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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.

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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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JSA 1938: Blue Massacre in Gotham City (Pulp Story)

JSA 1938: Blue Massacre, the story of the Mystery Men that formed the first JSA in 1938, set in Gotham City. I do not own the copyrights to these characters, so these materials are NOT FOR SALE (fair use). DC has also been throwing away its Golden Age inventory, showing no intent to keep publishing. So, I thought I would show DC how to use their Golden Age inventory in a fresh, inventive and fun manner (FOR FREE!!). The final story is a 50 page pulp story that tells the story with words rather than pictures, and a few illustrations. See below for Synopsis.

First draft of part one (25 pages) is pretty tight. Could be done after this weekend. Part 2 is also mostly written. I just have to fix some pages and write the final battle (already plotted out). I just saw my income situation get some help, and my health is better. So, I hope to be posting a LOT more. The past few months has been difficult, but I did produce a lot. I am sitting on a lot of stuff that needs just a final polish and scan.

Should be a lot of stuff posted in this space coming up real soon. Enjoy! -Brian

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JSA 1938: Blue Massacre in Gotham City.

THE HORRIBLE PLOT OF DOCTOR SATAN

In 1938 Doctor Satan opened a supernatural gate and summoned a horrible and deadly monster in the middle of a titanic hurricane.

All over Gotham City, police officers are brutally slaughtered by a monster from the occult world, who crossed over to our side by black magic. The creature targets coppers and raises ghosts to testify. All of these officers had a secret to hide, except Detective Jim Corrigan, victim number one. The Gotham City Police are hopeless as the union muzzles everyone. They were unprepared for a blue massacre by a howling spectre, and blood on the walls. Over four dozen police could die in a fortnight, when the harvesting moon will take the sky without shadow. Solomon Grundy has risen from the swamp, and and the man holding his leash is Doctor Satan, master of walking corpses.

A circle of anonymous vigilantes gathers to face the approaching storm. They form a circle of virtuous men, working in the shadows. The mysterious  Sandman runs the opposition to Doctor Satan and the Spectral Creature. 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.

JSA 1938 – is a period correct look at the Golden Age comics and Pulp stories of the time. I have applied my graduate degree in Interwar History (1918 to 1941) and a lot research to create an exploration of the Depression Era, just before Pearl Harbor.

 

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SPECIAL GUEST VILLAIN: DOCTOR SATAN

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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.
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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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