The Simple Comic
Issue #25 - February 14,
With the huge success of the X-Men, the
Spider-man movie is not only in the works, but it is getting a good budget
as well as some decent actors. Gone are the days of Dolph Lundgren as your
star power. Check out the list of actors and actresses lined up for the
movie and a few unconfirmed ones! Is this looking good or what? Add in a
good director and a nice budget and you have the makings of another hit for
Tobey McGuire as Peter Parker/Spider-man
Cliff Robertson as Uncle Ben.
Rosemary Harris as Aunt May.
Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane.
Wllem Dafoe as Norman Osbourne A.K.A The Green Goblin.
These are unconfirmed, AKA rumors
Randy (Macho Man) Savage as The Crush?
J.K Simmons as J.Jonah Jameson.
All this info and more can be found at the
Also, they are in the works on the Incredible Hulk
movie! And there is the Fox new show based on the Tick! It is really
becoming a great time to be a comic book fan!
A while back (Just Newsprint #11), I mentioned
Holoman, a very colorful looking superhero and one that I was very compelled
to read as I could never find the comic for sale. Well, I received a letter
from a relative of one of the people who did the book. Here it is:
"To let you know my father created Holo-man with
They were hired by peter pan to create a super hero, and holoman was
created. He also worked on Weird wars, storylines for Superman and bat man.
He also created the storyline for the revival of the Flash giving him his
name "Barry Allen", my fathers frist and middle name. As far as Holo-man
goes there was only one issue. The rights were bought after the first issue
by a Japanese company and it was turned into a weekly cartoon overseas.
Since peter pan was owned by Marvel it lists as a Marvel pub depending at
the guide you are reading.
Hope this helps,
Warren A. Van Name"
I then emailed him about the show, seeing if it was
under another name or if it was actually called Holoman and here is what he
"Reply to: Re: Holo- Man
As far as I know is ran in Japan only as Holoman. Not sure because my father
turned down to offer to write for the series. He didn't want to relocate to
CA. From what he told me it ran for at least 1 season and that he saw a few
clips. There was never an english translation that I know of. I have looked
for it too since it build on the storyline he created. Also the junk that
you could order in the comic is very rare. 75% of the orders were returned
since the rights were bought just prior to its release and only a limited
number of the merchandise was produced."
A cartoon show! Now I want to find a tape of these
cartoons as well as the comic book. Does anyone out there have a copy or
know of a place that sells Holoman cartoons (or if it is under another
name). This is one story that keeps getting more interesting.
By the way, if you read my original article and are
a Holoman fan, don't take offense to anything I said. I may poke fun at
Holoman and with such a loud costume, it is hard not to, but I am just
having fun. I do hope to one day read an issue and find that the story is
very compelling (of course it will probably end with a cliffhanger and since
there is only one issue, I will forever be stuck not knowing the outcome).
A comic that most people are familiar with is the Teenage Mutant Ninja
Turtles, one of the biggest merchandising machines to ever evolve from a
comic book. The chances of going into a store during the 1980's and not
being deluged by action figures, comics, video tapes, video games, Halloween
costumes and more would be very, very slim. But this column is not about
the TMNT, instead it is about one of the first copycats. This is about a
book that once had value and now you can find (with some searching) in the
bargain bins. It is the Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters, a
crudely drawn, but very funny book that came out from Eclipse, soon after
the TMNT hit it big.
While the TMNT named their characters after Italian
artists, the ARBBH (I like abbreviations as they save me time), are named
after action heroes. Instead of Leonardo and Raphael, you instead get
Clint, Chuck, Jackie and Bruce. If you cannot figure out who these are
named after, here is some clues (Eastwood, Norris, Chan and Lee). One big
difference is the hamsters had alot of attitude. No "cowabunga" here.
These guys were crude, rude and obnoxious. Think of the Rolling Stones as
compared to the Beatles in the early 60's.
The stories were pretty good and there is alot of
small jokes and bad puns. About the only real turnoff for the book is the
artwork, which is very crude and borders on bad. I guess you could write if
off as a style, but I personally think it is a lack of talent. But the
stories and the in your face attitude of these guys make the book worth
checking out, especially now that it is a bargain book.
Time to acknowledge a few sites that deserve to be
spotlighted. So take a look at these sites!
What you can find here is a extensive and I mean extensive list
of all kinds of comics and different appearances in comics. While it is all
text, the amount of information you can derive from this list is immense!
