Duck and Cover

Illustrated by Rafael Albuquerque
Paperback
$19.99 US
0"W x 0"H x 0"D   | 13 oz | 24 per carton
On sale Mar 11, 2025 | 152 Pages | 9781506734972
| Rated T
From Eisner Award-winner Scott Snyder comes a post-apocalyptic graphic novel with a historical twist!

For generations, the threat of nuclear attack was always in the corner of their minds. Millions of elementary school students and teens were taught that “the flash means act fast. Duck and cover!” But what happens AFTER the blast?


The year is 1955, and teenager Del Reeves dreams of ditching town life for a life in movies beyond projecting them at the local drive-in. But when Cold War nightmares become a reality, Del discovers that the film genres he’d grown up watching are more real than he could have ever imagined. When a sudden nuclear exchange obliterates the U.S., only the children who hid under their school desks are spared. These teens now find themselves the lone survivors in a strange and wild new ’50’s America.

Collects Duck and Cover #1–#4.
Scott Snyder is a New York Times bestselling author and one of comics’ bestselling writers. He is the recipient of two Eisner Awards, a Harvey Award, an Eagle Award, three Stan Lee Awards, and an Inkpot Award. Snyder made his comic book writing debut in 2009, with Marvel Comics. In 2011, Vertigo and DC Comics published American Vampire, his creator-owned debut, with artist and co-creator Rafael Albuquerque. The first story was co-authored by Stephen King and received international acclaim.

Snyder is best known for writing Batman including seminal runs on Detective Comics (with artist Jock) and Batman (with frequent collaborator Greg Capullo). Snyder has co-created some of the most successful creator-owned comics, including Wytches (with Jock and in development at Amazon Studios for animation), The Wake (with Sean Murphy), A.D. (with Jeff Lemire) and Undiscovered Country (with Charles Soule, Guiseppe Camuncoli, and Daniele Orlandi).

In 2020, Snyder unveiled his Best Jackett Press label. He lives on Long Island with his wife and three sons. He is an avid and non-ironic fan of Elvis Presley.

Rafael Albuquerque is an Eisner, Harvey and Inkpot Award winner for The New York Times Bestseller American Vampire. He has been working for major comic book publishers in the United States since 2005. Best known for his work on All-Star Batman, Batgirl, Animal Man, Huck, and Eight. He has adapted the Neil Gaiman tale A Study in Emerald, Mark Millar’s Hit-Girl and Dark Horse’s Hidden Society.
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“This comic plays to Snyder's strengths, with a cast full of unique personalities and the use of nostalgia for what never was to make the violence and cruelty cut a little deeper. Albuquerque's art, as always, is fantastic and he's still clearly one of the best in the business. All in all, this was a very solid debut and has all the makings of an American Vampire-esque hit.”  Rating: 4.5/5—ComicBook.com

“One part ‘American Graffiti' and another part ‘Mad Max', ‘Duck And Cover' #1 is a thrilling, genre-blending adventure that does away with the rosy glow of nostalgia to depict a darker, more divided America as it really was, but with the added danger of a bleak, world-threatening apocalypse. “ 10/10—Comicon
 
“'Duck and Cover' takes familiar coming-of-age stories into harrowing new territory. Snyder combines nostalgia, fear, violence, and catastrophe into a compelling new thriller. Albuquerque and Maoilo bring it all to vivid life in all its frightening ugliness. This historical retelling of the age of the atomic bomb is a gripping read that draws the reader in with a well-worn set-up and then turns the story on its head. A fantastic debut issue.”—Lotusland

About

From Eisner Award-winner Scott Snyder comes a post-apocalyptic graphic novel with a historical twist!

For generations, the threat of nuclear attack was always in the corner of their minds. Millions of elementary school students and teens were taught that “the flash means act fast. Duck and cover!” But what happens AFTER the blast?


The year is 1955, and teenager Del Reeves dreams of ditching town life for a life in movies beyond projecting them at the local drive-in. But when Cold War nightmares become a reality, Del discovers that the film genres he’d grown up watching are more real than he could have ever imagined. When a sudden nuclear exchange obliterates the U.S., only the children who hid under their school desks are spared. These teens now find themselves the lone survivors in a strange and wild new ’50’s America.

Collects Duck and Cover #1–#4.

Creators

Scott Snyder is a New York Times bestselling author and one of comics’ bestselling writers. He is the recipient of two Eisner Awards, a Harvey Award, an Eagle Award, three Stan Lee Awards, and an Inkpot Award. Snyder made his comic book writing debut in 2009, with Marvel Comics. In 2011, Vertigo and DC Comics published American Vampire, his creator-owned debut, with artist and co-creator Rafael Albuquerque. The first story was co-authored by Stephen King and received international acclaim.

Snyder is best known for writing Batman including seminal runs on Detective Comics (with artist Jock) and Batman (with frequent collaborator Greg Capullo). Snyder has co-created some of the most successful creator-owned comics, including Wytches (with Jock and in development at Amazon Studios for animation), The Wake (with Sean Murphy), A.D. (with Jeff Lemire) and Undiscovered Country (with Charles Soule, Guiseppe Camuncoli, and Daniele Orlandi).

In 2020, Snyder unveiled his Best Jackett Press label. He lives on Long Island with his wife and three sons. He is an avid and non-ironic fan of Elvis Presley.

Rafael Albuquerque is an Eisner, Harvey and Inkpot Award winner for The New York Times Bestseller American Vampire. He has been working for major comic book publishers in the United States since 2005. Best known for his work on All-Star Batman, Batgirl, Animal Man, Huck, and Eight. He has adapted the Neil Gaiman tale A Study in Emerald, Mark Millar’s Hit-Girl and Dark Horse’s Hidden Society.

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Praise

“This comic plays to Snyder's strengths, with a cast full of unique personalities and the use of nostalgia for what never was to make the violence and cruelty cut a little deeper. Albuquerque's art, as always, is fantastic and he's still clearly one of the best in the business. All in all, this was a very solid debut and has all the makings of an American Vampire-esque hit.”  Rating: 4.5/5—ComicBook.com

“One part ‘American Graffiti' and another part ‘Mad Max', ‘Duck And Cover' #1 is a thrilling, genre-blending adventure that does away with the rosy glow of nostalgia to depict a darker, more divided America as it really was, but with the added danger of a bleak, world-threatening apocalypse. “ 10/10—Comicon
 
“'Duck and Cover' takes familiar coming-of-age stories into harrowing new territory. Snyder combines nostalgia, fear, violence, and catastrophe into a compelling new thriller. Albuquerque and Maoilo bring it all to vivid life in all its frightening ugliness. This historical retelling of the age of the atomic bomb is a gripping read that draws the reader in with a well-worn set-up and then turns the story on its head. A fantastic debut issue.”—Lotusland