Tuesday, December 31, 2013

CHAMPION CITY COMICS STICKERS

If you want to promote Champion City Comics then download the embedded PDF below and print the labels on to an Avery 5163 label sheet. There are ten stickers to a sheet, so go forth and promote this awesome website.

Monday, December 30, 2013

KAV'S COMIC DISCOVERIES: JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #87

Champion City Comics artist and comic book guru, Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj, enjoys reading comic books from the Silver Age of Comics. He loves to share some of the craziest panels ever developed for comics. Today, he has found some amazing panels from Journey Into Mystery #87 which is titled 'Prisoner of the Reds'. Stan Lee was the writer and Jack Kirby did the pencils. 

Journey Into Mystery #87 was the fifth Thor comic, and we have this scene where Thor, instead of just busting out of prison with his hammer, spins around to create 'shock waves'.

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The commies think he might be one of them since he carries a HAMMER. Then, Thor exhibits a new power where he creates blinding sparks from rubbing his hammer. Stan Lee used to give his characters one-time powers like this all the time, but DC Comics never did this because they gave someone a certain set of powers, and stuck with it.

Also from Journey Into Mystery #87 comes this panel where a scientist claims that Thor's tunneling prowess is 'scientifically impossible!'. Dude, if you want scientifically possible, you're in the wrong comic book.

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Monday, December 23, 2013

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM CHAMPION CITY COMICS

Champion City Comics returns December 30th, but we'd like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.


Friday, December 20, 2013

NAIRA: A WEBCOMIC SERIES

Champion City Comics is pleased to present a new version of Naira, a science-fiction webcomic series.

Synopsis: Naira, an intergalactic scientist, has been sent to a planet classified as A-1166 to research a species of plant that reportedly has the ability to cure many diseases. When Naira arrives on A-1166 she discovers the planet is in the middle of a major war between two tribes and the species of plant is being raided by intergalactic pirates.

Writer: Tony Wright

Pencils and Inks: Victor Pozzi

Letters: Magnus

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NAIRA by Tony Wright


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

KAV'S COMIC DISCOVERIES: THE SUB-MARINER

Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj continues to find some amazing discoveries while reading comics from the Silver Age of Comics. Today, Kav discovers some problems with Prince Namor (a.k.a. the Sub-Mariner) in The Fantastic Four #9. which was developed by the classic team of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

More absurdities from The Fantastic Four #9! We see Sue Richards protecting the Sub-Mariner who says, "You've never ganged up on anyone before!" HUH?!? The FF always 'gangs up' on their foes!!! A true WTF. Also we see the Sub-Mariner suddenly has 'all the powers of sea creatures' including the 'radar sense' of the 'cave fish'. Really? And there's a fish that emits RADIO WAVES? Does his body contain TRANSISTORS??? Another WTF. Then the final panel-the Fantastic Four movie comes out-even though the 'movie' was a scam by Namor to trap his enemies, and NO scenes were ever shot! WTF??? Stan Lee-you're KILLING ME!

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Monday, December 16, 2013

CAPTAIN AMERICA'S BICENTENNIAL BATTLES: BARRY SMITH AND JACK KIRBY

Our resident comic book artist and comic book guru, Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj, made a great discovery while reading Captain America's Bicentennial Battles.

Ever wonder what Jack Kirby inked by Barry Smith would look like? Well now you know-courtesy of Captain America's Bicentennial Battles 1976 Treasury edition! Enjoy! Barry Smith inking the guy who influenced him-that must have been a trip!



Friday, December 13, 2013

KAV'S COMIC DISCOVERIES: THE HUMAN TORCH'S HEAT MIRAGE POWERS

Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj continues to find some amazing discoveries while reading comics from the Silver Age of Comics. Today, we have Johnny Storm (a.k.a. The Human Torch) using his heat mirage powers in The Fantastic Four #17 by the classic team of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

More Silver Age nonsense from Stan Lee! Did you know that the Torch could make moving flame copies of himself? In Fantastic Four # 17 he develops another power-the ability to make 'flame images', which are not flaming, but are full color copies of people. In this panel, he's made a copy of Doctor Doom. WTF?? YOU ARE KILLING ME, STAN LEE! KILLING ME!!!!

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PS, another thing I have noticed in these old Fantastic Four comic books is the Invisible Girl hardly EVER uses her force field, when it would EASILY get her out of pinches. Like the Puppet Master grabs her and runs off, and I am thinking, "Dummy-if you used your FORCE FIELD he wouldn't be able to TOUCH YOU! Grrrrr....."

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

KAV'S COMIC DISCOVERIES: YOU'VE GOT MIND?

Comic book artist and guru, Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj, is a man on a mission. His mission is to find some of the most bizarre panels from the Silver Age of comics and share them with the world. Today, we have an interesting panel from The Fantastic Four #21, which was released in 1963 and was titled "The Hate-Monger".

KAV: Ok, here's a panel from The Fantastic Four #21. There are a couple of things that I want to talk about with this panel. First,let's talk about Ben Grimm's eyeball. On second thought, let's not talk about it. YEESH! Second, we see Nick Fury (No eyepatch???) insulting the Thing's intelligence when he can't even construct a valid sentence! Nick fail English? That's unpossible!

