THIS BOOK IS SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE!!Learn the secret of the dark, spectral avenger known as Darkshade. Wheelchair- bound Roger Brant may be a commercial artist by day, but by night, his astral form emerges, melded with the spirits of 10,000 sacrificial human spirits, to fight evil and protect the innocent!! This volume reprises two classic ‘Shade stories from the early 1980’s; the origin of the Darkshade; “Dreamwalker”- written and drawn by creator Bill Black, originally presented in Americomics #1; and “Terror By Night”, written and drawn by Rik Levins, with inks by Willie Blyberg; from Americomics #2. Art is remastered by Bill Black, so even collectors who possess AC #’s 1 & @ will want to see these newly- adjusted versions. Also- rare photo stills from the never-released 1070″s ‘Shade feature film, “Bloodsuckers from Outer Space”!! Cover art by Joseph Mbeh. 36 pages, black and white with color covers, standard comic book size. Printed in 2004.
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.
The Scarlet Scorpion starts out looking for his old friend Myla Chang, but is soon drawn into the search for a missing actress. When weird horror director Dario Scarpelli finds his horror fare sells better when there is real blood involved, The ‘Scorpion must take a hand in stopping the slaughter in “Snuff”, written , drawn and inked by Bill Black, with Chris Allen. Then, it’s a revamped and updated telling of- “The Origin Of The Scarlet Scorpion”, as we see how an experimental growth regeneration serum not only saved the life of a truck driver with a shady past, but turned him into a super-powered force for good. Plot by Rik Levins, script by Mark Heike, pencils by Jordi(Green Lantern)Ensign, and inks by Chris Allen and Mark Heike. Then, it’s Darkshade in “Project Psion”. When an experiment to increase human intelligence goes awry, and the “lab anomals” try to maske a monkey out of the researchers, The Darkshade(formerly known as The Shade) must step in . This story, written and drawn by Rik Levins, and inked by Bill Black, originally appeared in 1984’s The Shade Special. Black, white and Red-toned cover. interiors are black and white .36 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1995.
A flip-book double lead feature starring two of AC’s most popular supercharacters!! First, down-and-dirty super-strong street fighter with the ability to heal from almost any injury, The Scarlet Scorpion stars in “Ghost”. When Jersey City prostitues start turning up dead, no one much cares. The rumors that the killer has some supernatural ability to avoid detection doesn’t bother The ‘Scorpion, and when he calls in help from Rita Farrar, they track the killer-all the way to the D. A.’s office. Story by Rik Levins, art by Darrel Goza, Chris Allen, Eric Coile, Mark Heike and Mike Mikolajczyk. Guest starring Magic Lantern( now known as Beamedr), lieutenant Trent, and Nirvana. Then, turn the book over, and read the adventures of the supernatural entity known as… The Darkshade!(formerly known as The Shade) At the Weir Asylum, concern for the spectral projection of Roger Brant grows high. Separated from his physical body for too long, anf dtill tainted with the malevolence of the dimension of Dark Dhagor, ( as seen in Femforce #68, and Femforce Up Close #11 ) The Shade may cease to exist, unless powerful friends can mystically restore him. This untitled story is written, layed out and inked by Bill Black, and pencilled by Chris Allen. Then, once restored, The Shade is too late to save a beautiful blackmail victim from committing a murder, and he must once again face the cacaphony of a million tortured souls screaming out to him for help, in this untitled sequence made up of reworked pages from Americomics #’s 2 and 3, written and drawn by Rik Levins, and inked by Willie Blyberg. Color covers by Bill Black, 36-page flip-book format, standard comic book size. Printed in 1995.
Cover by Vic Brigdes!! Yankee Girl stars in this continuation of events stated in Femforce Up Close #11, as YG’s ill-fated attempt to permanently return to her glory days of the 1940’s has her altering events in the past involving evil genius Bartholomew Watson and a doomsday weapon, brings her into combat with Imperial Japan’s WW II era female powerhouse Divine Wind, and in the end teachers her the true meaning of being a heroine. Story by Mark Heike, with art by Dave Roberts and Chris Allen. (Note: this entire story was leter reprinted as part of the Femforce: Timestorm graphic novel. 24 pages, black & white with color covers. 8 1/2″ X 5 3/4″, saddle stiched. Printed in 1994.
