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MONSTER MAGAZINE 8 GODZILLA!

MONSTER MAGAZINE 8 GODZILLA!

The retro horror magazine is back and it’s brought the big guns! Godzilla! King Kong! Inframan! Monster magazine issue 8 features articles by R. Sterling Gray, Rob X Román, J.R. Capley, Crisco the Great, and Vance Capley.

This issue features:

  • a Godzilla checklist
  • a look at animated Godzilla
  • the canon of Godzilla
  • Godzilla fun facts
  • the original King Kong film
  • the original King Kong vs Godzilla film
  • Super Inframan
  • a brand new Castle SpuDoom comic
  • and a special preview of Visual Comics’ upcoming Iron Skull 2020 comic

All of this in 36 ad free pages in glorious black and white mailed to your door for $5.99 plus $3 shipping and handling US orders ONLY

For comic shop owners, we have special discount prices for you. Contact us for more information.

And we now can make a special edition version of issue 8 for your shop with your logo on the cover and a full size logo covering the back. You must order at least 25 copies to do this. Contact us for more information.

Visual Comics’ Monster Magazine #therewillbemonsters #Godzilla #KingKong #Inframan




VANCE CAPLEY ARTIST’S TOP 5 YOUTUBE VIDEOS

Vance Capley artist’s top 5 YouTube videos may surprise you…they may even delight you. So, let’s begins taking a look at Vance Capley’s top 5 YouTube videos of all time.

Vance Capley artist started his YouTube channel as a part of the promotional materials that he was doing with writer/comic creator Dave Goode. These first videos were hosted by comic book /wrestling superstar, Mr. Incognito. The first episode was huge success. Released March 12 2012, this video has gained 3,544 views.

The next big video recently hit the thousand mark and rose quickly to be Vance Capley next big video. Aug 23, 2019. Based on a challenge to choose public domain superheroes to replace the Avengers, Vance Capley knocked it out of the park with this instant classic, “I have been asked to make an Avengers style team from public domain superheroes. Challenge accepted!” 1,788 views.

Vance Capley’s 3rd most viewed video was the second episode of he and Dave Goode’s Judo Comics TV. Released May 1, 2012. “Welcome back to our next episode. We have fighting cats, Neutron battling his arch enemy, Dr. Kano giving a demonstration on the forgotten martial art, and Mr. Incognito showing off some ultra cool moves. Give us ten minutes and we will thrill you….” 1,016 views

The next video is a video titled, “JUDO COMICS TV FEB 2011”. It was released Jan 28, 2011. In this episode “Mr. Incognito is missing! Dr. Uranus has taken him! Blue Eagle and King Cthulu join the fray! …and don’t forget wrestling and judo!”. The video has just reached 900 views.

On Aug 15, 2010, Vance Capley released a trailer for the upcoming episodes of Judo Comics TV. The piece was edited together like a film trailer and has gained 695 views.

To see how the other videos have done, or to see the latest video from Vance Capley artist, visit https://www.youtube.com/user/astrofist/videos?view=0&sort=p&flow=grid

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MONSTER MAGAZINE ISSUE 7 FRANKENSTEIN!

Monster Magazine issue 7 Frankenstein is here!

Monster Magazine has risen from the grave again and this time it has brought with it Dr. Frankenstein’s monster. In this fun filled issue, Monster magazine discussing Jack Pierce’s make-up that gave Karloff that Frankenstein look.

Monster Magazine goes back in time to take a look at the first Frankenstein film from 1910.

Also in this issue, Monster Magazine talks about how Frankenstein 1931’s design influenced other monster film makers.

Monster Magazine issue 7 contains has comics by Vance Capley, Silm Carody, and Rob X. Roman.

Dave Goode delights us with one of his blogs about monster mash up films as well as a comic of Mr. Incognito with art by Vance Capley.

And an amazing cover by artist extraordinaire, Ricky Blalock.

Now available at IndyPlanet! $5.99 per copy (plus shipping and handling).

Order 5 copies or more and get 25% off on this book!
Great deal for re-sellers!
(Discount shows up at checkout.)

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A limited print run was produced in Tennessee and is available now. These feature the “made in Tennessee” bullet on the cover, a different inside back cover, and the FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD full-color back cover.

This limited print run will be signed by both Ricky Blalock and Vance Capley. AND this limited print run includes the original series 1 trading cards and well as the all new series 2 trading cards. Both sets are signed and UNCUT!

This deal is currently available for the U.S. ONLY.

Monster Magazine no.7 special limited print run signed by Ricky Blalock and Vance Capley, series 1 and the new series 2 trading cards uncut and signed by Ricky Blalock, mailed to your door for $25 plus $5 shipping and handling.

Grab your regular priced copy at IndyPlanet! https://indyplanet.com/monster-magazine-7

CULT CLASSIC TV SHOW RETURNS…IN COMICS!