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Monday, December 9, 2013

KAV'S COMIC DISCOVERIES: REED RICHARDS WITH THE BIOLOGY FAIL

Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj continues to find some amazing panels from the Silver Age of Comics. Today, we see that Reed Richards has earned a biology fail.

Kav's silver age discoveries continue! Here we see the so-called brainy Mr Fantastic claiming he has created a single celled organism, but he's holding up a multicellular critter with a body,eyes and appendages-someone should inform this brainiac that a single cell would be far too small to see with the naked eye, and would not have multicellular appendages!!!

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Friday, December 6, 2013

KAV'S WTF?! COMIC BOOK COVERS: STRANGE ADVENTURES #79

Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj found a great selection for his WTF?! comic book cover collection series. It is Strange Adventures #79, titled "Invaders From The Ice World" which was published in 1959 by DC Comics. The writer was Gardner Fox, the pencils were done by the great Carmine Infantino, and Gil Kane did the cover art.

Check out this horrible synopsis via the DC Wikia: Two Iowan boys build snowmen during an unseasonal snowfall, only to discover their creations missing the next morning. During the night, the snowmen had been possessed by energy beings from the planet Pluto and were now wreaking havoc in preparation for full-scale invasion. Darwin Jones of the DSI soon arrives on the scene and after a number of unsuccessful attempts to destroy the snowmen with heat, realizes that their paradoxical weakness is extreme cold. Earth is saved!

KAV'S THOUGHTS: Here we go with another silver age wtf cover-and just in time for the holidays! We see invaders from space who are advanced enough to build space ships but still have to wear battered old crappy hats. I have to wonder what the hell kind of evolution would ever possibly lead to critters like this.


Thursday, December 5, 2013

KAV'S COMIC BOOK ADS: THE AUTHENTIC SUPERMAN COSTUME

Comic book artist and comic book guru, Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj, has discovered a truly awful comic book ad from the past. Take a look at the dreadful Superman costume that was advertised in a comic book.

Comic book ads were known for their blatant LYING. Like the 'Fabulous Sea Monkeys' that looked NOTHING like the little humanoids shown in the ad, or the 'Polairs Nuclear Sub' which fired REAL missiles, plus you could use to SPEND HOURS ROVING UNDER THE SEA. Here we have an AUTHENTIC SUPERMAN COSTUME. Authentic because it has a MASK, PATENT LEATHER SHOES, NO RED UNDERWEAR, A SQUARE BELT, SHORT SLEEVES AND A TIE-ON CAPE - EXACTLY LIKE WHAT THE MAN OF STEEL WORE!

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

KAV'S COMIC DISCOVERIES: FORGET ME NOT

Comic book artist and guru, Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj, enjoys reading comics from the Silver Age and Bronze Age of comics and sometimes he makes some amazing discoveries. He made the following discovery a few weeks ago, and it is a doozy.

Here we see a scene from Fantastic Four #4, wherein Johnny Storm throws Sub Mariner into the drink, reviving his memories. He had been living as a hobo for years, yet I find it hard to swallow he never noticed the wings on his ankles or that he never changed his shorts in 30 years.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

KAV'S COMIC DISCOVERIES: YOU FLICKER!

Comic book artist and guru, Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj, enjoys reading comics from the Silver Age and Bronze Age of comics and sometimes he makes some amazing discoveries. Look what he found last week.

Ok, I caught Dr. Strange flipping the bird and now from Strange Tales #114 comes an even worse infraction and a warning to all letterers-watch it when you letter words with 'LI' in them!!! Get a little too close and just look what happens to Baron Mordo's speech!!!! Yikes!

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

The Champion City Comics staff will be taking the rest of the week off to celebrate Thanksgiving. Have a wonderful and safe holiday. We'll see you on Monday, December 2, 2013.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

EBAY COMIC IDIOTS BY ANAND 'KAV' KAVIRAJ

Being a frequent buyer and seller of comics on eBay, I have run across some amazing people, made connections which led to drawing projects, articles, and friendships. I even met a guy who owns a copy of Action Comics #1! He had to pay $80,000 plus trade 80 other very valuable comics for it! And, of course, I have also come across the inevitable IDIOTS.

One dude had a coverless copy of a comic titled Captain Future and he listed it as 'MINT' condition with a buy it now price of $200. WTF?? I thought-I just had to inquire about this, so I messaged the dufus, and he responded huffily that, 'The part that was there was in mint condition'. WTF?? I rebutted him with, 'Well if I have a single page of Action Comics #1 then can I list it as 'Action Comics #1-MINT condition' since the part I had was mint? He got angry. Dufuses usually get angry when you point out their dufusness, I have found. According to his logic, if you have a comic with a cover a bit worn which puts it in 'good' condition, merely rip off the cover and VOILA! MINT!