Revived from the pages of Harry “A” Chesler’s Punch Comics, Rocketman and Jetgirl take the stage solo to represent The Sentinels Of Justice this issue, as they continue to spar with The League Of Alternative Science. Giant, coed-napping vultures are the threat of the day, courtesy of Dr. Motmorency Watson, and his twisted technology. “Terror From The Sky” is written by Bill Black, drawn by Lee Larkins, and inked by Chris Allen. It guest stars Byron Foulger. Plus, another Golden Age backup, with a vintage reprint of Sterling Comic’s Captain Flash in “The Invaders”, with art by Mike Sekowsky and George Roussos. Color cover by Lee Larkins and Bill Black, the interiors are black and white and graytones. 36 pages, 6″ X 812/2″ compact comic size. Standard comic book format. Printed in 1994.
When Dr. Jonathan(Purple Claw)Weir opened his vault to help out in the titanic battle against The Bkack Shroud, (in the pages of Femforce Comics ) he awakened scores of slumbering superheroes from comic’s Golden Age. After a period of contentiousness with the contemporary supercharacters in AC’s universe, a group of the former Vault Heroes was eventually allowed to join the Sentinels Of Justice. This special-format mini-series focuses on solo stories featuring some of the most popular members.In the all-new lead story, “Renewal”, written and inked by Bill Black, Avenger co-creator Dick Ayers himself pencils, as the Avenger must go uo against his arch-nemesis The Player, for the life of his former love, Claire Farrow- with tragic results. It guest-stars Ms. Victory, Reddevil, Paragon, The Scarlet Scorpion, Miss Masque, Commando D, Rocketman and Jetgirl, Byron Foulger, The League Of Alternative Science and Margo Nadeau. Then, a special vintage bonus back-up- a reprint of the actual first appearance and origin of The Avenger, from Magazine Enterprise’s Avenger #1. “The Birth Of The Avenger” is written by Gardner Fox, and drawn by Dick Ayers. Color cover by Dick Ayers, interiors are black and white with graytones. 36 pages, 6″ X *1/2″ compact comic size, standard comic book format. Printed in 1993.
EXTRA PAGES!! MORE NEW “RETRO” STORIES!!! A comics event!! Six actual Golden Age heroes, revived in the AC universe as supporting characters in the monumental Shroud War storyline in the Femforce monthly, each in their own solo saga, in action on there own for the first time since the 1940’s!!! And, although these tales carefully crafted by contemporay creators, the stories are all set back in the hero’s original time period’s, between 1940 and 1950. See Harry “A” Chesler Publication’s Black Cobra, (From Dynamic Comics and Captain Flight) in “Reptiles Of The Madman”, written by Mark Heike, and drawn by Brad (Spawn) Gorby; Fox Features’ U. S. Jones (From Wonderworld Comics, and his own title.) in “The Secret Of The Deathhawk”, with script and layouts by Mark Heike, and finishes by Stephanie ( Big Bang ) Sanderson; Holyoke/Continental’s Black Venus, (From Contact Comics )in “Ghost Of The Scarlet Salamander”, written abd drawn by Mark Heike; Nedor/Standard’s Pyroman, ( From Startling and America’s Best Comics. )in “Mystery Of The Space Kittens”, script, layouts and inks by Mark Heike, and pencils by Eric Coile; Prize Comic’s The Black Owl in “The Fangs Of The Flying Fox”, written by Mark Heike, and drawn by Bill Black, and Fox Feature’s The Flame and Flame Girl, (From Wonderworld, Big Three, and his own title.) in “Slaves Of The Lotus Demon”, script and breakdowns by Mark Heike, finished artwork by Tony Manginelli. And, just to make sure these guys got it right, there’s an actual vintage G. A. reprint story, Fox Feature’s The Green Mask in “Horror Sings A Song”, from Green Mask #9, with art by Louis and Arturo Cazeneuve, and Pierce Rice. Color painted cover by Brad Gorby, interiors are black and white. 52 pages, 67/8″ X 8″ Retro comic size. Printed in 1998.
