The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band Reveals their Secret History of Espionage and Intrigue in… MÖTLEY CRÜE’S THE DIRT: DECLASSIFIED

The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band Reveals their Secret History of Espionage and Intrigue in… MÖTLEY CRÜE’S THE DIRT: DECLASSIFIED

27th October 2021 0 By Jon Deaux

Mötley Crüe may be responsible for blazing a path of hard rock and chaos for the past 40 years, netting seven platinum and multi-platinum albums alongside global album sales exceeding 100 million. But this spring, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, and Mick Mars come in from the cold to reveal their greatest accomplishment of all: protecting the world at all costs as covert government agents.


Uniting with Z2 Comics, the premier publisher of music-based graphic novels, MÖTLEY CRÜE’S THE DIRT: DECLASSIFIED unearths the classified exploits of these rock pioneers as they navigated an international web of moles, sleepers, spooks, and plants. Building from the New York Time bestselling book and subsequent  Netflix movie The Dirt, Leah Moore (Morrison Hotel) documents the quartet’s twisting journey with interior art from John K. Snyder III (Suicide Squad, Grendel) and J.M. Beroy (Deadman, Star Trek). Armitano (Batman Eternal) joins with dossier art alongside cover artist Dan Panosian (Canary, Slots).


“Playing arenas overflowing with tens of thousands of fans was just a front for our true mission,” Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx explains. “The reality is that we were infiltrating [REDACTED] in a globe-hopping sprint to [REDACTED]. But that doesn’t even include the disaster at [REDACTED] or near fatal heist in [REDACTED]. We have a lot to say and it’s time the people knew.”


“Mötley Crüe remains the one group whose live show in the ‘80s felt truly dangerous. Now that I know the truth about the band, it’s obvious why.” Z2 Senior Editor Rantz Hoseley says. “We’re proud to have gained the trust of these live wires to tell the secrets they’ve been forced to cover up for decades… we guarantee you aren’t ready for the madness and mayhem in this graphic novel.” 


Mötley Crüe is set to join Def Leppard, Poison, and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts on their highly anticipated co-headlining ‘THE STADIUM TOUR’ throughout the United States next summer. The tour kicks off Thursday, June 16, 2022, in Atlanta, GA.  For more information on dates and tickets, please visit:


MÖTLEY CRÜE’S THE DIRT: DECLASSIFIED will debut exclusively on Z2’s webstore in April 2022, available in the following bundles:








            • Oversized Hardcover Deluxe Edition graphic novel encased in butcher paper

            • Operation C.R.Ü.E Lockbox slipcase

            • Mötley Crüe UV Spy Pen (allowing you to reveal secret UV messages within the book)

            • Four exclusive Mötley Crüe dossier art prints


PLATINUM EDITION OVERSIZED HARDCOVER – $299.99 (limited to only 999 units)

            • Oversized Hardcover Deluxe Edition graphic novel encased in butcher paper

            • Operation C.R.Ü.E Lockbox slipcase

            • Four Mötley Crüe Security Clearance Badges

            • Four exclusive Mötley Crüe dossier art prints

            • One Mötley Crüe UV Spy Pen (allowing you to reveal secret UV messages within the book)

            • One Mötley Crüe Secret Dossier (A top-level security envelope of papers, spy photos and redacted imagery of Nikki, Tommy, Vince and Mick’s career exploits) 

            • One Mötley Crüe UV Spy Map of Los Angeles, CA




About Mötley Crüe:

MÖTLEY CRÜE is The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band. Hailing from Los Angeles, CA, the quartet—Vince Neil (vocals), Mick Mars (guitars), Nikki Sixx (bass), and Tommy Lee (drums)— has commandeered the rock pantheon for 40 years. 


They’ve accumulated worldwide album sales exceeding 100m, 7 platinum and multi-platinum albums, 22 Top 40 mainstream rock hits, 6 Top 20 pop singles, 3 GRAMMY nominations, 4 New York Times best-sellers and even landed a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 


With utmost success from their biopic, The Dirt on Netflix and its soundtrack, the band landed another #1 album on iTunes and Top 10 worldwide with 22 chart-topping singles and 7 albums on the charts. Its massive global success saw Mötley Crüe’s popularity rush to new highs, catapulting the band’s music back to the top of the worldwide charts with the younger 18-44 demographic now representing 64% of the band’s fanbase. 


In the six months following the release of THE DIRT, Mötley Crüe has celebrated a meteoric rise of almost 350% increase in streams of their music across all streaming platforms. Known for their iconic live performances, they’ve sold-out countless tours across the globe in front of millions of fans with groundbreaking production highlights such as Tommy Lee’s, Crüecifly-Drum-Rollercoaster and Nikki Sixx’s Flame-Throwing-Bass.    

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About Leah Moore:
LEAH MOORE has been writing since 2003. With her husband John Reppion, she adapted Dracula and Alice in Wonderland, created three new Sherlock Holmes mysteries and worked on Witchblade, The Darkness, and Damsels, as well as two volumes of MR James Ghost stories adaptations. She managed the digital comics R&D project Electricomics, worked on Shelly Bond’s Black Crown Comics, and most recently The Doors: Morrison Hotel for Z2 Comics. She is currently writing The Tarot Circle for Liminal11, scripting a phone game, and creating a graphic novel with a TikTok star. She has three boys and really needs a holiday.

About Z2 Comics: 

Z2 Comics is the premier destination for official music-related graphic novels, created in partnership with top-tier artists, musicians, directors and pop-culture icons. Distributed globally via Simon & Schuster, Z2 has collaborated with such diverse artists as Freddie Mercury, Blondie, Elvis Presley, Public Enemy, Gorillaz, Machine Gun Kelly, Sublime, Yungblud, Cypress Hill, Babymetal, Major Lazer, Jason Derulo and Paul Oakenfold as well as debut comic works by Grammy-nominated artists Sturgill Simpson, Poppy and Anthrax. Additionally, the company has tapped top talent for the official graphic biographies of such pop-culture legends as The Grateful Dead, Beethoven and Charlie “Bird” Parker. In 2021, Z2 will publish graphic novel tie-ins to essential albums by The Doors, King Diamond, Ronnie James Dio, All Time Low with many more to be announced in the coming months.

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