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CAPTAIN Z-RO BLACK Special Edition

We are now offering a very special limited edition of Captain Z-Ro #1. It is Captain Z-Ro Black. Only 100 will be produced. Each one will be signed and numbered and will include a signed and numbered certificate of authentication. First come…first served. These are $25 dollars each.

CAPTAIN Z-RO BLACK Special Edition can be ordered here:

You can still order your $7.99 printed edition here: http://www.lulu.com/shop/vance-capley/captain-z-ro-no1/paperback/product-24266934.html

You can order your $3.99 digital edition here: https://www.drivethrucomics.com/product/290721/Captain-Zro

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.”

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

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

SHOGUN WARRIORS’ GODZILLA 11X17 ART BY VANCE CAPLEY

SHOGUN WARRIROS’ GODZILLA 11X17 ART BY VANCE CAPLEY is a new piece by Mr. Capley and his fandom for Shogun Warriors can be seen (on the web) as far back as his underground TV show, Spook Show episode 38:

From wikipedia: The Shogun Warriors were the main characters of a line of toys licensed by Mattel Inc. during the late 1970s. They were a series of imported Japanese toys based on several anime and tokusatsu shows featuring giant robots. They were originally manufactured in three sizes: 24-inch (610 mm) plastic versions, 3.5-inch (89 mm) die-cast metal versions, and slightly taller but much more detailed 5-inch (127 mm) die-cast versions. Several vehicles were also offered, as well as a set that could be put together to form the super robot Combattra. Toward the end of production, Mattel proposed the inclusion of plastic toy vehicles for the 3.5″ figures to ride in exclusively in the United States, but these toys were not released for purchase.

SHOGUN WARRIORS’ GODZILLA 11X17 ART BY VANCE CAPLEY is now available for fans of the classic toy line! The original art was done on 11×17 card stock and will be shipped flat to your door for $40 (plus $10 shipping and handling). Click the paypal button below the picture to order:

Here’s a video of Vance Capley working on the drawing:

You can also grab a t-shirt of the full color art: https://www.teepublic.com/t-shirt/4709808-shogun-monster-gojira

SUPER FRIENDS Original Art by Vance Capley

Super Friends was a staple of TV entertainment from 1973 until 1986. The program inspired thousands of artists and writers for many years. Among them, artist creator Vance Capley, who has illustrated this wonderful new piece.

SUPER FRIENDS by Vance Capley mixed media on 11×17 Britsol board

What Was the Super Friends?

Super Friends was a Saturday morning cartoon that featured a “kid-friendly”or “network friendly” version of the Justice League of America. The was produced by Hanna-Barbera and was based characters published by DC Comics.

The name of the program (and the Justice League members featured with the Super Friends) has been variously represented (as Super Friends and Challenge of the Super Friends, for example) at different points in its broadcast history.

Over the years, the show existed under several titles:

  • Super Friends (1973–1974)
  • The All-New Super Friends Hour (1977–1978)
  • Challenge of the Super Friends (1978–1979)
  • The World’s Greatest Super Friends (1979–1980)
  • Super Friends (1980–1983)
  • Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show (1984–1985)
  • The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (1985–1986)

Vance Capley Drawing the Super Friends

From the vibrant colors to the action he saw on the tv screen , artist Vance Capley has tried to capture the excitement of the program he enjoyed as a child. Any fan of the TV program would greatly appreciate this piece. SUPER FRIENDS by Vance Capley is mixed media on 11×17 Bristol board. It is available for $50 plus $10 shipping.


Who is 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.


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!