Butter Thompson and the Bug
Who Remembers Justice Works?
In the pages of Bulldog I created a project about a group of unusual heroes collectively called, Justice Works.
The story began with a lone hero soaring across a desert landscape heading towards a floating black pyramid. Upon entering the hero was attacked by a monstrous creature. The battle was broken up by the appearance of a beautiful young woman; all three lead to this strange place by an unseen force. As the the heroes argued a tall, alien being entered. Truths were laid bare and lives were once again irreparably altered.
One of the great things about the Golden Age of comics, Marvel Comics’ early years and Five Star Comics is the lack of superheroes. Possessing strange abilities is still seen as shocking and unusual. In the FSC Universe superheroes and few and very far between. Those who do posses these powers are seen as super stars; super-powers. Beings to be worshiped, admired and feared.
As the story unfold the three heroes discover that it was this dark alien being that granted them each powers before leaving as mysteriously as he appeared. The alien called Onx/Obsidian, created these heroes ten years earlier in an effort to correct the growing imbalance between good and evil. Feeling they’ve failed, he returned to group them together to perhaps accomplish as one what none could accomplish alone and in doing so created a force of super-powers called, “Justice Works”.
The heroes included: Zeus: Jon Thomas, who gained his abilities at the age of ten only to be taken from his family and raised by the government. Jon Thomas came to be known as America’s Golden Boy and later Power Boy, Sonic and eventually Zeus. Each time a mission he was sent on went badly he would be re-branded, his PR re-spun, keeping him the world’s undisputed number one super-power/hero.
Neptune: Benjamin Rex was an 84 years old one-legged sailor suffering from cancer and without long to live when he was visited by the strange mystery man and given the re-formed body of a sea dragon and protector of the seas.
Psychic Dawn: Dawn and Twilia Paris were twin 14 year old students when they were visited. While Twilia was granted incredible psychic powers her sister Dawn was left to live out her life in the shadow of her now super-powered sibling. In the original story Onx/Obsidian stripped Psychic Twilight of her abilities after finding her uncooperative with his plans and choose to give those powers instead to her sister Dawn.
Onx.Obsidian: A mysterious alien. Nothing is known about the obsidian-skinned creature who gave the three their powers; or what his true purpose might be.
This is how the story began in the back of Bulldog. I recount it here more for my own purpose than any other. A much larger story is intended to follow; one that will travel back and forth through time and across the universe.
Justice Works is intended to be a very different look at superheroes, the groups they form and the way the world sees them, than the usual superhero story. Justice Works, along with Knight Wolf, will be my contribution the the new Five Star Comics anthology I’m planning with my brother, Ken. Between his work and my own, we hope to present the Five Star Universe we began creating so many years ago. A Five Star Universe of superheroes.
Comic Book Heroes
If life were to happen as I wish it would happen …
I can’t wait to get to start drawing Morgan Stone and the Amazing Knight Wolf again. KW has always been my chance to create super hero comics filtered through my head; the way I’d like to see them done. I look forward to the day when I’m creating Five Star comics again and letting all this push, and struggle, to be seen go. I just want to live and create FSC. That’s it. I truly have no greater ambition than that; to settle down quietly in my little hermit cave and hum myself my little melodies.
Art Rough for Comic Strip Creator Magazine
This is the rough for a piece that is to appear in the 2018 Comicstrip Creator Magazine calendar. It’s gonna take a bit more work. He’s supposed to be stressed about a deadline and running late so I want to add a more frantic feel to the character. Maybe he needs whiskers and possibly squinty eyes? Maybe bags under his eyes? Basically there needs to be more frantic energy to the piece. I’m just not sure exactly how I’m going to add that yet. Fingers crossed as the deadline for this is approaching fast. I mean really fast!
Lots to do. Lots to do.
OH SO SEXY
I have never done a character like Frank before. He is as different a character as can be. He’s so incredibly, wonderfully average. Frank is just a guy. Nothing more. He doesn’t desire to greatness. He doesn’t see himself as a hero. Frank doesn’t really even view himself as the star of his own story. Frank is just a simple guy. Frank is like all of us. The only difference is that Frank is aware of his average-ness and doesn’t delude himself into thinking of himself as anything special. It’ this lack of pretension that appeals to me about Frank. I only wish I could spend more time with him and see how he grows and changes. Frank is an amazing character. I man, I love all the characters I’ve created. Frank is just so different.
Concepts: COUNTER CULTURE
Over-educated, under-employed, deep in debt and ready to rule the world.Growing up they were told to do the right thing, go to college, get a degree and life will be easy. Now a group of over-educated millennials, fresh out of college, are discovering that the promises of the past don’t exist in the modern world and find themselves working dead end jobs, paying off college loans and trying to figure out what it means to be an adult in this new millennium.
CAST OF CHARACTERS
Penfell – busser, dish washer and cook at the Yellow Dog Diner/theoretical physicist
Amy – hostess at the Yellow Dog Diner/actress and model
Sid – waitress at the Yellow Dog Diner/ontologist
Eugene – layabout/sickeningly lucky at everything
… & more
Everyone has a plan.