• On 22 Dec | '2023


Greetings Loyal Airmen, as the wonderful image above depicts, the special star has appeared in the heavens and soon our savior will arrive. In this last week of Advent we pray for all of you with the courage to put aside the hustle and bustle of this commercial world we live in and reflect on the true meaning of this time. Get your house in order, surround yourselves with the people you and let’s get this journey to Bethlehem on the road.



Artist Jesse Thomas is keeping busy with more pages of our Crimson Nun project finished. Here are the pencils and inks for Pg # 17. The action is really starting to heat up here.  Hopefully issue # 1 will be out early in 2024. We’ve a truly awesome Fred Lang cover in the files and the book will be published by Ben Dunn’s Antarctic Press. Stay tuned.


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With the year coming to a speedy close, we are thrilled to announce the last title from Airship 27 Production for 2023 will be “Buck Jones in the 21st Century” by Darryle Purcell. This is a terrific, fun fantasy adventure where the famous western stars of the early 40s, Buck Jones, is brought into the 1970s by government agents, via a secret time machine, and he aids them fight communist spies operating out of the Arizona desert. It really is a wild romp and Purcell, an Army Vietnam veteran, former Hollywood animator and self-publisher, provided all the art for the book, from his dandy cover above left and all the black and white interior illustrations. Rob Davis designed it all and it is now available at Amazon in paperback and on Kindle. As ever, Loyal Airmen, thanks so much for your continued support.



After we wrapped up our new I.V. Frost story last week for Joe Gentile’s Moonstone Pulps, it was back to work on script # 3 for the second volume adventures of The Boston Bombers, which we are doing with artist Rob Davis. And we finished that two days ago. Above are years old sketches of some of the Bombers cast done by artist Robin Ator. Sadly Robin only ever worked on these preliminary pieces and never got to illustrate the comics. But having these wonderful pictures in our files, we thought you Loyal Airmen might enjoy seeing them.



A week ago or so, we made it known that “Jin & Tonik” co-creator and artist, Cesar Feliciano would be taking over the coloring chores for that project.  Above to the left above is Pg 18 of issue # 1 as colored by Matt Webb. Matt’s a pro colorist and it’s obvious. On the right above is that same page only now colored by Cesar. Keeping in mind, this is new to Cesar, we were blown away. He’s totally got the knack for this and we are confident the finished book is going to look fantastic. We’ll keep you posted.



And finally in just two days we will have come to the end of our Advent journey to that small stable in the little town of Bethlehem where a baby boy was born to Mary & Joseph. Our God and Savior, come in human form, helpless and vulnerable, so that he might save us from our sins and lead us back to our heavenly. It is our wish, Valerie and the Air Chief, that all you Loyal Airmen have the most beautiful, loving, Merry Christmas. God bless you all,

Ron – Over & Out!

Greeting Loyal Airmen, as Christmas draws every nearer, we hope you are enjoying the season and avoiding the frantic madness that is the material end of the madness. Which is why the Air Chief thought we’d kick off this week’s Flight Log with a TV recommendation.



Valerie loves sports stories and is always trying to find sports themed movies. She recently discovered the 6 part British series “The English Game” on Netflix. It is based in part on the history of soccer in England and how it originated among the high class gentry and ultimately was accepted by the working class. Though the series plays fast and loose with history (on so many things) the writing in regards to characters, human drama and sub-plots is powerfully well done. So if you are looking for a really feel-good experience this Christmas, both us highly recommend, “The English Game.”


Quick reminder, after writing Jiggy’s adventures for over 40 yrs, artist Gary Kato and the Air Chief finally got a Mr. Jigsaw Christmas story done and we released it last year. You can pick up a copy at Amazon. It’s in full color and has additional bonus stories in the back.



On this past Wednesday Valerie had her post-op visit with the surgeon. He was totally impressed with how well her knee is healing and the efforts she has put into doing her recovery exercises. He let her know that and if she continues to do that work, the pain will eventually dissipate and within a month or two she’ll be walking circles around all of us.  We are so proud of her!!