Another dude has had a listing up for years which was titled 'Spider-Man original art -Vinny Romita-Signed by Stan Lee-John Romita Jr and John Romita Sr.' Price? A mere $17,995.95. WTF? Dude thinks since Stan Lee, John Romita, Jr. and Sr. have signed it , then it must be a gold mine. Ok dude-get a grip-there are plenty of Romita/Romita/Lee autographed items on eBay-Vinny Romita-a little kid-his autograph has no value, nor does his 'original 'art'. Just pause to think for a moment-if those four signatures were worth $18,000, wouldn't those four dudes go into business and make a fortune?  He actually thinks that some day someone is gonna come along and buy this piece of crap!



Then there are the dudes that like draw a picture on a napkin and list 'original one-of-a-kind art' for like $20,000. Just some dude. Note to dude: EVERY piece of 'original art' is one-of-a-kind. That means nothing. Here's how it works-first you become famous, then your art is worth beaucoup bucks. It doesn't work the other way around.

If you frequent the collector's forums they mock the HUGE number of idiots who list their comics at WAY over valued prices in buy it now formats with no best offer listings. For example: I've seen a $200 book listed at $1200. There's all these IDIOTS on eBay hoping one day a bigger IDIOT will come along, but IT'S NOT GONNA HAPPEN. EVER. WHY would you spend $1200 for a comic when there are PLENTY of listings of the same comic, in the same or better condition for $150? WHY??? YOU WOULDN'T!

There was the dude who listed a 'huge lot' of TWO COMICS. I'm not s*****g you! I messaged him too and said, 'I fail to see how two comic books constitute a 'huge lot'. He replied, 'Thanks for sharing', so I replied, 'I just didn't want you to look ridiculous'. ZING. He didn't change his listing, the way a functioning human would.

EBay can be a great source of income, deals, and...AMUSEMENT.

Monday, November 25, 2013

GREETINGS FROM WEBCOMICS LAND: DETECTIVE PEREZ WELCOME TO RUST CITY BY PAUL PATE

Today, we would like to share a webcomic from Paul Pate titled Welcome to Rust City.

Synopsis: Consider yourself lucky. You're lucky you don't live in my city. I've lived in Rust City my whole life, and for all thirty some of those years, this city has been in decline. At this point, it is almost unbearable. But, this is MY city! I am detective Lorenzo Perez. If there is a crime in this city and I catch the case, you can best believe I'm gonna find those responsible and bring them to justice!

Take this case. Someone kills Christina Stephans. They don't just kill her. They open her neck up and drain her blood all over my apartment floor! They're not gonna get away with it. Not if I have anything to say about it. Not if I have to take on gangsters, corrupt police officers, rogue FBI agents, and vampires! I will do what I have to do to track them down. I will enlist the help of some unruly characters along the way. And believe me, there are plenty in this town!

So, join me for this story if you will. But, please take my word for it, you don't wanna move here. You wouldn't last.



Friday, November 22, 2013

THE ARTWORK OF FLORIN GRADINARU

Florin Gradinaru is an artist from Romania and I am showcasing his work at Champion City Comics.

Florin's bio:

I have been drawing since childhood and I specialize in characters, portraits, and scenery illustration for comics, children books, games and cartoons. I enjoy creating dynamic compositions inspired by nature or fantasy.

When I was ten years old, I started studying arts with a great teacher, Gheorghe Ciuchete, at Childrens Palace in Craiova, Romania where I studied drawing the human body, portraits, compositions, still life and colouring. I attended the Art High School "Marin Sorescu" in Craiova where I studied painting and other disciplines with another great teacher Mihail Trifan and others for History of Arts, Sculpture, Perspective, etc. After that I studied Geography and English at the University of Craiova where I continued my love of drawing and painting. 

Personal blog: http://floringradinaru.blogspot.ro


Thursday, November 21, 2013

THE WYTHEVILLE PEDIGREE COLLECTION

Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj, our resident artist and comic book guru has written a great article about the  Whytheville Pedigree comic book collection.

What is a pedigree and how did they come to be a part of comic collecting?. In the 1970's a comic book store chain in Denver, known as Mile High Comics bought a stunning one-owner Golden-Age collection which was then sent to CGC for grading. The collector was Edgar Church, an illustrator who bought every issue that came out to be used as reference. Here is one of Church's illustrations, used for the cover of the Mile-High catalog:



These books came to be known as, you guessed it, The Mile-High Collection or the Edgar Church collection. Since these books where in a cool dry climate, they where wonderfully preserved and in stunning condition for their age. Amazingly, the older books were in the best condition, as they were at the bottom of the 8 foot high stacks and thus virtually untouched by air. These books you could actually still smell the printer's ink on and the pages were white and supple. Included in the collection was a complete run of Action Comics including #1 in an estimated 9.4 condition-it is unknown the exact condition as the current owner refuses to get it graded. I can understand how difficult it would be to let a book like that out of my control for a second! Comic book bags and boards where only around from the early 70's on so it usually the luck of the draw on finding high-grade issues prior to that. Early Silver-Age issues in high-grade are usually ones that where in the middle or bottom of a stack of books that have been left untouched for years. The fact that a book is sandwiched between other books meant it was safe from aging factors like sunlight and air.

