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The Mask of Doctor Satan (Short Story Illustrations)

The five leads of the Mask of Doctor Satan. Total story length in text – 50 pages. Released in three parts, with cliffhangers.  The first part will be soon. Very soon… I have finished the first twenty pages, which not needs final checks and edits. I am very methodical. I have an excellent idea of who these men are. But as they say, no spoilers.

These are the five protagonists. I like an ensemble piece. Set in 1938.
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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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The Mask of Doctor Satan (Short Story Illustrations)

More illustrations for The Mask of Doctor Satan: Terror Train (Set in 1938). FREE PDF, 14 pages
Please also see recent posts for more information.

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The Mask of Doctor Satan: Terror Train (Set in 1938). FREE PDF, 14 pages

The Mask of Doctor Satan (short story illustrations)

I will be uploading all day today… about a dozen images. These are for a fifty page short story to be released in three parts over starting in a couple of weeks. Come back later for more details, or please see several posts in this archives!

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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.
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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!

Miss Fury Liberated, 1939 – NEXT ONE : UPDATE

Page Two (follows this sequence) is fully drawn and inked and just needs word balloons.
This Wednesday or Tuesday night maybe if I feel ambitious.

Page two looks good, btw. Better than one. Peter Lorre may toddle in at any moment as the one armed man. The recent collection Tarpe Mills: Miss Fury, Sensational Sundays 1941-1944 Tarpe Mills, edited by Trina Robbins is a great source for the original strips, now public domain.

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Full Page One – the one coming tomorrow will have the next installment in one women’s adventure. Click to enlarge.
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New One Page Adventure Webcomic – MISS FURY: LIBERATED 1939 (Bi-weekly, page one)

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It’s all explained on the page. Actual coherent story with art. Just One Page.

Click to enlarge and read. Original is 11×17 printed, or 22×32 inches.
On your screen, 1000 pixels wide at 72dpi. She’s big. Wonderful detail.

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NEW WEEKLY WEBCOMIC – Adaption of MISS FURY by Tarpe Mills

UPDATE – I completed my version last year (Summer, 2014). You can find it here.

NEW WEEKLY WEBCOMIC – MISS FURY by Tarpe Mills – Cover Version

I am adapting Miss Fury (original by Tarpe Mills) as a weekly adventure webcomic, with a woman at the center of everything, and a fun, sexy, adventure aesthetic true to the Tarpe Mills original. This is a great opportunity for me to do my take on  the comic art from this time period that has fascinated me all my life.  Tarpe Mills is now in the public domain, and recent attempts to bring her back keep forgetting the key ingredient – Tarpe Mills.

I am almost positive this cover was drawn by Jack Kirby, in the the style of Tarpe Mills. My first teacher, my new teacher. I get a little dizzy looking at this cover, trying to puzzle out the very different styles in one picture.
I am almost positive this cover was drawn by Jack Kirby, in the the style of Tarpe Mills. My first teacher, my new teacher. I get a little dizzy looking at this cover, trying to puzzle out the very different styles in one picture. Blending very harmoniously. Jack did right by Tarpe.

I am almost finished with the first page of my version. The pencils for the first installment (one page, 12 panels) are almost finished, just needing ink and a scan. This part of my attempt to update with regular content on a more regular basis, and do more webcomics with a compressed style of storytelling. It started as me using Tarpe Mills to learn how to draw women, then I fell in love with her work.

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Marla Drake, as Black Fury at a troubled time, about to be rescued by Cappy. 1941, just before the name change to Miss Fury. I really think when a woman draws a woman, it shows. And I think that's the kind of women men (and women) really like - hubba hubba. Miss Fury was a hit with the troups of WWII, who put her on the sides of airplanes.
Marla Drake, as Black Fury at a troubled time, about to be rescued by Cappy. 1941, just before the name change to Miss Fury. I really think when a woman draws a woman, it shows. And I think that’s the kind of women men (and women) really like – hubba hubba. Miss Fury was a hit with the troups of WWII, who put her on the sides of airplanes.

I am doing my faithful adaption on the old format – basic 12 panel grid, this time good for webcomics (one page). It should look something like this, with MUCH LESS wordy dialogue. Miss Mills was typical for most comic writers of the time, including the era’s king – Milton Caniff- still too wordy. She has such storytelling verve, pacing and sequence, its been a pleasure to cut away some branches so the reader can better see the garden.

Miss Fury by Tarpe Mills - Girl fights!! Shows standard format for the strip - four rows of three, cliffhanger at the end.
Miss Fury by Tarpe Mills – Girl fights!! Shows standard format for the strip – four rows of three, cliffhanger at the end.

Tarpe Mills was the first woman to do an adventure comic, and the first woman to feature the first female costumed hero.  Mills’ strip was published in Sunday Comics for large newpaper syndicates, one page a week, the same as many webcomics. Tarpe Mills based her lead heroine on herself, and I love reading Miss Fury because you can feel a woman’s sensibility running through the whole creation, and Tarpe Mills had great taste.

and she gives and she gives… look at that jacket on the lower left. I love this period's style.
and she gives and she gives… look at that jacket on the lower left. I love this period’s style.
Wow. Miss MIlls was a giver.
Wow. Miss MIlls was a giver.

Set in 1939, there will be period outfits and situations, Art Deco inspired design,  fights, girl fights, girls in underwear, evil women, Nazis, and girls in underwear fighting – anything that Mills could get away with in 1941 and more. I have long been a fan of this period in comic art. Pages will be 12 panels – three across and four down. I have updated the story (a little) and dialogue (a lot) to be fresh and fly in 2014.

First appearance of Miss Fury in Sunday Comics, reprinted as a comic book (1941). Pages from Sunday Comics (12 panels, color) were reprinted as six panel pages in comic books by Timely, with and without color. I'm doing 12 panel in black and white. Best of both worlds? I love the look of these.
First appearance of Miss Fury in Sunday Comics, reprinted as a comic book (1941). Pages from Sunday Comics (12 panels, color) were reprinted as six panel pages in comic books by Timely, with and without color. I’m doing 12 panel in black and white. Best of both worlds? I love the look of these.

Tarpe Mills has given me great help with that. This project will be in reply to the horrid Dynamite adaption of Miss Fury, that demonstrates why some boys who make comics drive girls away. Bleh. My version will be more One Woman’s Adventure, like the original.

Marla Drake, aka Tarpe Mills. She put a lot of herself into the work, and it shows.
Marla Drake, aka Tarpe Mills. She put a lot of herself into the work, and it shows.

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My version coming up in a few days (as of june 10, 2014).