As we approach the Third Sunday of Advent, we pray all your Loyal Airmen, in the midst of all your running around, you’ll take time to spend with those you love. To let them know how much they mean to you. This is the season of love, let’s all be sure we celebrate it fully.

Till next week, Ron – Over & Out!


  • On 8 Dec | '2023


Greetings Loyal Airmen, before getting into any comic or pulp stuff, we want to keep you updates on Valerie’s recovery from her knee replacement surgery she had done a week ago today. And the Air Chief is so damn proud of her. Three days after the surgery, a licensed therapist came to the house to see how things were going and explain new exercises Val would need to do as part of her recover. Well, the therapist was simply blown away totally surprised to see Val walking up and down the hall to the kitchen and back to the bedroom without the use of any kind of walker. Then when we showed her how we hourly exercised her leg, as the surgeon had taught us, again she was blown away. In the end, she said was leagues further along in her recovery than 90% of the patients she sees. And that we were making her job lots easier. We’ll be seeing a home therapist twice more this week and the three next before our post op visit with the surgeon. So we got an A+, which was no surprise to the Air Chief, as we are married to the toughest, strongest, bravest woman in the world. Thanks to all of you for your continued prayers. Please, don’t stop now. We both need them more than ever. God bless you all.



Artist Rob Davis, another busy dude, managed to whip up the newest page to issue # 2 of “The Boston Bmbers Vol 2″ and as ever it is stellar. As he does so, the Air Chief is hoping to be able to finish the script for issue # 3. As expected, with Val’s surgery, things got pushed back a wee bit. But we’ll manage, having too much fun doing Bombers again.



Trust us, Loyal Airmen, nobody loves Christmas more than the Air Chief. Our life has been filled with lots of wonderful, cherished memories of this truly beautiful time of year. As children entranced with all the magic, the tree, the story of that Elfish Toy Maker Santa Clause etc. etc. etc. But at the same time, our parents never forgot to stress the real importance of our celebration, the birth of our savior Jesus Christ. Our Lord, the God who created us, came down to walk among us; to forgive our sins, open the gates of heaven for ever and show us the truth, the light and the way. And as the late Bishop Fulton Sheen remarked, he came down behind enemy lines disguised as an innocent babe. For all his wiles, the enemy never saw that coming. Now it is advent and we once again prepare for his arrival. Oh, you can almost hear the angles singing. Amen.



One of the most popular actors of the silent screen era was Rudolf Valentino, a handsome guy with moody dark looks that his female audiences swooned over. One of the many films this modern day Casanova of the Silver Screen made was “The Shiek” in which he played an Arab prince of the desert. It rocked him to international stardom. So why does the Air Chief bring it up here? Well, one of the books we have in production at Airship 27 is a romance novel by the talented R.A. Jones and somewhere in the story, a dashing hero wearing a turban will appear. The artist doing the cover and interior illustrations asked us if we had any decent reference photos of such…and of course the Air Chief immediately recalled Valentino…and “The Shiek.” We sent the above pix to that artist.  Ah the joys of pulp editing.

Ron – Over & Out!


  • On 1 Dec | '2023


Greetings Loyal Airmen, this morning, as many of you read this entry, Valerie is undergoing knee surgery. After years of painful suffering with severe arthritis, she is finally having them replaced with artificial knees starting with the left one today. Please, we ask you humbly to keep her in your thoughts and prayers. The next few weeks of recovery will be tough, but she is the strongest person in the world, in our humble opinion. Thanks so much.



