TAKDOWN – PART SIX.
Here is the latest installment of Takedown, part six, Issue Six of Oberon Destroyers. It feels like I have been writing and designing this for three years, becasue I have. You can catch up on the story here on the page collecting all the chapters.
This is the final showdown. After this, there is one more chapter (seven) and one epilogue. Then I move on to Issue Seven, that gathers the entire team in once place.
Cover is a tribute to all the old cover artists of the Shadow by Maxwell Grant and others in pulp magazines of the 1930, which somehow works with the Japanese ad copy. I also surprised myself with all the Kaluta and Wrightston style touches. I first encountered their Shadow when I was eight (40 years ago). I loved their horror style on the Shadow, mixed with crime drama and pulp heroics.
Five chapters have already been completed (26 pages so far). Three more chapters left – I have been telling the story in a series of 4-8 page installments. I created a new page to group the entire story in one place for easy viewing. Please see here.
The Quiet Ninja is Japan’s Greatest Ninja and a key player in the secret Occult Wars. He is puritanical in his desire to destroy occult villains that seek to gain the upper hand against humans through sorcery and hocus pocus (see previous issues). His family has been on the frontline of this war for 2000 years. This issue is all action, and gets pretty bloody. Most of the story is silent action sequences with little or no dialogue.
RECAP The Quiet Ninja has infiltrated an enemy base that contains a deadly sphere, now being prepared for an attack against Sacramento and the Oberon Destroyers Head Quarters. After shelling the front gate to create a distraction, the Quiet Ninja hit the ice on skates, He prepares to scale the back end of the station undetected. To see previous episodes, please go here.
TAKE DOWN (part 2, 4 pages)
Four pages, one page finished. Script written (in Japanese with English subtitles) ready to be pasted. Three pages – pencils finished. Once I get my health back, I can finish this one in less than a week. Introduces the Ninja’s little brother – Daisuke. There is also a really action scene – jumping out of an airplane.
I’m hoping I can post some preview art in the next day or two. Once again, sorry for the delay.
WHY ALWAYS DELAYED? HEALTH REASONS, SPECIFICALLY:
This sums it up – I walk into my dentists office one week after an extraction, thinking its a follow up. I have a fever (infection), and pain. The dental assistant informs me I am there for dentures fitting, but the mold was sent to the wrong office. I am also told that I have no fever, I have no pain, and if I want a follow up (that they really don’t do) I should call again next week (when I still have a fever?) and book an appointment, even though nobody answers the phone. They don’t even call back my other doctors when they call, very concerned about my health. The dentist is paid by my insurance, which is the full coverage Oregon Health Plan. On this particular day, I walked in sick, nothing happened (shipped to wrong office) and I went home sick. This is the third time they have given me either dry socket or an infection due to willfull negligence and fought me when I sought simple treatment (antibiotics, adequate dressing of wound after extraction).
That is what I have been facing for three years due to Oregon’s health plan (such as it is). I thought I was almost at the end after cancer and long struggles to get simple medications for another condition that was diagnosed 20 years ago by doctors outside Portland. Oregon suffers a glut of sloppy, unprofessional people more than most places, but it also tolerates doctors playing the same games as slacker employees at a coffee house. Malpractice is epidemic in Oregon.
And instead of completing pages for you, I am stuck fighting (again) for basic health care needs, fully insured, for things like fevers and infections. I thought I was at the end of it (by March) but the malpractice keeps dragging on and on, to the point where my other doctors are very conserned. But they can’t get their call returned. Tomorrow I go to my General Practioner for antibiotics and more runaround.
I wonder sometimes if people were surprised by Miss Fury Page 3. I wrote the dialog, and it was all ready to go but… we heard it before. “You beat up my man how could you, You have no idea how much me means to me, I can change him, blah blah blah blah.” You heard it before.
I thought the whole page was more eloquent just silent, especially since the pictures so effectively tell a weird story that is strangely easy to follow. About half the panels were drawn freehand from the Tarpe Mills original with variations, and half are original panels by me. Fifty fifty – I love Tarpe Mills, so all must be 50-50. I liked doing these a lot, but they can be time consuming to draw and “color.” (I used six gray markers of different shades).
Click to enlarge. Total size is 1000 pixels wide, or 11×17″.
I encourge people to pick up a collection of Tarpe Mills work – Miss Fury by Tarpe Mills: Sensational Sunday’s (1941-44) edit by Trina Robbins. Tarpe Mills’ color work in the book is really gorgeous – done with just four color separations for the printer – amazing work. The second half explodes in rich red tones everywhere. Well worth the cover price!