NEW TITLE!! Now called All Hero Retro Comics!! Dimension- hopping is this issue’s theme, starting out with a “new” retro character, Doctor Dimension!! Set in 1954, the Doctor is smack dab in the middle of a fight with the evil Queen Tygraa, and her cat warriors. Battle along side Doc Dimension, his young friend Chris Carter and guest star Yankee Girl in “Enter Doctor Dimension”. Written and drawn by Bill Black. Part of the second chapter, “Tygraa’s Revenge”, is reworked from a Commando Do story originally published in Paragon Publication’s Fun Comics #1. Then , Doc Dimension acts as narrator on a fantasy story that also deals with interdimensional border-hopping, “Beware The Gem World”, a late-’50’s Charlton story drawn by Steve Ditko. And finally-a story that has NOTHING to do with dimensional changing whatsoever: Magazine Enterprise’s great movie cowboy turned comics star, The Durango Kid in “The Law And The Mask”, reprinted from the mid-1950’s, drawn by Fred Guardineer.
Part four of a four-part miniseries FULL COLOR!! All the plot threads come together as General Gordon and the government find Paragon calls there bluff, resigns his government status and goes renegade!! The Terror staves off yet another Black Commando attack on Margold, while he and Clarke Gibson use events to conspire to lure The ‘Commando to the city of Bayport. Once there, Paragon and Ms. Victory find themselves trapped into an alliance with Margold and his pawns to stop the ‘Commando. A wild card is thrown into the mix when he grabs Nikki Latimer as a hostage. With Ostrowski’s rocket his only escape, The ‘Commando switches the doctor and his daughter for Nikki, and all three blast off for the stars. With the Black Commando threat effectively removed, Ms. V convinces Paragon to return to the Colorado Project and pick up the pieces. “Judgement Day!” is written by Bill Black, drawn by longtime X-men inker Tim Townsend, ( His first full professional job in comics.) and inked by Chris Allen, Michael White and Chad Hunt. It has a cover by Vic Bridges. It guest-stars Stardust, Commando D, Nightviel, The Scarlet Scorpion, Gus Bivona, and Tamara Lawford. 36 pages, standard comic book format. Color cover, full color throughout/ Printed in 1993
Part two of a four-part mini-series. FULL COLOR!! The renegade madman known as The Black Commando is loose, bent on vengence toward the government scientists who created him. Meanwhile, at the Colorado Project, Paragon and Ms. V. explore the nature of mental prowess that makes him a paranormal. As romance blooms, the Black Commando prowls ever-nearer. See the origin of the Black Commando and Stardust recapped, as former scientists Gibson and Margold enlist the aid of the mysterious powerhouse known as The Terror (formerly Standard/Nedor/Better’s classic Golden Age character, The Black Terror.) to protect them. “Sweating Bullets” guest-stars Joan Wayne, Dan Barton, Laura and Thomas Wright, Octavia Howard, Proxima, Dr. Mara, Nikki Latimer, The Black Shroud, The Justice Squad, Atoman, Speedbolt, Nightman, and Magic Lantern. 36 pages, color cover and full color interiors. Written by Bill Black, with art by John Nadeau, Richard (The Count) Rome, Chad Hunt, Michael White, and Mark Heike. Cover by Rik Levins and Pitz(John Beatty) Standard comic book format. Printed in 1993.
