Archive for February, 2020

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Heroes Inc – Rebel – Interview TEEN BEAT magazine

9 February, 2020

Rebel – Interview from TEENBEAT magazine.


Rebel was in the next issue . . .           Without doubt the hippest of the new wave of superheroes is the teen idol Rebel™. With his bad-boy good looks and his super cool super powers this hunk shows that there’s more to crime fighting than a squaresville cape and mask. This cat knows the kids and knows where it’s at. It was with her heart in her throat that this girl reporter approached the door to his hotel suite. I was about to meet the man who is redefining the term icon…

            Some suit opens the door and I ‘m ushered into his presence. He is framed by the window and let me tell you gentle reader everything you ‘ve heard about that profile is true! He holds an old Milwaukee in one hand and a smoking Black Label™ in the other; the bad boy of the hero world doesn ‘t take any bull from anyone! He slowly turns to me. I feel a blush rising. He peers deep into my eyes over the top of his sunglasses (Rayban Aviators style fiends). My heart skips a beat.

            “Hey. ” He says nonchalantly.

            Hey. Just that one syllable takes on so much depth coming from his lips. I am listening to the voice of the tortured soul of our generation. Flustered I sit down and fumble with the pages of my note pad. He pretends not to notice my discomfort and lets me regain my composure while staring out of the window. I take a couple of deep breaths and try not to let myself be intimidated. On top of my game again, I turn to the teen hero and bring out my big guns. I open with my hardest question first. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Heroes Inc – Rebel: The Untold Story

9 February, 2020

Rebel Special 1 – Rebel: the Untold Story

Warner Bros present . . .Cover: Rebel looking back over his shoulder as he steps through the gates of Warner Brothers Studios. A speech balloon from rebel says, “Are you ready to learn the truth?” Splashed across the bottom, “Rebel’s Secret Origin Revealed for the First Time!”

The scene: Hollywood, late June to early July 1963. Rebel has gone west to Warner Brothers Studios, Hollywood, to star in his first feature film, his origin story entitled, Rebel: The Untold Story. The opening scenes in the comic are of Rebel flying in front of the Hollywood sign, Rebel at Gruman’s Chinese Theater, Rebel at the Brown Derby, and so on.

Rebel first works with WB Studios animation department, having a cameo in a Bugs Bunny cartoon which is being specially made to accompany Rebel’s movie (“Rabbit without a Cause“?). So, Rebel gets to meet Mel Blanc (the man of a thousand voices).

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Heroes Inc – Special Issue: Our Government at Work

6 February, 2020

Heroes Incorporated, Special Issue (1): Heroes Incorporated: Our Government at Work.

Appearing in this issue: Playboy, Kid Comic, Plasma-Man and Lt. Steele. Cameo by: Captain Liberty.

Honest Abe ApprovedIn this issue, our Heroes explain about how the United States Government works, using the Superhero Samaritan Act (SuSA) sponsored by Senator Goldwater in early 1964 as an example of how laws are passed. The team also testifies before the Senate on matters regarding the threat poised to the United States and Earth as a whole by aliens such as the Consolidation.

While in D.C.: The team visits the sights (the Library of Congress, the Lincoln Memorial, usw). Billy sneaks out and buys soul music. Lt. Steele converses with William S. Burroughs. Jack discusses comparative economic systems with a lovely Soviet aide. Plasma-man and his girlfriend share some time alone.

Sideways back to to Summaries of Issues 12 to 15!

Back to Heroes Inc Roll Call.

Notes: In the classic idea of superheroes doing PSAs.  I cannot recall how this came into being, we must have just drifted into discussion about government policy in a superheroes world and this was the end result.  Unfortunately, we never managed any more of these.  See also I’m just a bill.

Photos: “Abraham Lincoln Memorial” by LunchboxLarry is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

 

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Heroes Inc – Annual 0 [Zero]

6 February, 2020

Heroes Incorporated, Annual 0 (August 2000)

Notes from the time: We are currently playing through the Heroes Incorporated Annual 0 (Zero). This actually requires a bit of background, although the game is set in 1964 but Annual Zero was published in 2000 as part of a retrospective of Heroes Inc. Annual Zero incorporates pieces of ‘future history’ in it.

The story arc will run through three or four adventure, as I am not sure exactly how I want to wrap it up, of which we have done two. This arc was sparked by two ideas: 1) that the first adventure of 2000 should be a time travel adventure and 2) Jack’s hatred of Nazis.

Appearing in this issue: Playboy, The Human JackRabbit, PlasmaMan, and Lt. Steele.

Prolog: USAAC base, The Southern Coast of England, 1944

p-%! Mustang similar to the one flown by Jack Diamond, Junior AceJack Diamond, the Junior Ace is about to climb aboard his customized P-51 Mustang, the Torch of Liberty, to escort a bomber raid over the Netherlands. Out of the shadows of the plane steps an older woman with a cloth across her eyes, “As you reach the Dutch coast, look high to two o’clock.” With that said she turns to leave. “Thank you . . .” Jack begins to say as he realizes that she has vanished into thin air.

