• On 20 Sep | '2019

Greetings Loyal Airmen, Valerie and the Air Chief spent last weekend in Cheyenne, Wyoming as guests at the second annual Chey-Fi Comic Expo held at the historic Plains Hotel in downtown Cheyenne.


We had such a fun time.  Above is the main flier done up for the show, then a shot of Val and the Air Chief at our table once we had it all set up. During the weekend, we made it a point to get outdoors and do a little sight seeing of the city. We took a we pix we thought you’d enjoy seeing.


The Plains hotel is across the street from the landmark train station with its gorgeous clock tower. There were also lots of these get giant boot sculptures depicting elements of Cheyenne’s western history.


Not to be outdone the Air Chief found as yet another giant cowboy boot. And then there were these amazing murals painted on the sides of various building like the sleeping baby above.


One mural hidden away in a back alley was of this guitar playing buffalo. While on the left above, is a long shot of the Plains hotel taken from the Train Station. If any of you Loyal Airmen ever visit this part of the country, do yourselves a favor and visit Cheyenne, it’s a truly beautiful city with great people.


While back the con things were moving into high gear fast. At upper left is the Air Chief, writer Mike Baron and con director himself, Jon Puls. To right of course is our dear friends from Pulp Fission, Zane & Olivia DeGaine.


Fort Collins amigo, Todd Jones of Wicked Awesome Tales was on hand and we got to meet the affable Tim Mandese, a reporter for the Cowboy State Daily covered the show and shot a video you can find at the a paper’s website. A great guy and we joked around with this selfie.


The lovely cos-player holding a copy of our Lady Action is none-other than writer Josh Walker’s wife Macarena. And on the right, the Air Chief was delighted to meet Grace, a very enthusiastic new Mr. Jigsaw fan.


As you can see by the con picture above, we were kept pretty busy during the entire show. We love to look back and see what the big sellers were at the shows we go to. This time the most popular of our titles were the new Sherlock Holmes anthology from Australia in which the Air Chief has a story. Then the Mr. Jigsaw How to Make a Comic Special went over big. Lots of people, both you and old want to learn the mechanics of comics.


Likewise our graphic novel Daughter of Dracula and the Script Book for it went over big time. We sold lots of both together, and separately. The biggest surprise of all was how many copies of our play, Where Love Takes You, we sold. Honestly, there appears to be a very large and vibrant theater community in Cheyenne. Finally, to all who come to our table and picked something up, making this another successful endeavors for us, our heartfelt thanks. We truly hope you enjoy our books.

And there you have this week’s Flight Log, Loyal Airmen. Thanks for stopping by and see you next Friday morning.

Ron – Over & Out!


  • On 13 Sep | '2019

Greetings Loyal Airmen, lots of fun things happening this week. Let’s get to it.

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The Air Chief is always writing new adventures of space Captain Jain Marlee, a rouge and smuggler. The latest called GHOST WORLD, was begun over a year ago by an artist named McShane. Unfortunately for various sound reasons, he had to bow out of the project and we turned to the inker, Ariel Aguire to complete the strip. Ariel and the Air Chief go back a long-long way and he’s a great guy and dependable creator. So last evening, after a long hiatus, we found our in-box filled with all kinds of sketches and page compositions. Above is one of the pages and some designs Ariel did up for Marlee’s space hauler. Everything he sent in was gorgeous and we’re extremely excited this project is finally going to get finished. We’ll keep you all posted.


As this week’s topic title states, the Air Chief is teaching his ten week course on How To Write Comics & Graphic Novel at the Front Range Community College here in wonderful Fort Collins. Our lovely grand-daughter Cora volunteered to show you the syllabus folder done up for the class by the Director of the Continuing Adult Education program of which our class is a part; Mrs. Laurie Rue. Had our first class this past Tuesday and my students are excited and ready to learn this crazy world of comic creating.


