Monday, April 30, 2012

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Friday, April 27, 2012

ARTIST A. KAVIRAJ SHOWS OFF HIS WORK

For over two years, A. Kaviraj has worked on projects such as Dr Death vs The Vampire, Dr Death vs The Zombie, Rapid City, Tales From The Future and The End of Paradise. He recently took an image of his stack of artwork and his artistic implements. Enjoy.



COMICS FROM THE EDGE #43


Comic by Bob Toben

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

WEBCOMIC WEDNESDAY: UPDATE FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2012

We have been very busy at Champion City Comics with some comic book projects, and hopefully I will have some exciting news to share with everyone in the upcoming weeks. In the meantime you should enjoy the new look to our webcomic, The Red Devil. For you faithful followers, this is a departure from the strip format. The creative team is the same and we hope you like the new look to The Red Devil.

THE RED DEVIL

Writer: TonyDoug Wright

Pencils, Ink, Color, and Lettering: Erik Roman & Joe Haemmerle

Synopsis:  Dublin O'Darby (The Red Devil) is an international crime-fighter who   works for Sebastian Coronado, the director of an organization dedicated to combating cartels of evil. Joining The Red Devil is teenage sidekick   Charlotte Murphy (Kid Diablo). In the exciting first issue, Red Devil   and Kid Diablo track down a dangerous ninja, Silent Noise, who has stolen a mysterious ring which once belonged to a diabolical group of demon worshipers known as the Order of Methalius.

Check out the new storyline which ties in with the old storyline. Enjoy!

CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE
 

COMICS FROM THE EDGE #41

Comic by Bob Toben

Concept by TonyDoug Wright


Bob and I have been talking ideas for Comics From The Edge and he really liked this idea. Also, I hope you enjoy our comic because we are going to make Comics From The Edge a DAILY strip. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

COMICS FROM THE EDGE #40


Comic by Bob Toben

Concept by TonyDoug Wright


Bob likes it when I send him ideas for Comics From The Edge. This was something that popped into my head two weeks ago. 

Monday, April 23, 2012

Friday, April 20, 2012

2012 SUPERHERO DRAFT SELECTIONS #21 TO #25

Selection #21 - Nashville, Tennessee



Superhero drafted: Bishop

What the experts predicted: Banshee

Overview: Banshee might love country music and he was discovered in Nashville, but this city needs someone who can squash violent crime not only as a superhero but also as a detective. 



Selection #22 - Kansas City, Missouri



Superhero drafted: Storm

What our experts predicted: The Flash (Barry Allen)

Overview: Kansas City has a violent crime problem, but the city is oh-so-close to tornado alley. Let's go with Storm on this pick.



Selection #23 - Miami, Florida



Superhero drafted: Thor

What our experts predicted: Zatanna

Overview: Miami is for the beautiful people. This one is tough, so we'll give Thor the nod.  



Selection #24 - Lansing, Michigan



Superhero drafted: Cyclops

What our experts predicted: The cast of 300

Overview:  I've been to Lansing many times and I've been bored to tears every time. Cyclops is boring, but if you get him drunk, he'll help the Michigan State students set their couches on fire during riots.




Selection #25 - Elizabeth, New Jersey  



Superhero drafted: Rorschach

What our experts predicted: They lost interest

Overview: This crime ridden city is perfect for the loose cannon vigilante from The Watchmen.

COMICS FROM THE EDGE #38

Comic by Bob Toben

Thursday, April 19, 2012

THE 2012 SUPERHERO DRAFT: SELECTIONS #16 TO #20

Welcome to part three of the 2012 Superhero Draft. I love comics and the NFL draft, so I decided to combine the two by  choosing a hero to defend the most dangerous cities in the United  States. Information was taken from the 2011 twenty-five worst cities for crime in the United States. If you missed part one then click here, if you missed part two then click here, and if you missed part three then click here to get caught up. 

Remember, I am selecting a superhero than can put an end to crime in  their city and can also be a major asset as their alter ego. The right  person has to be drafted and all decisions are based on a variety of  factors including geographical location, overall crime  issues, education, specific social problems, the history of the city,  and any interesting pop culture facts. Enjoy.

