Animation Director Stephan Franck Releases Collected Noir Comic ‘Silver’

Animator and director Stephan Franck (Iron Giant, Despicable Me), who was recently nominated at the Annie Awards for his work on The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow, premiered a collected paperback version of his adventure comic Silver at the Emerald City Comic Convention last month.

Silver is a visually stunning 12-issue mini-series about an anti-hero named James Finnigan, who leads a silver heist against the living dead. At first glance, Franck’s illustrative noir approach may seem reminiscent of Mike Mignola’s gothic aesthetic, however that comparison becomes increasingly superficial as you become immersed in Silver’s cinematic compositions and character-driven story. In the video below, Franck describes his personal influences, which include con men, midnight movies, and Jim Steranko, explaining how they contributed to the world of Silver.

Self-published under his own imprint Dark Planet Comics, Silver Volume 1 collects issues 1-3 of the series into a 106-page paperback. The book can be purchased on Franck’s website.


  • storyfan

    Stephan’s a real class act, and his art is fabulous. Definitely on the wish list.