Month: January 2019

6 Marvel/DC Crossovers I Want to Read

These all sound like fun! I’ve always enjoyed the DC/Marvel crossovers.

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Longtime comic book artist George Perez announced his retirement the other day, and it got me thinking about Marvel and DC crossovers. Perez is a legend in the industry, and he single-handedly drew every issue of the JLA/Avengers crossover a few years ago, in which Perez drew pretty much every superhero who had ever been a member of either team. The man was prolific and awesome.

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Marvel and DC have had a bunch of crossovers over the years, and I’ve read my fair share. I was big into Marvel vs. DC back in the 90s, especially the Amalgam Comics crossover that resulted. There are also plenty of stand alone crossovers, like that one story where Batman and Captain America team up in the 1940s, or the Silver Surfer meets Kyle Rayner comic from back in the day, or the X-Men meet the Teen Titans. There’s plenty of…

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New Pulp Recommendations: Terror Times Three by Lou Mougin

terrorTerror Times Three is a League of Champions novel published by Pro Se Productions, as part of their licensing deal with Heroic Comics. The League of Champions features the likes of Icestar, Flare and The Huntsman, all characters that have their origins in the roleplaying game world of the Champions line of games. I’ve played the game many times and remember when these characters and others appeared in the gaming books before their leap to comics. I’ve also read many of their comics and even wrote an adaptation of the early Liberty Girl stories for Pro Se.

This particular book features three stories, all set during the first President Bush’s time in office. I kind of liked having the book set in that time frame instead of the modern day. The first story features the team going up against the forces of DEMON, while the second is an in-depth look at their old enemy Makano while the third is similar to those day in the life issues that comics have between the big epics. Overall, Lou does a great job of making this feel like a comic book come to prose and I’d kinda like to see a whole series of these with subplots running through them.

Lou really shines on the Mekano story and he emphasizes what makes this character so different from the likes of Ultron. In fact, I found the scenes from Mekano’s point of view the best of the entire book.

This isn’t high literature and it’s not pretending to be. It’s just a good read with a bunch of superheroes doing super stuff. I recommend it if you’re looking for an enjoyable bit of escapist entertainment.

Starring Kirk Douglas as Lazarus Gray

yngkirkdouglasIn a magical world, who would play the part of Assistance Unlimited’s leader?

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Lazarus Gray would be played by a young Kirk Douglas. Compare the pic at left to the Lazarus images from the covers we’ve had, especially the ones by George Sellas. You can see it, can’t you?

That’s who I’ve always pictured as my ideal Lazarus — if we were going to cast a modern actor, I’m not really sure who could pull it off. Any suggestions?

Current Works

41228_900I’m over 17,000 words into the Liberty Guard novel, which features some of the old Centaur Comics’ characters. It’s going well so far and at this rate, I expect to finish up sometime in April or May. I am that point of the novel where I have ideas for things to do after this, though, and it always takes self-control to avoid giving in to them. I’ve been kicking around ideas for a Gothic romance with some pulp elements tossed into the mix. I’m so far ahead of publication with Lazarus Gray that I don’t plan to return to Sovereign until I at least see THE SECOND BOOK OF BABYLON or the eighth book in the Lazarus series in print.

Approved the edits on my story for the Johnny Dollar collection coming from Moonstone… I’m proud of that tale, which I wrote waaaaaay back in 2011, so I’m glad you’ll finally be able to read it.

The lady accompanying our post today is Camila Mendes, who plays Veronica Lodge on one of my favorite television shows – Riverdale.

Spider-Man: Origin of the Hobgoblin

The original Hobgoblin is my all-time favorite Spidey villain.

Ye Olde Brutha

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As a Spider-Man fan, I’ve always loved the green goblin as a villain, not just because he took the life of Gwen Stacy but because his interactions with the wall-crawler were always unique.  His brand of insanity while also knowing Peter Parker’s identity made him one of Spider-Man’s biggest threats.

When first introduced, the Green Goblin’s identity was never revealed.  It took quite some time before we found out that the man behind the mask was Norman Osborne.  This hidden identity would become something of a trend in the storytelling of the Green Goblins.  They had redone this plotline to an extent having the audience believing that Norman’s Son Harry had become the Green Goblin again only to reveal that his therapist was actually behind the mask.

Jump forward some years and the Green Goblin had been absent from the pages of Spider-Man so rather than bring back the Green Goblin…

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