Part one of a four-part miniseries. FULL COLOR!! In an effort to maintain government control, unlicensed paranormals have been outlawed. Though he has been Earth’s primary super-defender for more than half a century, Paragon falls into that category. With trepidation, he reluctantly turns himself in, to get with the program and become legal.His origin and subsequent period in stasis are recapped, in a partial reprint from Paragon Pubs’ 1972 Captain Paragon #1. “Probation” is written by Bill Black, with art by Black, John Nadeau, Vic Bridges, Chad Hunt and Mark Heike. It begins the romance that will lead to Paragon’s marriage, and guest-stars Ms. Victory, The Black Commando, The Black Shroud, Klyness, Skymaster, Electrobolt, Lady Liberty, Masquerader, Dr. Mara, Proxima, Nikki and Richard Latimer, The Red Butcher, and Gibson. 36 pages, color coverand full color interior. Standard comic book format. Printed in 1993
FULL COLOR!!! Continuing the Femforce crossover!! Back in the 1870’s, the Femforce and Harry Diamond take on local dress and custom to fit in, and rub shoulders with some of the Old West’s most famous fictional characters. While they witness a gunfight between a giant alien Kronon and The Latigo Kid, the heroes left in the PRESENT with the Scarlet Scorpion are having trouble remembering who has gone back into the past, and why!! This book crosses over with Femforce #7 and #8, and leads into The Armageddon Factor #1. This untitled story is written and drawn by Rik Levins, with inks by John Dell, Dan Davis, Dell Barras, Mark Heike and Bill Black. It guest stars Ms. Victory, She-Cat, Stardust, Nightveil, Tim Holt, The Black Phantom, Angel Eyes Barcroft, Klyness, Tara Fremont, Captain Freedom, Colt, Dr. Jimenez, Drs. Lieber and Kurtzberg, Atoman, Dr, Mark Benton and The Vardax. Color cover by Dell Barras, interiors are full color throughout. 36 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1987.
FULL COLOR!!! A Femforce crossover issue. Distraut with the thought that he may be nothing more than a Kronon-created pawn, Captain Paragon leaves the Earth to sort out his emotions. Back from an adventure with The Femforce, Nightveil returns to Latimer Labs just in time to mystically cure Stardust, and discover the Vardax/Chromo plot to infiltrate their headquarters. This is NO time for a whole NEW group of villains to jump into the fray- but look out for the minions of…The Black Shroud!! With Paragon missing, the Femforce jump in, and working with time-travel expert Dr. Carlos Jimenez, decide to go into the past to sort out Paragon’s secret. “Once Upon A Time”is written by Bill Black, drawn by Erik Larsen, and inked by Emil Novack. It guest stars She-Cat, Ms. Victory ,Richard and Nikki Latimer, Chromo, the children of The Red Butcher, Atoman and Janis Lawson. It has a GTS scene featuring a giant Ms. Victory robot. Then, a short back-up takes us all to the year 1871, as we begin to unravel the facts of what Captain Paragon has to do with… The Latigo Kid. Written and drawn by Bill Black. Color cover by Erik Larsen, full color throughout. 36 pages, standard comic book format, Printed in 1986.
FULL COLOR!!! With Stardust still not in her right mind, she may be more foe than friend, and Chromo back plotting with his Vardax shape-changing buddies to take over the entire Latimer Labs complex right under the noses of the Sentinels, what can the bad guys want with Dr. Carlos Jimenez’ Time Triangle- and what do Paragon’s old enemies The Kronons have to do with it? And right now, the man that Cap fears most is detective Harry Diamond, since his investigation may well hold facts on Paragon’s past that he won’t want to know. “A Blueprint For Revenge” is writtem by Bill Black, drawn by Erik(Amazing Spiderman)Larsen, and inked by Jim Sanders III. It guest stars Richard and Nikki Latimer, and reveals unknown secrets about Paragon’s origins. Then, a Commando D solo story, “While The City Sleeps”. A gangster and his too-smart gun moll use a weird, hypnotic other-dimensional that they call Mr. Morpheus to try to loot the city- ‘tll D-Man and Denny take them down. Written and inked by Bill Black,drawn by Erik Larsen- with splash page art by Mike Machlan and Jerry Ordway. Color cover by Erik Larsen, full color throughout. 36 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1985.
