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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

Purchase Devil Bat #2 – 48 pages – full color – $6.49 (plus shipping and handling) http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/VanceCapley

Grab a t-shirt or other cool Devil Bat swag: https://www.teepublic.com/t-shirt/2748454-devil-bat-retro-comic-cover?store_id=140005

FIND YOUR AWESOME TODAY! FYAT DO IT NOW!!

I am honored to tell you about the very powerful designs by Find Your Awesome Today LLC…. FYAT

Loving the FYAT Slogans

I love the (FYAT) slogans. They are great “game” fuel. When I start to lag, I look at the slogans. Much like spinach for Popeye…I am charged and ready to go.

What is FIND YOUR AWESOME TODAY LLC?

“Find Your Awesome Today LLC ( FYAT) has a mission to inspire young girls and women of all ages, to Be Empowered to Find Your Voice, Take Action, Discover and Embrace Your Strength! Take control of what surrounds you and the way that affects your happiness…whether that is a physical, emotional, or spiritual challenge. Many of our designs feature “Erin” who is winking as if to say “I Got This!” Regardless of what your challenges are believe in your strength, power, and inner SuperHero! Tell yourself “I Got This!” and then go crush your goals! How will you Find Your Awesome Today…”

Here’s a great article over at Odyssey about #FYAT creator Tori Weiss HERE.

Where Can I Get #FYAT Shirts?!

On Amazon! You can check out the shirts here: #FYAT

You can follow Find Your Awesome Today LLC on FACEBOOK

 

 

Vance Capley’s Teepublic Store GIGANTIC Sale!!!!

Vance Capley’s Teepublic Store GIGANTIC Sale!!!!

Vance Capley’s Teepublic Store Gigantic Sale!!

April 18th – 22nd

Everything is up to 30% off!

That’s $14 tees, $30 crewnecks, $20 phone cases, and way more.

CLICK THE LOGO BELOW!!!

Don’t miss out! Mark your calendar!

Vance Capley’s YouTube Channel Celebrates 10 Years

Vance Capley’s YouTube Channel Celebrates 10 Years

Vance Capley’s YouTube Channel is available here: Vance Capley currently has over 130 videos on YouTube. These videos include art instruction, interviews, animation, music videos, movie reviews, comedy, and experimental films.

Though he joined YouTube August 8th 2007, he’s didn’t post his first video until March 12th 2008.

Vance Capley’s First YouTube Video

His first video with his comic book partner and “goode” friend, Dave Goode. The video was titled JUDO COMICS TV EP1.wmv.

“The first episode of Judo Comics T.V. presents the world of cult tv and film, comic books, and of course judo. Judo is the forgotten martial art, but we hope that with this series that will change. Click to 480 for better viewing.”….and that’s how it began.

10th Anniversary Celebration

He has no plans to stop anytime soon… “I have some major plans for 10th year . More instructional videos. More fun videos. Hopefully more interviews. I am also going to do a retrospective video to be posted sometime in April 2018.”

“I want to say thank to everyone who has watched my YouTube channel!”, says artist Vance Capley.

As they say on YouTube…

LIKE, SHARE, & SUBSCRIBE!

About 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 the SHOP.

 

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-

 

Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.

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

And here is a link to coupons to save you some money when you order your copy of Devil Bat: https://www.retailmenot.com/view/lulu.com?c=5028398

CHRISTMAS IN NOVEMBER

This logo is what I’m using for my Christmas sales season:

Why am I discussing this now? Heck, I still have my Jack O’Lantern in my front yard! My early Christmas sales logo should be more like this:This is more truthful of how I actually feel about companies pushing Christmas, or “holiday”,  shopping in November (…now in October).

You can get online and buy anything you want from the “big companies” 24/7. Shipped to your door…..but…..

…there are other guys online. Little guys. Trying to make something better or different than the “big companies”.

Here are ten things you check out for yourself:

  1. COMIC BOOKS: Yes, that’s right comics, in my humble opinion, better and more fun than the “big name publishers”. I enjoy SEA GHOST  and THE UNDERSEA ADVENTURES OF CAPT’N ELI from Jay Piscopo. Great all ages fun!  Makes great stocking stuffers! You can check it out at http://www.captneli.com/index.php

2. MUSIC: I dig The Four Barrel Funeral, The Spook House Saints, Rox, The Creeping Cruds, Sadistic Statistix, Buck Sixx, Hexenhammer, Caligari Dali.…guess what…these are indy muscians! Rock n Roll to Country to Heavy metal to ambient space noise….your home town music is the best! Make their Christmas great and buy them some local music…..

