• On 23 Jun | '2017


Greetings Loyal Airmen, last week we happily displayed some new Brother Bones sketches done by fans over on Facebook to help promote our Kickstarter Campaign to help fund the movie.  Well our old pal, model maker Jase Marshall of Marshall Collectibles has been busy as well with putting together a brand new Brother Bones figure that will be the definitive movie version. Above is some preliminary work.


For those fans who donate at the top $800 tier level on the campaign, they will be receiving one of these limited edition movie version figures of the Undead Avenger and to assure that, they will also get this certificate of authenticity stating that after the campaign is over, Jase will never again do a movie edition of figure of Brother Bones. Ergo, those who the own will have a very real treasure from the film.


As you’ll also recall we recently showed people the actors who will be appearing in the movie and the roles they would take on using character sketches done up by Airship 27 Productions’ own art director Rob Davis. Thus above, we have actress Paige Henderson who will be playing crime reporter Sally Paige. We also talked about the coincidence dealing with the name. Well, after some thought, we had a neat idea and approached Canadian artist Ted Hammond, showed him the images about and asked if he might draw Ms. Henderson as Sally. He was only to happy to comply.

TH Sally

And here is that sketch. Ted cut Paige’s hair, and dressed her in the appropriate costume…and voila. We sent copies to Ms. Henderson and the producers. This is just a little tease on how she will eventually appear in the film.


Speaking of the producers, last Sunday, Father’s Day, the Air Chief, along with writer-director-producer Erik Franklin (above) were both guest on Dr. Art Sippo’s fun podcast show, Art’s Review where we spent a full hour and a half talking about the movie and the Kickstarter Campaign. It was tons of fun and Erik and the Air Chief are starting to line up more such podcast appearances. The Kickstarter Campaing is rolling along and we need to keep that going.

And on more good news for these talented movie producers, their very first feature film, the sci-fi REVENGE OF THE LOST, has been picked up for sale and rent on Amazon Prime. (  Hope you’ll support their efforts. The success of this first film could have lots of positive affects on the Brother Bones project.


And finally we’re going to leave you with two really super cool visuals. Actor David Stoker is so excited about playing the twin Bonello brothers and then later Brother Bones, he and his own brother, a photographer, did up the composite image above, showing him as the deadly twin assassins. He posted it in a message to the Air Chief about a week ago.


We were so taken with it, we thought it might be fun to get Rob Davis on board to do a drawing giving David the needed look, i.e. hair and clean shaven face, plus the proper 30s attire to make it all gel according to the description of Jack and Tommy in that first origin story. He turned in this absolutely great piece and there you have actor David Stoker as the Bone Brothers. Now how cool is that? In the end, we hope all you Loyal Airmen will continue to spread the word about our Kickstarter campaign. The more people we can reach, the better our chances of making our goal and funded the movie.

That’s it for another week, as ever, thanks for stopping by.

Ron – Over & Out!



  • On 16 Jun | '2017

Greetings Loyal Airmen, we’ll we’re coming up on two weeks since the producers of the Brother Bones the Undead Avenger launched their Kickstarter Campaign to raise the fund to make the production possible. If you’ve been visiting it on a regular basis (you have, right?) then you’ll see we’ve only made a little progress. Nowhere as much as we need for this to be successful. In lieu of this ongoing appeal, several of the Air Chief’s artist friends have begun doing their own sketches of the Brother Bones for us to use int he promotion campaign.


The first to do so with the sweet image above was our friend Andrew Law who hails from Australia.  What a wonderful drawing.


The very next day Mike W. Belcher sent in the beauty above. We’ve seen lots of Mike’s work on Facebook in the past and love his straight up cartoony styling. This is an awesome piece.

Brother Bones

Next our old buddy from the Black Bat comics, Michael Dorman sent this one with Bones leaping into gun-blazing action.  Again, another winner. Honestly hope we see lots more of these. They help pump us all up that are part of this process.


This creepy Brother Bones is from the fertile imagination of artist Geoff Mosse.

