Many publishers seem to have an endless desire to revamp old pulp heroes and revive caped crusaders who’ve been MIA for years, such as the recent (and uninspired) resurrection of the great Pete Morisi’s superhero title, Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt. Such updates, which often ‘modernize’ the character by making him, look, talk, and act like every other contemporary superhero, are rarely worth the time.
But with this makeover, it looks like Howard Chaykin will energize a stale property by giving Buck Rogers a not-so-modern world-view, one that revisits 1930s America and speaks to 2013 by looking to an era that shares much with our own. Rather than the coded jingoism we expect from traditional pulp fictions, Rogers articulates a ‘workers vs. capitalists’ socialist perspective; because the character first appeared in 1928, Chaykin’s move has an historical rationale.
While I prefer Chaykin’s art in black and white (here it’s colored and printed in the ‘hyper-gloss’ method), I enjoyed reading a book with an unusual take on what many others would’ve approached as a generic space opera: a handsome white guy battles an ugly alien to save a beautiful white woman and the universe. Bypassing such clichéd territory, Chaykin fashions an intergalactic Eugene Debs.
Comic Book Resources - PREVIEW: Scratch9: The Pet Project HC - Scratch9: The Pet Project (Deluxe Second Life Edition) HC collects all of Scratch9’s adventures in one comprehensive volume; original issues #1-4 of Scratch9; issues #1 and 2 of Cat Tails, with all new bonus material; Written by Rob M. Worley; Art by Jason T. Kruse, Joshua Buchanan, and others; Cover by Jason T. Kruse and Joshua Buchanan; $12.99; available March 31, 2014. Following Scratch9’s FCBD adventure, comes the complete Eisner Award-nominated story of The Pet Project. Scratch is a house cat who must save his animal pals from the clutches of Dr. Schrodinger and the C.R.U.E.L. corporation. Fortunately he can tap into all of his nine lives to help him out in jam! This deluxe edition collects the original story plus the Cat Tails anthology, along with all-new bonus materials! Litterbricks! That’s awesome! All of Scratch9âs adventures all collected together for the first time in this deluxe hardcover. Ask your retailer to order Scratch9: The Pet Project (Deluxe Second Life Edition) from the December Diamond Previews Catalog (DEC131195).
Most of us are pretty familiar with the art of Frank Frazetta: his amazing Edgar Rice Burroughs illustrations. His original creation, the Death Dealer. And so much else. But you haven’t really learned the story of Frank Frazetta, unless you’ve read a brand new book, Frank Frazetta: Art and Remembrances.
Please check out this Io9 review of Frank Frazetta: Art and Remembrances.
When I featured Katherine Collins in June of last year, I mentioned that her classic independent series Neil the Horse (published under her birth name Arn Saba) would be reprinted by Hermes Press. After a few months of not hearing anything else about it, I contacted Katherine and she told me that the collection was stuck in limbo, and she was unsure if it would come to fruition. Then, this July, Hermes Press announced that the project was definitely back on and would have a forward by Eisner Hall-of-Famer and comics herstorian Trina Robbins and a fancy limited edition to boot!
All of that is still on, but Hermes Press, a small family business of three employees, needs help in raising the printing costs. So they’ve turned to Indiegogo for your help! They are looking to raise $15,000 in two weeks, but have thus far only raised about $1000. So they need about a thousand dollars a day to make this happen. And while you can donate as much or as little as you want, $60 will get you the regular edition and $95 the limited edition, which includes a CD of a 2.5 hour radio play that was once broadcast in Canada but never before released as a recording!
Neil and his friends Soapy and Mam’selle Poupée are an always-struggling song and-dance act. To gain success, they will go anywhere, do anything, and put up with anything — like a trip to Hell, or captivity inside a video game, or a gang of slap-happy aliens in a stunt-driving saucer. Oh, and a drunken and disorderly back-up band of cats.
Neil is a happy go-lucky (and not too bright) horse with a mania for bananas. He’s one heck of a tap-dancer and singer, and he can also get down to breakdancing. He adores his two pals, and will do anything for them.
Mam’selle Poupée is a romantic and lovelorn living doll from France, whose wooden body is jointed with hinges. With red circles on her cheeks, curly blonde hair, and large bust, Poupée appears to be a cross between Raggedy Ann and Dolly Parton. She is a serious dancer, and practices at the studio every day.
Soapy is a street-wise and cynical (with a heart of gold) orange alley cat, a cigarsmoker and a drinker, who serves as their trumpet player, manager and the brains of the operation. Neil thinks that Soapy is the smartest guy in the world … and he just might be right.
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Please check out Halloween Comicfest with Rob Worley and Scratch9!
Free Halloween comics from your favorite publishers!
Walk our Wall of Scare, with vintage horror and Halloween-themed comics for sale!
Meet Scratch9 creator Rob Worley, who’ll be signing copies of his Eisner Award Nominated all-ages comic SCRATCH9: CAT TAILS! BLASTOFF and Rob are pleased to host the Heaven on Earth Society for Animals (http://heavenlypets.org/), an animal rescue shelter that will be taking donations and bringing an “adoptable cat of honor.” For every donation to Heaven on Earth, Rob will be giving out a collectible Scratch9 Shelter Card!
Free comics! Helping animals! What more can you ask of a Saturday? See you there!