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Thursday, 30 June 2011

Krakos; Sands of Terror


Krakos: The Sands Of Terror
Terry Hooper-Scharf
black and white
comic album (A4)

Created by William A. Ward for Swan Comics in the 1940s,Krakos was one of Ward’s supernatural anti-hero types. Used,with Swan’s permission,in Black Tower Adventure strips in the 1980s/1990s,this is the character’s first solo outing.

But will Krakos fulfill the Goddess Isis’ dream and become the new pharoah of a New Egyptian Kingdom that will encompass all of the Middle East? Did anyone actually ask Krakos?

The book contains information on Ward and his work plus sample pages rescued after 60 years of neglect!

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

The Bat Triumphant!

Terry Hooper-Scharf
Comic Album (A4)
order via the online store

In 1941,The Bat sets about modernising the backward Duchy of Stahl,over which his dynasty has ruled since 1410 A.D.. The Bat is soon involved in experiments with the infamous Count Cogliostro.

One of these experiments involves suspended animation;The Bat deciding he will be the test subject. When he wakes,The Bat finds that not days have gone by but 51 years!

Worse,his kingdom is in ruins and an enclave of Kamora. The Bat tries politics to win back his homeland and when that fails he decides to fight for it!

However,he is unaware that some old,and new,enemies are lying in wait to stop him and all of them want one thing:The Bat dead! Originally a back up strip in Black Tower Adventure in 1994,The Bat proved very popular as an anti-hero.

The story was never completed. It is now. New edition -added art pages

Sunday, 26 June 2011

A Bit Of Fan Art


I keep forgetting to post the illo by Santiago -the guy behind Tales Of The Kryptonian blog.  Yes, The Bat meets….well, guess?

D-Gruppe from 52 Pages to...3 Issues!

Initially, the plan was to always publish D-Gruppe: Zeitgeist as a 50+ pp comic album. However,as with a lot of plans, things began to get complicated.

Firstly, as this is an old strip from the early 1990s, it has to be cleaned-up somewhat. It was drawn when preparing a comic involved photocopying pages and adjusting copiers took out all those shadow-lines from paste-ups. Even using differing settings a scanner will pick up everything -its why they exist!

With work on lettering The Cross-Earths Caper, not to mention having to draw the final parts of The Jungle Planet and Xendragon and lettering those, I could not give us the time it would take to clean 50+ pages.
There is another problem. Over 50pp would mean the title would need to be priced at around £7.00.

Splitting the story into 22 and 23 pages with the final 12 pages in issue 4 (with back-up strips) means that the cover price is much, much lower.

It also means that I can concentrate on what happens in D-Gruppe: The Resurrection. That may turn into a bumper issue so that all the old stripwork is done with by issue 6 and everything then falls back into post Return Of The Gods continuity.

Will I answer the question of what happened to the D-Gruppe members who vanished while chasing a UFO? No. That will be another bumper issue, possibly for January, 2012.

As a little taster, I’ve added (below) three of the rough pages.  These might not appear in the final book.  Or, if they do, they’ll be drastically altered as they are some ten years old now!

And what is this other team of German characters that include Wildemann, Leere and Donar? Ahh, more of that in the post Return of the Gods issues!

Friday, 24 June 2011

D-Gruppe 2: ZEIT GEIST

Terry Hooper-Scharf
Black Tower Comics & Books
Black & White

Following the events of issue 1, Kopfmann has strengthened D-Gruppe but when confronted by a series of unusual events and equally unusual abductors, can the team face the threat of the world destroying Zeit Geist?

Part 1 of the Zeit Geist story arc.

note:events in D Gruppe 1-6 take place BEFORE the Return Of The Gods story in BT Adventure.


Ben Dilworth
Paul Ashley Brown
Jerry Holliday
Black Tower Comics & Books
Black & white

Five previously lost strips from the 1980s found and cleaned up for 2011!

Earthquakes, nuclear meltdowns,TV scandals, unemployment. The depressing thing is that over 20 years later these strips are still up-to-the-minute!

It’s almost like I was back in 1989 but with no photocopier!