Not much more to add this week, Loyal Airmen. Save we are indeed writing brand new Brother Bones stories for a hopefully new collection to have out by year’s end. Till next week, thanks for dropping by.

Ron – Over & Out!


  • On 9 Jun | '2017

Greeting Loyal Airmen, we’ve some exciting news for you this week. And all of it in some way deals with promoting, a subject the Air Chief learned a great deal of while earning our degree in Business Management.


As much as having a talent for writing or editing is vital, those elements focus on the creative aspects of our endeavors. Whereas there is also a practical side, a business approach to one’s career whether it be as a writer or artist. This past Sunday we were only delighted to be a guest once again on Richard Keller’s radio program about local authors over on station KRFC here in Fort Collins. That’s the Air Chief above wax poetically about new projects while fellow guest, author Joe Siple looks on. It was a fun hour and we’re told the show is syndicated across the web to over 50,000 listeners. So if even one tenth of that audience now goes out and buys just one of our books, we’ll be very, very happy indeed.


Last week we mentioned the fact that the producers of the Brother Bones movie had cast all the major roles. Above is actor Paige Henderson who will be playing Cape Noire crime reporter, Sally Paige. That the name Paige pops up like this was pretty much serendipity to all of us. Paige is truly an amazing talent and very eager to take on the role.


Happily Paige is joining a truly stellar cast, and director Erik Franklin just composited two collages with the entire speaking cast. There is half of them above, to include Paige and David Stoker, who will be both the Bonello Brothers and Brother Bones.


And there’s the second half with such amazing actors who will be bringing the Air Chief’s characters to life. Sometimes we need to pinch ourselves.


And if all that wasn’t enough, we met earlier in the week with artist pal Jeff Herndon to discuss his painting the Brother Bones movie. Jeff is excited as he’s never been commissioned to do an old fashion movie poster and is as enthusiastic about this project as the Air Chief.


As if all that wasn’t enough, producers Erik Franklin & Daniel Husser launched the Kickstarter Campaign to fund the movie. They are looking to get $100,000. Oh yeah, not a small sum by any means, Loyal Airmen, and we’ve only got two months to raise it in. Thing is, in today’s movie making game, it really isn’t a lot when one considers the price of everything, from actors to costuming and a classical music score. None of these items is cheap. If you would like to help us, the Air Chief is posting the link to that Kickstarter Paige and up front, anything you can do to help us achieve this dream will be appreciated beyond mere words.



And less you think everything we are doing is about Brother Bones, trust us, we are still involved with all our other projects, both pulps and comics. To that effect, the new issue of Mr. Jigsaw Man of a Thousand Parts was just published this week. It features two stories by the Air Chief and Gary Kato and sports a neat cover by artist Darren Goodhard and colors by Mort Todd. We love it and hope you will as well. Copies can be had as ever from (  And there you have it for another Flight Log, Loyal Airmen, a rather packed one for sure.  And honestly we don’t see things slowing down for a while.  Thanks for stopping by.

Ron – Over & Out!


  • On 2 Jun | '2017

Greeting Loyal Airmen, we are happy to report that things are moving ahead as planned for the Brother Bones movie and last week auditions were held in Seattle by producers Erik Franklin & Daniel Husser.


Dozens of actors showed up and for two long days, Erik & Daniel, directed them through readings for many of the 20 speaking parts that will be required for the film. In the end, they pretty much filled most of their cast, with only a few left to find.  What was also exciting is that the sculpture finished the skull mask and now a seamstress-costumer is working on making Bone’s slouch hat. It was crucial to have the mask finished first so that the hat could be custom sized to work with it when donned by the actor.


After only a few days deliberation, everyone on the team agreed we’d found our Brother Bones in Seattle based actor, David Stoker.  (See above.) David’s reading was fierce, bringing an intensity to his portrayal of the Bonello twins and ultimately being able to convey the grim presences of the Undead Avenger.  Upon hearing he’d been given the lead, David, himself a comic book/genre fan, was thrilled and has vowed to pour his heart and soul into the role. We’ve no doubt he will be fantastic and the Air Chief personally cannot wait to see him wearing the white skull mask.