As Jack’s plane passes onto land again as he comes off the Channel, he remembers the woman’s words and looks up. Just spotting a German squadron hiding the clouds before they attack. With that moment of warning Jack is able to save himself and his fellow escorts. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Tuesday Magic Item – Spendthrift Coin

4 February, 2020

More valuable than you knowVoddick glanced down, took another few steps, paused and returned.  “Surely that is not a gold dragon?”

Golloan strode over and say the coin sitting perfectly on the center of a cobblestone.  “It is and do not touch it, my friend.”  Gollaon began looking around.

Voddick stopped in midreach.  “Why?”

“Curse,” replied Gollaon springing over and pulling a man dressed in what were once fine clothes, but now were shabbily and stained.

“Please, please, Take that coin from me, it has ruined me.” he pleaded, falling to his knees.  Gollaon and Voddick slowly backed away, leaving the man to his fate.

Spendthrift Coin

These gold coins come from no known mint but are often marked with a wheel of fate or scales of justice, looking at them carefully, something just seems off with them.

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Heroes Inc – Issue 20 – Knights and Days

3 February, 2020

Heroes Incorporated, Issue 20: Knights and Days

Appearing in this issue: Playboy, Human Jackrabbit, Kid Comic, and Plasma-Man. Guest Appearances by: Just about everyone! 

Villains: The Green Knight, the Gauntlet team, various others in cameos.

Cover: A boxing ring in Madison Square with Green Knight and Kid Comic/ Knight Errant facing off.  “Fight of the Century.  Can Kid Comic uphold the Honor of Heroes Inc?”

Opening page: A Kirbesque action scene with Jack Diamond bursting out of the panel. “54-40 is in trouble!  Heroes Incorporate!” Read the rest of this entry ?

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Heroes Inc – Issue 19 – East and West

2 February, 2020

Heroes Incorporated, Issue 19: East and West

Appearing in this issue: Playboy, Human Jackrabbit, Kid Comic, and Plasma-Man with Lt. Steele. Guest Appearances by: Rebel and Torch.  Villains: The Grandmaster, various Russian Marines, and a huge atomically mutated armadillo.

Cover: Split Cover, on the left a Soviet submarine on the left a pastiche of the cover of Fantastic Four #1 (except with the Heroes Inc team in Las Vegas fighting a giant mutant armadillo) with East and West emblazoned across the bottom.

Opening page: The DISC (Diamond Industries Submersible Craft) cutting through the icy waters of the North Atlantic.  Caption: Two Hundred miles East and four hundred feet down from New York City . . .

First Story: “East.” The DISC closes with a Soviet submarine and initiates boarding.  Kid Comic and Plasma-Man cross over and fight their way through a horde of Elite Soviet Marines, including two with minor superpowers.  They then rescued Jack, retreated to the DISC and fled back to the United States.

They have not changed the signs yetSecond Story: “West.” Opening splash page divided into four parts: Jack playing the piano and entertaining at the Sands (looking close Torch’s secret identity can be seen in the crowd).  Human Jackrabbit playing an entire row of slot machines (lots of speed lines).  Plasma-man flying above the neon lights of Las Vegas.  Rebel performing on a Los Vegas stage with dancers behind him.

Next page explaining that Jack is in Nevada opening a new Diamond Industries research station and new he, and the team, are enjoying a well earned vacation in Los Vegas.  (Notes saying: 1- that Janice is holding down the HQ in NY with 54-40 and X.  And 2- That Lt. Steele has been transferred to active duty with the US Army forces serving in Vietnam.)

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Heroes Inc – 80-Page Giant

2 February, 2020

Heroes Incorporated, 80-Page Giant, Number 1 (August 1964)

Appearing in this issue: Our Heroes, Full Members of the Team: Playboy, Human Jackrabbit, Kid Comic, Plasma Man, and Lt. Steele.  Probationary Members: Askar the Untamed.

The Grandmaster’s Deadly Games
Cover: The Heroes Inc team as chess pieces with the Grandmaster reaching down to take Jack Diamond/ Playboy.
Banners proclaim: Three Stories of Heroic Action! Heroes Inc in Danger! Thrilling Adventure!

Part One: Bank Shot
This one is already openOpening page: A large suit of powered armor tearing open a bank vault, “Only three left to go!”

Splash page: The team (except for Askar) around the Heroes Inc situation room table. A call from the police chief informs the team that a group of five suit of powered armor are rampaging through downtown Manhattan.

The team deploys to meet the threat. A battle ensues in one of the banks. The heroes quickly defeat the powered armor team (who are using armor based on French designs). Upon returning back to the HQ, they find Janice tied up in a chair and that Sirius has been kidnapped! A quick search of the building reveals nothing except a black chess piece, specifically, a pawn. This indicate the involvement of the Soviet super-spy, the Grandmaster.

Interlude: The team investigates but does not find the location of Sirius. Though Elaine Elizabeth, girl reporter, is on the trial. The villain group Force Five begins raiding scientific/ research corporations in the New York/ New Jersey area. Read the rest of this entry ?

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