Selection #16 - Springfield, Illinois



Superhero drafted: The Flash (Wally West)

What the experts predicted: Ghost Rider

Overview: The Flash is a great selection for the state capital of Illinois and the city where Lincoln practiced law. The Wally West version of The Flash protected Central City, Kansas, so this superhero will have no problem relocating to another Midwestern city. The experts have Waukegan, Illinois' very own Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider falling to Springfield, but you can't pass up the talents of The Flash at this position.  


Selection #17 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania



Superhero drafted: Wolverine

What the experts predicted: War Machine

Overview: Instead of taking hometown hero, War Machine, the City of Brotherly Love lands an incredible crime fighter with Wolverine. Like the Wally West version of The Flash, you can not pass up on Wolverine's talents in a city overrun with crime.


Selection #18 - Lowell, Massachusetts 



Superhero drafted: The Thing

What our experts predicted: The Human Torch 


Overview: Lowell has had problems with violent crime and gangs for too long. IT'S CLOBBERIN' TIME!

Selection #19 - Richmond, California 



Superhero drafted: Sub-Mariner

What our experts predicted:Storm


Overview: This Bay City area is known for devastating earthquakes, chemical leaks, and a high crime rate. Someone needs to get things situated and this is a job for the Sub-Mariner.

Selection #20 -  St. Petersburg, Florida 



Superhero drafted: Aquaman

What our experts predicted: Aquaman

Overview: Come on, folks, this is a no-brainer.

COMICS FROM THE EDGE #37


Comic by Bob Toben

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

THE 2012 SUPERHERO DRAFT: SELECTIONS #11 TO #15

 Welcome to part three of the 2012 Superhero Draft. I love comics and the NFL draft, so I decided to combine the two by choosing a hero to defend the most dangerous cities in the United States. Information was taken from the 2011 twenty-five worst cities for crime in the United States. If you missed part one then click here and if you missed part two then click here.

Remember, I am selecting a superhero than can put an end to crime in their city and can also be a major asset as their alter ego. The right person has to be drafted and all decisions are based on a variety of factors including geographical location, overall crime issues, education, specific social problems, the history of the city, and any interesting pop culture facts. Enjoy.

Selection #11 - Buffalo, New York



Superhero drafted: Professor X - Charles Xavier

What our experts predicted: Wolverine

Overview: Buffalo's major industries are health care and education, and since his Xavier Institute for Higher Learning is located in the southeastern portion of the state, then it is not a major reach for Buffalo. Not only do they get Xavier, but they will have the assistance of the X-Men as well. This is a win-win for Buffalo, a city that has 21 murders per 100,000 which is triple the national average. The experts thought this would be the kind of cold and snowy town for a hero like Wolverine to patrol, but Buffalo is a family friendly city, so it is not the gloomy kind of place for Wolverine.     


Selection #12 - Springfield, Massachusetts



Superhero drafted: Green Arrow

What our experts predicted: Deadpool

Overview: The home of the Springfield Rifle and Springfield Armory would have been perfect for The Punisher, but Stockton took him to battle a community plagued by drug cartel violence. Springfield is a city with an interesting history that includes Shay's Rebellion and John Brown, so this town is the right fit for Green Arrow. The experts felt that this was a good spot for Deadpool, but a city with a liberal history like Springfield needs a left wing kind of hero. Green Arrow is your guy.


Selection #13 - Cleveland, Ohio



 Superhero drafted: The Incredible Hulk

What our experts predicted: Galactus eats the city and puts Cleveland out of its misery

Overview: When this, and this, and this, and this happens then HULK SMASH!



Selection #14 - Hartford, Connecticut



Superhero drafted: Doctor Strange

What our experts predicted: Cyclops

Overview: Hartford is a city for insurance companies and is also known as the Knowledge Corridor. This city is looking for a hero who won't be a major insurance liability and Doctor Strange seems to be the right fit for this community. Hartford does have double the national average for murders and the experts felt someone like Cyclops could serve as an excellent hero for the city. However, a guy like Dr. Strange could teleport all the bad apples to another dimension.


Selection #15 - Washington, D.C.  



Superhero drafted: Iron Man

What our experts predicted: Iron Man

Overview: Wow, the experts and I are on the same page. With Baltimore taking Captain America then it makes sense to have Iron Man protecting Washington, D.C.. Add Tony Stark and Stark Industries to the mix and the nation's capital is in secure hands.

Tomorrow we will have selections #16 to #20!!!