Chuck Rozanski-Mile High founder with the Church collection:



One of the problems with early Golden-Age books is that there are not a lot of them around, period! In the 1940's, during World War II, they used to have massive paper drives for the War effort and millions of kids dutifully brought their comic books to the curb to be turned into pulp for much needed military paper products for the boys overseas. To further exacerbate things, many more were destroyed in the infamous 'war on comic books' instigated by the vile Dr. Wertham. To find a large cache of these early 1940's comics is amazing in itself but to find a huge collection in tip-top condition seemed to be a once in a life-time event. Indeed there were other Golden Age pedigrees to surface, the San Francisco, Lamont Larson, Cosmic Aeroplane, Denver, Allentown, Recil Macon, 'D', Blankas-Salida, Pennsylvania, Carson City, Hawkeye, Windy City, .Crescent City, White Mountain, and Bethlehem collections, but none could match the depth and condition of the Church collection.

With all the buzz about Golden-Age pedigrees and not a lot to be had, some truly beautiful Silver-Age runs have now shown up at the door step of the Certified Guarantee Company or CGC to be certified and graded. CGC requires proof of the find and that they grade the entire collection in order to establish a 'pedigree'.

The "Wytheville" pedigree collection was found by long-time dealer Kermit E Osserman, who first learned about the books by seeing a few offered on Ebay. He noticed that the seller was from Virginia and that they where offering some very interesting key issues like Marvel Spotlight #5, first appearance of Ghost Rider! After purchasing all the man had to offer that week on Ebay, a dialogue was opened up and discussions ensued to allow Kermit to come to Wytheville and purchase the huge collection of silver and bronze age books in one massive buy. The owner of the books was a police officer whose brother was a hoarder and a loner. The boy bought every book off the rack, each week, one at a time, over the course of years.

The "Wytheville" collection stood in some 40 long boxes and 30 or so square boxes. The brother had done some sorting of the books by placing them into runs. You could see that, after months and months of sorting, he had barely scratched the surface. There where huge runs, in issue number order, untouched for years. There is a certain smell to a comic book that has aged over the years, referred to as 'acid' due to the bleaching compounds used in the production of paper and which, when reacted with oxygen, slowly corrode and yellow paper products.

There where runs of DC's Our Army At War, Sgt. Rock, Star Spangled War Stories, high-grade Richie Rich issues in the pre 100's. Then there where the Amazing Spider-Man runs, Action Comics runs, then Marvel Horror books like Crypt Of Shadows, Where Creatures Roam, Where Monster's Dwell, on and on. Each box was more amazing then the last. After four hours of looking through all the boxes and doing some calculations, Kermit was ready to sit down and discuss pricing for the lot.

There where two serious draw-backs on the collection. About twenty percent of the books had sustained water damage in moving them from the brother's house to the officer's basement. This of course figured into the final negotiations. The other problem was that all the key issues had been removed. There was no Hulk #180, #181 nor #182, no Iron Fist #14 etc. In fact there was no number one issues of any of the runs that had started at the beginning. In the final compromise, they settled on several thousand dollars for the lot. It took two trips with a Toyota Highlander filled to capacity both times to get all the books from lower Virginia to Charlottesville, which was three hours away, and it has taken nearly a year of intermittent listing and grading to get the best of the best onto Kermitspad.net and Ebay!

Wytheville pedigree books or 'Wythville' as Kermit calls them can be recognized by the gold certificate Kermit provides with each book he sells.



You can check out some of these fine books at http://www.kermitspad.net/cgi-bin/category.cgi?category=0-collections-wythville. Here are some of the high grade silver age books which reflect the condition of this pedigree:







Wednesday, November 20, 2013

URITORCO

Story Concept, Artist, and Letterer: Victor Pozzi

Story: Christopher Smith

The Uritorco is a mountain that is 1,949 meters high, located in the center of Argentina, in the province of Córdoba. This area was inhabited in ancient times by the Comechingones that revered as a sacred mountain. Uritorco is known for frequent esoteric practices and, in past decades, there have been UFO sightings by locals and tourists. Since the 1950's, there is the myth that an underground city (Erks) lies beneath the region.

This story follows a group of superheroes who are trying to stop a group of supervillians from stealing the mystical powers of Uritorco.

Uritorco by Tony Wright


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

THOR BY VICTOR POZZI

Victor Pozzi, the artist for Uritorco, Westwood, Naira, and The Captive, has submitted this cool original piece of Thor artwork that he completed for commission at a comic con in Argentina. Enjoy!


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Monday, November 18, 2013

KAV'S COMIC DISCOVERIES: JACK KIRBY

Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj is our comic book guru and comic book artist. He has made a discovery regarding Jack Kirby's improper use of quotation marks. 

I've been reading Jack Kirby's bronze age DC titles where they let him write, draw, AND edit the books. That was a big mistake because Kirby's use of quotation marks was deplorable. He scattered them everywhere, in a nonsensical manner. I ignored it until now but he went to far in an issue of Kamandi: The Last Boy On Earth! Kamandi is fighting some robot cops and Kirby has him thinking, "First, I'll borrow this "pseudo-cop's" pistol...". Because he put "pseudo-cops" in quotes, that means they're NOT pseudo-cops, but REAL cops which they're NOT. DC: KIRBY NEEDED AN EDITOR!!!! Yeesh.