3. LOCAL/HOMETOWN RADIO STATIONS: I-heart and Accuradio are kind of neat, but your own local radio station is there…in your hometown! Playing requests from other people in your own hometown. “Can you play Hark the Herald?” The stations are supported by local businesses too. Here are stations we can get in our hometown >>>>RADIO<<<<<

4. LOCAL BUSINESSES: I get my prints for shows, CD test covers, test images, concert art, etc, etc from CopyCats Print Services in Columbia TN because they treat me like family, they go above and beyond, and quite frankly, they are the best in the business. Make your DIY Christmas cards with their help. Add some cool stuff to a friends PC or just fix it up with Anubis Tech Designs.

5. SHARE A LOCAL ARTISTS WEBSITE WITH FRIENDS: This is a gift for a local artist you know. I dig Eddie Price, Ricky Blalocksmallbrushes.com and Quan McFall off the top of my head.

6. LOCAL RESTAURANTS: After shopping grab a bite at your favorite local eatery. I dig Red 7 Pizza Company here in Columbia, TN. Heck, take a friend out to eat for Christmas there….mmmmm pizza.

7. RECORD SHOP:  Our local record shop, Variety Records, has concerts, local music, CDs, t-shirts,  record players, and, of course, records. Music lovers love music. Get your vinyl on!

8. LOCAL COMIC SHOPS/ BOOK STORES: Buy comics new and old! Buys gaming goodies as well. Shop from your local comic shop! We have Game Knight in Columbia TN…and Lawrenceburg, TN. Good people. Great fun….great place to get some gifts for the gaming or comic book fans. We have two book shops Melody’s One Stop Book Shoppe and Duck River Books and they are great!

9. LOCAL PARADES: These are fun, free, and local. See your friends and neighbors. Spread that holiday cheer! We have two in Columbia, TN…Christmas and Mule Day!

10. VANCECAPLEYART.COM: You didn’t think I’d go without mentioning my website as a local Christmas shopping destination did you? Make sure you visit my shop. I thank you.

Help support local businesses this year.

Merry way too early to think about Christmas.

Vance Capley

MAKE YOUR OWN COMICS! PART 2

 MAKE YOUR OWN COMICS PART 2

When I was in the 9th grade, Mrs. Patterson  was going to give a huge English test. Diagramming sentences. I was horrible at it. My grades were terrible. There was no way I was going to pass unless I stayed up all night an practiced diagramming sentences. I got home. Starting going through my stuff. The old blue English book was not there. I’d left it at school. I panicked.

I ran looking for Dad. He was on the porch. I really hated to bother him, but a scolding now was better than getting a whipping for failing.

    
Dad and me got in the old red van and raced over to the good ol’ SFHS (Go Wildcats!). I’d just made it. I ran to my locker…which I think was 16 or 32…too many years ago.


      I made it back to the van, and then Dad asked me if I wanted a co’drank (that’s cold drink, which could be any cold drink, usually referring to “soda”). Of course I said yes. We went down to Potts Grocery. We got our drinks. As we we’re leaving, we saw the coolest thing….

This is the beginning of the story. The beginning of the story should catch the readers’ attention. The beginning should tell a little bit about the topic of the story. A story, comic or otherwise, must have a beginning, middle, and an ending.

As I told you in the last blog, go to Dollar Tree, spend $3, and buy pencils/pens, a writing tablet, and a drawing tablet. I told you to start jotting down your ideas. Make sketches or doodles of your ideas. Now, it’s time to form your ideas into a story. A story with a beginning, a middle, and an ending.

The middle of a story should contain details that tell about the topic. The middle should explain the topic and hold the readers’ attention….

It was a military chopper. A military chopper landing in the field across from Potts Grocery! Cars were stopping in the middle of good ol’ highway 7. Dad and me were just amazed at this chopper across the field. Then I saw some of my friends from school. “Dad I’m going across the road and check it out.”
My friends said hey and I said the same. We were asking the pilot so many questions. The only question I could come up with was, “Do the guns work?”. He said said that they didn’t because they were locked and had no bullets. He was talking to us, but also to someone on his radio. After a few minutes more, he told us to clear back.

The ending of a story should bring it to a close. The ending should keep your reader thinking about the topic…

I made it back across the road. Climbed in the van with my Dad. Dad sipped his Pepsi. I sipped on my Mt. Dew. I held my English book all the way home. Dad and me didn’t say much. He turned on 103.3 KDF.  I stared harder at the English book. When I got home I told my brothers and sister all about what we had seen. They were just as excited as if they had been there.

After supper, I picked up my English book. I stared at it. I never opened it. There were no “selfees” or cell phones. No digital cameras to take a quick pic of what we saw. What my Dad and me experienced that day now only is remembered by one. I think about my Dad whenever I see things that are “out of the normal”. Memories of that day, when I thought I needed my English book, but what I got was time with my Dad.

The ending can also reveal something personal about the author too.

You can write fiction or non-fiction, I chose non-fiction here. When you do write your story for your comic, have a beginning, middle, and an ending….and make sure, even if it’s fiction, that part of you is in it.

NOW…GO MAKE COMICS!!

