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A Comic book cover challenge :D

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Hello everyone

it’s been too long since I’ve done one of these, but Jade Gonzalez tagged me on Facebook about a cover challenge and here’s my reply.

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All of these books represent to me my early years as a comic book fan and the love they fostered in me for indy comics.

First on the list is Captain Victory, I love this book because it was the very first indy comic I ever saw and picked up. The other reason I love it is because it was by none other than Jack ‘King’ Kirby. The man knew 15 years before the Image guys that you had to get out and do your own thing.

Next up is Elementals by Bill Willingham one of my all time favorite writer / artists. This wasn’t the first appearance of the group that would have been in Justice Machine annual number 1, but this is the first with them in their own solo book. This is perhaps one of the best superhero comics ever produced that we’ll probably never see collected due to Bill selling off the rights to a gentlemen who practically fell off the face of the earth, who knows what happened.

Next up Dalgoda fun space adventure by Denis Fujitake on art and Jan Strnad was the writer. A great book I honestly don’t remember too much about other than I enjoyed it. I’m going to have to make an effort to go through my collection and dig them out and give them another read. It would be nice to see a collection of these stories.

Armor and Megolith both from Neal Adams Continuity comics. Growing up I would take the NYC subway to school and somewhere during that time I remember seeing these images in the subways as large ads. At the time I thought they were going to be movies because only movies advertised in the subway system this way not comicbooks. The movies never came but one day in one of my local comic shops, the Bat Cave I think, were these two books and I was hooked. The art was great and the stories were fun but mostly consisted of origins.

Elflord by Barry Blair during the early eighties there was a period called the black and white glut which was caused primarily by the rise of TMNT. Many books came out and many of them should be forgotten and this may be one of them but I love this cover and I do remember enjoying this series for as long as I collected it.

Faze One Fazers Americomics by Vic Bridges. He was a John Byrne clone, it was thing back in the day but I loved it and I loved this book. At the time it was new and shiny and full of hope of great adventures. It only lasted 4 issues. It seems Vic and the publisher Bill Black didn’t see eye to eye on certain things and Faze One was never seen again, shame.

Dragon Force by Dale Keown I picked it up for the art and again it was being done by a John Byrne clone, who eventually grew out of it and is now the ultra popular artist who brought us Pitt and many great Hulk images. Another book I enjoyed because it was fresh and new and not part of the big two. It was around for about 14 issues before Dale got his big break doing the Hulk. It was fun while it lasted.

The Realm by Guy Davis. I know there was a writer but I have to be honest with you I didn’t get it for the story, it was all Guy, I know this because once he was gone from the book so was I. It’s a shame because it was a great book with some fun fantasy elements that I remember with fondness, but once Guy left they couldn’t find an artist who could fill his shoes. Guy went on to work at DC and for Mike Mignola on BPRD for a long stretch. My only real problem with Guy is that he changed his style, his choice I know he did what he had to, but I liked the paperclip noses, 😀

Warlock 5 by writer Gordon Derry and artist Denis Beauvais. Honestly I don’t remember much about this book other than the art by Denis Beauvais being incredible and their being 5 avatars that represented 5 different worlds battling for supremacy or something like that. I do remember enjoying it and being very disappointed when Gordon Derry and artist Denis Beauvais abandoned the book over a dispute with the publisher.

Captain Paragon by Bill Black published by AC comics. Early on I was attracted to non Marvel\DC super hero comics, they just seemed more interesting because they worked outside of the normal frame work of those two companies and presented to me an early insight into the type of work I would eventually find myself doing indy comics.

Dynamo Joe by Doug Rice, Phil Foglio and others. Perhaps my favorite giant robot comic of all time, not that there’s that many on this side of the Pacific. This is the story of the human race pairing up with the 2 other species to fight a third alien species that is traveling through their space destroying their ships, people and worlds. This book is a lot of fun and it was a shame when it ended and especially since there was more story to be told by the creators but bad sales brought the book to an end after 15 issues, shame, but well looking into.

Justice Machine by Mike Gustovich. A great book with some of the greatest costume designs outside of Dave Cockrum. This is another one of those early super heroes outside of the big two that I was happy to see. It didn’t really run for too long, I believe the initial series ran 5-6 issues and then made a short come back at Comico for a cross over with the Elementals and then a miniseries soon after. The series was purchased by another creator but I haven’t kept up with the new series so I won’t comment, but those early issues are a lot of fun.

Zooniverse by Fil Barlow. This one was just weird and crazed looking book that I just loved. Fil’s art is incredible and the coloring was awesome and this book was being done long before computer coloring. The art is super detailed and the story revolves around a group of guards called plastiods and how they’re caught in the political intrigues of warring factions in their universe. This book needs to be reprinted in hardcover. The awesome thing is that this series has made a comeback at Image and with any luck that reprint will happen.

Sun Runners by Roger McKenzie. Art and cover by Pat Broderick. Another awesome series that traveled around several publishers. I don’t remember much about the series except that I really enjoyed it and I’m going to have to go back into my collection and reread it from start to finish, although I don’t think it ever really did finish.

I also want to show off a few pages from The Oswald Chronicles that David Montoya has been coloring for the series. One day that color book is going to come out 😀

And once again please vote for Oswald on topwebcomics.com it really does help.

Thank you all once again and please help spread the word about The Oswald Chronicles.