TonyDoug Wright is the owner and editor of Champion City Comics. His webcomics include Dr Death vs The Zombie, The Red Devil , and Day 165.

COMICS FROM THE EDGE #36


Comic by Bob Toben

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

THE 2012 SUPERHERO DRAFT: SELECTIONS 6 TO 10

Welcome to part two of the 2012 draft. We are now going to review selections #6 to #10, and if you missed part one of the draft, then go here and see our first five selections.

Remember, I am selecting a superhero than can put an end to crime in their city and can also be a major asset as their alter ego. The right person has to be drafted and all decisions are based on a variety of factors including geographical location, overall crime issues, education, specific social problems, the history of the city, and any interesting pop culture facts. Enjoy.

Selection #6 - Oakland, California



Superhero drafted: Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)

What the draft experts predicted: Aquaman

Overview: Citizens of Oakland, you should be pleased to know that I am making a great draft selection for your city that has a crime rate per 100,000 that is nearly triple the national average. If Al Davis were still alive then he'd draft The Flash purely based on his 40-yard dash time at the combine. If Billy Beane were making the selection, then you'd be given some B-list hero like ROM the SpaceKnight due to his sabermetrics score. My choice is Green Lantern (Hal Jordan). Why? Hello?! Oakland is perfect for the Coast City, California superhero who can fight crime and stop any possible alien invasions. Green Lantern would be an asset to the Bay Area during major earthquakes because that little green ring can do some wonderful things, so recognize. Now the so-called draft experts would want Aquaman for this job, but this is Hal Jordan's backyard.Why do I have a feeling that Geoff Johns is meeting with DC executives to create The West Coast Justice League with Green Lantern, The Flash, and Aquaman? 


Selection #7 - Little Rock, Arkansas



Superhero drafted: Wonder Woman

What the experts predicted: Bibleman

Overview: Hear me out on this draft selection. Little Rock has a forcible rape statistic per 100,000 that is double that national average. Homey don't play that. If we're going to stop this problem of forcible rape then we need the best problem solver on the draft board. My pick is Wonder Woman. You might disagree because the Bible Belt won't go for an Amazon who hasn't accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and savior. Sometimes you need an outsider to get the job done. Sorry, Bibleman, but William Jefferson Clinton likes his crime fighters with curves and breasts.


Selection #8 - Baltimore, Maryland



Superhero drafted: Captain America

What the experts predicted: Spider-Man

Overview: It's time for me to give a city Captain America as their draft pick. He works for Baltimore because we have a great history with the era of the Revolutionary War to the War of 1812. Hey, the "Star Spangled Banner" was written during the Battle of Baltimore. Now, Baltimore has a murder rate per 100,000 that is four times the national average and perhaps Cap could work with the likes of Omar Little and Detective Jimmy McNulty to stop Avon Barksdale and Marlo Stanfield from droppin' bodies in West Baltimore. Baltimore would have been a good choice for Spider-Man, but Captain America has the edge on the city's history and on the proximity to Washington, DC.


Selection #9 - Rockford, Illinois



Superhero drafted: Spider-Man

What the experts predicted: Hawkeye

Overview: Rockford like Little Rock has double the number of forcible rapes per 100,000 and also has a staggering rate of robberies. This city needs the best player on the board to crush violent crime. Spider-Man is definitely the right selection for the Midwestern city that is in close proximity to Chicago. Spidey has been passed up by too many cities, so this seems to be the best fit. The draft experts were thinking this could be Hawkeye's landing spot, but Rockford has landed their friendly neighborhood kind of guy.      


Selection #10 - Stockton, California



Superhero drafted: The Punisher

What the experts predicted: The Incredible Hulk

Overview: Stockton has been a problematic area for drug cartels from Mexico and the Pacific Northwest. You need someone to get in, take care of business, and get out. This is going to be a job for The Punisher. Fans will debate if this guy truly lives up to the standards of a superhero because he kills villains. However, the draft experts thought this would be a good location for The Incredible Hulk. In this case, we'll need covert finesse over total destruction.


On Wednesday, we will reveal selections #11 to #15. Stay tuned!


TonyDoug Wright is the owner and editor of Champion City Comics. His webcomics include Dr Death vs The Zombie, The Red Devil , and Day 165.