Friday, November 15, 2013

BATMAN BY VICTOR POZZI

Victor Pozzi, the artist for Uritorco, Westwood, Naira, and The Captive, has submitted this cool original piece of Batman artwork that he completed for commission at a comic con in Argentina. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

GREETINGS FROM WEBCOMICS LAND: CAN AN AIR BUBBLE IN THE VEIN KILL YOU?

Comic book guru and artist, Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj shares some important information regarding the deadly air bubbles that kill people in movies, television, and comics. 



A few weeks ago I offered a tip for comic artists about drawing bullets. Today I offer one for writers-do not script the old 'air bubble in vein' as a clever means of killing. An air bubble in the vein is 100% harmless. This urban myth is so persistent even if you Google 'can an air bubble in vein kill you?' most websites stupidly claim they can, and blather on about 'air embolism'. An air embolism is a condition that arises from improper scuba diving technique, not a syringe. Ask any nurse that gives IV's or any doctor-ask a CARDIOLOGIST for god's sake if an 'air bubble' can 'explode the heart'. I myself have calmly watched a two foot long air bubble enter my vein through an IV and I was just peachy. Still don't believe me? OK Google and try to find a SINGLE PERSON who was murdered by an air bubble injected into his vein. YOU CAN'T. BECAUSE IT'S NEVER HAPPENED. BECAUSE IT CAN'T HAPPEN. This would be such an easy way to murder someone it would be used CONSTANTLY. I think this urban legend began because of the way doctors squirt out some fluid from a needle before an injection so people thought they were getting rid of 'deadly' air bubbles. Actually after the professional taps the syringe to encourage the air bubble to "float" to the top, they then push the plunger to get rid of any air bubbles, and they evacuate any extra medication in the syringe. This allows them to perfectly measure the exact volume (and the amount of drug) in the syringe that is delivered to the person. Hence the squirt! If I never accomplish anything else in my life, dispelling this stupid myth would make me very, very happy.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

WEBCOMIC WEDNESDAY: THE RED DEVIL HAS BEEN UPDATED!

Champion City Comics is pleased to announce that we have started Chapter 2 for The Red Devil at Tapastic. Our international crime fighter has returned and this time Red Devil and Kid Diablo are tracking down an old friend named Nick Logan who is in possession of an artifact once owned by the Inca ruler Manco Capa. This artifact is believed to be the key to an underground city where a rumored ancient staff is housed. The Red Devil and Kid Diablo must get to Nick Logan first before he is captured by The Order of Methalius.

Click here to read The Red Devil at Tapastic!

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

KAV'S WTF?! COMIC BOOK COVER: OMAC #1 BY DC COMICS

Champion City Comics artist and comic book guru, Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj shared with me a photo of the cover of 1974's OMAC #1 from DC Comics. After looking at this cover all I could think was, "WTF is that?!"

OMAC stands for One-Man Army Corps and this series was developed by Jack Kirby following the cancellation of New Gods. OMAC was apparently Kirby's version of a futuristic Captain America. This #1 cover by Jack Kirby is truly bizarre because we see OMAC throwing a woman in a box who appears to be in pieces or bent in an odd way while partially submerged in water. I know the purpose of covers is to sell the comic book, but this is not one of Kirby's best in my opinion.

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Monday, November 4, 2013

ORIGINAL ARTWORK: BATMAN BY JOSEPH HAEMMERLE

Joseph Haemmerle is the artist for The Champion City Fire and The Red Devil. He recently finished this incredible Batman drawing, which he wanted to share with the faithful followers at Champion City Comics. I'm a huge Batman fan and this is a great view of Batman descending from Wayne Tower into Gotham. Enjoy.

If you are interested in owning any of Joe's art then contact him at joemhaemmerle@yahoo.com.

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Friday, November 1, 2013

DID YOU KNOW? THE INCREDIBLE HULK

Comic Book guru and comic book artist, Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj has another juicy bit of information for all you comic book fans out there in Champion City Comics Land. Yesterday, he caught Doctor Strange giving the bird to some dude in an old Marvel comic book. Today, he has a cool "Did you know?" regarding The Incredible Hulk. Enjoy!

Did you know the Hulk originally talked like a normal dude, and was actually smarter than most people? In The Incredible Hulk #6 he outwitted the Metal Master, and he used to be able to change back and forth at will, using his Gamma Machine. Boy, things sure changed for old Hulky, and not for the better! Now he's a roid-rage special ed superhero.

Check out the images below by clicking on them to see the old school Hulk in action. 



Thursday, October 31, 2013

DR. STRANGE GIVES THEM THE BIRD!

Comic book artist and comic book guru, Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj enjoys looking over his old comics for something incredibly cool to share with the good kids at Champion City Comics. He's found something really interesting featuring Dr. Strange. 

Kav's relentless peering over old Silver Age tales has revealed a major milestone! From Strange Tales #122 comes Dr Strange using a most forbidden mystical hand gesture! That's right folks, he's FLIPPING OFF the dreaded GOLGOL! Thus banishing the poor confused creature FOREVER!!!!!