As of this past week, our 201st Airship 27 Productions title is released. “Behowls The Moon,” is an historical horror novel by Philip McCormac. It deals with the Irish 1918 Easter Rebellion and among the Irish resistant is a werewolf. Really great, pulp tale with interior illustrations by Rob Davis and a truly mind-boggling cover by Steve Otis, as you can see above. As ever available from Amazon in both paperback and soon on Kindle. Thanks so much for your continued support, Loyal Airmen.

And there you have this week’s Flight Log. As you are reading this, Valerie and the Air Chief will be in Cheyenne Wyoming for the all week-end Chey-Fy Comic Expo where we’ll be a guest. Looks to be a great show. Hopefully we’ll have some pictures to show you next week.

Ron – Over & Out!



  • On 6 Sep | '2019

Greetings Loyal Airmen, this week we want to talk about some of the comic projects currently in the works.


In the past, working with Rob Davis’ Redbud Studio imprint, Airship 27 Productions has delivered comics that features pulp heroes in the series ALL STAR PULP COMICS. To date we’ve done four of these and are currently looking at assembling a fifth.


Schedule to appear in issue # 5 of ALL STAR PULP COMICS will be the first ever comic strip adventure of the classic golden age pulp hero, The Crimson Mask. Above to the left is the anthology we produced at Airship 27 years ago, while at right is a panel from the Crimson Mask comic strip written by Mark Davis and being illustrated by the super talented Luis Rivera. To say we are excited about this is putting it mildly. We’ll keep you posted as more strips are announced for the comic.


Meanwhile work continues on the giant sized, full-color issue # 16 of Mr. Jigsaw – Man of a Thousand Parts. This is going hopefully going to be our super-duper Christmas special, as the main story, “Miracle on Christmas Island” finally has our Jiggy coming to the aid of that merry old elf from the North Pole. This 25 story was written by the Air Chief and is now being illustrated by Gary Kato. After which Mort Todd will apply his coloring-magic and…is schedule to draw the cover. The rest of the giant-sized comic will reprint the previously colored Jiggy adventures we’ve put out in the past few years. At present, our guest is when completed, it will be at least 50 pgs long. Sit tight, Loyal Airmen, this one is going to be worth the wait and then some.


More happy comics news. After two years, we’ve finally collected all three issues of the mini-series PARADISE FALLS. It is a science-fiction murder mystery that takes place in the futuristic city of Paradise Falls. Written by the Air Chief with art by John D. Williams, letters by Warren Montgomery (who also colored the covers) and edits by Redbud Studio head Rob Davis.  PARADISE FALLS, the complete collection is now available at – we hope you’ll enjoy it. John’s artwork is truly something unique.


Finally, because the Air Chief they are so adorable, here’s the latest pix of our son Kevin’s two bulldogs, Moxie (female) on the left and Zuko (boy) the right. Such truly lovable pets.  And there you have this week’s Flight Log Loyal Airmen, as ever, thanks for stopping by and we’ll see you here next Friday morning.

Ron – Over & Out!


  • On 30 Aug | '2019


Greetings Loyal Airmen, as most of you know, for the past several years Chief Engineer Rob Davis and the Air Chief have been doing a monthly podcast. At first it was only audio but earlier this year we brought our show to You Tube and now you can see us…as well as hear us. Overall, our shows have averaged about 80 views each although last month, July, that number dropped to a very poor 41. We suspect it being the height of summer had much to do with it as most of our Loyal Airmen were most likely on vacation and traveling. Two weeks ago we released Episode # 54 and in it talked a great deal about the fun and mayhem we experienced during our trip to the Pikeville Comic and Toy Convention in Kentucky. If you haven’t checked out our hour long show, we urge you to give it a try. All you need do is go to You Tube on the internet and once there simply type in AIRSHIP 27 PODCAST # 54. Rob and the Air Chief have a really fun time doing these and very much want to share them with all of you. Oh, and while there, do click on the Subscribe button. It doesn’t cost anything and is just an easy way for you to be reminded whenever we post a new episode. As ever, thanks so much for your support.