COMICS FROM THE EDGE #35


Comic by Bob Toben

Monday, April 16, 2012

THE 2012 SUPERHERO DRAFT: SELECTIONS #1 TO #5

Welcome to the 2012 Superhero Draft! I love comics and the NFL draft, so I decided to combine the two by choosing a hero to defend the most dangerous cities in the United States. Information was taken from the 2011 twenty-five worst cities for crime in the United States. My decisions are based on choosing the superhero along with their alter ego to do the best work in each city. Decisions were also made on a variety of factors including geographical location, overall crime issues, education, specific social problems, the history of the city, and any interesting pop culture facts. Enjoy.  

Today, we will review my first five picks in the draft. 

Selection #1 - Flint, Michigan 




Superhero drafted: Daredevil

What the draft experts predicted: Superman

Overview: Michigan has three picks in this draft and I was determined to make the best selections for their troubled cities. They are going to need a superhero in every city that is a one-two punch to fight crime. Flint has a homicide rate per 100,000 people that is five times the national average. I was reviewing all of the superheroes and made a bold choice. Most of the so-called draft experts would have predicted that this would have been a job for Superman, but The Man of Steel is not cut out for the mean streets of Flint. The people of Flint do not need a government yes man who is too much Wally Cleaver and not enough Dirty Harry. Flint needs the nocturnal crime-fighter in Daredevil which would give his alter ego, Matthew Murdoch, the opportunity serve as the city's district attorney to prosecute criminals during the day. Coming along with Daredevil would be his trusty sidekick, Foggy Nelson, who is also a skilled attorney. Daredevil knows how to fight crime in tough, gritty areas and he sharpened his skills in the Hell's Kitchen section of New York City. Daredevil is the perfect number-one draft selection for a city that has been against the ropes for too long. Michael Moore would approve.   


Selection #2 - Detroit, Michigan




Superhero drafted: Batman


What our experts predicted: The Punisher

Overview: Michigan needs help with crime and I am here to give them their best options with the first and second picks in the 2012 draft. Batman has an excellent track record of fighting crime in Gotham, which can be easily compared to Detroit, and he will have the assistance of of his sidekick, Robin, and his butler/medical provider, Alfred Pennyworth. Not only do they have an excellent crime fighter, but the city of Detroit will benefit from the deep pockets of alter ego, Bruce Wayne. A city with a murder rate four times the national average per 100,000 and a dreadful economy needed the assistance of Batman/Bruce Wayne. Although our experts predicted this job would have been perfect for The Punisher, it would have been a bad decision. Yes, I have stated and proved in a previous post that Batman is a self-righteous prick, but The Punisher is too much of a loose canon vigilante for a city that is having a slight rebound. Move a city forward and don't set them back.


Selection #3 - St. Louis, Missouri



Superhero drafted: Superman


What our experts predicted: The Flash

Overview: St. Louis landed Superman, which is a perfect fit for this conservative Midwestern city. Born and raised on a Kansas farm, this legal alien will bring justice to a city that has a murder rate that is nearly five times the national average per 100,000 people. Superman has plenty of powers that will definitely give the criminals of St. Louis a run for their money. Not only does he have incredible strength, fantastic speed, freezing breath, but he also has the ability to fire heat from his eyes. What more could a city located in the Bible Belt ask for from their superhero? Coming along with Superman are his sidekicks, Jimmy Olsen, a platonic male friend, and Lois Lane, a young lady he apparently has been courting for a number of years. Perfect. The Flash would have been another safe pick for this town, but it is tough to pass up on Superman at this point in the draft. 


Selection #4 - New Haven, Connecticut 




Superhero drafted: Reed Richards


What our experts predicted: Captain America


Overview: This selection was a bit of a tough one for me because we have a city that has a great academic history and has some early American historical significance as well. I decided to learn towards the academic history. New Haven is home to Yale University, and I decided to pick an academic superhero who would use their alter-ego to be an asset as a member of the Yale faculty. I narrowed down my choices to Reed Richards, Charles Xavier, and Bruce Banner. Dr. Strange was originally part of this group, but he doesn't seem to be the kind of guy that wants to have office hours. I eliminated Banner because Yale would not want their historic campus destroyed by The Hulk because some goofy barista dumped a latte in Banner's lap at the campus coffee shop. It was a decision between Richards and Professor X. I didn't think Yale would want to pay for the relocation expenses for Cerebro, so Richards won. Additionally, the residents of new Haven would have access to Reed's friends, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm, and The Thing. Perfect. Now, I am sure the so-called draft experts thought this would be a perfect city for Captain America. However, Connecticut is the home state of Benedict Arnold, so that is the reason why I decided against drafting the Captain. 


