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FINALLY: TALES OF WEIRD CRIME with Doctor Satan — FREE 30 pages of pulse pounding pulp story, part one. Welcome to the Golden Age.

Part One of Three – 30 pages. See PDF for all details. Part Two is getting edited for polish.

To GET THE FREE PDF, CLICK HERE – JSA1938_FNL

SYNOPSIS

THE HORRIBLE PLOT OF DOCTOR SATAN

In 1938 Doctor Satan opens a supernatural gate and summons a horrible and deadly monster in the middle of a titanic hurricane. All over Gotham City, police officers are brutally slaughtered by a ghostly executioner from the other side, walking with young black men, now ghosts, that never had a chance to see justice done when they were alive.

Over a hundred police could die in a fortnight, in a wave of supernatural blowback. The death of Jim Corrigan is key, as he is the first officer to fall. His death launches Doctor Satan’s deadly plot to use a wrathful spectre of vengeance to decimate the Gotham PD.

A circle of anonymous vigilantes gathers to face the approaching storm, working in the shadows. The mysterious Sandman runs the opposition to Doctor Satan and his insidious plot. Female adventurer the Black Fury and her partner, the Green Lantern join the group as new members. Carter Hall, international adventurer, brings the weapons as quartermaster, and Doctor Fate lends his strength as a sorcerer.

And deep in the dark of the night, the Shadow laughs.

“When policemen break the law, then there isn’t any law. Just a fight for survival.” –From the ballad of Billy Jack

 

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To GET THE FREE PDF, CLICK HERE – JSA1938_FNL

(UPDATE) Health Report and Things to Do

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Sorry to report I am still having health issues in my battle with cancer. Working on this series is my greatest joy. However, I slow up. I have a lot of half drawn things. My speed is solely determined by my physical condition, which is not so great right now. I hope to have help in a few weeks, which will help with my output. Thank you for your patience.

Here is what I am working on now:

(1) Takedown: Epilogue, Dinner with the Family (7 page comic)
Script and Pencils are finished. Needs inks. I need an assitant who can ink, desperately.
My output would double and speed up if I had an assistant who inked. hint hint..

(2) Prince Crow Part 3: The Hand of Crow (7 page comic)
The pages are almost finished, but need scanning and assembling in photoshop.
I have really cheap and awful equipment so this part is not fun and takes time.

(3) Oberon Destroyers Issue Seven, 3 Heroes Meet (in installments)
The script has been finished for a over a year, when I did some major revisions.
(Comic, 35 pages, first meeting of Prince Crow, Joey, and the Ninja).

(4) The Legend of the White Mask, Script for Radio Play. Humor and Mystery.
This is a 30 page, very funny script. People like this one. Rather than wait around for a
production to come together, I have decided to post it here to share with the world.
This   one is all me. Combines True Crime, Masked Western Heroes, Tales of Povety,
and the White  Trash experience. Chuckling all the way.

(5) The Blue Fist: House of the Purple Death, Script for Radio Play, Humor and Horror
Think: Boys in the Hood crossed with a Monster Movie. 30 page radio play. Again,
while I wait for a Production Team to call me, I plan to share it here. Just now
awaiting some minor alterations but mostly finished. Txt No pics.

I would post The Blue Fist and the White Mask right now, but I need a cover illustration.

(6) FAN FIC – Light and Fury – Green Lantern and Black Fuy together again with the JSA: Year Zero. Welcome to the Golden Age. 50 page Pulp mini-novel with a few illustrations. Features the Spectre, Doctor Fate, The Sand Man, Carter Hall, Jim Corrigan, and The Black Fury by Tarpe Mills. I started writing this last week, and finshed about 15 pagges. The plot is tight. No rambling story lines that go nowhere. Fan Fic but Made Like a Pro, DC. DC is having some isseus finding thier direciton on their inventory, so I thought of this as a way to help them with the Golden Age inventory. Fun stuff!!

NOTE: I do not own any of the rights to (6). I just plan on posting a copy of this prose here on this site, when I submit it to DC, who will no doubt ignore it. If you like Golden Age characters and grim detective novels than this is for you. My updates of these guys is solid. This is what you have have been wating for.

Positive Comments always Welcome. I could use the help.
cheers, -b.

BEST in 2014 – MISS FURY LIBERATED, 1938 – Working with Tarpe Mills (most popular feature)

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I think this is my best work so far (until recently), and many people agreed. Traffic has been great on Miss Fury for a long time. After over six months, I still get Miss Fury fans and people new to her work rumaging through my pages. This was also a response to the lousy way they butched Tarpe Mills’ creation over at Dynamite. I heard an interview with the young writer of that had he stunk of “fake it until you make it” in the entire interview.

I like my version because its filled with love and respect for what Tarpe Mills achieved.

We need – More Women In Action Comics, and we need it right now.