FULL COLOR!!! While the costumed types follow up on leads looking for the remaining Vardax raiders, Richard Latimer hires detective Harry Diamond to research the past life of his old friend, Paragon. The good Captain’s recent revival from stasis may be leaving him mentally unstable, and his past may hold the only clues to his stability. But the gumshoe’s trail leads MUCH FARTHER into the past than anyone suspected!!When the Vardax unexpectedly strike back at the Sentinels in their own Latimer Labs stronghold, will the heroes have the strength to hold them off, with Stardust recovering from battle injuries? “Who Is Captain Paragon” is written by Bill Black, drawn by Erik(The Savage Dragon)Larsen, and inked by Emil Novack. It guest stars Nikki Latimer, Denny Brant, Femforce members Ms. Victory, Tara, She-Cat and The Blue Bulleteer. This issue also features a seven-page “Top Secret” Vardax information files feature on the villainous aliens, written and drawn by Kevin Dzuban, with Bill Black and Mike Machlan. The book has a color cover, and is printed in full color throughout. 36 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1985.
FULL COLOR!!! As Paragon and Stardust are brought up-to-date on the Vardax threat by Commando D and Denny, the Scarlet Scorpion is imprisoned in a Vardax mountain stronghold. When the evil human turncoat Chromo creates a light-image of a giant monster at the mountain, both Nightveil and the three other heroes converge on the spot to combat the illusion, and find not only the ‘Scorpion, but the very real threat of the Vardax presence. All out battle ensues, and while the heroes manage to destroy both the Vardax base and their transporter device, the threat is far from over. Even Chromo manages to escape. “Down And Out?” is written by Dan St. John, Greg Guler and Bill Black, with pencils by Gordon Purcell and Greg Guler, and inks by Don (Crossgen)Hillsman. It guest stars Richard and Nikki Latimer and Atoman. Color Cover and interiors, 36 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1985.
Full color superhero action!! This special edition first issue brings together the top supercharacters in the AC Universe to fight as the Sentinels Of Justice. As Captain Paragon and the newly-powered alien woman called Stardust return to Earth,( following events in Captain Paragon #’s 1-4 ) Commando D and Denny Brant make Earthfall as well, on the hunt for bloodthirsty Vardax invaders, ( As started in Americomics #5, and continued in Captain Paragon #4. )little knowing the hideous reptilians already have villainous human allies. When a chance roadside encounter between a Vardax war party and trucker Mike(The Scarlet Scorpion)McCluskey, and mystical visions of alien doom appear to Nightveil, the gang’s all here. “The Shadows of Legends” is written by Dan St. John and Greg Guler, drawn by Guler, and inked by Bill Fugate, Paul Ryan, Bill Anderson, Bill Black and David Matthews. It guest stars Richard and Nikki Latimer, Chromo, Skymaster, Masquerader, Lady Liberty and Electrobolt. Color cover and interiors, 36 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1985.
Cap and Dusty finally finish off the Kronons, in “Battleground At Galaxy’s End”, by Dan St. John, Greg Guler and Kevin (Moonknight) Dzuban. Then, a special Commando D featurette as D-man and Danny Brant encounter the alien Vardax, in “Beachhead”, by Tom Kokenge, Kevin Dzuban and Bill Black.(Features the death of Dorna, and Danny suggesting the formation of the Sentinels Of Justice.One panel cameos of Atomman and Ms. Victory, of the Femforce.; one-page Space Ark strip as part of an ad, by Ken Mitchroney.) Color cover by Greg Guler and Jerry Ordway; color and black and white interiors, 52-page comic book format. Printed in 1985.
THIS BOOK IS SOLD OUT AND COMPLETELY UNAVAILABLE!!!!!! Paragon in the hands of the deadly Kronons, as they exert there forces to eradicate the poplulace of Rur- while strange things are brewing back on Earth, at Latimer Labs. Will Proxima and her Rurian strike force be able to free their Earth-borne mercenary, Paragon, to lead them to victory- and what DOES Richard Latimer have to do with…THE BLACK SHROUD!!! Story by Dan St. John, with art by Greg Guler and Kevin Dzuban. 32 pages, full color, standard comic book size and format. Printed in 1984.
It’s Rur war as Paragon and Stardust(who would later join the Femforce) must rocket halfway across the universe to try and turn the tide in “Destination- Rur” , as a battle between Dusty’s home world and the ruthless Kronon empire may eventually decide Earth’s fate!! By Dan St. John, Greg (Hawk and Dove)Guler, and Kevin Dzuban. Featuring Proxima, Richard Latimer, and the first appearance of Klyness, the Kronon commander. All color throughout, cover by Greg Guler and Bill Black. Standard comic book format. Printed in 1984.