Captain Z-Ro cover by Vance Capley

Captain Z-Ro is back…but not on TV.

The 1950s children’s science fiction TV show, Captain Z-Ro has returned, but not on television. The cult classic tv show returns in a brand new comic book adventure by artist writer Vance Capley (KAP-lee) published by Visual Comics.

WHO IS CAPTAIN Z-RO?

Captain Z-Ro was created by the late Roy Steffens and originally aired in 15 minute episodes from 1951-1953 on KRON and KTTV. Atlas Television Corporation picked up the program. The shows switched to 24 minute episodes and were then syndicated.

“I found the show while researching clips in the public domain. I stopped searching and ended up watching several episodes of Captain Z-Ro. It really captured my imagination.”

Captain Z-Ro (Roy Steffens) traveled in both space and time with his assistants Jett (Bob Turnbull), Tetro (Jack Cahill), and Micro (Mike Chamberlin and H.A. Chamberlin). The show was supported by a wonderful cast of actors portraying various figures in history including John Trigonis, Eddie Bartell, Muriel Landers, and many more including Roy Steffens wife, Kim Steffens, who played historical figure Molly Pitcher.

Though the time traveling revolved around history lessons, there plenty sci-fi adventure to keep the children watching.

Over time, the show fell into the public domain…and, sadly, was forgotten.

THE RETURN OF CAPTAIN Z-RO

“Being a comic creator, I’m thinking surely someone has done a comic book of this show. I researched and couldn’t find any comics anywhere. I decided that I’m going to make a Captain Z-Ro comic book.”

Vance Capley began work on the Captain’s new 92 page full-color comic book adventure a few years ago. The Captain’s new adventure revolves around talking dinosaurs, ufos, and alternate time-lines. Currently the book is available at his website (vancecapleyart.com) and is available in both digital and print.

WHO IS VANCE CAPLEY?

Artist Vance Capley is a self-taught artist who has worked in various mediums, including drawing, painting and graphic design, for over 25 years. “I’ve done artwork for musicians, publishers, and video production companies. I even write and illustrate my own publications. I’m truly blessed to do what I love to do. I hope, that when you see my work, the joy I experienced as I made these, shines brightly and makes your day.”

You can order your printed edition here: http://www.lulu.com/shop/vance-capley/captain-z-ro-no1/paperback/product-24266934.html

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You can order a digital edition here: https://www.drivethrucomics.com/product/290721/Captain-Zro

Kolchak In Monster Magazine 6

Kolchak is in Monster Magazine no. 6 and it is LOADED with tons of information about Kolchak the Night Stalker from interviews with Jack “Ron Updyke” Grinnage, Mark Dawidziak, and Sterling Clark, to articles and comics by the Monster Magazine staff. Plus guest articles by guest writers Wayne Judge and his review of Moonstone’s Kolchak comics, Warner Todd Huston writes about TV horror host Svengoolie, Sterling Clark tells us more about creator Jeff Rice, a Kolchak check list and finally we visit with Horror Host of the month the Unusual Stranger…and much much more. 120 pages worth of monster fun!

This issue has 3 different Kolchak covers! Cover A by Monster Magazine’s very own Ricky Blalock, cover B is by super-artist Sterling Clark, and cover C is by Vance Capley.

Currently the Kolchak issue of Monster Magazine is available at lulu.com: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/VanceCapley and they are $15.99 (plus shipping and handling).

MONSTER MAGAZINE 5 IS HERE and HERE COMES THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN

Monster Magazine issue 5 is all about the BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN…was it the greatest horror film of all time? Read a point/counterpoint discussion, a classic Frankenstein comic from Dick Briefer, a new Slim Comic by Slim Carody and Vance Capley, and art and cover by Ricky Blalock!

You can order your budget edition here:

MONSTER MAGAZINE NO.5 BUDGET EDITION

You can also order a limited edition signed copy of Monster Magazine no.5 mailed to you door! The signed editions of Monster magazine no.5  will only be available until May 28th at 5pm CST

Sorry, US orders only….

OLD SCHOOL MONSTER MAGAZINE

Monster Magazine, the retro horror/comic magazine, contains film reviews, comics, and monsters…lots of monsters! The magazine covers material from December 31st 1974 and back.

INFLUENCES FOR MONSTER MAGAZINE

Those great classic horror magazines of yesteryear are still inspirations to thousands of monster kids world wide. Famous Monsters of Film Land, Eerie, Creepy, and Nightmare to name a few are influences for Monster Magazine.

THE BEGINNING?

If sales go well for the first issue, Monster Magazine plans to go monthly. They are are also researching ways to lower the price by selling ads.

FOLLOW THEM ON SOCIAL MEDIA

You can find them on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MONSTERMAGAZINE/

And twitter: https://twitter.com/monstermagazin2

The Adventures of Captain Marvel…SHAZAM!