Selection #5 -  Memphis, Tennessee 



Superhero drafted: Luke Cage/Power Man

What our experts predicted: Gambit

Overview: Memphis has a long tradition of racial unrest and Luke Cage/Power Man was definitely the right draft selection. Remember, we need a hero that can be an asset to the city as a hero and as their alter ego. We still have some great talent on the draft board, but Memphis needs a guy like Luke Cage that can be an asset to fighting crime and can do something positive in the community to heal some deep wounds. Perhaps the draft experts thought some southern heroes like Rogue or Gambit could do the work, but Cage was definitely the right choice.

Stay tuned because on Tuesday we will reveal picks #6 to #10!

Agree or disagree with our picks? Take your thoughts to the comments section!

 TonyDoug Wright is the owner and editor of Champion City Comics. His webcomics include Dr Death vs The Zombie, The Red Devil , and Day 165.

COMICS FROM THE EDGE #34


Saturday, April 14, 2012

THE TRAILER PARK: THE RAVEN


John Cusak plays Edgar Allen Poe, and the famed American writer, who must aid a Baltimore detective to solve a series of murders based on the works of Poe. Will this be awesome or will it suck? Discuss below in the comments section.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Thursday, April 12, 2012

BATMAN: A SELF-RIGHTEOUS PRICK?


I was asked to name my favorite superhero and my reply was Batman. For years, I have enjoyed the adventures of the 'Caped Crusader' as he battles crime in Gotham. Batman is a detective, a vigilante, a father-figure, and a hero. He is willing to put himself in harm's way to have right win in the end over evil. Batman has battled the worst of the worst and always finds a way to defeat his enemies despite the odds. Batman is a fascinating character and when a friend of mine labeled Batman as a "self-righteous prick", I did not disagree.

Of course Batman is a self-righteous prick. Does anyone disagree? If so then calm down and take a deep breath. Just follow the article below as I have a conversation in my head about The Dark Knight and why I agree that my favorite superhero is a self-righteous prick. 

Bruce Wayne's parents were murdered right in front of him, so he has every right to seek revenge as a crime fighting hero. 

This is a somewhat valid point, but by becoming Batman instead of allowing the legal system to work, Bruce proves that he is in fact a self-righteous prick. He thinks he is right and everyone else is doing it wrong. He believes he is above the system and his plight is the only plight.  

Bruce Wayne should have become a member of law enforcement if he truly wanted to combat crime. He could have entered the police academy, earned his badge as a police officer, and made his way up the ladder so that he could be promoted to the rank of detective. As fans, we know that he has all the skills to be a detective and he would have been a major asset to the police department working homicide and/or cold cases. If his career was very successful then he could have made his way up the ranks to chief of police. As the chief of police, he could organize the department and see that the people under his watch are used effectively to combat crime.

Another scenario would be Bruce Wayne going to law school and becoming a lawyer. He could easily be elected as a district attorney to prosecute criminals. Bruce is a smart guy and with those detective skills, he'd be a beast in the courtroom. He could see that criminals were sent to prison for the maximum sentence or even send them to Arkham for treatment. Also, lawyers can earn their stripes and run for judge's seat. If Bruce were a judge then he could ensure that justice was served in the courtroom.

Dude, Batman works WITH the police and the DA's Office.

If he works with them then why act independently of both entities? Does that not prove that the police and DA's Office are useless in Batman's eyes in the war on crime? Does Batman view himself as the only answer to fighting crime in Gotham? He thinks he is the only answer and therefore the self-righteous prick argument wins again.     

Bruce Wayne took on the role of Batman to END crime in Gotham. He wanted to strike fear in the hearts of all criminals.

Well then he has done a super job of ending crime in Gotham. You can not argue that Batman is a deterrent to crime because Gotham is overrun with crime. So what has Batman accomplished? Every hero has a goal and he did solve the case of the murder of his mother and father. Goal accomplished. He also wants to end all crime in Gotham. This impossible task can not be accomplished by one person alone. We know that at times he wants to be the awesome crime fighting loner, but he needs help. Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake, Alfred Pennyworth, Jim Gordon and Barbara Gordon are just a few people he has enlisted to help in his fight against crime. Let's not forget about his affiliation with the Justice League of America. How long would it take for Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman to crush the criminals of Gotham?  An hour? A day? A week? A month? A year? Problem solved.