A few years ago, the Air Chief and Airship 27 Art Director Rob Davis had the idea of collection lots of writer Ian Watson’s Sherlock Holmes stories in one Kindle Only title. We called it “Sherlock Holmes Mysteries by I.A. Watson.” It sold quite well for us. Then, as time went by, Ian amassed another bunch of Holmes stories. You see, Loyal Airmen, he’s penned a new Holmes mystery for every single issue of our best-selling “Sherlock Holmes -Consulting Detective” series, plus others. So we did another Kindle Only collection, “Sherlock Holmes Mysteries Vol 2 by I.A. Watson.” And now, nearly a year since that volume, we are happy to announce Vol 3 (see Rob’s cover above) is out and available at Amazon. Again keep in mind, in Kindle Only. Whereas there is a bonus brand new story in this volume 3, which, for you regular fans of the Consulting Detective will be printed in the 20th volume of that series due out sometime in early 2024. So there you have, Loyal Airmen. Ian’s a great writer and his Holmes and Watson stories tons of fun.


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Darryle Purcell is a writer we hooked up with several years ago when he sent us one of his Hollywood Cowboy Detective books to review. From that, we learned Darryle was a Vietnam veteran, who, upon his return to civilian life had a long and successful career in Hollywood as animator. Retired from that profession and now living in Arizona, Darryle began writing his own fun, pulp tales featuring classic cowboy stars from long ago. Lots of his books featured such cinema personalities as Hoot Gibson, Big Boy Guinn and Raymond Hatton to name a few. Recently, after reviewing many of these enjoyable tales, Darryle began submitting manuscripts to us here at Airship 27 Production. At present we have two in production. One is an apocalyptic sci-fi thriller and the other a time-traveling thriller called, “Buck Jones in the 21st Century.” Aside from Tom Mix, Buck Jones was one of the most popular early movie cowboy stars and we were thrilled to be able to produce this story. Then last week, to our pleasant surprise, Darryle wrote suggesting he do the artwork for that book to include all black and white interiors and the cover. Naturally we immediately replies YES!!  Above is a cartoon caricature of himself, a photo of Jones and the pencil roughs for the book. We’ve seen the final version, and it’s awesome. With fingers crossed, “Buck Jones in the 21st Century” will be coming your way within a few weeks. Trust us, Loyal Airmen, all of you are in for a treat. A Darryle, a hardy welcome to Airship 27!

And there you have it for this week, Loyal Airmen. As ever thanks for stopping by. See you back here next Friday morning. God bless.

Ron – Over & Out!



  • On 24 Nov | '2023

Greetings Loyal Airmen, it seems in the past week lots of great things have transpired in regards to our various comic projects. So let’s get to them.



Right on the heels of the debut of our crime caper comic, “Satin’s Ways,” another project created years ago by the Air Chief and pal, artist Gary Kato, is now back in print. This time with beautiful colors by Aiden Belcher. So as of today (Nov 18) that 56 pg full color beauty is now available from Amazon. We are so thrilled and a big thanks to Redbud Studio Managing Editor Rob Davis who edited this brand new edition. If you’ve little one who like to read, this makes for a great Christmas Gift.


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After three months of going to print, “Boston Bombers – Vol 2 # 1″ is finally available for purchase from ( thus hopefully pleasing many of you Loyal Airmen. Keep in mind, this is the start of the sequel to the first “Boston Bombers” available as a graphic novel from Amazon. Artist Rob Davis is currently drawing the second issue while the Air Chief works on script # 3. It’s a blast going back to this alternate pulpish world and adventuring with these great characters.


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After several months, artist Andrea Bormida has completed the art for our sci-fi series, “Beyond the Stars # 3.” And the pages look fantastic. It is now in the hands of letterer Mike Belcher. Above is the  character, the expert space pilot who carries our crew on their mission. We are excited to see this issue finished. Now on to # 4.



Truly happy artist Jesse Thomas continues his drawing issue # 1 of our Crimson Nun comic. Above are pencils and inks from that first issue. Next will come coloring and then lettering by Mike Belcher before being sent off to Antarctic Press for publication.




We are thrilled to announce the release of our latest Airship 27 title, The Phantom Detective Vol 2. This is our collection featuring this hero from the classic pulps. Features stories by Carson Demmans, Gene Moyers, Fred Adams Jr. and Michael Housel. Kevin Paul Shaw Broden provides the interior illustrations and Adam Shaw the classic pulp cover. It is now available at Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle. As ever, Loyal Airmen, thanks so much for your support.