Now on to some great news. Several years ago, as most of you Loyal Airmen are well aware, Airship 27 Productions did a brand new edition of the late Mark Justice’s weird western novel, “The Dead Sheriff.” This had been Mark’s wish and our agreement before his untimely passing.


Then with the approval of Mark’s widow, Norma Kay Justice, we completed his unfinished second Dead Sheriff novel, “Cannibals & Bloodsuckers” and released it last year in 2018.

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Then earlier this month, we released the third Dead Sheriff novel, “Holster Full of Death” by the amazing Fred Adams Jr. much to everyone’s delight. Our idea from the start was to keep Mark’s literary legacy by continuing this unique, creep and fun series.


Which is why we are thrilled to announce there will be a fourth Dead Sheriff novel coming your way in 2020 and it will be written by one of New Pulp’s finest writers, Michael Housel. Michael is the creator/writer of the Persona series for Airship 27 Productions and he has a real affinity for the supernatural and creepy. Which is why he was the perfect scribe to pick up the trail and bring us all the newest adventure of Sam, the Dead Sheriff and journalist Richard O’Malley. So stay tuned Loyal Airmen, will keep you posted as the project develops.

And that wraps up this week’s Flight Log. As ever, thanks for stopping by, Loyal Airmen,

Ron – Over & Out!


  • On 23 Aug | '2019


Greetings Loyal Airmen, this past week-end we once again headed into Fort Collins’ Old Town for the fifth annual Fort Collins Comic Con, which benefits the Poudre Valley Library. Above left is the Air Chief after having set up my table and banner on Friday. The actual show happens Sat and Sun. To the right was one of the last pictures taken on Sunday afternoon, after a truly awesome weekend. The Air Chief with Valerie, grand-daughter Cora and her boyfriend Calvin.


So many of our friends and colleagues were at the show. To upper left for the first time ever was writer Aaron Powers and his wife Abby. Aaron was one of our students in our How To Write Comics at the Front Range Community College a few years ago. So at his table he had is first published comic plus his first novel. To the right about is old friend writer/artist Abe Akin and his lovely wife.


Sci-Fi Fantasy author Carol Van Natta was a con neighbor across the aisle. Also on hand was Jesse Bonafazi and his step-son Charlie. Jesse teaches a class on cartooning at the local Senior Center and for the first time ever his students, under his guidance, put out other on Blind Dog Comics # 1. Way to go, Jesse!


Two more of our own former students were on hand as well. Gabriella Sanchez, a first time, is a super talented writer and artist. She had lots of beautiful prints. And there was Jon Bonjour, selling his collection of truly funny cartoons. Jon and the Air Chief are currently working on a comic book series to be called BULLDOZER. Stay tuned.


At upper left all the way from Denver is artist James McFarland, who not only does comics, but James has illustrated an Airship 27 book for us. At right is was artist Jeff Slemmons, a truly fun guy and awesome artist.


Also on hand was Hawaiian artist Ka’Rihue whose work is truly fantastic. Speaking of which the Air Chief also picked lots of cool books at the show, as seen in picture top right.

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Both Olivia and Zane DeGaine of Pulp Fission comics were also on hand. Someone went up to the second floor balcony to snap a pix of Zane doodling away. Both are dear friends and Olivia and the Air Chief are doing the Raizee comic series called “The Wooden Blade.”


Horror artist Robert Elrod looking dabber as ever in his Fez was another con neighbor in our alley. Robert is a great guy and fun to chat with. To right is the Air Chief’s Official Protege, writer Todd Jones of Wicked Awesome Comics. Todd is one of the primary workers who make the Fort Collins Comic Con as especial as it is. Believe us, he was running around all weekend long.