Meanwhile, after a long hiatus, Airship 27 Productions has finally released a new title and it is the third in Nancy Hansen’s amazing pirate saga, JEZEBEL JOHNSTON – SEA WITCH.  The hero continues her adventures living among the buccaneers and freebooters of the Caribbean.  The book features interior illustrations by our Art Director Rob Davis and a stunning cover by Denver’s own Laura Givens as seen above. Book is now available in paperback from Amazon and soon on Kindle. If you love seafaring, classic pirate stories, the Jezebel Johnston books were made for you.


On other Brother Bones items, our good pal, Todd Jones, will be reprinting the short Bones comic strip, “Needle Justice” in the next issue of his own comic anthology series, “Wicked Awesome Tales,” and to highlight that fact, they adopted Rob Davis’ preview movie poster for their cover. Looks pretty sweet to us. Copies will be available at Todd’s table at this year’s Denver Comic Con next month.

And that’s it for this incredibly exciting week. Thanks for stopping by Loyal Airmen and we’ll see you back here in seven.

Ron – Over & Out!



  • On 26 May | '2017

Greeting Loyal Airmen, this weekend American celebrate Memorial Day, the day set aside not so much to remember our veterans, as to remember specifically those men and women who gave their all for our great country and never came home.

Ghost Army

What a lot of people don’t know is that two days before leaving Vietman, in late June of 1968, the Air Chief had a vivid dream of being in the jungles and seeing an entire army of GIs all sitting around campfires, smoking, telling jokes and just enjoying each other’s company. Then a bugle sounded and they all stood, got into formation and marched away into the night. As they moved past us, we realized they were all the fallen and their pleas to us we’re simple enough, “Don’t forget us.” We woke up in a cold sweat and right there and then made a vow to never…ever forget them.


This weekend, in honor of Memorial Day, the replica of the Washington Vietnam Wall, called the Traveling Wall, is in the Veteran’s Plaza here in Fort Collins.  It is as impressive as the actual Wall itself, with all 58,000 plus names on it.


This is the Veteran’s statue that stands at the entrance to the plaza. A GI with a small child on his shoulders.  Indicative that American fighting men and women have always answered the call to aid the weak and the oppressed in the name of freedom.


To help memorialize all those lost souls, the Veterans’ organization here in Fort Collins sent out an internet plea for volunteers to help read all the names.  The Air Chief, remembering his pledge, signed up and this afternoon, for thirty minutes, we read through a long..long list of names.  Names of sons, brothers, daughters, husbands and wives who never came home. But we did come home. Thus whenever anyone stops to thank us for our service, our reply is always the same, “You are welcome. It was an honor to serve our country.”  And this afternoon, it was a heartfelt honor to read those names. Rest in peace, my brothers and sisters in arms, we haven’t forgotten…and we never will.

Ron – Over & Out!


  • On 19 May | '2017


Greetings Loyal Airmen, here we are with another Flight Log entry and this week we want to share some of the fun we had while up in Wyoming last weekend attending the Cheyenne Comic Con.  Honestly, Valerie and the Air Chief had a blast and met so many wonderful fans, both old and new. Above is a shot of us at our table after setting up Friday night. Once the doors were opened, place filled up really fast.


Of course what would a comic con be without cos-players and celebrities and C3 had its share.  Above left, Valerie got this great shot of the Guardians of the Galaxy crew, from Rocket Racoon to Star Lord and the most amazing of all, Groot.  Person in that massive costume was simply amazing.  And speaking of both massive and amazing, our friend Calvin Hyland was thrilled to meet his own hero, the Incredible Hulk himself, actor Lou Ferrigno.  Our table was near the celebrity tables and we’re happy to tell you, Mr. Ferrigno was a gracious gentlemen who truly enjoyed meeting and chatting with all his fans.