SHAZAM! on the Big Screen

Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941) was a Republic Pictures film serial produced by Hiram S. Brown, Jr. and directed by John English and William Witney. Featuring Frank Coghlan, Jr. as Billy Batson, who, when he says the magic word…SHAZAM!!! Billy becomes Captain Marvel (wonderfully played by Tom Tyler).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This serial was adapted from the popular Captain Marvel comic books (Fawcett Comics) Whiz Comics and Captain Marvel Adventures.

WHAT’S A SERIAL?

“A serial, film serial, movie serial or chapter play, is a motion picture form popular during the first half of the 20th century, consisting of a series of short subjects exhibited in consecutive order at one theater, generally advancing weekly, until the series is completed. Generally, each serial involves a single set of characters, protagonist and antagonistic, involved in a single story, which has been edited into chapters after the fashion of serial fiction and the episodes cannot be shown out of order or as a single or a random collection of short subjects.

Each chapter was screened at a movie theater for one week, and ended with a cliffhanger, in which characters found themselves in perilous situations with little apparent chance of escape. Viewers had to return each week to see the cliffhangers resolved and to follow the continuing story. Movie serials were especially popular with children, and for many youths in the first half of the 20th century a typical Saturday matinee at the movies included at least one chapter of a serial, along with animated cartoons, newsreels, and two feature films.” – Wikipedia

Folks would crowd into theaters…where all you needed was a quarter for an afternoon of great entertainment (that quarter includes a coke and popcorn by the way). One of the top serials of all time was the Adventures of Captain Marvel….SHAZAM! indeed.

SHAZAM! Returns to the Theatre!

The Adventures of Captain Marvel did so well that it was frequently re-released. Here’s the “Return of Captain Marvel” (one of the re-releases) trailer:

SHAZAM! Influenced by Captain Marvel

In my comics books, Skarabis is a Egyptian mummy superhero who’s creation was very much influenced by the Adventures of Captain Marvel serial. Skarabis has no SHAZAM! style magic word but I tried to make Skarabis’ name have that same classic feel.

You can see a few sample pages of Skarabis (read it all in DEVIL BAT #2) by clicking >>>HERE<<<

SHAZAM! …and now it’s chapter 1 of the Adventures of Captain Marvel:

WHO’S VANCE CAPLEY?

“When I was a little kid, before I could talk. My Mom said that I wanted some water, but I couldn’t say it. She said I grabbed a piece of paper and drew a picture of water…..”

“I’m VANCE CAPLEY. I was born May 1972. I’m a self-taught artist who has worked in various mediums, including drawing, painting and graphic design, for over 20 years. I’ve done artwork for musicians, publishers, and video production companies. I even write and illustrate my own publications. I’m truly blessed to do what I love to do. I hope, that when you see my work, the joy I experienced as I made these, shines brightly and makes your day.”

You can support Mr. Capley’s work by visiting our Teepublic store. 

And by visiting our book store at lulu.com.

VANCE CAPLEY’S DEVIL BAT STRIKES AGAIN!

Vance Capley’s Devil Bat Strikes Again!

After working on the comic book for several months, the second Devil Bat adventure is here: BIRTH OF THE DEMON SLAYER! Artist/writer/creator Vance Capley, “In this issue, we learn more about the Devil Bat and how he got his powers. This is an important issue as it is an origin story. Skarabis is the back up feature. 48 pages of super cool fun with 3 different covers to choose from.”

SPEAK OF THE DEVIL BAT

The Devil Bat is Sgt. Anthony James Blaine. After the Battle of Baghdad, he saw something that disturbed him so much he began to suffer from PTSD.

From the National Center for PTSD:

PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault.

It’s normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event. At first, it may be hard to do normal daily activities, like go to work, go to school, or spend time with people you care about. But most people start to feel better after a few weeks or months.

If it’s been longer than a few months and you’re still having symptoms, you may have PTSD. For some people, PTSD symptoms may start later on, or they may come and go over time.

Anthony Blaine’s PTSD began to wreck his home life. It got so bad that his wife took their child and separated from him. It would take time, but PTSD can be treated.

There was one problem.

One of the symptoms of PTSD is dreaming of the traumatic event over and over again. Blaine dreamed of the event….but he saw demons. In this issue we dig into that horrible day and see what our hero saw.

GRABBING THE DEVIL BY THE TAIL

In our second issue the Devil Bat, we leard how our hero received his powers and how he got his costume. Plus a fantastic Skarabis adventure leading to the first issue of Thundervolt. Devil Bat #2 created, written, and illustrated by Vance Capley

FREE preview of Devil Bat #2 and the back up Skarabis story:

DEVIL BAT #2

SKARABIS

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Drawing Kamen Rider

DRAWING KAMEN RIDER

Vance Capley is drawing Kamen Rider and here’s why:

WHO’S KAMEN RIDER?

