challengers-kirbyI was able to write one of my all-time favorite pulp heroes — The Avenger — for Moonstone. Twice!

I’ve also written The Green Hornet, G-8 and His Battle Aces, The Black Bat, The Black Terror and lots more. I’ve written sourcebooks that were all about Spider-Man, Marvel’s Avengers and a lot more…

But there are still some dream projects out there that I’d like to tackle:

Batman. I’ve read some good Batman prose novels but I’d love to handle Bruce Wayne and company just once. I think it would be a blast.

The Shadow. Taking on Walter Gibson’s signature character would be intimidating as hell but I’d jump at the opportunity.

Conan. I’m not sure I’d ever be able to live up to the passion of Robert E. Howard’s writing but I’d give it my best shot.

Airboy. I’m not too big on aerial pulp, despite having written both Richard Knight and G-8… but Airboy’s appearances in the Chuck Dixon comic book series made me a fan.

Challengers of the Unknown. I didn’t much care for the Ron Goulart novel that came out way back when… I like to think I could do better. The themes and characters are right up my alley.

Seekay. One of the greatest obscure pulp characters ever!

Norgil the Magician. Walter Gibson’s *other* great hero. I have a ton of ideas for this crime-solving magician.

The Phantom. Lee Falk’s classic hero would be a blast to write!

There are other projects that I’d love to tackle, too, but those are the ones that keep popping up in my heart and mind. Someday, maybe…

2 Comments

  1. The Challengers would be awesome. My favorite take since the Silver Age was Mark Waid’s use of them in B&B — not stupid but clearly taking risks most people wouldn’t (e.g. “When I said be careful I didn’t mean ‘Challenger careful.'”).
    Of course that premise would be relatively easy to file the serial numbers off. My kid brother once came up with a team called the Death-Cheaters based on an old Batman story. He was quite dismayed when I pointed out he’d reinvented the Challs.

  2. My favorite borrowing was when I did a story that has Doc Savage’s daughter and Jim West’s descendant joining forces. Annoyingly the magazine went offline later that year.

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