Go to the Dollar Tree, or a reasonable facsimile thereof, and buy 1 pack of mechanical pens or pencils, 1 composition notebook,  and 1 drawing tablet. You have spent a little over three bucks. Find a quiet room, open your pens or pencils, grab either the notebook or drawing tablet and start jotting or doodling. Usually, if you have the desire to do comics, you already have some ideas in your old noggin. Now, start fleshing out rough versions of your ideas. I have boxes of these notebooks and sketchbooks where I would spend weeks, months, even years fleshing out ideas.

Once you get a basic idea of what this comic will be about, start working on character sketches. If you cannot draw, get a friend who CAN draw. If you are completely broke, see if they will trade goods for their services. Old video games, comics, or clothes in exchange for the artwork (or, if you can draw, and are broke, then trade for writing skills.)

I’ll be back next week with part three.

HERE’S WHAT I DO

Check out one of my comics here.

Check out my drawing videos at youtube.com/user/astrofist

Please support my my work by visiting and sharing vancecapleyart.com on social media.

The Grizzly Bear Man was the first comic book character I created when I was around 10 years old! I still enjoy writing and drawing adventures of my first superhero. You can read some of his exciting, and yes, sometimes funny, adventures by clicking this comic cover!

MAKE YOUR OWN COMICS!

On free comic book day (May 7th 2016), I was interviewed for the that fantastic VHi Gaming & Anime podcast. I had a really good time. As you can hear here 🙂 and part 2 here. I was asked some fun and thought provoking questions.

A thought came to my mind on my way home that night, “How can someone with lots of creativity, but no money, make comics AND make them accessible for people all over the world?”

HOW IT BEGAN!

When I first started trying to do this, there was no art classes in my dear old SFHS (Santa Fe High School…out of towners…remember, it may be Santa Fe, NM, but in the good old 38482 area, it’s pronounced Santa FEE….). Our librarian, Mrs. Gardner would help me look for books on art. If something new or interesting came in, she’d stop me in the hall. In study hall, I read the Columbia Daily Herald’s comic section. Popeye, Dick Tracy, and Alley Oop were my favorites. I traded comics with buddy Chris Bucy and read them over and over again. Our school had an animator come by, I think his name was Steve Hunt, and work with us for a few weeks. My principal, Kenneth Jackson, had me and pal, John Mercer, do a design for our school and it’s partners. I drew comics for our school paper. I even did illustrations for our 12th grade year annual. This was my education in art in HS. I had to work for it. I had to learn things on my own.

When I first tried to “break into” comics, I had no idea about paper size, equipment to use, or even how to submit to publishers. I received so many reject letters because of this.

To prevent further embarrassment, I got a library card for the Maury County Library and researched, researched, and researched.

FOOT IN THE DOOR?

Around this time I found out about Wizard magazine and Comic Buyers Guide. These both had wonderful articles about the business. CBG had job postings. That’s where I got my first professional comic job. I was drawing Destiny Vampire Mermaid for Scary Monster Magazine. Working with the late great Ronn Foss, the gaps were filled in. I learned so much.

After he passed, I started talking to Monster & Heroes publisher, Larry Ivie, who said a study of anatomy will make my art all the more professional. He compared my work to a famous artist, who, at this time, I’d rather not say, but I’d love to reach his level of skills.

Sadly, CBG is gone. Wizard is gone. What about the internet? The internet is like trying to find your car at in Wal-Mart parking lot on a Friday night. It’s nearly impossible to find fact among opinions.

So, starting here, I’m going to show each one of you reading this, how YOU can make YOUR own comics,….physical and or digital.

SO, HERE’S WHAT YOU DO…

Go to the Dollar Tree, or a reasonable facsimile thereof, and buy 1 pack of mechanical pens or pencils, 1 composition notebook,  and 1 drawing tablet. You have spent a little over three bucks. Find a quiet room, open your pens or pencils, grab either the notebook or drawing tablet and start jotting or doodling. Usually, if you have the desire to do comics, you already have some ideas in your old noggin. Now, start fleshing out rough versions of your ideas. I have boxes of these notebooks and sketchbooks where I would spend weeks, months, even years fleshing out ideas.

Once you get a basic idea of what this comic will be about, start working on character sketches. If you cannot draw, get a friend who CAN draw. If you are completely broke, see if they will trade goods for their services. Old video games, comics, or clothes in exchange for the artwork (or, if you can draw, and are broke, then trade for writing skills.)

I’ll be back next week with part two.

Check out one of my comics here.

Check out my drawing videos at youtube.com/user/astrofist

Please support my my work by visiting and sharing vancecapleyart.com on social media.

The Grizzly Bear Man was the first comic book character I created when I was around 10 years old! I still enjoy writing and drawing adventures of my first superhero. You can read some of his exciting, and yes, sometimes funny, adventures by clicking this comic cover!