Thursday, 23 June 2011

New Title -Dilworths Aesop’s Fables

B. R. Dilworth
Black Tower Comics
Black & White

Once a very tall man in Japan decided to do a version of Aesop’s Fables that he could read to his young daughter. He wrote it, illustrated it and decided that it was too “dark” for a little girl. In England, a bearded gnome got a copy and published it. True story.

New Title: The Job Interview

Ben R. Dilworth
Black Tower Comics

In a world with ever increasing population and food resources being stretched to the limit unemployment is a major problem.

A drastic solution is needed.

Ben Dilworth delivers a warning and is back on great frorm with his latest one-off!

Spirit Of Hope book

Spirit of Hope Jimmy Broxton Cover
Cover by Jimmy Broxton
Spirit of Hope Mike Allred cover
Cover by Mike Allred
The Spirit of Hope is a unique anthology of short stories from the world’s greatest creators dealing with the impact of disasters on people’s everyday lives. Creators include Liam Sharp, Henry Flint, Nick Abadzis, Glenn Dakin, Mark Buckingham, Al Davison and Peter Hogan with stories covering all aspects of human life in the face of catastrophe. The collection comes in two editions – one with a beautiful Jimmy Broxton cover and a second with a cool Michael Allred cover. All profit from the title will go to help disaster victims via Second Harvest and the New Zealand Red Cross.

Release date: 18th June 2011, Price £14.99 + £3.00 postage (UK), £5.00 postage (Rest of World). Books will be dispatched after the release date.

UK: Spirit of Hope – £14.99 + £3.00 postage
cover :
Rest of World: Spirit of Hope £14.99 + £5.00 postage

Wednesday, 22 June 2011


SCRIPT: Frank Doyle
ARTIST: Fernando Ruiz
COVER: Dan Parent
Shipping Date: 9/14/11
On Sale at Comic Shops: 9/28/11
Comic, 32 pages, 40 lb. glossy stock, Full-Color
$2.99 US

Archie and Dilton share a love of reading in “FANTASY TIME” but Archie will have to leave his head in the books instead of in dreams if they’re are going to come true. After Veronica is named Homecoming Queen, she enlists her friends to build the biggest, most spectacular parade float Riverdale has ever seen. Their work is a success but they’re too tired to enjoy it in “PARADE REST.”
SCRIPT: George Gladir
ARTIST: Stan Goldberg
COVER: Dan Parent
Shipping Date: 9/7/11
On Sale at Comic Shops:9/21/11
Newsstands: Week of/2011
Digest, 160 pgs, 30 lb newsprint, Full-Color
$3.99 US

Betty dons her Superteen costume and goes head to head with the consumer, only to find his appetite is too much for her. About to admit defeat, Jughead comes to her rescue and challenges the evil Consumer to a battle of the stomachs. Can Riverdale’s bottomless pit defeat the insatiable Consumer? Find out in the conclusion of “DINNER FOR ONE.”
SCRIPT: Frank Doyle
ARTIST: Dan DeCarlo
COVER: Dan DeCarlo
Shipping Date: 9/14/11
On Sale at Comic Shops:9/28/11
Newsstands: Week of/2011
Digest, 160 pgs, 30 lb newsprint, Full-Color
$3.99 US

BETTY #194
All of Betty’s dreams come true when Archie asks her to be his date at the dance. But she’s forced to wake up when she can’t afford to buy a new dress. Never one to sulk, Betty gets a job and with Archie at her side. She may not dance the night away, but she still gets Archie in the hilarious conclusion. In the second feature, KATY KEENE, Skipper Mason goes on a monkey chase and gets more than he bargained for. LIL JINX makes an appearance in “SOUNDS FISHY,” and Archie goes classic in “ERRANT BOY” FROM 1957. Finally, everyone’s favorite witch shows up in SABRINA “STRANGE LOVE.”
SCRIPT: Frank Doyle
ARTIST: Fernando Ruiz
COVER: Dan DeCarlo
On Sale at Comic Shops: 9/14/11
Newsstands: Week 9/28/11
Comic, 32 pages, 40 lb. glossy stock, Full-Color
$2.99 US