Check it out!
Comics on CD Rom
A few issues ago, I was talking about putting older comics
on CD Rom and lo and behold, someone has done it and is selling them! While
these aren't Marvels and DC, there is lots of great stuff here! Whether you
are looking for vintage super-heroes, crime or science fiction, you can find
some great books here! Check it out at the following URL:
2001 is the year I try to increase the
amount of content on the website for comic fans. In the past, the site has
been more slighted for classic game fans than comic fans, but I have taken
the first step of many to change that. I added a section where you can find
all the issues that are part of crossovers. I currently have over 50
different crossovers covered, but there are still a ton of holes that I hope
to slowly fill in the coming months.
This is where you, the comic fan come in.
If you know of any issues that I missed, feel free to send them along and I
will gladly give you credit at the bottom of the page. I hope that this
along with other pages I am planning, will give comic fans a great body of
resources to draw from. Plus, it is and will remain free to all fans.
Check out the new section by clicking here!
Chapter Two: Hidden Pasts
As the fire begins to maintain itself, Robert gets up from in front of
the fireplace where he has spent the last hour building the fire and heads
over to the dining room table. He heads there to get his father's journal
with the sole intent of destroying it and hopefully all it represents. The
shock of finding out his father was a psychotic vigilante still shakes him
up inside. As he picks up the book and looks at the very plain cover, his
curiosity begins to get the best of him. He fights the urge as he slowly
walks towards the growing fire. Still in the back of his mind, he cannot
but wonder what would possess a man, especially one who seemed so normal
like his father, to don a costume and attack people. Sure they were
criminals and maybe they did slip through the cracks of justice, but that
didn't give his father the right to harass them. He then stops right in
front of the fireplace and looks into the flames. As he is getting ready to
throw the book into the awaiting flames, a picture falls from it. As the
picture lands on the ground, he reaches over to pick it up. It is a picture
of his mom, holding him in her lap. He appears to be about six months
old. It is only the second picture Robert ever seen of his mother, who his
father always told him, died in childbirth. He looks longingly at the
picture and then turns it over to read the back. In faded pencil, it reads
"Donna and Little Rob". Suddenly he begins to wonder how a picture of both
of them could be taken if she died during childbirth, especially one where
he is at least six months old. All of sudden, he decides to not burn the
journal, but rather read it and find out what other lies his father has told
As Robert sits down at the table, he
slowly opens the front cover. He isn't sure what he will find and if that
knowledge will improve or ruin his life and the memories he has of his
father. As he opens it up and gets to the first journal, he swallows hard.
As much as he must know the whole story, there is a part of him that doesn't
want to find out. There is the boy in him that remembers a very strict, but
loving father. A father that may have pushed him to excel, but was also
there to praise his accomplishments. He doesn't want to diminish this
loving image he has of his father, but he knows that he will not be able to
rest until the truth is revealed. He already knows too much to stop now.
So Robert begins to read the first journal.
Journal 0001 March 17 1968-"I still cannot
believe that Donna is gone. How such a warm and caring person could just be
so violently killed, is still beyond me. I know that I will never be able
to replace her and the thought of Robbie growing up without a mother just
kills me inside. At least the trial is coming up and hopefully there will
be some vengeance".
Journal 0002 May 14 1968-"Been awhile
since I wrote anything. The trial is coming to a close and a sentencing
should be by week's end. While the evidence is overwhelming, I cannot help
but feel that the defense has something up their sleeves. The smug looks on
their faces infuriates me as much as it worries me".
Journal 0003 May 17 1968-"I cannot believe
it! The bastard was released on a technicality. Because of some minor
problem, he is able to just rape and butcher my wife and then walk free.
Today I am ashamed to be an American. I have lost all faith in the legal
Journal 0004 July 12 1968-"I know that
writing this down is probably a dumb idea. I know it could be used as
evidence one day, but I just have to tell someone. Today, I decided to do
what the courts and the law couldn't. I got my vengeance. That bastard
will never kill anyone again. I made sure of that. He sure was tough when
it came to attacking women, but against a real man, he folded like a house
of cards. Not only did I make sure he suffered for the pain he has caused
me and my family, but I made sure he would never do it again. While I will
admit to killing him, I will not, even in this journal, tell where the body
is. I made sure that it vanished, for good".
