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

by Howard Chaykin

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A 96 page prestige format, action packed, hardcover graphic novel starring soldier of fortune Neal Fargo, 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! Written and illustrated by the inimitable HOWARD CHAYKIN!

Exclusive Cover by DAVE JOHNSON.

Contributing artists also include Gary Frank, Butch Guice, Jordi Bernet, Enrico Marini, Robert Tanenbaum, Ron Garney, and more!

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 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?
Fargo is hired to protect a small railroad on the verge of going out of business from being sabotaged by a larger ruthless and corrupt competitor. Fargo always enjoyed a challenge, and payback was fair play in his book. Fist fights, gunfights, women and whisky, ‘Hell on Wheels’ is a prime example of what makes Neal Fargo a timeless character in the world of adventure graphic novels. 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!
“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