From Wikipedia: Kamen Rider 1 statue taken outside the Bandai HQ in Tokyo.

FROM WIKIPEDIA- “Kamen Rider (仮面ライダー Kamen Raidā, Masked Rider) is a tokusatsu superhero television series and weekly science fiction manga created by manga artist Shotaro Ishinomori. (The program) debuted on television on April 3, 1971, and ran until February 10, 1973, airing on the Mainichi Broadcasting System and NET TV (now TV Asahi). The manga adaptation was also featured in Shōnen Magazine around the same period. The series has evolved into a franchise with many subsequent annual iterations. The cultural impact of the series in Japan resulted in astronomer Akimasa Nakamura naming two minor planets in honor of the series: 12408 Fujioka, after actor Hiroshi Fujioka, known for his portrayal of Takeshi Hongo/Kamen Rider 1, and 12796 Kamenrider, after the series itself.”

WHAT’S HIS STORY?

Screen capture from first episode

Continuing from Wikipedia, “The series takes place in a world plagued by Shocker, a mysterious world-wide terrorist organization formed by remaining members of the Nazis. To further its plans for world domination, Shocker recruited its agents through kidnapping, turning their victims into mutant cyborgs and, ultimately, brainwashing them. However, one victim named Takeshi Hongo escaped just before the final brainwashing. With his sanity and moral conscience intact, Hongo battled Shocker’s minions as the grasshopper-themed altered human (改造人間 kaizō ningen) superhero Kamen Rider. Another victim of the altered human process, freelance photographer Hayato Ichimonji. (He) became Kamen Rider 2. Kamen Rider saved him from Shocker, and then renamed himself as “Kamen Rider 1″. Assisted by motorcycle race team manager Tobei Tachibana and FBI agent Kazuya Taki, the Kamen Riders fought in both solo and partnered missions against Shocker and its successor organization, Gel-Shocker.”

KAMEN RIDER IS STILL AROUND?!

Kamen Rider began in 1971. It will be 47 years old April 2018. The show “reinvents” itself with every version of the hero. You can click on each one to get more info from wikipedia:

Heisei era Phase 1 series
Heisei era Phase 2 series

I LOVE KAMEN RIDER!

Motorcycles, monsters, and mayhem on a weekly basis, is fantastic! The ultra-coolness of seeing  if our hero survives can be a real nail-biter. And you NEVER know who’s going to show up, past and future incarnations, Super Sentai heroes, Inazuman, Kikaider, Ultraman, and even Space Sheriffs. It’s just the coolest superhero tv show ever made (IMHO). There’s no doubt why I’m drawing Kamen Rider…

I decided to draw the very first version of Kamen Rider. “Like”, share, and subscribe! Enjoy the show!

 

You can see more of my videos at: https://www.youtube.com/user/astrofist

Learn more about Kamen Rider at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamen_Rider_Series

THE DEVIL BAT STRIKES….FINALLY!

THE DEVIL BAT STRIKES….FINALLY!

After working on the comic book for several months, the first Devil Bat adventure is here: THE DEVIL BAT STRIKES! Artist/writer/creator Vance Capley is pleased, “I wouldn’t say pleased, but I am happy that it’s done. Writing, drawing, and lettering the book myself was a heavy task. It looks good, reads well, and to the folks I showed, the story works and they wanted more. That’s a plus.”

SPEAK OF THE DEVIL BAT

The Devil Bat is Sgt. Anthony James Blaine. After the Battle of Baghdad, he saw something that disturbed him so much he began to suffer from PTSD.

From the National Center for PTSD:

PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault.

It’s normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event. At first, it may be hard to do normal daily activities, like go to work, go to school, or spend time with people you care about. But most people start to feel better after a few weeks or months.

If it’s been longer than a few months and you’re still having symptoms, you may have PTSD. For some people, PTSD symptoms may start later on, or they may come and go over time.

Anthony Blaine’s PTSD began to wreck his home life. It got so bad that his wife took their child and separated from him. It would take time, but PTSD can be treated.

There was one problem.

One of the symptoms of PTSD is dreaming of the traumatic event over and over again. Blaine dreamed of the event….but he saw demons.

GRABBING THE DEVIL BY THE TAIL

In our first issue the Devil Bat, slayer of demons, battles to save the life of a young woman kidnapped by a deadly cult. A cult whose mission is to sacrifice the girl to bring their ancient leader from the beyond! A history of The Devil Bat films. We look at vintage film press-kits, and part 1 of 666SS Devil’s Island. Devil Bat #1 created, written, and illustrated by Vance Capley

You can grab yours by clicking the Devil Bat image or the lulu.com image-

 

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If you want to learn more about PTSD, you can visit https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/PTSD-overview/basics/what-is-ptsd.asp

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