In “MY BROTHER’S KEEPER” Betty tries to show Veronica the error of her superficial ways by helping those in need. Too bad Betty just proves Veronica right and gets left in the rain. Maybe Veronica will learn one day, but that won’t be any time soon for the spoiled Ms. Lodge.
SCRIPT: Frank Doyle
ARTIST: Fernando Ruiz
COVER: Dan DeCarlo
Shipping Date: 9/21/11
On Sale at Comic Shops:10/5/11
Digest, 160 pgs, 30 lb newsprint, Full-Color
$3.99 US

When Gladys tells Jughead he looks like teen vampire heartthrob, Basil Loverton, he wants to know more about the new movie craze. Taking it as a compliment, he plays into it on his date with her the next night. Unfortunately, Gladys isn’t the only one who thinks Jughead looks like her idol and a mob of fans swarm poor Juggie like wild animals. He manages to get away but must end his tortured romance before it even begins – just like a teen vampire. In “LET’S GO GEO,” Dilton shows Archie and Jughead a new internet scavenger hunt. Leave it to Jughead to find a way to include food and follow along as “Geo Snacking” is born.
SCRIPT: George Gladir
ARTIST: Pat Kennedy
COVER: Fernando Ruiz
Shipping Date: 9/21/11
On Sale at Comic Shops:10/5/11
Digest, 160 pgs, 30 lb newsprint, Full-Color
$3.99 US

Kevin Keller is the new kid in Riverdale and the gang has made him feel right at home. When Wit Masters, a trivia game show for rival high schools comes around, Dilton and the crew want Kevin to represent them for the win. Too bad Kevin has a fear of public speaking. Will he pull it off and get Riverdale the winning championship for the third year in a row or will he choke in front of the big lights? Follow along as Kevin, his family and everyone you know and love from the Archie Universe face this challenge together.
SCRIPT: Dan Parent
ARTIST: Dan Parent
COVER: Dan Parent
Shipping Date: 9/28/11
On Sale at Comic Shops: 10/12/11
Comic, 32 pages, 40 lb. glossy stock, Full-Color
$2.99 US

“TIME KEEPS SLIPPING” Part Two: Dr. Wily has vanished! Roll has been kidnapped! Dr. Light is in federal custody! What’s Mega Man to do?! The blue bomber teams up with Cut Man and Ice Man to investigate the ruins of Wily’s castle and search for clues, but what dangers await within? And who are these two, new, powered-up Robot Masters?!
SCRIPT: Ian Flynn
ARTIST: Chad Thomas, Gary Martin, John Workman and Matt Herms
COVER: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
Shipping Date: 9/28/11
On Sale at Comic Shops: 10/12/11
Comic, 32 pages, 40 lb. glossy stock, Full-Color
$2.99 US

“GENESIS” Part Four: Our 20th Anniversary of Sonic celebration ends with this blockbuster issue! Sonic tackles the treacherous Metropolis Zone alone, while Sally leads her friends through the perils of the Oil Ocean Zone! At the end of the gauntlet lies the Death Egg and an epic battle! Will the world ever be the same again?!
SCRIPT: Ian Flynn
ARTIST: Tracy Yardley!, Terry Austin, John Workman and Matt Herms
COVER: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
Shipping Date: 9/21/11
On Sale at Comic Shops: 10/5/11
Comic, 32 pages, 40 lb. glossy stock, Full-Color
$2.99 US

“INSIDE JOB” Part Four: The explosive finale to the Scourge Arc! Sonic’s evil twin is running with the Destructix, and they’re fighting for their lives to escape Zone Jail! If the rioting prisoners don’t get them, the Zone Cops will! In the mad dash for freedom, who will escape – and who will be left behind?
SCRIPT: Ian Flynn
ARTIST: Tracy Yardley!, Jim Amash, Phil Felix and Steve Downer
COVER: Tracy Yardley! & Ben Hunzeker
Shipping Date: 9/7/11
On Sale at Comic Shops: 9/21/11
Comic, 32 pages, 40 lb. glossy stock, Full-Color
$2.99 US