AC’s premiere superhero in the premier issue of his first full-color book . He’s ageless, invulnerable,and doesn’t know who he is or how he came to be!! See him hire a private detective to track down his own identity in “The Diamond Connection”, by Bill Black, Don Secrease and Bill Neville.(First appearance of Harry Diamond, .) Then, it’s on to “The Power Of Proxima”(picking up the storyline from Cap’s strip in Fun Comics #4) by Dan St. John, Greg Guler and Bill Black. Paragon and his new protege Stardust try to stave off an invasion from her home planet, and encounter the Rurian warlord Proxima. Guest stars Richard and Nikki Latimer. Finally, see the future leader of AC’s smash hit, Femforce in her first AC Comics appearance, as Ms. Victory faces off with the faceless Dr. Pretorius in a slugfest by Mark Heike, Phil White and Bill Anderson. (First appearance of FF government liason, Captain Tom Kelly) Cover by Greg Guler and Mike Machlan, full color throughout. Standard comic book format. Printed in 1983.
When Bolt-possessed astronaut Mitchell Cameron was returned to Earth by the Femforce,(in Femforce 100) little did he know he would be stuck with four weird, alien versions of himself- Zerobolt, Blazebolt, Flexibolt and Rumblebolt. They get into more hilarious trouble than you can imagine- even if Cameron’s daughter Becky does think they’re fun. “A Cute Condition” is written by Bill Black and Brad Gorby, with art by Gorby and Mark Heike. It guest stars Stardust of the Femforce. This story comprises one half of a flip-book shared with Hero Hangout. Color cover by Brad Gorby, interiors are black and white with graytones. 24 pages, 61/4″ X 83/4″ topfolding flip-book format. Printed in 1998.
A rare appearance of the Charlton Comics heroes before they went to D.C. Comics: featuring Captain Atom, Blue Beetle, The Question and Nightshade by Dan St. John, Greg Guler(pencils & inks),and art assist by Matt Feazell.
When truck driver Mike McCluskey is forced off the road by vengence-seeking gangsters, his injuries look fatal until an experimental injection of cell-regeneration virus by Dr. Judy Weissman not only heals him overnight, his coordination and sensory perception are increased, and he’s strong enough to lift a car. Adopting the guise of a long-missing masked vigilante, he becomes The Scarlet Scorpion, and wages war on organized crime on the East Coast. The ‘Scorpion would become one of AC’s mainstay superheroes, with a series of his own in Nightveil Comics, a two-issue flip-format book he shared with The Shade, and membership in the super group, The Sentinels Of Justice. Dark and gritty urban superheroics against a New Jersey backdrop. This untited story is the first AC appearance and origin of The Scarlet Scorpion, and is written by Rik Levins, with art by Levins and Kevin Dzuban. Guest starring Dr. Myla Chang and Inspector Trent. Then, Roger (The Shade ) Brant moves to sunny Florida to take a job with Fremont Industries. But not even a plane trip is uneventful for Brant, as an attempted highjacking of the airliner brings forth The Shade to dispose of the perpetrators. “Terror Flight” is written and drawn by Rik Levins, with inks by Kevin Dzuban. Guest starring Tara Fremont, soon to join the Femforce; Janis Lawson, Kuromoko, and the first appearance of Umbra, voodoo priestess. Color cover by Steve Lightle and Jerry Ordway, full color on glossy paper throughout. Standard comic book format. Printed in 1984.