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

WEBCOMIC WEDNESDAY: THE COMPLETE RED DEVIL WEBCOMIC IS AT TAPASTIC

We are pleased to announce that our action packed webcomic series titled The Red Devil has ended its first episode at Tapastic. Don't fear, faithful fans, because we have another episode in development that is just as awesome. The Red Devil is a pulp comic that is written by Tony Wright and features the artwork of Joe Haemmerle and Erik Roman. Enjoy!


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

THE MIGHTY THOR REPAIRS HIS HAMMER

Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj sent me a scanned page from Journey Into Mystery #120 which was a 1965 release by Marvel Comics.This issue was titled "With My Hammer In Hand.." and featured the classic comic book creative team of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.  Thor's mighty hammer, Mjolnir, was in need of repair, so Thor decided to go to the best place possible, which was Pittsburgh. The mighty blast furnaces of  the "Steel City" did the trick and all was well in Thor's world.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

GREETINGS FROM WEBCOMICS LAND: BULLET POINTS

Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj has a very brief but important tip for comic book artists regarding drawing bullets.

Comic book artists, don't show spent bullets still in THEIR CASINGS. Also, do not depict automatic bullets in revolvers and vice-versa. Below, I have a revolver bullet-with rim larger than case, and an automatic bullet-with rim flush with case.



Friday, October 25, 2013

A NEW WEBCOMIC PROJECT

Ryan Cairns is a comic book artist that recently proposed that I work on a webcomic series with him, which I thought was a fantastic idea. We emailed some ideas back and forth for a few days, and came up with a killer series. The working title is White Blood Cells, and it follows a group of specialists who are trying to bring down The Avignon Star, an international organization determined to rule the world. Yes, White Blood Cells definitely sounds like a G.I. Joe inspired webcomic, which is totally cool with me as a writer because I'm a fan of Larry Hama. However, we have some original idea to set this one apart from the pack. Trust me, folks.

Ryan has been emailing me some character designs, and the first character I want to share with you is named Gnarly Bones. He's a member of the White Blood Cells, and he's the wildcard/joker of the team. This writer sees a great deal of potential with this character. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

KAV & TONY BREAK IT DOWN: FANTASTIC FOUR #40

Kav & Tony Break It Down is nothing more than two lifelong comic book fans having fun reviewing pages from comic books of the Golden and Silver Age of Comics. We know these comic books were published with a young audience in mind, but we couldn't pass up the opportunity to make fun of some ridiculous plots, silly dialogue, and scientific shenanigans.

Kav sent me a page from Fantastic Four #40 which is titled "The Battle of The Baxter Building". This comic book was released in 1965 by Marvel Comics. The writer was Stan Lee, the pencils were done by Jack Kirby, the inks were done by Vince Colletta, and the lettering was done by Artie Simek. This is a classic right here, kids.

Let's take a look at a doozy of a page from this issue. Just click on the image below to read the page.

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KAV: Here we see the final page of Fantastic Four #40 titled 'The Battle of the Baxter Building', wherein Dr Doom has been defeated after trying to set off a Q bomb or whatever in New York and trying to kill the FF after they lost their powers. Reed Richards, with his incredible brain power, decides to let Doom walk because he has 'diplomatic immunity' and 'shattering his ego' so that he 'may' never have enough confidence to attack again. That's a big maybe, Brainy, since you've defeated him countless times and his ego was never 'too shattered' to attack again. In fact he seems to come back each time even more pissed off, as you should have noticed with all your amazing neural capacity. As for 'diplomatic immunity', I can assure you that if Saddam Hussein tried to set of a nuclear bomb in New York City, he wouldn't be allowed to just 'walk'. It's almost like they want him free so he can come back and attack again.

TONY: Diplomatic immunity for Doctor Doom? Let's return the evil dictator back to his homeland so he can develop some more devious plans for world domination. Let's forget all his past transgressions, especially the fact that he just tried blowing up New York City which would have resulted in the deaths of millions of innocent people. On top of that he has a bruised ego. He will never do anything bad ever again because he has finally learned his lesson. ARE YOU F'ING KIDDING ME?! You're killing me, Stan Lee. YOU ARE KILLING ME. Look, I understand that the Comics Code Authority sucked all the fun out of comics in 1954, but the Fantastic Four should have placed Doom in jail so he could be tried for terrorism. If I were on the Marvel staff back in '65, I'd have written a story with Doom in jail but have Mole Man bust him out of the big house. That would have been followed by an epic battle featuring the Fantastic Four with Doom and Mole Man narrowly escaping. That's some good Silver Age stuff right there, kids.

It was fun reviewing this classic page from the team of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. However, Kav has sent me another Fantastic Four comic book to review, so sit tight and get ready for more Kav and Tony!

Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj is a comic book artist, a comic book writer, and a comic book guru. His works include Doctor Death vs The Vampire and Rapid City.

Tony Wright is a comic book writer and the owner of Champion City Comics. His works include The Red Devil, Day 165, and Dr Death vs The Zombie

Friday, October 18, 2013

DOCTOR DEATH RETURNS!

