer in May '24. Printing and shipping from that point should take around three more months, so delivery of rewards is expected to be done in late summer '24.


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