Paragon Anew by Mark Heike

The Paragon Pubs story cover art It looks as if AC Comics will be starting off 2012 with a bang, based on advance reaction to the planned January/February Bizarre Thrills: The Paragon Publications Story TPB! Diamond Comics Distribution executive Steve Leaf has made that book his Staff Pick in the December issue of Diamond Previews, which is at your local comic shop right now.  A long time reader, fan, and friend-on-the inside; Steve did it up right with a quarter-page display and a long paragraph delineating why he is anxiously awaiting this volume in the Staff Picks section in the back of the Previews catalog this go-around. A big thank-you goes out to Steve, not just for the extra promo on this book, but for all the things he’s done for us over the years. A true friend to the whole AC Comics operation. Of course, all of us old enough to remember the Paragon line are anxiously awaiting this volume, whether we’d had the actual original magazines or missed out on them at the time, because Paragon predated AC Comics and introduced many of the characters Fem Fantastique 3 cover artand concepts that the AC universe is based on. But what’s in it for new readers? You may well ask. All this positivity and enthusiasm for this classic material has our publisher and head honcho Bill (Bossman) Black so fired up, he has decided to add an additional special feature to the book that will make it a must-have for all regular AC and Femforce readers. Since a lot of the strips that ran in Bill’s Paragon line were ongoing series that were abruptly halted when the change-over to AC Comics occured late in 1982, Bill has decided to collaborate with penciler Eric Coile to create a totally new, never-before-seen 20-page story (starring the Femforce) that will New Starmasters splash artactually resolve all the cliffhanger endings left dangling in all the major Paragon strips, 30-plus years ago, and tie in Paragon continuity (somewhat) with AC Comics continuity!! It’ll be co-starring Captain Paragon, The Shade, The Star Masters, The original Scarlet Scorpion, Black Commando, Astron, The Phantom Lady, Blonde Bomber and a whole slew of others, so you know it’ll be great!! Be sure to preorder a copy at your local comic book retailer today. Simply tell him you’d like the “Bizarre Thrills: The Paragon Publications Story” trade paperback found on Page 224 of the December, 2011 Previews catalog. It has the product number STK458153, and DCD item #DEC110767. Then, expect the book to be in your hands around the end of February.