September 7, 2011
Shade Special 1
When G. I. Roger Brant lost his legs and was trapped in an ancient temple in Viet Nam, the otherworldly Chen Lo gave him the secret of how to tap into the powerful life energies of a million dead souls- and Brant became The Shade. Fresh from his continuing series in the first six issues of Americomics, the eerie spirit relocates to Central Florida, where he takes a job with Fremont industries. It’s not long before he runs into the bosses’ adventurous daughter, Tara; ( soon to become a Femforce member ) and the two of them are knee-deep in rotting corpses and zombies, as they come up against Umbra, the Voodoo priestess. “Beginnings” is written and drawn by Rik Levins, and inked by Willie(Astro City)Blyberg. Guest starring T. C. Fremont and Janis Lawson. Then, office politics are only the beginnings of Brant’s troubles, when a high-tech experiment to boost human intelligence goes wrong, a monster is unleashed, and a lab animal tries to make a monkey out of his tormentors in “Project Psion”, written and drawn by Rik Levins, and inked by Bill Black. Finally, he was a gambler and a con man, an ordinary card shark…THEN Duke Cartee suddenly appeared with newfound powers. He had the “Eyes Of A Hypnotist”, a weird advenrure set in the Old West, starring the mystery rider of the Rio Grande, The Latigo Kid. Written and drawn by Bill Black, guest-starring Doc Marvel and Two Knives. Color front cover by Levins and Black, photo back cover of The Shade from the unfinished BillBlack film, “Bloodsuckers From Outer Space.” Interiors are black and white. 52 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1984.