JD

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Anderson Silva what do we do with this guy

Anderson Silva what do we do with this guy published on No Comments on Anderson Silva what do we do with this guy

Hello everyone

Like usual it’s taken me forever to get another one of these up, but here it is. First I would like to thank everyone who’s been supporting the Oswald Chronicles and I would like to share that My First Day is available on Comixology for anyone who likes to read their comics on a wireless device go to http://cmxl.gy/1lR1w0y to get a copy for yourself. We’re looking to have more stories from the series go up soon and at some point they will be on Comixology first before being up on the site.

I also got my monthly horde from my comic’s supplier, a bit light for this month but I can use the break to catch up with the stack that is still waiting for me from months past.

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One last thing please vote for the Oswald Chronicles and Tall Tails on topwebcomics.com it does help 😀

Now onto Anderson Silva, Anderson is the fighter that I can truly say was the one who got me hooked onto MMA and buying PPV’s from the UFC. His first fight with Chris Leben was a revelation for me because I had no idea who this guy was but I knew Chris Leben from his run on The Ultimate Fighter and I knew he was tough and could take a punch like and he could give as good as he got, so here comes this thin (some would say skinny) unassuming guy Anderson Silva in his debut, I was like this guy is going to get killed. Little did I know Anderson was slated for great things and made short work of Leben by Tk’oing him in under a minute, I was hooked and I have followed him ever since. Recently he had a bad run by losing his title and breaking his leg in a rematch in an attempt to recover the belt. After 13 months out of the cage he made his return against Nick Diaz a great fighter in his own right, albeit a controversial one. The fight went as I thought it would, in a private conversion with another friend I commented if Anderson doesn’t knock him out in the second round he’s going to dance with him for all five, which is what happened. Many people are saying that Anderson wasn’t himself and I have to agree he looked tentative, some say he looked scared, I say he looks like a man who’s confidence has been shaken and who needs time to rebuild it, or maybe it’s something else. For the most part I thought he looked good, I think age has maybe slowed him a step but he was by far the faster fighter and he did leave Nick with some serious damage to his face when all was said and done. The fight was weird but not uncommon for Anderson, in three title fights with Thales Leites, Damien Mia, and Patrick cote Anderson fought in a similar way, standoffish and not committing and willing to just spar, while doing minimal damage to his opponents while making them look completely out of their depths. Many will say that, that is not the case in this fight, I say sit back and take a closer look at the fight, Nick Diaz is tough but I think Nick was let off the hook on several occasions by Anderson and AS does this in a very slick fashion by resetting his stance and then moving back in to allow Nick to move forward. What I mean is that there were several times AS had ND moving backwards while catching him with nice clean offense and then he would stop and reset, some would call this discipline I call this playing with your food, I’ve seen cats do plenty of times. Many will say I’m nuts, but think about it what does AS gain by taking out ND, not much to be honest with you, but by prolonging the fight he gets to show off some skills against an opponent who couldn’t hurt him and whom he could hurt at will, just like in those three fights I pointed out earlier and it’s well known that if AS doesn’t feel threatened by the fighter in front of him he will goof off, this being his come back there wasn’t much of that, but there was him easing off the gas. The question is why would he do that? I think the answer is to get the work in and show everyone an entertaining fight by a fighter who is no longer at his peak. Look at those last few words, no longer at his peak, or is he? Anderson is called the Spider and he’s known for spinning his web, luring in his prey and then killing them, it took a bunch of NY no nonsense tough guys to see through this and take his belt, I don’t think Weidman would have been able to do it without Rey Longo in his corner giving him the advice he gave him. Was Anderson playing us all? Was he being the Spider and luring us into his web so he can kill his next opponent? I don’t know, he says he doesn’t know if he going to fight again I say BS, the money is too good and so is he to stop now. In a year or two the story may be different but now I think he continues. Now back to the original point what do we do with AS do we put him in a title fight with Chris Weidman the guy who knocked him out and broke his leg in two separate fights, no I wouldn’t do that to the guy, it’s too soon I feel his confidence needs to be built up again so what do we do who does he fight next? One podcast I listen to asked the question are there 5 fights at 185 you can make for AS and I say yes. The first would be against Dan Henderson a man who is on the decline but still dangerous and who AS has faced and defeated before, but DH has always maintained he would like to fight AS again, now the last thing to leave a fighter they say is his power and that’s the one thing DH has in spades, it would be a high profile fight with two guys who have a lot of drawing power for the company. Now if AS can get past DH I would say the next logical opponent would be Michael Bisping, a fighter who has come close to getting a title shot but never got one. Bisping is another fighter that’s on his way out of the sport but I think he could give AS a good fight and with the amount of trash talking he can do it can be a fun couple of months leading up to it. The next two fights in no particular order would be CB Dolloway and Tim Botsch, both of these guys have seen better days but both of them are tough and will give AS a good fight because they will see him as a diminished ex champ that they can build their names on. The last on my list would be Thales Leites who AS fought and defeated years ago in a seriously one sided affair, Leites was eventually let go from the UFC and has recently returned and has looked incredible on his return and looks like he could be real close to making a title run and if AS can get by him then I would say let him start fighting the guys at the top of the division and if he can get by two them let him fight for the title again, no matter who has it. I could go on and on with fantasy match ups and such, those are my thoughts on it. Please share yours I’m looking forward to hearing your opinions.

Once again I thank you all for supporting The Oswald Chronicle and Tall Tails and please vote for us on topwebcomics.com

Until next time

Best

JD Calderon

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