Pop tells the boys women change their hair after traumatic events and after breaking a date with Betty for another girl, Archie’s guilt gets the better of him when he’s sees her with a new hairstyle. He invites her to a night on the town but it all backfires for poor Betty when Archie enlists the help of a specialist for her supposed depression. Betty won’t be changing her hair again anytime soon after this fiasco in “WHAT THE DO DID.” On the eve of his 25th anniversary at Riverdale High School, Coach Kleats recounts some of the highs and lows of his career only to reveal that obstacles often come from within.
SCRIPT: Craig Boldman
ARTIST: Stan Godlberg
COVER: Fernando Ruiz
Shipping Date: 9/28/11
On Sale at Comic Shops:10/12/11
Newsstands: Week of/2011
Digest, 160 pgs, 30 lb newsprint, Full-Color
$3.99 US

Archie and his friends have forever been chronicled in the latter portion of their high school journey, but after many long years, the story of how “the gang” all met up was finally told in the first volume of Archie Freshman Year Book 1: The High School Chronicles. But that wasn’t the whole story!
In this second volume, Eisner-winning writer Batton Lash answers more questions that fans have been asking for decades about the early years of life at Riverdale High. See what happens when Jughead and his family move, Betty and Veronica become internet celebrities, and Reggie breaks out and finds himself a new group of “Pals ‘n’ Gals.” Catch Chuck’s first real foray into the world of comics and find out whatever happened to Pencilneck G.
SCRIPT: Batton Lash
ARTIST: Bill Galvan, Al Milgrom COLORS: Glenn Whitmore
Direct Market On-sale: 9/7/2011
6 x 9″ Trade Paperback 128 pgs
$9.95 US

This giant graphic novel collects from Life with Archie Magazine 1-6 the most critically acclaimed storyline in Archie Comics history, following two separate paths for Archie as a newlywed if he had married Betty Cooper or if he had married Veronica Lodge. Archie Marries Betty features the newlyweds as they move to the city to pursue their dreams and are faced with seemingly endless disasters engineered by a sinister figure from the past, and also includes the moving story of the death of their former teacher Miss Grundy. Archie Marries Veronica showcases the newlywed couple struggling to balance business and conscience while trying to keep Mr. Lodge’s sensibilities from destroying their ideals, their hometown – and their marriage. Find out what happens to all of your favorite Riverdale characters! Based on an outline by Emmy award-winning Batman producer Michael Uslan, written by comic book veteran Paul Kupperberg and featuring the fluid and lush artwork of longtime Batman artist Norm Breyfogle.
SCRIPT: Michael Uslan, Paul Kupperberg
ARTIST: Norm Breyfogle, Andrew Pepoy, Joe Rubenstein
COLORS: Glenn Whitmore
Direct Market On-sale: 9/14/2011
6 5/8 x 10 3/16″ Trade Paperback 320 pgs
$19.99 US

This gigantic 432-page hardcover edition is an essential introduction to new readers and a must-have companion for longtime Archie fans, featuring the best Archie tales in a beautiful full-size volume. Includes classic tales covering every decade of Archie’s history from some of the biggest creative names in the company’s history, including Bob Montana, Harry Lucey, Dan DeCarlo, Samm Schwartz, Stan Goldberg, Dan Parent and more. Hand-picked by Archie historians and experts, the stories collected in The Best of Archie Comics Deluxe Edition take readers on a veritable pop culture tour of America, from the World War II era to the swingin’ 60s to the present – including anecdotes, memories, historical highlights, exclusive content and more from Archie creators. This large hardcover deluxe edition is printed on quality paper and contains an additional 16 pages of extras not found in the smaller digest paperback version. The Best of Archie Comics Deluxe Edition is the flagship title of Archie’s 70th anniversary and will receive intense publicity, marketing and sales support through 2012.
Various authors/illustrators
Direct Market On-sale: 9/28/2011
6 5/8 x 10 3/16″ Hardcover 432 pgs
$29.99 US

MEGA MAN is the hit new action-adventure series from Archie Comics! Dr. Light wanted to build a better tomorrow with his new Robot Masters, but the evil Dr. Wily reprogrammed them to take over the world! Now it’s up to one little robot to save us all – MEGA MAN! Don’t miss the first heroic adventures of Rock, a simple helper robot who takes up the fight for the greater good! This volume contains Rock’s transformation into Mega Man, his first battles with the famous Robot Masters, and his titanic clash with Dr. Wily!
MEGA MAN VOL. 1 collects MEGA MAN #1-4 plus variant covers, exclusive sketches and special features!
SCRIPT: Ian Flynn
ARTIST: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, Chad Thomas, Ben Bates, Jamal Peppers, Rick Bryant, Gary Martin, John Workman and Matt Herms
COVER: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
Direct Market On-sale: 9/14/2011
5 x 7 3/8″ Trade Paperback 112 pgs
$11.95 US