And there we have it for this Thanksgiving week, Loyal Airmen. It is my hope that all of you had a wonderful Turkey Day with your friends and family as we did here at Hangar 27. We are truly grateful for all you Loyal Airmen who make what we do at Hangar 27 possible. God bless you all.

Ron – Over & Out!


  • On 17 Nov | '2023

Greetings Loyal Airmen, last weekend Val and the Air Chief were once again guest at the Rocky Mountain Con in Denver as put on by our dear friend Tim Moret. This was the 10th anniversary of the con and we’ve only ever missed one. This was by far the best ever.


Upper left Val holds down the fort…er…our tables. We had lots of comics and pulps and before those two days were gone half this inventory was gone. One of our first visitors at the show was well know Cos-Player HeatherAfter in her Black Window guise. Happy to snap a photo with the Air Chief.


Also appearing at the show was one of my former writing students and now college girl, Gabriella Saenz and her dad, Arthur. Last year Gaby actually did the spot illustration for one of our Airship 27 titles, “Flatiron Death Grip” by Peggy Chambers. Gaby is a guest at most local cons now, her art is beautiful.


Then we had our good friend artist Guy Davis, who is also an Airship 27 illustrator, having worked on writer Nancy Hansen’s fantasy series, “The Silver Pentacle.”  Hopefully will having working on the third entry in the saga.


Then we have artist and 20 yr. army veteran, Kevin Johnson. Several years ago, he and the Air Chief produced the action adventure graphic novel Black Lion. Since then Kevin has devoted his time to his stunning paintings with lots of his work appearing in galleries around at the country. At one point in the show, Kevin stopped by our table and suggested the possibility of our doing another comic project together. We are totally on board with that. Oh, yeah.


Among other well known guest at the show were Mike Baron, (at left) creator of Nexus and The Badger. Busy these days doing his own comics which are big hits as expected. Then there’s Marvel veteran, Bob Hall (at right) still busy drawing sketches for fans. An all around great guy.


Believe us, there’s no lacking of local talent here in Colorado. Hailing from Fort Collins are writer/artist Abe Akin (Left above) and our Official Protege himself, Todd Jones (Right above). These super talented gents are good friends and it is always exciting to see their latest work.


And finally, seated across the aisle from us were the created husband and wife comics team, Olivia and Zane Degaine of Pulp Fission. Olivia and the Air Chief produce the fantasy comic “Th Wooden Blade” while Zane and the Air Chief are hard at work on a new western to be called “Hamlet’s Inn.” In fact, as in the past several years, we went to the show with them, as their truck is the one vehicle that can carry all their gear and ours as well. They are dear friends and Val and the Air Chief are so happy they chose to settle here in Fort Collins.




As for the Air Chief’s sales over the two day show, the three big sellers were the anthology “Dracula – Unfanged” in regards to prose, then the graphic novel, “Daughter of Dracula.” It’s obvious vampires are still a thing. This was followed by my pulp series Brother Bones titles. We actually sold out of several volumes. Then the always popular Sherlock Holmes anthology “Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Was Not.” We did sell a bunch of other comics, but the constant seller is the Mr. Jigsaw How to Make a Comic special. We want to thank all the gracious fans who stopped by our table and made the event so successful. Honestly, Loyal Airmen, we just couldn’t do this without.



We’ve told this story several times in the past few weeks. Thirty years ago the Air Chief wrote a 48 script featuring a new comic character, Satin Wei, a Chinese thief who was raised in Hong Kong then fled to America to escape her life of crime. It was intended for Gary Reed and Calibre Press. Sadly, before that project could be launched, Reed opted not to go through with it and that script languished in our files. Over the years several other artists tried to bring it to life, include Chilean Gonzalo Martinez who had helped design Satin. In the end he did complete an 8 pg Satin Wei adventure. Now, thanks to our lifelong partner on Mr. Jigsaw, artist Gary Kato had drawn that story and we had it published via Amazon where it is now available for purchase. Note we also included Gonzalo’s 8 pager as a bonus back up feature and Redbud Managing Editor Rob Davis did the cover based on an old composition by Gonzalo. We are so happy to finally ave this out. And we hope you’ll give it a look-see.



