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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!

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