Off course the Air Chief wasn’t about having some fun as well as we hooked up with the insidious Marvel villain from Daredevil, the conniving Kingpin in his prison orange suit. This fellow was hoot and pretty much dared us to come out from behind the table to pose with him. Challenge accepted and met.


Or course another staple of cons are the panels and even though we were not scheduled to do any at this particular show, we ended up filling in when the con promoters learned their guest for an hour panel had failed to arrive. So the Air Chief, along with pals Todd Jones (at middle) and Chad Blakely, volunteered to jump in and fill the hour with some informal banter about our careers etc. And we have to admit, it with those plush sofas and easy chairs on the stage, it was by far the most comfortable panel we’ve ever participated in.  Ha.


Finally, as we write this log entry, Colorado has been hit with a snowstorm. The latest Spring storm on record.  Started out as rain early this morning (see pix above) and then turned completely to the white stuff. Suppose to go all night into tomorrow (Friday).  Tell me Mother Nature doesn’t have a sense of humor.

And that’s it for this week Loyal Airmen, as ever, thanks for dropping by.

Ron – Over & Out!


  • On 12 May | '2017


Greeting Loyal Airmen, and welcome to this week’s Flight Log. As you are reading this post, Valerie and the Air Chief are up north in Cheyenne, Wyoming for the big second annual Cheyenne Comic Con. If you are anywhere in the area this weekend, please, stop on by and join the fun.


Last weekend, as all of you know was Free Comic Book Day and Valerie and the Air Chief spent the entire day at Fort Collins’ finest comic shop, Gryphon Games and comics, where the Air Chief met this adorable young Wonder Women.


Many of our colleagues were also on hand like Todd Jones above …and…


…the one and only Mike Baron of Nexus and Badger Fame. In all the event was so much fun and we guess well over 2,000 local comic fans were on hand to help us celebrate the fun of American Comics.


Also present at the show was our friend, illustrator/painter, Jeff Herndon. We talked about the forthcoming Brother Bones movie now in production and before the you knew it, Jeff has signed on to do our official movie poster. Above are two samples of his amazing work. We can only imagine what a great Brother Bones poster he is going to whip up for us.

Ron Flyer

And if all that wasn’t enough, we also had the above flyer on display announcing the big news that come this fall, the Air Chief will be teaching a class on writing comics and graphic novels as part of the Adult Continuing Education program at the Front Range Community College. This is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time and at long last is about to become a reality.

Finally, a Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s out there.  Ours, at 92, is still going strong and is an inspiration to our family.  Praying for God’s bountiful blessings on your Mom and all the Moms out there.

Ron – Over & Out!!


  • On 5 May | '2017

Greeting Loyal Airmen, this week’s Flight Log is centering heavily on what the Air Chief has been up to comic-wise, and believe there is quite a lot of fun projects to tell you about. So let’s dig right in.


For the past few weeks artist Flavio Silva has been drawing an 8 pg Brother Bones primer which tells the origin of the Undead Avenger. This was being done for John Helmer’s Lucky Comics which you will able to download a digital copy for FREE tomorrow, Sat. 6th May by going to ( Flavio’s artwork is amazing and a heads up, there eventually will be a full colored version of this mini-comic, but that’s for something else really, really special. To left about is the mock-up John was plastering all over the internet yesterday using an early sketch Rob Davis had done up. To the right is the finished art, which you’ll see when downloading this really special comic.


Happily, Lucky Comics got the final cover in from Rob and here it is above.


Now many of you know my comedy superhero character Mr. Jigsaw Man of a Thousand Parts had his start in the now defunct comic company, Charlton. For the past few years my good friend, Mort Todd, has been producing a wonderful full color giant comic called, “The Charlton Arrow.” In it he has reprinted several of our Mr.Jigsaw stories in full, glorious color. So when we learned Mort was in the process of putting together another issue, we had an idea approached artist Loston Wallace about it. Loston is an awesome artist and like the Air Chief, a Charlton fan so we were able to sell him on our idea of working together on a special 8 pager. Below his Mort’s official press release about that.