The picture to the left was taken just after Todd and the Air Chief spent an hour in a Panel room where he prompted us to related stories from our many years in the comics biz. We had a nice audience and they seemed appreciative of the anecdotes we entertained them with.  All in all, as we said above, this was a really great con. Bravo to all involved.

And that wraps up this week’s Flight Log, Loyal Airmen. See you back here next Friday.

Ron – Over & Out!


  • On 16 Aug | '2019


Greetings Loyal Airmen, and here we go with another round of what’s happening around Hangar 27. Ever since starting Airship 27 Productions, the Air Chief and Art Director Rob Davis had brought forth all kinds of cool swag with the company logo, which Rob designed by the way.  We’ve done lots of hats in the past, but they were all those using iron-ons and for the longest time we’d hoped to see one with our beloved Zeppelin actually embroidered. Well, at long last and thanks to an outfit called the Queensboro Shirt Company out of Wilmington, N.C. we finally have one. The Air Chief couldn’t wait to put it on. And we wondered, would any of you Loyal Airmen be up to purchasing one of these nifty hats? And how much would you be willing to pay for one? Let us know your thoughts and thanks.


A few years ago, at a Colorado comic con we met Green Hornet enthusiast who build his own custom Black Beauty. Frank even went so far as to have the Air Chief autograph the dashboard. Now Frank is bringing this gorgeous automobile up to Fort Collins this coming weekend to display at the Fort Collins Comic Con. Going to be great to see Frank and that amazing car once again.

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As many of you know, after each How To Write Comics & Graphic Novels course we teach at the local Front Range Community College, we’ve do our best to produce a comic book written by our students and illustrated by some of the top professionals in the business. Whereas our last class, back in Winter of last year, had seven students, it was a challenge finding seven artists to help us out. The last script to find a home was written by Zane DeGaine, himself an artist, and happily a few months back recruited our old friend from Dario Carrasco, he agreed to help us out. Last week Dario turned in page # 1 of Zane’s six page story.  So with this one now in production, it is our hope that we will have the published FRONT RANGE TALES # 3 out within another month or so. All fingers crossed meanwhile.


Meanwhile the Air Chief hopes to kick off another 10 week course to kick off Tues night the 11th of Sept provided we can get at least 3 students to sign up. Anyone living in the Fort Collins, CO area in taking the class, above is the telephone of the Administrator to call for registering.

And that’s our Flight Log for this week Loyal Airmen.  As ever, thanks for stopping by and we’ll see you back here next Friday.

Ron – Over & Out!


  • On 9 Aug | '2019


Greetings Loyal Airmen. It’s always good to be back in Hanger 27 after a exciting fun weekend at a new con. Last weekend Art Director Rob Davis and the Air Chief made our way to the Appalachian mountains of Eastern Kentucky to attend the third annual Pikeville Comic & Toy Convention. This all came about from our friendship with Pikeville local artist Michael Belcher who connected us with comic shop owner and con promoter Kent Leedy. It was Kent who extended the invitation to Airship 27 to come and be guest at the con. After a seven hour day on the road, we arrived in Pikeville on Thursday night. The following noon, we entered the UPIKE sports stadium and Rob began setting up our tables, banners and displays. Believe me Loyal Airmen, we brought lots of pulps and comics.


Once the tables were set up, we took our obligatory con shot of ourselves. Then the Air Chief proceeded to walk around the floor getting pictures of our new friend. Here’s one of artist Michael Belcher and his son Aiden, both wonderful comic talents. Not only is Michael an amazing writer/artist, Aiden has become a fantastic comic colorist.


We were thrilled to see the first issue of Michael’s new comic series, “Man in the Mask” was available and we happily swapped it for a few copies of our own “Mister Jigsaw – Man of a Thousand Parts.” Michael’s comics are available on-line at (, you really should check them out. They are simply amazing.


Pikeville had so many great comics guests, you would bump into them anywhere you went. Above at left you have Rags Morales, Larry Hama and Mike Baron. At right, Ka-Blam’s very own Barry Gregory and Roland Man.