Recently my second cousin, Ricky sent me these photos of his son, Blake, who is obviously a huge Spiderman fan and has enough energy for a bunch of superheroes. Way to go, Blake!!!  Never ever lose that imagination of yours, it’s fantastic.


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This one of the final pages of issue # 3!!  Artist Andrea Bormida has only two more to complete and then the book is off to letterer Mike Belcher. After that off to Roland Man and Silverline Comics for another Kickstarter Campaign. Thus bringing us to the half-way mark of this six-issue mini series!!!



What with Satin’s Ways finally in print, the Air Chief got to thinking how cinematic the story is and how it could easily be adapted to a short, independent 90 minute movie. So we’re putting out the word on social media to any enterprising young filmmaker out there. If interested in such a project, give us a holler.

And that, dear Loyal Airmen is our Flight Log for this week. As ever thanks for stopping by, see you next Friday and God Bless.

Ron – Over & Out!



  • On 10 Nov | '2023

Greetings Loyal Airmen, we’re going to kick off this week’s Flight Log with a look at Paramount Plus’ new streaming western series from Taylor Sheridan telling the amazing story of the greatest lawman who ever lived in the era of America’s Wild West, US Deputy Marshal Bass Reeves.


We first of Bass over twenty years ago when working on a western comic project it. Intrigued by what we’d heard, we began researching him and discovered Prof. Art Burton’s extensive biography, “Black Gun – Silver Star.” It was absolutely fascinating. We also discovered other books on Bass, including the one by his own relative Gary Paulsen. It seemed after years of obscurity, people were finally begin to learn who this great man was and his role in the taming of the west.


At 16 Bass, a slave, ran away from the Texas ranch he was living on to live with Indians in the Oklahoma territories that made up the Five Civilized Tribes. After the Civil War, Reeves married, built his own horse ranch and started raising a family. When Federal Judge Isaac Parker arrived in Fort Smith to establish a federal circuit court, he soon realized he had a major problem; his white marshals were unable to operate in remote townships settled by freed blacks, native Americans or established as outlaw sanctuaries. In the end the only solution was to deputize black men; one of the first of these being Bass Reeves.


During his thirty odd year career as a marshal, Reeves brought in over 3,000 felons even though he was illiterate and couldn’t even read the writs he handed out. But due to his time with the Indian tribes, he was a skilled hunter-tracker, familiar with the territory and an expert in firearms, both pistols and rifles. He also learned to disguise himself as a vagabond when needing to infiltrate an outlaw camp and find his man. He was in fourteen major gun battles but never wounded once.


In the end, Reeves even hunted down his eldest son who had, in a moment of rage, shot his wife upon finding her with another man. None of the other marshals, in deference to Reeves, would accept the writ. When Reeves learned of the crime, he requested it and rode out to bring in his son. Young Reeves was convicted and sentenced to a life in the Yuma Federal Prison. Reeves retired shortly thereafter, the incident having been the one sour note to an otherwise amazing, and proud career as a lawman. After his death at the age of 70, friends and public officials petitioned the Arizona governor and his son’s sentence was commuted.  Here was  a story even Hollywood couldn’t make up. But no one had ever had the courage to do anything with this incredible story.


Out of sheer frustration, artist Rob Davis and the Air Chief attempted to write a comic graphic novel based on his life. Above are Rob’s sketches of Bass from his youth to manhood. The Air Chief even wrote out the first eleven pages, which Rob penciled, inked and lettered. And guess what? We couldn’t find a single publisher will to take it on. Finally after years of getting nowhere, we opted to go a different route in making Bass Reeves a household name. We decided we’d create a series of anthologies featuring stories of his fictional exploits.


In the past eight years we’ve produced five volumes featuring some of the finest western writers working today; all of which are available at Amazon. In the meantime more and more people were starting projects including Oscar winner Morgan Freeman who was behind the push to do a Bass Reeves series for HBO. Sadly it died in pre-production.