As Robert finishes reading the fourth
entry, he has to put the book down and take a few deep breaths. At least
now he has an idea why his father became a vigilante. But before he can get
back to the book, he hears a knock on the back door. Who could be bothering
him at this time of the night? Is it some other kook from his father's
past? The only way to find out is to answer the door. So he cautiously
walks over to the door and looks out. What he sees is a black woman in a
strange getup. He has never seen her before, but has an idea why she is
here. He reluctantly opens the door. "What do you want?" he says to her as
he gets ready to slam the door shut. "Can you just hear me out before you
shut that door?" she pleads with him. "Why should I?" he asks her as he
slowly pushes the door shut. "Because my father gave his whole life for
this moment and it is killing him that you won't even give the armor a try"
she says in a sullen voice. "Why should I even care? This is something
that was planned without my opinion" he responds in a harsh voice. "How
about this reason, I will continue to bother you until you finally give in"
she smugly says with a wicked smile coming across her face. The door then
shuts and she hears a few locks being undone. Then the door opens and he
welcomes her in. As she walks past, he says "You really would keep
bothering me, wouldn't you?" She smiles back at him and says in a low,
almost seductive voice "I have ways to wear down any man's resistance".
As they sit and talk, Robert finally
agrees to go back to the school and give the armor a test. They finally
come to an agreement that once he tries it on and if he them doesn't like
it, he can reject it and it will be the end of the story. Figuring it is
the only way to get any peace, he reluctantly agrees to the deal and they
seal it with a handshake. She then leaves and takes to the air in her
getup. Robert watches her fly away and suddenly looks around to make sure
there is noone around to see this. While there are no immediate neighbors,
one cannot be too careful. It would be tough to explain a woman flying from
your home. He then walks back into the house and prepares himself for bed.
Knowing that he has a long day ahead of him and some rest would probably do
him good, he heads up the stairs.
The next day, Robert arrives at noon, the
time they both agreed upon. As he arrives, he is warmly greeted by Gadget,
the man from the day before and his daughter,
Vanessa. "I must apologize for my daughter's behavior" he politely says as
Robert enters the door. "Oh Daddy, it did get him here didn't it?" she
proudly boasts. "Yes, it did, but it will take more than persistence to get
him to stay for any length of time" he says as he heads down the stairs. As
the walk down, Robert grabs Vanessa's arm and whispers to her
"Remember our deal, I give it a try and you leave me alone" he sternly
reminds her. She places her hand upon his and gives it a tap, before
removing it from her arm. "I know, I know. But let us test the suit out
before making any rash decisions"
As they enter the room, Robert sees that
the armor is already out of the glass enclosure. It is laying on a table
and as he walks over and takes a look at it, he cannot help but feel a
certain amount of excitement. The same excitement that a child feels upon
receiving a new bike. There is always the presence of danger, but the sense
of awe is enough to subside the fears. Robert tries hard to fight back this
exuberance. Before he can do this, his thoughts are interrupted by Gadget
as he begins to describe the suit to Robert. "This part is the body suit.
As you can see from the sensors located around the suit, it will respond to
your every movement". "Go ahead and pick it up. Notice the lightweight
design. This is from very advanced plastics that are both very pliable and
also extremely strong. It is a formula that I have spent the better part of
twenty years perfecting" he proudly acknowledges. As Robert picks up the
armor, he is amazed at the light weight design. It really is as light as
Gadget described it. "Now go into the room over there and put the suit
on. Then we will attach the rest of it and boot up the computer" he says
as he points to a door off to the left. Robert picks up the suit and heads
into the other room.
After several minutes, he reemerges in the
very tight and form fitting suit. As he walks over, Vanessa whistles and
yells out at him "Not bad" and "That suit doesn't hide anything". Gadget
turns and glares at her "Young lady, this is not some fashion show, so
please keep your comments to yourself". "Oh Daddy, I was just having some
fun with Robert, you know trying to keep things light". "This is serious
business and not some joke, so please let us concentrate on the task at
hand" he sternly says as he begins to but the other pieces of the armor onto
Robert. As each piece is put on, he bolts it into place. A good fifteen
minutes later, the armor is fully in place. Robert looks at him and asks
"How am I supposed to fight crime if it takes this long to get the suit
on?" Before Gadget has a chance to answer, Robert adds "It isn't like the
criminals will wait for me to go to a phone booth and change". "With
practice and a few modifications, we can easily cut the time in half,
possibly even less". Robert just rolls his eyes. Vanessa is trying to hold
back her laughter. It is not everyday someone questions one of her father's
inventions and it is almost never that they find a major flaw in one of
Now that the suit is on and secured,
Gadget hooks the computer up and begins to download the information to the
system. As the system begins to power up, Robert sees all kind of lights
going on in the helmet. Suddenly a voice comes on in the helmet "Time for
voice imprint. Please state your name, age, and social security number".