I have always been fascinated by Black Fury/Miss Fury, a golden age female action hero created by a woman – the first woman to write and draw her own strip. She did Miss Fury for about 10 years for the Sunday Funnies – those wonderfully big pages where you get just one big page a week of story. On the Copyright Office application for my work, I credited the public domain work of Tarpe Mills for design and story (plot points). I tried to always keep a half Tarpe, half me feel to it. I encourage eveyone to pick up Miss Fury Sensational Sundays (by Tarpe Mills), 1941-1944, edited by Trina Robbins. My story, however, is an odd, almost European sad lyrical take on the tough realities of domestic abuse. I like this one a lot. This is where my pages really stepped up a few notches. The pictures worked so well I dropped gratuitous dialog, making much of it silent.

These are the three pages I put out, all one story – these are 11×17 jpegs, so clicking to enlarge is highly encouraged to get the full “Imax” effect.

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Page three and last chapter of part one.
Page three and last chapter of part one.

 

(NEW) Miss Fury Side By Side Comparisons

Brian and Tarpe Mills – Side by Side Comparison.

See? She is never far from my mind.
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These are side by side comparisons of Miss Fury by Tarpe Mills, and my adaption – Miss Fury Liberated, 1938. In US Copyright Office papers, I gave Tarpe Mills a half credit for story, beats, composition and design. This counts as a derivative work making use of material from the public domain, well within the law.

But you have to draw it yourself. You have to spend the hours and hours getting it right. You have to draw two dozen sketches to get one panel, and these pages took me a week to draw (12 panels). People see the human hand in the drawing. They know digital when they see it.

CREDITS AND (C)
Black and White Pages you see here by me are © Brian McNally. Color pages from the collection Tarpe Mills Miss Fury, Sensational Sundays 1941-1944, edited by Trina Robbins, published by IDW, now on sale. Pick it up!!!

No Tricks, No Tracing paper (don’t like the texture), No Xerox Copy machines.
Open attribution to the true source, Tarpe Mills. Adaption, not a copy, because I changed half of what I found in Tarpe Mills’ work.

This sequence is a good example of what I mean by “half Tarpe Mills, half me.”

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I  wish I had time to do more Black Fury comics, but I can try and upload more from the sketchbook..  IF you are mad about Black Fury and want to see more, please email me with one sentence – “Please!! More Black Fury!! More Miss Fury!!! wallykhanofmars@yahoo.com

Miss Fury Page 3: The Silent Page

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″.

Page three and last chapter of part one.
Page three and last chapter of part one.

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!

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Miss Fury Liberated, 1939 – Page 3 of 3

New Miss Fury Liberated, 1939. The silent page! The next Miss Fury Page may take a few months, as I have to pick up other neglected titles and roll out some fun new stuff.
Click To Enlarge!!!

Page three and last chapter of part one.
Page three and last chapter of part one.

If anyone wants to see more Miss Fury Liberated 1939, then they better got to Contact and send me a message. Feedback will always get me interested in doing more of a particular title. My current project is the same era as Miss Fury (1939 vs. 1938) so check back for that information , to be posted in one week. It’s a pulse pounding pulp story called “Three Against Satan.” Soon!

(NEW) Miss Fury Liberated, 1939 – Page 2, In Carol’s Apt. w/Guido

New page of Miss Fury, One Woman’s Adventure:
(click to enlarge. Featuring Special Guest Villain Damien Guido).

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Next Time – With Carol and Guido in the Car: “I  could have changed him!”
Target Date for Page 3 – July 9th. Enjoy!

Tarpe vs. Brian: Miss Fury Side by Side

Side by Side Comparison of my work with Tarpe Mills,
(Her original strip for Sunday Newspapers is now public domain).

I would say its pretty much 50/50 Mills/Brian on story, style, same vs. different panels. As you can see the story veers off in a quite a different direction (before coming back around, lots of fun turns), and the dialog is a lot more me than Mills. Mills is known as a brilliant storyteller but also a writer of clunkly dialog common to most comic writers of the time. I gave the dialog a much hipper, charming edge that matches the rest of what she did, restoring her spirit to the words. It’s really about what comes after page one…. I love Mill’s Miss Fury, and true love is a 50/50 propostion!!

ORIGINAL MISS FURY/BLACK FURY by TARPE MILLS, 1941.
 that appeared in the Sunday papers. These are black and white versions of the originals in color. Left to right. Original (like mine) was done on a 12 panel grid.
These pages were formated for reprint by Timely Comics later in the 40s and 50s.
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Brian’s Version of MISS FURY, Same Page (MISS FURY: LIBERATED, 1939)
50/50 her and me. I think of Tarpe MIlls as my teacher. Female form and style, design, and oh those Clothes!! Taste of the era of great taste! Best stuff yet to come. For atmosphere, I used gray to suggest an old movie from the period. I just saw “Mad Love.” My dialog is rather Ernst Lubitsch (?) – hip, style, fresh, fun, but suddenly serious at times. Love the light and shadows of those films, like this:
click to enlarge. Its 11×17 or 1000 pixels wide, about 1.5 MB.
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