Oni Press announced via their website yesterday that The Secret History of D.B. Cooper, a five issue mini-series written and drawn by Brian Churilla, will be released as a hardcover collection later this month. If you’re unfamiliar with his name, D.B. Cooper is an actual real life person who famously committed (and possibly pulled off) one of the most notorious hijackings and robberies in American history. In 1972, a well-dressed man identifying himself as Dan Cooper bought a ticket at a Portland, Oregon airport for a one-way flight to Seattle, Washington. While mid-air, he passed a flight attendant a note which stated the black brief case he had with him contained a bomb and that he intended to use it unless he received a ransom of $200,000. Eventually the plane landed, released the passengers on board and Cooper was given the ransom, some parachutes and was taken back in the air as per his instructions. At some point during the flight over Washington state, Cooper apparently jumped out of the plane with the ransom money strapped to his back. While a portion of the ransom money was discovered near the Columbia River in 1980, Cooper, dead or alive, has never been found. Very little is known about Cooper himself, other than a somewhat vague police sketch, what was described by those who interacted with him as a generally friendly demeanor and an alias that was theorized may have been taken from a Belgian comic series from the 1970s. A truly mystifying crime that has captivated the country for decades, The Secret History of D.B. Cooper portrays Cooper as the rogue American folk hero that many have come to view him as. Oni describes it thusly:
The most infamous airline hijacker of all time, D.B. Cooper remains on the FBI’s most-wanted list almost 40 years after the crime. For the first time, the secret history will be revealed. During the height of the Cold War, a fringe group within the C.I.A. wages a crusade on the deadliest battlefield of all: the mind. Aided by powerful psychotropic compounds, Cooper assists in a campaign of psychic assassination against the Soviets but are his government’s motives the same as his own or is his true mission something else entirely? Collecting the hit series from visionary cartoonist Brian Churilla (The Anchor) this oversized hardcover offers new insights into Cooper’s multi-faceted quest.
The hardcover collection of the series is set to hit stores on July 16.