Then other TV series began having Reeves pop up in cameos. One was a time travel series, wherein he shows up when the time travelers need help catching Jesse James. There were also several B-movies rushed into production, none of them very good. Then as if to add insult to injury, some people began spreading the lie that Bass Reeves was the inspiration for the TV cowboy, the Lone Ranger. All of which came about because one of the biographers, in hopes of selling more books, suggested the possibility. Of course it was totally a lie, though as always, lies have a way of spreading like wildflower. Finally, old time radio historian, Martin Gram was so fed up with the falsehood, he went and wrote an essay debunking it and had it published on Amazon.


The Lone Ranger series was produced for WXYZ in Detroit and neither the owner, George W. Trendel, nor the writer/creator of the Lone Ranger, Frank Striker, had ever head of Bass Reeves. Like the rest of the country. The best guess as to a true inspiration for the character might have been Zane Grey’s hero in a book called “The Lone Star Ranger.”


And finally we come to this brand new iteration, Paramount’s big budget, full out western mini-series, “Lawmen – BASS REEVES” starring David Oyelowo as Reeves. Having viewed the first episodes, we enjoyed this retelling a great deal. Are there inaccuracies? Of course there are. Small pieces that could be debated ala did Reeves ever fight in a Civil War battle? It is doubtful. Whereas there is no mention of his mother or younger sister, both of whom were also slaves on George Reeves ranch. Reeves fled to the Indian Nations as a teenager and did not marry until after war. He was never a farmer, as shown in the show, but raised horses. And his first born was a son, Bennie, not a girl as shown in this version. See what we mean? Still, despite these differences, in the end we applaud what we’ve seen thus far. The chief selling point being David Oyelowo’s wonderful portrayal of Reeves. He gives Reeves the nobility and a strength of his character merited. It was said Bass Reeves loved the law and equal justice for all men, which is how he served the badge on his chest. All that is in Oyelowo’s approach. With fingers crossed, the show will only get better. We can’t wait. It’s been a long-long time since this great American hero was given his due. Amen.



Artist Andrea Bormida shows these finished pencil pages for 18 & 19. All getting closer to the book’s finish being Pg 22. So happy to see this rolling along.



Last Sunday the Air Chief turned 77 years old. How that happened, we have absolutely no clue. Still, the family threw me a wonderful little birthday party and gifted me with a bunch of Amazon cards which the Air Chief will certainly put to good use. At the same time, granddaughter Cora and her husband, Calvin, surprised me with two really unique items. The first (above left) is a very heavy, diecast Millennium Falcon pen holder and the book it is set on, “Dining With The Saints” by Father Leo Patalinghug and Michael P. Foley. It deals with two of the Air Chief’s favorite things, faith and good food.

And there you have it for this week, Loyal Airmen. As ever thanks for stopping by. We’ll see you back here next Friday morning. Till then, God bless.

Ron – Over & Out!

Logan Marches to Victory

  • On 3 Nov | '2023

Greetings Loyal Airmen, we start this week’s Flight Log with a loud cheer to our grandson Logan Fortier.


Logan plays in his High School Marching band. That’s him in the middle above. We are so proud of him and the entire squad. FIRST PLACE at New England States/Regionals with an awesome score of 93.4, best visual, best overall, best guard!! GO BETHEL! Totally with the three hours in traffic and 1am truck return. U.S. Bands Nationals next week in Allentown, PA. Also thanks to his dad, our son Scott, who has always volunteer to drive the team truck with all their instruments to all these tournaments. Now that’s being a Super Dad.



Artist Andrea Bormida adds colors to Pg 16 thus wrapping up it up. He is getting closer and closer to completing this book # 3 and we couldn’t be more excited. Andrea is such an amazing storyteller.



Meanwhile artist Cesare Feliciano has been dappling with coloring & lettering panels from or spy thriller project JIN & TONIK. Above is one of the early results of his efforts. Look great to us.

