AC BRINGS BACK expense BLACK’S PARAGON publications

Media release — This is it – the “non-AC” book that AC Comics fans have been waiting practically three decades for!! If you checked out & delight in AC Comics, you’ll want to have this book to comprehend where everything comes from. In an age before the independent, direct-sales comic book distribution system existed, expense Black produced a line of comic-book style periodicals that incorporated the concept of style as well as featured his own original characters in ongoing, interconnected stories – a comics universe. No, this was NOT AC Comics; this came before that. This was Bill’s legendary PARAGON PUBLICATIONS.
Between 1968 as well as 1982, PARAGON released much more than 40 publications, fueled not only by Bill’s tasteful sense of visuals as well as impactful storytelling, however likewise a healthy dose of something woefully unusual in the mainstream comics of the day, as well as that is strong female CHARACTERS, styled with Bill’s fascination for the attractive “good woman art” comic books of the 1940’s. That innovative vision must’ve been well-realized, because numerous of those characters are still appearing today in the AC Comics line; in FEMFORCE as well as elsewhere. This volume collects a few of the very best of the PARAGON material; 21 full vintage stories in all, starring the likes of SYNN (when she was still referred to as The woman From LSD), The shade (his original origin), TARA, stormy TEMPEST, NIGHTVEIL (at a point that she was being referred to as “Phantom Lady”), The (original) SCARLET SCORPION, the prototype for STARDUST; the villainous ALIZARIN CRIMSON, Dr. RIVITS, No-NOSE NANETTE as well as GORGANNA- plus a number of fantastic characters you may never have heard of, including The STARMASTERS, The DEFENDER as well as area GUARDIAN. See the origins of SYNN as well as the SCARLET SCORPION, as well as THE very first FEMFORCE story ever published anywhere!!

Although expense did the composing as well as art on practically EVERY story in the PARAGON era, he sometimes had “a bit assist from his friends” in terms of collaborators like Martin Greim, Bob Cosgrove, Gary Brown, Marc Hempel ( as well as if you’re familiar with his present art style, you’d never acknowledge him here!!) Willie Blyberg as well as Steve Vance. Also, pin-ups by the likes of Terry Austin, John Byrne, Howard Chaykin, Dick Giordano, Mike Golden, Gil Kane, Bob McLeod, Don Newton, George Perez, Mike Royer, expense Sienkiewicz, Alex Toth as well as Mike Zeck fill out the book, all behind a striking Joe Staton – expense Black color cover. In addition, expense offers a total PARAGON publications index, an summary to exactly how everything ran, notes as well as history; plus comments from fans/readers of the day.

Most of this material has been unseen anywhere for much more than three decades. When the PARAGON books were originally circulated as a mail-order product offered with fanzine ads, they offered a ridiculously high number of copies-in some cases, much more than a number of mainstream books offer today. Whoever purchased the magazines back then should have liked them, because in spite of the truth that they offered in high volume, extremely few copies discover their method onto the collector’s market; thus the inflated costs when they DO show up. among routine AC fans as well as readers, few things have gathered much more requests than a reprinting of the traditional vintage material in this book. however that’s not all!! When expense started AC Comics at the tail-end of 1982, practically all of the PARAGON plotlines were “left hanging” as well as unfinished- even those relating to characters that showed up in AC continuity practically untouched. This always bothered the Wild One, so particularly for this volume, expense teamed up with ace penciler Eric Coile to create an ALL NEW, NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN 23-page story including STARDUST, SYNN as well as the rest of the FEMFORCE in a contemporary tale that really RESOLVES all of those old plotlines today!! A 2012-era PARAGON adventure!! who else however expense Black would take the time as well as effort to surface up stories much more than thirty years old? BIZARRE THRILLS: The PARAGON publications story volume One is 260-pages in black & white at 8 1/2? X 11? magazine size, with color covers as well as perfect-bound TPB binding.

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