The best-selling SONIC ARCHIVES graphic novel series continues! The hunt for the evil Ixis Naugus goes into full swing as Sonic and his best friend Tails continue the World Tour Saga! Can the power of friendship overrule the wills of interdimensional machine-gods? What is the sinister secret of Sand Blast City? And are those duck-bill platypus warriors riding crododiles?! You won’t want to miss all of the first time appearances for characters like the Iron King and Queen, Jack Rabbit and his Sand Blast Freedom Fighters, and the debut of the Secret Service!
SONIC ARCHIVES VOLUME 16 collects SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #59-62 featuring digitally re-mastered art and special features!
COVER: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
5 x 7 3/8″ Trade Paperback 112 pgs
$7.95 US

Enter the SONIC UNIVERSE with the first ever Graphic Novel collection of the new hit comic series! SHADOW THE HEDGEHOG, the dark and grim Ultimate Lifeform, embarks on his first mission for the Guardian Units of the Nation! He will travel across time and space, fighting deadly killer robots and facing down beings of god-like power! SONIC UNIVERSE VOL. 1 collects the entire “Shadow Saga” storyline from Sonic Universe #1-4 plus exclusive sketches and special features!
SCRIPT: Ian Flynn
ARTIST: Tracy Yardley!, Jim Amash, Teresa Davidson and Jason Jensen
COVER: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
5 x 7 3/8″ Trade Paperback 112 pgs
$11.95 US

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

The Iron Warrior -Big Bong!


In the 1940s, deep in the South American jungles, Rodney Dearth, inventor and adventurer, is searching for the lost explorer Percy H. Fawcett and City Z. Then he hears the stories that terrify his native bearers. ..

…there is a city -guarded by -Big Bong!

But Dearth is not afraid -he has his own creation to protect him -THE IRON WARRIOR!

Ben Dilworth continues the adventures of the Iron Warrior, created by William A. Ward, presenting an action romp featuring one of the UKs most violent characters -tongue firmly in cheek. We think!
16 pages you’ll never forget!

Minck Osterveer on working in the European and American Comic Markets

with Minck Oosterveer and Jim Salicrup
Tuesday, June 21st

Admission: $5/Free for MoCCA Members

Sketching demonstration, refreshments and raffle to follow!

Join renowned “Nikky Saxx” and “Zombie Tales” artist Minck Oosterveer for an informal interview with comics editor extraordinaire Jim Salicrup for a lively evening as Minck discusses the differences, similarities and joys of working on European and American comics, his illustrative career in both, as well his recent work as the penciler on “Ruse” and Spiderman at Marvel Comics.

To say that Minck Oosterveer is a “zombie” artist is true enough… but is far from fully describing this wonderful talent!

The award-winning artist is known worldwide for a plethora of comic strips, movie work, and sequential art. Most notably here in the United States for such books as “Zombie Tales” and “The Unknown” with writer Mark Waid!

Growing up in The Netherlands (Holland) with European comics, he soon developed a strong interested in American comics, especially the newspaper comics of the 1930s-50s. It was the pulp-ish, direct style and the usage of black and white in realistic artwork that attracted him the most. Film Noir as it were.

Oosterveer’s work is strongly influenced by Milton Caniff, Alex Raymond, and Will Eisner. After working for a studio on productions like ‘Tom & Jerry’, ‘Sesame Street’, ‘Paddington’, ‘Ovide’ and ‘Spider-Man’, Minck Oosterveer moved more in the direction of another stylistic forte, working with Willem Ritstier on the series “Claudia Brücken” for the Franco-Belgian publishing-house ‘les editons Lombard’ and Tintin-Magazine .
The collaboration with Ritstier resulted in a daily newspaper comic in an American style, “Jack Pott”, published in the Dutch newspaper “Algemeen Dagblad.”