At one point, someone got a bunch of us together to snap the photo above, which you can pretty much describe at the Pikeville Wild Bunch. In front, left to right is Barry Gregory & Mike Baron, standing left to right is Jeff Whitting, Rob Davis, the Air Chief, Roland Man, Aiden Belcher and Michael Belcher. What a truly fun crew.


One of our biggest surprises came mid-afternoon on Sat. when we were asked if we sit on a panel with comics legend Jim Shooter, as yet another stellar guest at the show. Talk about your David and Goliath match up. Still, being a guest brings with it obligations that are only right and we agreed…with trepidation. We needn’t have worried one iota. Jim Shooter proved to be a really likeable gentlemen and sharing comic book memories was tons of fun. After the panel wrapped, he made a point of coming back to our tables with the Air Chief to meet Rob and learn more about Airship 27 Productions. He was honestly impressed and gave us a big thumbs for New Pulp.


Of course what’s a comic con without cos-players and Pikeville had its share of some great one. Our personal favorite was Mr. Freeze. That costume was simply astounding and all custom made by the fellow. Meanwhile promoter Kent Leedy had a chance to clown around with Marty McFly and Prof. Emmet Brown and the time-traveling DeLorean.


Another highlight of our trip was being able to hook up with the late Mark Justice’s wife, Norma Kay. Since Mark’s passing, Airship 27 has been continuing his weird western series, The Dead Sheriff and we debut volume # 3, “Holster Full of Death” at the show. So Norma and a three of friends hopped into a car and drove up from their home in Flatwoods Kentucky to see us. Rob and the Air Chief handed her the first copy off the presses.


When we realized several weeks earlier that artist Chris Rawding would not have the cover to this book ready in time for us to have at Pikeville, Rob went and did up an alternate cover and had the printer do up 15 copies. Then he did up a special sticker to identify these 15 as being part of the limited run with the cover above thus making them true pulp collectible copies. As we noted above, #1 of 15 went to Norma Kay while the Air Chief quickly snagged #2 of 15 for himself. That’s a pix of the inside page of our copy. Note, we did have a few left after the show and Rob will sell these at no extra charge to the first people who contact him.  And keep in mind, there will only ever be 15 with his cover.


So upon our return from Pikeville, artist Chris Rawding finished and turned in his cover to The Dead Sheriff # 3, Holster Full of Death.  See above to right. And now it is available for all at Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle. Whereas the final icing on this cake, it thus became Airship 27 Productions’ # 200th title!!  Not bad for a little pulp outfit run by two old comic pros. In eleven years we’ve produced 200 titles!! Now that’s something to be really proud of and we couldn’t have done it without everyone one of you Loyal Airmen who have supported us all along. We truly can’t thank you enough.

And that wraps this Flight Log, Loyal Airmen. Thanks ever for stopping by.  See you next Friday.

Ron – Over & Out!



  • On 1 Aug | '2019

Greetings Loyal Airmen, and welcome to this week’s Flight Log.  As you read these words, the Air Chief and Art Director Rob Davis are in Kentucky for the Pikeville Comic & Toy Con.  Meanwhile a few topics here for you to peruse and enjoy.


There is nothing the Air Chief likes better than seeing our friends succeed in whatever they do. Artist Zane DeGaine has been working hard at his craft and last year debut his first ever comic book FASTBACK at a local con. Now he’s just completed an assignment for the latest issue of SKILL SET magazine, which we are holding above.


In the magazine is a 3 page spread article on classic violent macho he-man movies and all the illustrations were done by Zane.  And they are beautiful. Congratulations, amigo!  We’re sure there will be many for such assignments in the future.


And speaking of friends, how about 62 of them who all contributed to the LEGENDS OF NEW PULP FICTION which last week was released as an audio-book from Radio Archives!


