Graphic Novel To Tell Story Behind Cover Of Dio’s ‘Holy Diver’

Z2 Comics has announced that it will publish a new graphic novel based on cover of Dio‘s 1983 debut album, Holy Diver.

Z2 Comics describes the upcoming book as “an original storyline inspired by one of heavy metal’s most iconic album covers.”

Acclaimed horror comics writer Steve Niles is the author of the 120 page book. He will tell the tale behind the events leading to the powerful moment captured on the cover of Dio’s debut album, addressing 30 years of fan speculation.

“Steve Niles tells the story behind the album cover ‘Holy Diver,’ a story about how you can’t judge a picture by the way it appears, which is what Ronnie wrote many times in his songs; that you have to see inside the person and not judge them by the way they look or by what they wear” said Ronnie James Dio‘s widow Wendy Dio-Padavona.

She added, “Together with Scott Hampton‘s amazing artwork they tell the story of ‘Holy Diver,’and I know Ronnie would have given his stamp of approval on this great graphic novel.”

The graphic novel is scheduled for release in June 2021. Pre-orders are available now for both the standard and deluxe editions via

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