Since 1996 Oosterveer worked again with Willem Ritstier on the newspaper comic “Zodiak” for De Telegraaf, and series “Rick Rolluik” for Suske en Wiske-magazine, and “Arachna” for ComicWatch-magazine. He did the art and story for the comic “Excalibur”, published by Enigma and artwork for a successful animated movie, ‘”Mario A”.
In 2002, Oosterveer and Ritstier started a new daily comic strip in De Telegraaf, called “Nicky Saxx”, one of their most successful comic-series. This was followed by a comic-series entitled “Trunk” (2006), which debuted to critical acclaim. Next they teamed up (2007) as writer (Ritstier) and penciller (Oosterveer) for “Storm”, a successful European comic series created by Englishman Don Lawrence,  and started a new western-comic,  “Ronson inc.” for the legendary Dutch comic-magazine “Eppo”

Minck Oosterveer debuted in US-comics with the aforementioned “Zombie Tales/ Zaambi” written by Cris Morgan and published by BOOM!-studios. Early 2009 until 2010 he collaborated with American writer Mark Waid to draw the mini-series “The Unknown” and “The Unknown: The Devil made flesh” which where published by BOOM!-studios as well.

He is currently working on two projects at Marvel Comics, which include “Ruse” and a Spider-man island adventure, neither are to be missed!

Minck will give a sketching demonstration following the interview.
The evening also includes raffles for merchandise from Eva Ink Artist Group. Three tickets for $5. All proceeds will benefit MoCCA.
In addition, a special print will be available only at the event.

Stay around for refreshments, mingle, and enjoy this unique opportunity for a cross cultural exchange with a consummate comics professional.

Monday, 20 June 2011



While Gavin waited for the latest Chung Ling Soo script I needed to keep him busy!  And it just so happened that I found a script from 1993 featuring the UKs first supernatural sleuth/detective -Dene Vernon.
Set in the late 1940s, Vernon is recovering from a previous case when he is called upon to investigate mystery deaths in London dockland. Despite the assistance of one of the Silvermaigne family, famous werewolf, demon and vampire hunters, it looks as though the threat of Lorimed may be the Man of Mystery’s last….
Did Gavin want to draw it?  Yes! This 52 pager includes a text back-up feature.

So, for those of you who still haven’t ordered a copy (why not?) here are a few pages.
Art (c)2011 G. Ross/BTCG

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Not only does Gavin Ross edit the official Marc Bolan/TREX fanzine but he was the only person I ever met in comics who knew who Chung Ling Soo was!  A magic fan, Gavin originally sent me a three page Chung strip in the early 1990s and went on to draw Chung Ling Soo:The Curse Of  The Jade Dragon.
Gavin is currently working on the latest book: The Mystery Of The Thames Serpent, having just completed Dene Vernon:The Thing Below.
The 29 pager contains the original 3 page strip plus text back-up
Let the deception begin.
Art (c)G. Ross/BTCG

Posted June 20, 2011 by blacktowercomicsandbooks in FeatureEdit


How could Ben Dilworth, another legend of the British Small Press era, not do a follow-up to Merriwether in his own inimitable style and, in places, tongue firmly in cheek?
This 27 pager looks at the images flashing through Merriwethers mind in the seconds between life and death.
What prepared and set him on his quest?
All art (c)2011 B. R. Dilworth/BTCG

Posted June 20, 2011 by blacktowercomicsandbooks in FeatureEdit


Resplendent behind a cover by noted Bristol artist Paul Ashley Brown, the original tag to this collection of Merriwether strips was “This year the Church of England Goes Hard Core!” -it was pointed out that this might be taken to have a double meaning so it was dropped!
Merriwether, 6 feet 3 inches tall is built like Arnold Schwarzenegger in his younger days and his unquestioning faith in God leads him head-long into confrontation with ancient Egyptian deity (or is it?), vampyres, demons -including a whole English village full of demons and the dark one himself -a confrontation with Satan!
Originally a back-up feature in the Small Press version of Black Tower Adventure, like The Bat, the Reverend caught on and has quite a following.  The shocking conclusion to the series (never before published) had fans in an uproar!
58 pages including back-up feature.  Available via the online store.