Four years ago, Airship 27 Productions published “Legends of New Pulp Fiction,” a giant, 776 pg book containing 62 stories by today’s leading pulp writers and illustrated by 35 of the best graphic artist in the business with a cover by Doug Klauba. The project was inspired as a charity project for then ailing pulp publisher/writer Tommy Hancock. Airship 27 Productions’ Managing Editor Ron Fortier and Art Director Rob Davis, helmed the herculean task aided by Assistant Editors Jaime Ramos & Todd Jones. Upon its publication the book became an immediate success and is today considered the premier introductory volume to New Pulp Fiction.

Shortly after the book’s release, a few fans joked on social media about the possibility of an audio version of the giant tome. At that time, most thought the idea impossible as the logistics and man-hours required would be daunting.  Never tell Tom Brown of Radio Archives something cannot be done. After years of strategizing, Brown assembled six of the finest narrators in the audio-book game, devised a workable schedule and assigned them each X number of stories. Now the project is completed and “Legends of New Pulp Fiction,” is available both as a digital download and a 40 CDs package in two sets.

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Volume One contains CDs 1-20 while Volume Two CDs 21-40. Each set’s spine is two inches thick. Readers Mark Finfrock, Joe Formichella, Paul Curtis, Roger Price, Mike and Milton Bagby provide 40 hours of listening thrills and spills.  We are still pretty much in shock about all this. When Tom informed Rob and Yours Truly that this audio version was a reality, both of us were stunned and that’s an understatement. TomBrown  is a creative dynamo and his passion for what he does is inspiring and we couldn’t be any happier with this new and exciting version of our book. New Pulp fans are in for an unbelievable listening adventure.  Whether downloading the digital streaming version or the big two CD sets, Loyal Airmen are getting 40 hours of amazing audio pulp adventures.



Finally, after a long hiatus, we are thrilled to announce the release of Airship 27 Productions newest pulp title – THE PERSONA, Green Fleshed Fiends by Michael Housel.  The Persona is sort of a Dr. Strange – Phantom Detective kind of occult warrior and in this new thriller he battles a German scientist who has figured how to open a portal to other dimensions and thereby allow all kinds of creatures to invade our world. Chris Rawding provides the stunning cover and Kevin Paul Shaw Broden the black and white interiors.  As ever available from Amazon in paperback and on Kindle. Thanks always for your continued support.

Okay, all for this week, Loyal Airmen. Time to head for Pikeville, Kentucky. See you back here next Friday.

Ron – Over & Out!





  • On 26 Jul | '2019

Greeting Loyal Airmen, this week we thought we’d have some fun sharing a few art “roughs” with you. What are “roughs” you ask. Well they are simply a very loose sketch done by an artist to get the feel for what composition will work best for his drawing. In the past few days we’ve received two such for two different Airship 27 Production books coming your way.


Now the firsts will show you were done by Canadian artist Steve Otis.  Steve has been assigned to do the cover to Philip McCormac’s novel, BEHOWLS THE MOON. This is the story of a werewold operating in Ireland during the Easter Rebellion of 1916 when the Irish Free Army staged a revolt in Dublin.  Whereas the main character is turned into a werewolf by a beautiful gypsy girl, the Air Chief hunted up the two pictures above on-line and sent them to Steve asking that his cover incorporate both such a creature and beautiful girl. Note, we did not ask him to “copy” them, but be inspired by them.


Not content to just do one “rough,” Steve went and did six of them and then sent the above page to the Air Chief and Art Director Rob Davis.  In looking at his positioning of the figures in each “rough” we told him we liked numbers 2 and 6 the best. Whereas Rob suggested to Steve that he take the girl from 2 and combining here with the werewolf from 6. Steve went along with that and is now in the process of doing the detailed drawing; his next step before he tackles the actual painting. Needless to say we’re very exciting as to what he is going to produce.