So Batman solved the murder of his parents. Did he make an effort to go out and solve all of the other cold cases in Gotham? Still proving the self-righteous prick point.



You're wrong because Batman cares about Gotham and always gets the bad guy.

Batman has fought many battles and it is amazing the guy is still alive. However, every time he wins a battle, a new villain or an old villain appears. The cycle continues and Batman can not end the cycle. It will never end. Only a self-righteous prick would keep this battle going. I admire Batman for not killing his enemies, but some broken legs would keep his enemies immobilized for a long time.

But you gotta sell comic books.

That's true and you make a very good point. But why can't characters die? What can't characters retire and be replaced with a new line-up? Why keep on recycling the same old stories again and again? There is talent at DC Comics that can come up with new characters and new story lines. How man times does Gotham have to be on the brink of destruction? I am amazed people live in that city. There would be no way in hell I would live in Gotham. The West Bank and Baghdad seem to be safer locations.

We're getting away from the argument where Batman is a self-righteous prick.  

Sorry.

I still think you're wrong.

Amazing. You think I'm wrong? Batman is the embodiment of the "my way or the highway" type of persona. He'll work with the system, but he believes that he is also above the system and can fight crime on his own. Batman thinks he's the solution, but he's also part of the problem. He can keep putting the Joker into Arkham, but the Joker will escape. He can crush a new enemy, but another one will emerge. He'll blow up buildings and cars, just to win the battle, but he doesn't seem to go the extra mile to win the war.There is your self-righteous prick who can't see he's not part of the solution.

One of my favorite TV shows is Breaking Bad and I'd like to share a line. Bryan Cranston's character, Walter White, was having a conversation with Jonathan Banks' character, Mike Ehrmantraut. Mike tells Walter, "No more half-measures, Walter". That's my advice to Batman. Quit being a self-righteous, prick. You're my favorite hero. No more half-measures. You're the best. Get the job done and win the war on crime.    

Share your thoughts in the comments section below. 


TonyDoug Wright is the owner and editor of Champion City Comics. His webcomics include Dr Death vs The Zombie, The Red Devil , and Day 165.

       

COMICS FROM THE EDGE #32


Comic by Bob Toben

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

WEBCOMIC WEDNESDAY: UPDATE FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2012

We have an update to report to our faithful followers. Bob Toben, the artist for Comics From The Edge, sent me more pages for his alternative comic, Am I An A-Hole Or Is It Everybody Else? If you want to read Bob's comic, just click here.

Red Devil fans, we will have an update for you next week, but in the meantime you should check out a couple of wonderful images. First, we have a pin-up featuring the pencils of Erik Roman and color by Joe Haemmerle. Second, we have a variant cover designed by A. Kaviraj. Enjoy!

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COMICS FROM THE EDGE #31


Comic by Bob Toben

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

COVERS PROJECT: G.I. JOE #26



By TonyDoug Wright

When I was reading comics in the 1980s I was interested in war themed titles like Fightin' Army, The 'Nam, and G.I. Joe. This was also an era when Marvel was generating comics for toys and G.I. Joe was part of that line-up with ROM, Transformers, and Micronauts. For some, these titles were nothing more than Marvel shamelessly peddling toys, but in my opinion, comics like G.I. Joe were well written stories with characters that had a great deal of depth.

The success of G.I. Joe was due to the creative output of lead writer, Larry Hama. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, an artist, and a student of martial arts. Hama's knowledge turned G.I. Joe into a legitimate title and he was involved with the comic for a twelve year span that included 155 issues. One of my favorite issues was G.I. Joe #26 which provided readers with a background of the enigmatic commando, Snake Eyes.  

This cover is wonderful because it shows the classified dossier for Snake Eyes featuring pictures from his days in Vietnam and of his sister. There is a newspaper clipping which deals with the death of his family. The story itself is excellent and it truly showed that although G.I. Joe was a toy based comic, it could be a serious and engaging title. Thank you, Larry Hama.

TonyDoug Wright is the owner and editor of Champion City Comics. His webcomics include Dr Death vs The Zombie, The Red Devil , and Day 165.

COMICS FROM THE EDGE #30


Comic by Bob Toben