Robert looks over at Gadget and asks, "What is this?" "This is a security
device. Once the system has your voice print, only you can power it up.
This is to keep others from stealing and using the technology" Gadget
replies and then adds "Right now it is also doing a retina scan and making
an imprint of your fingers." "But what if I decide I don't want to be a
hero, won't the armor become useless?" Upon hearing this, Gadget lowers his
head and answers "Yes, the armor will be useless and have to be disposed
of." Vanessa then makes her way out of the room as Robert is doing the
voice imprint. After it is finished, he hears a voice in his head say
"Hello, my name is Langston. I will be here to assist you. I can easily
bring up any information you may need about the unit, from its weapons
arsenal to its navigation system. I can also take over and control the
armor in times of duress or in the event of your loss of consciousness."
Robert looks over at Gadget and inquires "What is he talking about?" "You
must mean Langston, you must excuse the computer. He tends to go a bit
fast." After a pause, Robert asks "Why did you call him Langston?" Gadget
answers back "I named him after my favorite poet, Langston Hughes. If you
don't like the name, you can change it to whatever you wish" he replies.
"No, Langston is fine. So when do we take this baby for a test drive?" he
says as his exuberant side takes over. "Just about ready" he says as he
begins to disconnect all the wires. He then dons a set of earphones and
pulls a mike up to his lips. "Robert, can you hear me?" he says into the
mike. "The voice comes through the helmet and Robert replies "Loud and
clear, can you hear me?" "Yes Robert, you are coming in loud and clear".
As soon as he replies, Vanessa comes into the room wearing the outfit from
the night before. "I am all ready to accompany you on your maiden voyage"
she says as she walks towards him. Her voice is also coming into his
helmet. Suddenly, he hears her father's voice ring out "Young lady, will
you get that suit off this instance. No girl of mine will be wearing any
suit, you know..." "I know. I know. Women aren't supposed to be
superheroes" she pouts as she lowers her head. "Wait as minute! If she
doesn't go, then neither do I. If it wasn't for her, I wouldn't even be
here" he demands. After a few minutes of contemplating, Gadget gives in and
says "Alright, you can go. But just one quick flight and then back here" he
replies. "Fine, we will just go out a little bit and head right back" she
says, trying to mask her excitement. He then hears in his helmet, "I owe
you one". As he looks over, she gives him a wink. They then head over to
prepare for their flight.
If you want to read more of the Silent Jury, then
check out this and other comic prose stories at
KZ Comics Prose Story
If there is one thing that superheroes
need, it is therapy. These guys are so full of anger, resentment and guilt
that a good trip to the shrink would do them a world of good. So listen in
as Batman visits our regional psychiatrist, Dr. I.M. Sane.
Dr. Sane-So tell me a little about
Batman-When I was a kid, my parents were gunned down right in front
of me. So I decided to devote my life to hunting down the criminals and
making them pay.
Dr. Sane-So you are hunting down the criminals that killed your
Batman-No, I hunt down all
criminals and make them pay. No evildoer is safe from my wrath!
Dr. Sane-I see. Have you ever
"hunted down" an innocent man?
Batman-The Batman does not make
mistakes. I only hunt down and punish the guilty.
Dr. Sane-Very interesting, but how
do you know they are all guilty?
Batman-The Batman knows, he knows
Dr. Sane (muttering to himself) -
"Switches from first to third person, delusional, has a God complex".
Batman-The Batman can hear you.
Dr. Sane-I see, does it anger you?
Batman-Crime and the evil ways of
man is what angers the Batman. All evil must be eradicated.
Dr. Sane-This will take longer than
I thought, so let us set you up for weekly sessions. Also, have you
considered anger management classes and possibly some grief management?
Batman-The Batman does not need
counseling, he needs to get out and fight crime.
Dr. Sane-So, let us make an
appointment for next week, days better for you?
It has been a long time coming, but the
25th issue is finally wrapped up and delivered. Hope you enjoy it and
hopefully there will be a much smaller wait till the next issue.