Next up are images from our 6th volume of SINBAD – The New Adventures.  This one features a long novella by writer Nancy Hansen and a short story by Greg Hatcher.  Above are two illustrations for Nancy’s tale by Mexican artist Jesus Rodriguez. Jesus is now working on the last three illos that will adorn Greg’s tale. Seeing the book was moving down the production line, the Air Chief contacted artist Adam Shaw and asked if he’d be available to do the cover for this one. Adam has done several stellar covers for us in the past and we love his work. Our only request of him was to have our black Sinbad at the wheel of his ship, the Blue Nymph with a sexy harem girl behind him.

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And above is what Adam sent along as his idea “rough.”  Obviously we love it and when it is full drawn and colored, it will be amazing.  We are Airship 27 are so lucky to work with some of the finest artists in the world.


And finally, we’re going to end this art-themed installment with a beautifully finished illustration. It is by another new artist to Airship 27 Productions, Clayton Murwin and comes from the novel EYE OF DAWN by Brad Sinor. Truly some gorgeous detailing in Clayton’s drawing.

That’s it for this week’s Flight Log. As ever thanks for stopping by and see you back here next Friday morning.

Ron – Over & Out!



  • On 19 Jul | '2019

Greeting Loyal Airmen, hope you are all enjoying summer. The other day the Air Chief found himself talking about his career to a friend. How it all began after we’d come home from Vietnam and back into civilian life. There were two comic book creators up in Canada named Vincent Marchesano and Art Cooper and they had formed a little project called Spectrum Publication where by they wrote and did their own mini-comic. And by that we mean comics no bigger than a package of cigarettes.


Above are the actual covers to four of those little mini-comics.  The series was called ID, EGO/AEON. At the upper left corner is cover featuring a character created by Cooper called Freedom Fighter. In his concept, Cooper imagined the Nazis having won World War II and now controlling North America. In this bleak world resistant groups spring up led by the mysterious masked man. We were so enamored with this idea and the character that we sat down and wrote a 4 pg stories of him and mailed off to Art and Vince. Much to our delight they liked our little story and Art said he would draw it in the next issue.  That’s the cover to upper right.


The story was called “Pay Your Dues” and above are the very first two pages of the first comic the Air Chief ever wrote and had published. It’s dated 1970. Lots of others have followed. Oh, yeah.


When the Air Chief was a little guy, his father would take him to a local barber for his haircuts. Now this gentleman’s sons had all grown up by the mid-1940s and left behind their comic books. So the barber put them in small shelves for his kid customers like the Air Chief. Thanks to these old comics, we discovered the likes of the Justice Society of America, Captain America and the Human Torch and our favorite of the Golden Age heroes, the original Captain Marvel and written and illustrated by the amazing C.C. Beck. In fact when the Air Chief and his pal artist Gary Kato created our own comedy superhero, Mr. Jigsaw Man of a Thousands, we were thrilled to have the late comic historian and critic Don Thompson compare Jiggy to the best of C.C. Beck’s Captain Marvel.


Now in 1941 Republic Serials made two chapter-plays featuring two of Fawcett Comics most popular comic heroes; Captain Marvel and Spy Smasher. We recently picked up a Blu-ray edition of “The Adventures of Captain Marvel,” one of our favorites of the serials. It stars Frank Coghlan Jr. as Billy Batson and when he says the magic word, SHAZAM, he’s transformed in to the Adonis like Captain Marvel and wonderfully portrayed by Tom Tyler. Tyler would go on to film another classic hero in Columbia’s serial of The Phantom. Most serial fans argue amiably between themselves as to which is the best of the Republic serials. Personally the Air Chief thinks it’s really a tie between “The Adventures of Captain Marvel” and “Spy Smasher” which starred Kane Richmond. Both were extremely well made and tons of fun to watch.  Here’s hoping there is a Blu-ray version of “Spy Smasher” in our future.

And that’s it for this week, Loyal Airmen, as ever, thanks for stopping by and see you back here next Friday.

Ron – Over & Out!