“VERY pleased to announce Loston Wallace will be drawing a Winnie the Witch horror tale for a future issue, written by Ron Fortier! The only thing that could be cooler is if Matt Webb colored it… oh, wait! He is! Also, the Charlton Neo editorial board would like to preemptively extend apologies to all who are offended by the following, excellent Colonel Whiteshroud, Monster Hunter illo by Loston.”


And then there is a brand new project being helmed by James Ludwig and Dave Noe to resurrect the 60s Dell Comic heroes, most of which are now in public domain. In a series of big, fat books, these guys want to publish both strips and prose stories featuring these long forgotten characters. When Dave approached the Air Chief about this, we thought it was a totally fun idea and jumped right in. We done a 2,000 word Owl prose adventure and Rob Davis is providing the illustration to accompany it. The Owl was pretty much a second rate Batman for Dell, but still a weird, likeable character. We’ll keep you posted on when the book is out and available.

In other news, the PulpFest people announce this year’s nominees for their Munsey Award given out at their show annually. The Air Chief is among 17 nominees for this award that recognizes a person’s extra contributions to pulp fandom and the community as a whole. Forgive the faulty memory, but this could be the third time the Air Chief has made this list and we are extremely flattered by that. Our sincere thanks to all those kind souls who put our name up for consideration.

And that’s a wrap for this week, Loyal Airmen. Thanks as ever for stopping by and we’ll hook up again her next Friday.

Ron – Over & Out!




  • On 28 Apr | '2017


Greetings Loyal Airmen, as you can see by the photo above, the Rob Davis and the Air Chief once again were part of the fun that is the Windy City Pulp & Paper convention that is held every Spring in Chicago. This year was no exception to the great show it was.


Lots and lots of vendors were on hand to sell their treasures from old time paperbacks to….


…classic pulps and the New Pulp variety as demonstrated by our pal, Tommy Hancock.  We saw so many of our old friends and as ever made lots of new ones.


One of the people responsible for this great show every year is Doug Ellis, himself a collector of pulp art.  Here he is checking off a list of new acquired pieces.


A Friday night Windy City tradition is a bunch of us heading out to a hamburger joint known as Fudruckers and this year six of us were chowing down together. on the left (from to back) is Van Plexico, Gene Moyers, and the Air Chief, while to our right (again front to back) Rob Davis, Wayne Reinagel & Tommy Hancock.)


Of course one of the highlights of the show is on Friday night with the Air Chief and Rob get to announce this year’s winners of the Pulp Factory Awards and hand out their actual awards.  Winning for Best Pulp Cover was the amazing Michael Kaluta and his cover painting to Airship 27 Production’s “Towers of Metropolis.”


Best Pulp Novel went to “Sentinels – The Dark Crusade,” by writer Van Allen Plexico and Best Interior Illustrations went to Chris Kohler who actually did the illos for this book.


The Best Anthology went to “Singularity – Rise of the Post Humans,” from Pro Se Productions, edited by Jaime Ramos.  That’s Jaime to the right above.  And the Best Pulp Short Story went to writer David Michelinie for “Lord Pemberton’s Adjustment Service” which appeared in that very book.  David is on the left above, and of course standing proudly between them is Pro Se publisher, Tommy Hancock. Our heartfelt congratulations to all this year’s winners, they were all well deserved.


With the con behind us, it is time to get back to work and Airship 27 Productions hits the ground running with our latest volume (# 9) of SHERLOCK HOLMES – Consulting Detective.  This one features a fantastic cover by the amazing Adam Shaw with stories by Aaron Smith, Erik Franklin, Fred Adams Jr. & Ian Watson. Our bestselling series to date, now available from Amazon and soon on Kindle.

And there you have it, Loyal Airmen.  Thanks again for stopping by and we’ll see you all back here next week.

Ron – Over & Out!


