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.
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.
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.