Oceanus One is an experimental underwater city, designed to be self-sufficient even if nuclear holocaust wiped out the surface world. A virtual paradise, it should be free of all the evil that plagues the dry land places of the world, but it’s not. A mysterious entity known as The Hood is bent on it’s destruction, Can even Captain Freedom, the laboratory-grown peak of human potential , keep The Hood from snuffing out the citie’s power source in “To Steal A Sun”, written by Bill Black and Neal Stannard, with art by Vic Bridges. This picks up where Cap’s intro story in Americomics #1 left off, and marks the first AC assignment for the very Byrne-esque artist, Vic Bridges. It guest stars Commodore Faraday. Later, Captain Freedom comes face to face with the villainous Hood as Oceanus’ underwater sun heads toward critical meltdown, and learns his…er, her true identity in “To Save This Sun… To Save This City”, written by Black and Stannard, with art by Don Lomax and Vic Bridges. Then, when the hideously reptilian Vardax hordes overrun the tech-state Altrannas, there is no one left to fight- save science tech Page Connors. Altrannian scientist Dr. Zan has no choice but to put Page into his dimensional converter, and change him into… Commando D. No longer restricted by the three physical dimensions of height, width and depth, the flying, fighting dynamo is sent to earth as his homeworld is destroyed. How can even he know that the Vardax are soon to follow. The origin of this character that will soon go on to be a charter member of AC’s coed super group, The Sentinels Of Justice. “The Coming Of Commando D” is written by Bill Black, and illustrated by Kevin (Moonknight) Dzuban. This book has full color covers by Pat Broderick and Bill Black and Mike Machlan, with full color on glossy paper throughout, Standard comic book format. Printed in 1983.
Architect Ken Burton was obsessed with the former superhero known as The Dragonfly. Years after he disappeared, Burton learned the secret of his powers, and set up a ceremony to call down the insect god and bestow the dragonfly powers onto him. But, when his Nancy walks in at the wrong moment- well, now SHE is invulnerable, super strong, can fly, and has telekinetic powers. And Ken’s just pissed. See how the superheroine who never wanted to be copes with her new abilities and defeats the malignant giant known as Anteas. The origin and first appearance of this character who would have a solo series of her own from AC, as well as star in their Femforce title. Written and drawn by Rik (Captain America) Levins, and inked by Kevin (Spectacular Spider-man) Dzuban. Then, the astral being known as The Shade goes to the surface of the moon to quell the screams of souls in torment heard in his hypersensitive mind. But while this spirit of Roger Brant is on the lunar orb, his unconscious body is menaced by a burglar. Script and pencils by Rik Levins, inks by Willie Blyberg. This issue has a great duotone cover by Jerry Ordway, and is full color on glossy paper throughout. Standard comic book format, printed in 1983.
Ted Kord is the Blue Beetle- but before him was another who passed the mantle onto Ted, his old college roomate, Dan Garret. When Kord’s mentor seems to have returned from the dead, Ted can’t begin to suspect the imposter is really a robot that had been designed by his equally-deceased mad uncle.”Return To Pago Island” is written and drawn by Rik Levins, and inked by Bill Black, and features both versions of the character, as published by Charlton in the ’60’s. Then- even before Charlton, there was a ‘Beetle. Published by Fox Features, back in the Golden Age of comics. When mysterious, unnamed gods believe the Earth needs just such a defender once again, they return the Original Blue Beetle to life, this time to save the life of the Ted Kord incarnation from kidnapping gangsters. “To Live Again” is plotted and pencilled by Leo Laney, scripted by Neal Stannard, and inked by Bill Black. It stars the Original Beetle, resplendant in his chain mail costume, drawn in a style very much like late ’60’s Jack Kirby. Finally, The Shade returns in “The Night Has A Thousand Screams”. When parapalegic artist Roger Brant is tortured by visions of death, his spirit must go forth at night as The Shade, and try to avert the bloodshed. An actress blackmailed by a photographer turns to murder, a gang of thugs open fire on a crowded street, and a million other voices in torment cry out to him for help, and The Shade must silence them or go mad. Written and layed out by Bill Black, drawn by Rik Levins and inked by Willie Blyberg. Full color covers by Pat Broderick and Rik Levins, this book is full color throughout, on glossy paper. Standard comic book format Printed in 1983.
