It’s the end of June… already?!

We’re headed into the second half of the year, believe it or not. I’m over 27,000 words into the eleventh volume of Lazarus Gray and before the end of the year you will hopefully see the eighth volume published, along with at least one or two other things.

On other fronts, I’m about to begin reading Zot! by Scott McCloud. I’ve always wanted to read this and I’ve finally gotten trades that collect the entire series. I’ll let you know what I think of it.

I’ve been talking with my  longtime collaborator George Sellas about a new addition to the Grace family that has populated my pulp adventure universe – if you’ve read much of my work, you’re familiar with Eobard Grace, Samantha Grace and Charity Grace (Gravedigger), among others… this new addition would be set in the modern day. I’ll keep you updated on new developments.

 

So Sayetht he Odinson: The Odinson’s Top 5 Novel Length Comics with a Beginning, Middle, and End

This gets a reblog just for the inclusion of my beloved ROM!

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Greetings from the Odinson,

Comic Books are known for their larger than life characters and heroic scenarios with mind-blowing revelations and twists that leave the cannon different than it was before.  However, they are a compelling sequential style of storytelling that never ends. 

Batman will always be thirty-something years old. Spider-Man will never be older than
twenty-something.

Of course, a narrative can be
adjusted to fit alternate realities where these rules do not apply, like The Dark Knight Returns and Spider-Man:
Life Story
, or maybe there are tales exploring a period in the
lives of our heroes when they were much younger, like Batman: Year One and Spider-Man:
Blue
. However, within the
mainstream continuity of the comics, our heroes will never grow old and they
will continue fighting the good fight forever.

Superman has been around for over 80 years and he will be
around, in his prime…

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The Occult Forces Project

br8smallOne of the background elements that has featured in a lot of my pulp adventure stories is the Geheimnisvolles Kraft-Projekt, also dubbed The Occult Forces Project or OFP. Founded in the late 1930s, the OFP was dedicated to utilizing super-science and magic in the name of The Reich and was a subset of The Ahnenerbe. The group had several notable successes when it came to creating larger-than-life figures who spread the Nazi ideals across the globe. Thankfully, they were defeated at every turn by heroes like The Peregrine and Lazarus Gray. A division of the OFP was known as the Department of Occult Armaments (D.O.O.M.) and was headed by Dr. Meer.

Here are some of the more notable agents of the OFP that we’ve seen thus far:

Silver Wolf – This werewolf agent of the SS named Karl Raider battled Lazarus Gray and The Darkling in 1937 during the events of “Eidolon” (The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Three). He was enslaved by Princess Femi before he had a fatal encounter with The Darkling.

Geist – General Luther Strauss was a graduate of the OFP who encountered Assistance Unlimited in 1937. An accident in Tibet left him with the ability to manifest ghostly powers. Blackmailed by The Darkling, Geist worked as a double agent until his skills were no longer needed and The Darkling killed him. His story is told in “Eidolon” (The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Three).

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Airboy, hero of the indie comics skies!

Loved the Airboy series and I’m proud to say I have a complete run of it and its various spinoffs.

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So having written about the Unwritten series last week, I thought I’d tackle a less arty, but still enjoyable series today, Eclipse Comics’ 1986-89 Airboy (I finished up the series last year, using TPBs to fill gaps in my original run).

Airboy was a revival of the hit WW II character, who started in Air Fighters from Hillman and eventually took it over. How could he miss? A teenage boy taking the fight to the Axis in his personal plane, Birdy — and better yet, the plane has wings that flap, making it the most maneuverable thing in the skies (never mind whether it’s aerodynamically sound, the point is it just looks so cool!).

The premise of the Eclipse version is that Davy Nelson Jr. is the son of the original Airboy. His father has always been distant, and Davy doesn’t discover Dad’s true history until after his death. Inevitably…

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A Date with Danger

A brief update to let you guys know that I’m over 16,000 words into the eleventh volume of Lazarus Gray. In case you’re fearful that you’ve missed something, volumes 8-10 PLUS a Lazarus Gray/Nightveil crossover are all in the hands of Pro Se’s editors. Volume 11 deals with the 30 pieces of silver that Judas received to betray Christ… and also brings back Nakam for some adventure within the confines of Nazi-held Germany. I’m pretty happy to say it features some excellent moments for every member of Assistance Unlimited, too.

I hope you guys will enjoy it as much as I am writing it!

Bang, You’re Dead!: Charles Bronson in DEATH WISH (Paramount 1974)

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Most people think of DEATH WISH as just another 70’s revenge/exploitation flick, right? Nope. Far from it. Sure, there’s loads of graphic violence, but this gem of a movie contains just as much political commentary as ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN, with an added dose of black comedy to boot. The film had its finger firmly placed on the pulse of 1970’s America, with all its fear and paranoia about rampant urban crime, and is among the decade’s best.

Director Michael Winner and star Charles Bronson had made three films together up to that time: the revisionist Western CHATO’S LAND, the actioner THE MECHANIC , and the cops-vs-Mafia drama THE STONE KILLER . All were hits with the drive-in crowd, and helped Bronson go from supporting player to major star. Strangely enough, Bronson wasn’t the first actor considered for the part of Paul Kersey. Jack Lemmon was original choice, and that…

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Cocktails, wisecracks, and murder:the charm of the thin man

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Cocktails, wisecracks, and murder:the charm of the thin man

The Thin Man movies are always charming and fun little gems you can sit down and watch again and again. The magical charm of those movies is the duo of William Powell and Myrna Loy as the effervescent husband and wife team of Nick and Nora Charles. I am a huge fan of the thin man movies as much of it comes from their wonderful Chemistry and banter between Nick and Nora as they feel like a perfect couple so today talks about them.

Cocktails, wisecracks, and murder:the charm of the thin man

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The thin man wasn’t considered a classic when released in 1934 as it wasn’t an a picture as considered an A picture as they didnt expect it to be a huge hit but it did n spawned six movies as that is a…

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