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And finally, earlier this week, the Air Chief and Airship 27 Chief Engineer Rob Davis recorded our 92th episode of the Airship 27 Podcast. You can find it up at You Tube. Just cut and past the link below. ( We hope you’ll take a listen. We talk about the last six titles we’ve released in the past three months and what’s coming up next.

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

Ron – Over & Out!


  • On 27 Oct | '2023

Greetings Loyal Airmen, as we creep ever closer to winter, the title of this week’s Flight Log seems appropriate, don’t you think? It actually refers to one of our favorite pulp heroes from the golden age of the pulps, Scientific Detective I.V.Frost.


Frost and his lovely blonde assistant, Jean Moray, first appeared in the pages of the pulp magazine, CLUES (upper left). They were created by writer Donald Wandrei (1908-1987). He would write 18 stories featuring them that appeared between Sept. 1934 and Sept. 1937. Now jump ahead in time to 2000 and the Air Chief is becoming familiar with pulps. Thus we discovered new anthology from publishers Fedogan & Bremer that collected first 8 of those adventures. Naturally we taken by the gorgeous cover (above right). We loved the stories and couldn’t wait for the publisher to publish the second volume that would supposedly reprint the remaining 10 stories. Sadly the outfit went out of business before that could happen. We would have to wait another 20 years until the good folks at Haffner Press brought us The Complete I.V. FROST (see above right) for which we are eternally grateful.


Then one night, we received a call from Moonstone Books publisher Joe Gentile asking if we knew of a pulp hero named I.V. Frost. What followed was a fun conversation in which Joe explained he had hopes of doing new stories featuring long forgotten characters and he wanted to assign each to one specific writer; i.e. that writer would be responsible for writing not only new prose adventures of their assigned hero, but also comic stories. We signed on instantly and got to work. With a few weeks we’d written a new Frost mystery story and the scripts for three short comic tales. Artist Jake Minor had signed on to do the comics. He actually penciled one completely. Sadly Joe’s hopes for this new venture simply didn’t pan out and in the end, he opted to cut his loses and go a different route. He decided he’d produce a full out prose anthology of new I.V. Frost stories and that’s where my story was eventually published. See cover above left. It’s really a terrific collection of stories. Sadly it seemed like no one would ever see the comic stories, even that one Jake finished.


After a few more years, the Air Chief approached artist Gary Kato with the idea of drawing the two comic scripts that had never been illustrated. Gary happily agreed. Then we approached pal Rob Davis about doing a one shot, full-color comic with them and Rob was on board. Above left is the cover to that one shot and to the right are the first pages of the two stories; “Runaway Robot” and “Speed Demons.” You can still buy copies at ( Gary did such a fantastic job with the art and we thrilled to finally see those stories in print. I.V. Frost now had his own comic book.


All of us were thrilled with getting those two comic stories in print, but still bemoaned the fact that the third, “The Beast Master” had yet to see the light of day. Then a year or later, the Air Chief wrote a new Black Bat novella in which he teams up with the Purple Scar and we offered it to Joe and Moonstone Books. To our delight, Joe published. Then he had the idea of doing a hard cover edition which would come with a bonus feature. The Air Chief quickly reminded him he still had that third I.V. Frost strip by Jake Minor and it would make a great “bonus feature” for his hardcopy edition. Joe agreed and so it finally happened. Above left is the cover to that novella, and to the right are first two pages of “The Beast Master.”


Now after all that, the Air Chief figured that would be the end of our relationship with “Ivy” & Jean. But we were wrong again. We’d failed to take into account that Joe loved these characters as much as we did. So sure enough, in late 2020 we get another e-mail from him asking if we’d consider doing as yet another Frost story. This one would be the back up feature to a new series Moonstone would soon launched called MOONSTONE DOUBLE SHOT.  Above left is the cover to that first issue, which featured a lead Green Hornet story by our friend Mel Odom. The back was “The Vanishing Train,” an I.V. Frost mystery by yours truly with artist Sergio Ibanez doing that wonderful spot illustration. The little book appeared in 2021.


