• On 25 Aug | '2017

Dear Loyal Airmen, we have to offer you our apologies for no new Flight Log last week. For the first time in over ten years, since we began this weekly blog, we never once missed a weekly Friday morning posting. Sadly that record was broken last week when we were forced off-line by the purchase of a new computer. The old one, bought as a second hand model originally, had been showing serious signs of aging and we felt it was high time to get a new one. So off to Best Buy we went and purchased a faster, better model. At the same time we brought in our PC and told them to transfer all the data from the old to the new.  Now this was on a Wed morning and we honestly thought it wouldn’t take more than 24 hours top to make the data transfer. Ha. Thursday came and went, and then Friday, then Saturday…and finally we got the call on Sunday afternoon that the job was completed. Upon talking with the folks at BB, on picking up the new, ready to go, PC, we were told their trouble had been in pulling the data from the old hard-drive and it was clear to all who worked on the transfer that it was in such bad shape, it was only a matter of weeks before it crashed completed. Wow. So, again, our apologies for the missed Flight Log, but we are so happy to have dodged that bullet. A crash would have severely set us back, considering ALL the stories and artwork we have stored on this to do our Airship 27 titles.  And yes, we do back them up on a portable memory device, but still, a crash wouldn’t have been as easy to get us rolling again as just transferring everything.  Here’s hoping this new PC will last as a long, long time.


While existing with new computer for almost an entire week, we kept connected to friends and colleagues via our Smart Phone & Kindle Fire. Thus last week saw that our old pal Mort Todd of the Charlton Arrow, had reposted this old but fun illustrations of our Mr. Jigsaw meeting Joe Staton’s E-Man. It originally appeared in an old Alpha Comic from Maine.  Joe did the pencils and Gary Kato the inks. It has always been one of our favorite pieces and we wanted to share it with all of you.


Back in the  70s after the Air Chief had returned from Vietnam and re-entered civilian life, the paperback market exploded with dozens of pulp-like series. It had all begun with Don Pendleton’s creation of Mack Bolan the Executioner and then Destroyer books. Soon every publishing company out there was publishing these pulp-like actioners. Several dealt with martial arts to include sci-fi’s Piers Anthony Judo Master and Marc Olden’s Black Samurai. Now news comes that the cable channel Starz is developing a weekly Black Samurai show based on those paperback adventures.


Singer/actor Common has been cast in the lead role. Best know for his work on the cable western series Hell On Wheels, Common was recently seen as an assassin going toe to toe with Keanu Reeves John Wick in John Wick 2. So we saw he has the chops to do the hard core martial arts fighting this role will demand. Personally we’re really excited about this and hope the stories stick to the books. We remember them fondly.


Also happy to announce the new I.V. FROST anthology from Moonstone Books is now out and available from their on-line shop and we guess Amazon as well. We’ve a story in this collection and hope you’ll check it out.


And finally it’s time for the third annual Fort Collins Comic Con happening Sat and Sun this weekend at the Atzland Community center here in town. The Air Chief is one of the many guests and it promises to be a great show. If you are in the area, please stop on by and join us.

And there you have it for this week, Loyal Airmen. As ever, thanks for stopping by.

Ron – Over & Out!

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