I am pleased to announce that I am working on a new Doctor Death project with Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj. The next story is in development, but it will be a 22 to 24 page thriller. Please enjoy the first Doctor Death story titled Doctor Death vs The Vampire. The comic book below was originally a short story by Aaron Schutz, but was developed into a comic book by Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj. Enjoy.



Wednesday, October 16, 2013

BANE BY BASE BASVIC

Base Basvic is a friend of Champion City Comics and he has submitted some cool artwork to us in the past. Today, I want to share with you his drawings of Bane, one of my favorite Batman villains because Bane broke Batman's back in Batman #497. Enjoy.


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

GREETINGS FROM WEBCOMICS LAND: WE ALMOST LOST IT ALL

Last week was quite possibly the most stressful week I have had as the owner of Champion City Comics. It was more stressful than the time Scribd went from Flash to HTML5 and all of our embedded webcomics looked blurry. Anyway, last week we lost our domain name because our domain provider claimed I did not successfully update my credit card information. That was a surprise to me because it had been updated one month earlier.

Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj, my right hand man, discovered that www.championcitycomics.com no longer existed and emailed me about the situation. I checked my account and everything was properly updated regarding my credit card. Losing www.championcitycomics.com was a major blow because we lost a site built on four years of hard work which earned us 260,000 page views.

Yes, we use Blogger and could have reverted back to the www.championcitycomics.blogspot.com address, but our four years of work could be found on search engines under the www.championcitycomics.com address and not the Blogspot address. Also, I love the ease of www.championcitycomics.com as our domain name.

The problem was getting in touch with Google because they own Blogger. It seemed that Kav and me had to jump through hoop after hoop until a very helpful representative named Allan fixed our issue. It was four very stressful days, but we are back in business.

I didn't expect our fourth anniversary to be filled with such drama. Now that we are back, I want to thank our followers for sticking around. No more drama for now. I promise.



Tony Wright is the owner and head writer at Champion City Comics.

Monday, October 7, 2013

CAN CAPTAIN AMERICA'S SHIELD BE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED?

Champion City Comics artists, writer, and comic book guru, Anand Kaviraj, has made an important discovery!

"Can Captain America's shield be damaged or destroyed? Yes. In Thor #118 the Destroyer easily sliced Mjolnir in two. Thor's hammer once dented Cap's shield, so the Destroyer could easily destroy Cap's shield. The question which has tormented fans for decades has now been answered, here at Champion City Comics!!!!"

The Destroyer slices the hammer!

Thor dents Cap's shield 


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

CHAMPION CITY COMICS IS CELEBRATING FOUR YEARS OF WEBCOMICS!

Champion City Comics is pleased to announce that we are celebrating our fourth anniversary as a webcomics community!

What started off as a project for a webcomic titled The Champion City Fire has turned into a webcomics community that has published over twenty webcomics for fans of all genres. We have had over twenty-four writers, artists, reviewers, and assistants help us become a fantastic webcomics community. Thank you to everyone that has made Champion City Comics a success.

October 2014 will be a month dedicated to all things Champion City Comics. Enjoy!

Monday, September 30, 2013

KAV & TONY BREAK IT DOWN: THE FLASH #190

Kav & Tony Break It Down is nothing more than two lifelong comic book fans having fun reviewing the comics of the Golden and Silver Age of Comics. We know these comics were published with a young audience in mind, but we couldn't pass up the opportunity to make fun of some ridiculous plots, silly dialogue, and scientific shenanigans. 

Kav & Tony have returned after a long absence. We are going to take a few absolutely insane pages from vintage comics and review them panel by panel. Kav sent me two pages from The Flash #190 titled "Super-Speed Agent of The Flash". This comic was released in 1969 by DC Comics, the writer was John Broome, the pencils were done by Ross Andru, and the inks were done by Mike Esposito.

OK, let's take a look at pages 6 and 10 from this issue. Go ahead and read the page first by clicking on it and then check out our panel by panel breakdowns.

PAGE 6:


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Panel 1 

KAV: Barry Allen/The Flash has broken his leg falling from a tornado. How it is possible for a guy who can travel at the speed of light to be thrust onto the ground without being able to react in time is a mystery. He uses "TV and radio parts" to build his elaborate apparatus. See, no matter what you need to build, all the parts will be available in a TV or radio set.

TONY: This reminds me of a Grant Morrison and Mark Millar run for The Flash where he has TWO broken legs, but that's all I remember from the run because it was one of those stories where I had to flip ahead because it was boring as hell. Barry looks very busy with his eye loupe while making a bunch of junky gadgets for Lord knows what. I've seen more quality stuff from an Erector Set.

Panel 2 

KAV: Barry explains his cockamamie plan to his wife, Iris, who is trying to keep up...with THE FLASH.

TONY: Barry's a real bossy pants and is also under suspicion for treating Iris like a sweatshop employee. Why is Iris doing all of this work? Barry could have stitched up the suit and built his junky electronic equipment in no time. Oh wait, I forgot that sewing is a woman's job. Way to be sexist, DC. "What's wrong with being sexy?" Get out of here, Spinal Tap quote!

