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…

5 Comments

  1. Just read that Challengers novel recently, and it is downright awful. You would do SUCH a good job with those characters! And, yes, PLEASE find a way to write some Phantom! He’s one of my favorite characters ever! Also: I now need to go find out who Seekay is! 🙂

    1. Back when Moonstone had the Phantom license, I was doing several things for them like The Avenger – I always meant to try and get into one of their Phantom books but I missed my opportunity!

  2. I wasn’t a fan of the Goulart either. But I shall reread it now.
    Best Challenger runs were Kirby for the first dozen or so stories, then Arnold Drake later in the Silver Age.
    I also like Mark Waid’s reboot where the Challengers literally cheated fate: the Book of Destiny had them marked for death and when they lived, they disappeared from the Book, and so can change what it predicts. It’s probably the only good take since the Bronze Age.

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