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Here’s the final cover art for the first Miracle Squad graphic novel. Pulp 2.0 press is publishing it this spring. The logo and type haven’t been added of course. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a copy. There will also be a digital version available. It will be my first digital book! The first Miracle Squad Graphic Novel will contain the first four issues we did for Fantagraphics plus a short story, and loads of extra behind the scenes notes from John (Wooley) and developmental sketches and such from me.
Back Issue Magazine #47 has an interview with John Wooley and I about The Miracle Squad. I’ts just now hitting the stands. You can check it out at here at TwoMorrows Publishing. They also will sell you a digital copy of the magazine you can download immediately.
Here’s one page out of an extensive article. And while I’m talking about The Miracle Squad, I don’t want to fail to mention it will be rereleased soon in two thick graphic novels from our new publisher Pulp 2.0
But the best reason for getting your mitts on a copy of Back Issue #47 is to read the last interview with Dave Stevens! Dave is the creator of the Rocketeer. He was a great illustrator and nice guy. He passed away about 3 years ago way too early at 52. I was once referred to in the fan press as ” the poor man’s Dave Stevens” , probably as a put down , but I always took it as a compliment. I knew him briefly and he was always gave me encouragement and advice to help me get started in my career. His best advice was; it is better to take your time and do a handful of really good illustrations, then it is to do lots of mediocre ones. Read our article and learn how there might have been a Rocketeer/ Miracle Squad crossover. Yeah, it COULD have happened!
In a Dallas coffee shop working on the layouts to the Miracle Squad graphic novel. It’s published by Pulp 2.o Press, and will be coming out next year. I’m really stoked about it. It will be my first digital comic, but will also be published the traditional way too. The first graphic novel will collect the first four Miracle Squads plus tons of other goodies, such as John’s original short story that inspired the comic, and a lot of my character sketches and developmental stuff. Which option do you guys like?
Previously, I mentioned being interviewed by Doug Kelly about the comic I did with John Wooley, the Miracle Squad. Doug asked that I provide him with some of the art to publish with his words. I gathered some up and thought I’d share it with you guys.
The fictitious Miracle Studios, which incidentally, I named my real life studio after, was in Hollywood during the 1930’s. It’s the setting for the Miracle Squad comic. This page of original pencilled art serves as a quick intro to the Squad. From the top, clockwise: Mark Barron: head of the studio. He inherited the studio from his dad, who got killed by mobsters in issue #1. Sandra Castle: Actress, the studios’ ” IT” girl. Johnny Rice, the Amazing Miralco: Serial movie actor, illusionist and escape artist. John Leslie: Studio detective. Hamilton Wynde: Character Actor. Billy Casserta: Prop man, mentally challenged giant. AND Tito Guzman: Mark Barron’s personal valet.
Cover pencls for Miracle Squad #1 “Blood and Dust”
More pencils. Most of this art features Johnny Rice, the escape artist. But He wasn’t the focus of the book. It’s just that some of my favorite pages featured him.
My pencils for Miracle Squad #4. Inked by Butch Burcham.
Here’s the original art for the promotional poster.
Doug Kelly interviewed me last Tuesday about the comic John Wooley and I created, The Miracle Squad. The interview will be published in Back Issue Magazine. Miracle Squad was set in late 1930s Hollywood, and centered on the fictitious movie studio, Miracle Studios. The owner of the studio, two or three actors, the studio detective , and a mentally challenged giant , who worked as a grip,comprised the Squad. They fought gangsters, a corrupt oil company, a hooded hate group and such. One issue was set in dust bowl Oklahoma.