  • On 21 Apr | '2017


Greetings Loyal Airmen, by the time you read this, the Air Chief and his partner, Rob Davis, will be in Chicago attending the annual Windy City Pulp & Paper convention, which is one of the highlights of pulp fandom every year. We hope to see many of our Loyal Airmen on hand, as we’ve tons of great new titles to showcase.  So if you are attending the show, please do stop by and say hi.

On a sadder note, today, April 15th, we just learned of the passing of a really wonderful guy, a friend who was instrumental in helping the Air Chief attain his dream of becoming a comic book writer. When we came home from the army in 1968, we wanted to get back into comic collecting with the idea of learning the business.  We found several fanzines, amateur magazines made by young writers and artists with similar goals as ours.  The best of these was called THE COMIC CRUSADER and it was published by Massachusetts native, Martin Greim.  We sent away for it and became enthusiastic fans.  We soon were corresponding with Martin on a regular basis and he ended up publishing our interview with the then new pro artist Joe Staton. It was our first published comic related piece. A few years later, with Martin’s support, we attend a Boston comic con, met personally and cemented our friendship. Martin’s passing saddens us greatly. Rest in peace, old friend. God bless you for your kindness, friendship and encouragement along the way. Our deepest condolences to your family and legion of friends.  The photo above was taken long ago, about the time we knew each other.


As a comic book writer, the Air Chief has had the pleasure of working with some of the best graphic artists in the world, including our Airship 27 Productions Art Director Rob Davis.  At present, Rob’s been working on a new, one shot comic project we put together a few years ago.  At the time we had another artist on board, but he had to bow out and Rob graciously opted to take on the drawing chores. The Air Chief couldn’t have been happier.  Of course with all his other responsibilities, Rob is chipping away at the project whenever he can and this past weekend turned in as yet another stellar completed page.  Thought showing it to you wouldn’t be giving away too much.  We will say its an action packed adventure featuring a classic pulp hero from the 30s.  When finished we will publish it via Rob’s Redbud Studio.  Enjoy the sneak peek.


For all of you who stop by every week, you know we’ve been doing our best to keep you updated on the Brother Bones movie now in pre-production from Franklin & Husser Entertainment LLC.  Several weeks ago we displayed several pencil sketches turned in by movie sculpture Josh Tavena of Beardless Props.  Josh took his inspiration from the various pieces of published Brother Bones artwork including the above beauty by artist Pat Carbajal.  Well, as you can see via the image beside the drawing, Josh has completed work on the mask sculpture and all of us are terribly excited. He totally captured the true essence of Brother Bones. Next he will be molding the actual mask and painting it. This will be the mask worn by the yet cast actor who will portray our Undead Avenger in the film. We will continue to keep you all posted.


Finally, in the hustle and bustle of the past few weeks, we totally forgot to tell you about this fantastic book that was just released two weeks ago. Last year writer Billie Rae Bates contacted the Air Chief to tell us she was writing what would be the most definitive book about the 1960s Green Hornet television. Her book would contain the history of the character from his radio start back at WXYZ in Detroit, to the two Universal Serials and then ultimately the TV show. Then the remainder of the book would deal with the affects that one season series had on fans, thus reaching out to creation of the 1990s Green Hornet comic series from Now Comics which we wrote. Billie and the Air Chief spoke on the phone for nearly two hours at the end of which, she promised that once the book was finished, we’d be getting a copy as thanks for our assistance. Well that book is now out, called, “LET’S ROLL, KATO, A Guide to TV’s The Green Hornet,” it is a whopping 481 pages and does everything Billie said it would. There is absolutely no facet of this wonderful television series left untouched, from the plots each episode, the bios of the producers and actors, it’s all here, in this truly amazing tome. Along with almost all our two hour conversation, whereas the Air Chief’s thoughts are scattered throughout the second half of the book.  Honestly, Loyal Airmen, if you are a real fan of the Green Hornet and Kato, we recommend you go out and buy a copy. It is something you will pick up time and time again.

And there you have it for this week, Loyal Airmen.  Hopefully once back from Chicago, we’ll have pix fro the con. Take care and as ever thanks for stopping by.

Ron – Over & Out!