In working with these truly wonderful characters, we’ve often imagined what actors we’d cast to portray them on the silver screen. Our image of the clinical, so serious Prof. I.V. Frost is a young Peter Cushing whereas his sexy, Phd. blonde bombshell none other the gorgeous imp, Jean Harlow. That’s how we see them when writing their new adventures. Doing so makes their dialogue flows effortlessly. Oh, and the purpose of this lengthy essay, guess who sent us an e-mail a few days ago? Yup, Joe came knocking again and we’ve signed on once again. How could we say no? Time to revisit 13 State St. Manhattan and see what the two of them have been up to. Stay tuned, Loyal Airmen, more as things develop.



Artist Andrea Bormida wrapped up work on Pg # 15 of issue # 3. That only leaves 7 to go, then it is off to letterer Mike Belcher and on to Silverline Comics. Wahoo!


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Artist Jesse Thomas continues to progress with issue # 1 of THE CRIMSON NUN. Above is Pg 10 from that issue, with inks and final coloring. We are really excited to see this issue come to life.



Years ago, the Air Chief  met an artist from Oklahoma named Steve Erwin. He had this idea of us doing a Green Hornet comic book and urged us to write up a proposal. Meanwhile he did up several sketches of what the new Hornet and his new female Kato would look like. Then both of us went to San Diego to sell the idea. Thing is while there, Steve landed a job with DC comics where he would go on to draw Superman and Co-create Checkmate. Meanwhile, we managed to get Green Hornet picked up and Jeff Butler took over the art chores. Still we and remained pals and cheered each other on over the years. We just now learned that Steve passed away. Our heart goes out to his wife Brenda and kids, Paige & Danny. Steve was truly one of the good guys in this crazy business. Above are his original sketches. Rest in peace, amigo. And thanks.

Ron – Over & Out!


  • On 20 Oct | '2023

Greetings Loyal Airmen, well Val and the Air Chief has a great time during our trip back home east to visit friends and family and believe you are going to see quite a few pictures we took while there. We love our family and hate being half a country away from them. That’s why these annual trips are so important to them and us always.


Upper left is Air Chief with sons Scott (to my right) and Kevin (to my left). Then a shot of the shore of Wells Beach Maine were we stayed during our trip. Had lots of awesome seafood while there.


Our daughter Michelle with Val and Val and the Air Chief with beach in background.


A covered bridge in Saco, Maine.


Michelle and husband Chris on Bridge. All of us with New Hampshire’s Mount Chocorua in the back.


Val use to go hiking up Chocorua as a teenager. Air Chief and Michelle, it was a cool day up north.


Final pix with our grand-daughters, left to right, Kristi, Air Chief, Val & Chelsea. Finally on our last day in New Hampshire, we had lunch with Valerie’s sister Sandy and her husband Andy. They were kind enough to have us as house guest our first night there. In all we had a great time and it came and went way too fast. We so love our family.



So happy to announce the release of our new volume in the SHERLOCK HOLMES – Consulting Detective series. This one features stories by I.A. Watson, Ray Lovato & Jonathan Casey. Art Director Rob Davis provided the interior illustrations and artist Howard Simpson painted the beautiful cover above. It is now available at Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle. As always, Loyal Airmen, thanks so much for your continued support.


image_6483441sister blood pencil sketch

Sister Blood is a character we created for my Brother Bones series several years ago. When writer/editor Adam Messer, invited us to write a vampire story for his newest anthology, it was the perfect opportunity for us to pen a new Sister Blood tale and open another chapter in the Brother Bones saga. Now it’s out and we need our help in making this amazing collection a reality. Please support us and do share this posting with all your internet contacts. Thanks for your continued support.




And while the Air Chief was on vacation, artist Andrea Bormida whipped up several more pencils pages from BEYOND THE STARS # 3. At this rate, he is not far from completing it.

And there you have it for this week, Loyal Airmen. As always thanks for stopping by and checking out what’s up at Hangar 27. Until next Friday, be well and God bless.

Ron – Over & Out!!