Panel 3

KAV: Barry says, “We'll find out if your husband is an inventor or not” reminds me of Jimmy Olsen when he said, “I'm no military genius...or am I?" His suit is apparently now made of some airtight plastic, which is sweat city, and apparently even though Iris used a needle to sew up the mouth area, air cannot escape out the needle holes. WTF is “energized air”????

TONY: This is a typical Golden and Silver Age panel where someone defies the laws of physics and develops something totally idiotic. I love Barry's confidence in this panel because he believes that Iris' costume will fall from his hands and fill up with some bizarro energy. Also, would it have been a hassle to call Superman, Batman, Aquaman, Hawkman, or Wonder Woman to help out a fellow Justice League member who is injured? Sheesh!

Panel 4

KAV: So now The Flash's suit is an “automaton” just because he stuck some TRANSISTORS in it. No motors, no nothing, just TRANSISTORS with advanced voice recognition software not even available today. Hmmm...

TONY: Did Barry build the microphone from his TV and radio parts or did he just have a microphone in the house that wasn't being used? How convenient. It's funny that Golden and Silver Age superheroes can create these ridiculous items for themselves, but can't find a way to build something that feeds starving people or provides fresh water to some third world country. It's all about you, Barry. Why don't we just call you Dr. Dickenstein?

Panel 5

KAV:  Do I need to say anything about this panel???

TONY: Barry the Genius should have used his TV and radio parts to place a small camera into the suit so he could sit at home and watch the energized air Flash walk around town. He will need to follow that thing around because he has to tell it to walk straight, or turn right, or go left. Way to make things more complicated than they should be, Barry. I still see parts on that table, mister. You could have used those parts and made something else for your crazy little project.



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Panel 1

KAV: OK, a balloon that kicks someone would not hurt at ALL!

TONY: Two dudes with guns are losing to faulty science suit Flash?! Don't let the NRA see this panel. Also, this Flash understands the command for, "Whirl! Right! Kick!". Give me a break. Kav's right about this substitute Flash being a balloon, which reminds me of those toys you could buy back in the day that was an inflatable punching bag. Barry should rub his Flash creation on his sweater and create some sort of crazy static cling electrical storm to take out those two bad guys for good.

Panel 2

KAV:  The absurdity of Barry Allen hiding in an alley in a wheelchair vibrating into invisibility, but still able to talk normally while he orders his balloon costume around to fight just hit me.

TONY: There's always an alley to hide in or to fight in when you are in the comic book universe. If I were the chief of police, I'd have cops strategically placed in alleys to combat crime. I'd put Superman, Batman, The Flash, Daredevil, and a whole bunch of other crime fighters out of business.

Panel 3

KAV: Yeah thugs use metaphors like “dancing phantom” while shooting at people all the time. Are these thugs or Harvard lit professors???

TONY: The dude with the gun is not even trying. He is losing to a balloon. I wonder if he understands he is fighting a balloon. Do these guys realize that the fake Flash does not have a MOUTH or EYES? #stupid

Panel 4

KAV: Oh no! The 'energized air' is escaping. I'll spare you the next page where the deflating costume is still able to stagger away somehow, plus there is a scene where a flat deflated COSTUME lies on the ground and the thugs say, "We got him now". Apparently they are unable to distinguish between a prone human being and a COMPLETELY FLAT EMPTY COSTUME.

TONY: Old school comics can't give criminals any credit. It had to be a stray bullet that took down faulty science Flash. Boo on you, DC. If the balloon version of the Flash could kick people in the face, then how could a bullet pop the costume? Wouldn't the costume have popped when it tried kicking the bad guy in the head?

Folks, that's all Kav & Tony could take with The Flash #190. We'll be back soon with another comic book to review!

Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj is a comic book artist, a comic book writer, and a comic book guru. His works include Doctor Death vs The Vampire and Rapid City.

Tony Wright is a comic book writer and the owner of Champion City Comics. His works include The Red Devil, Day 165, and Dr Death vs The Zombie

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

COBRA COMMANDER

Ryan Cairns submitted this excellent drawing of Cobra Commander to share with the faithful followers of Champion City Comics. Enjoy.


Friday, September 6, 2013

INNOCENCE

Story: Frank T. Allen

Art: Nick Wright

A weary detective recounts his horrific experiences from many years on the police force. In this harrowing tale, we see one man's struggle to find some sense of meaning and worth in the work he has done. Does any of it really matter? Does anyone even care? Clear black and white morality is not something that can be related to anymore.
He doesn't expect you to understand.

Innocence by tonydoug25



Tuesday, September 3, 2013

RAPID CITY OPEN STUDIO

Josh Dahl and Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj have teamed up once again for an issue of Rapid City and they are currently working on Rapid City #7. Dahl and Kaviraj are allowing individuals to see the comic book process develop on Facebook. The Rapid City Open Studio page can be linked here, so please give it a look. If you are interested in joining The Rapid City fan page as well then click here to join.

Check out the images below of Rapid City #7 in progress!