Travel the ebony pathways of the human mind as the living embodiment of 100,000 tortured souls seeks to stop a defender of justice pushed beyond his limit, to the brink of his own dark side, in “Terror By Night”, starring The Shade. Story by Martin (Thunderbunny) Greim, Steve (The Simpsons) Vance, and Bill (What If?) Black, drawn by Rik Levins, and inked by Willie Blyberg. First AC comics appearance of The Terror, modern revival of the Golden Age Black Terror. Then, learn the story of government scientist Jason Van Wynne; working on an experiment to tap man’s hidden strength, and double-crossed by every member of his team. He has no choice but to go out on his own to seek justice as -“The Messenger”, written and drawn by Jerry (Infinity Corps.) Ordway. This character has returned for a 48-page one-shot special from Image Comics just this year. Also, “Tara on Jungle Island”- millionaire industrialist T. C. Fremont gave his headstrong, ecology-minded daughter Tara an island, which she has turned into a wildlife preserve . When drug dealing gangsters and the mad scientist known as Dr. Rivits team up to try to push her off, adventurous Tara and her pal Janis Lawson push back. Written and inked by Bill Black, and drawn by David Matthews. This is the first color appearance of this modern-day jungle girl who would one day join AC’s blockbuster success, the superheroine team book, Femforce. This issue sports a color Jerry Ordway cover, back cover by June Brigman and Roy Richardson and is full color on glossy paper throughout. Standard comic book format. Printed in 1983.
First issue of this pioneering indy anthology! Journey beyond the veil of dreams with the mystical being known as The Shade, as he enters the dreams of an innocent girl to prevent a murder, in “Dreamwalker”. The origin and first appearance of this landmark character, written and drawn by Bill Black. Then, the planet Toru houses a very skilled group of intergalactic policemen known as slayers- follow the exploit of one such policeman on the planet Earth in “The Slayer” written by Craig Zablo, drawn by John Beatty, and inked by Jerry Ordway. First and only color appear ance of this unique super hero created by two of comicdoms’ greats. Then, Meet Captain Freedom and The Liberty Corps. Every contry needs a superhero of there own, and the Liberty Corps is the place to get them. Find out what an undersea city has to do with averting the Earth’s destruction as Cap takes a journey through the sea depths to… “Oceanus One” written and drawn by Bill Black. First appearance of Captian Freedom. Great Shade cover by George Perez. All color throughout, on glossy paper. Standard comic book format. Printed in 1983.
Charles Biro’s Little Wise Guys were no ordinary comic book kid gang. Though illustrated in a straightforward, line-drawn style, their stories were complex, engrossing dramas packed with plot and subtle character delineation. This debut issue features two classic reprints from the original Lev Gleason Publications comics out of the Golden Age. “Heroes By The Dozen”, illustrated by Norman Maurer, and “Jumped Or Fell”, both originally seen in Daredevil #72, 1950. Plus, a text overview of the comic book history of Daredevil and the Little Wise Guys, by Bill Black. Color cover based on an illustation by Norman Maurer, interiors are black and white with graytones. 36 pages, printed in 1989.
More adventures of Charlie Biro’s Little Wise Guys, leading off with a NEW,- never- before -seen story!! Young millionaire Bart Hill is “saved” from a mugging by The Little Wise Guys, who do not suspect he is really the costumed , boomerang-wielding Reddevil. VERY Biroesque story and art, written by Bill Black, and illustrated by Frank Turner and Rik Levins. Guest starring Kilroy, the reporter. Then, a pair of classic stories reprinted from vintage Golden Age issues of Lev Gleason’s Daredevil Comics- “Not So Easy Money”, illustrated by Nornman Maurer, and “Swimmer In The Night”. Cover is black, white and red-toned, interiors are black and white with graytones. 36 pages. Printed in 1990.
Rik (Captain America) Levins’ creation in the fist issue of her own book, as the reluctant superheroine tries to master her newfound powers, and pacify the fiance’ who wishes he had them instead. The future Femforce member takes on her first major villain as she battles the otherworldly Psiborg, while she tries to help her abused sister. Contemporary superheroics with strong real-life characterization in a book-length story that picks up where her origin in Americomics #4 left off; it’s written and drawn by Rik Levins, with inks by Jim Sanders III and Rafael (Ralph) Cabrera. Pinups by Vic Bridges, John Beatty and Ken Mitchroney. Color cover by Mark Heike and Bill Black, color interiors. Standard comic book format. Printed in 1985.