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According to the Disney website:

It’s nonstop comical chaos when a comic book artist bumbles his way into international espionage after adopting the identity of Condorman, one of his comic book characters. When a beautiful Russian spy wants him to help her defect, his life explodes into more fantasy and excitement than all of his comic strips put together!

Sort of…

It’s basically about Woody Wilkins, a man who’s willing to risk his life for a beautiful mysterious woman who’s trying to get away from her ex….


Woody Wilkins, played brilliantly by Michael Crawford, who attempts to live out the adventures and romances of his comic creations in real life. In fact, he says in the film that he refuses to write anything that his characters can’t actually do in real life.

And he lives up to that…in the beginning of the film he nearly kills himself trying out ‘fool-proof” wings when he attempted to glide off the Eiffel Tower but crashed into the Seine River.

His friend Harry (played by the recently deceased James Hampton) is a CIA file clerk, who has been told to pick a civilian to deliver some paper to Istanbul. Of course he picks his pal Woody Wilkins.

Woody meets Natalia Rambova (played by the beautiful Barbara Carrera who is now a very accomplished artist… Woody, just like in so many romantic comedies, pretends to be someone he’s not…in this case, a spy code named: Condorman. Yes, the Condorman he creates comic books of.

But unlike so many romantic comedies, Woody actually backs up what he says. Enemy agents attack. Woody fights them. Not in a tough guy fighting mode, but more a kin to the comedy fighting sequences in Jackie Chan films.

Natalia is impressed. Gives him a kiss and is gone like a wonderful dream.

She returns to Moscow. Tells her lover/boss Krokov (played by the late great Oliver Reed) about what happened. He is very cold to her. Almost cruel.

For several days afterward, all Woody can think about it the beautiful Natalia. He draws tons of pictures of her and even creates a new super-heroine called Laser Lady.

Back at CIA Paris HQ, Harry’s boss has gotten word that a Russian agent called the Bear wants to defect. The Bear wants the defection done by the agent called Condorman.

Harry tries to convince Woody to do it, but Woody is reluctant, that is until Harry’s boss (the wonderful Dana Elcar) sees the drawings of Laser Lady and then reveals that the Bear is Natalia.

As I said earlier, It’s basically about Woody Wilkins, a man who’s willing to risk his life for a beautiful mysterious woman who’s trying to get away from her ex….

From that point on, we have Woody trying to impress Natalia who is slowly falling for Woody while they try to get away from Krokov and his agents. Including an amazing chase involving Morovitch (played by Jean-Pierre Kalfon) and his skilled killers (driving black Porches) chasing the Condorman themed car in the mountains.

There is lots of action and fun in this movie, but there is no superhero.

Yep, no superhero. In fact, he only dresses in his super suit twice. Once at the beginning and once at the end.

The mistake so many reviewers make is they see a costume and automatically assume that Condorman is a superhero movie. Condorman is more of an adventure/romance film with touches of comedy. If you strip it down to it’s core, it reads this way:

A guy falls for a girl. He pretends to be something more than he is, so he can get her away from her mean ex boyfriend. She finds out the truth and is mad, but his best bud tells her everything and she’s cool with it. Then her ex shows up beats up the nice guy and his pal and takes the girl back. The nice guy and pal go back to get the girl from the mean ex.

It’s my favorite film…and that will never change. If you haven’t seen it or haven’t seen it in a while, take and hour and half and have some fun.

Here’s to Condorman…happy 40th anniversary



VOODOO?! ZOMBIES?! Have no fear MONSTER MAGAZINE issue 9 is here and you know #therewillbemonsters!

What is Monster Magazine? Monster Magazine, the retro horror/comic magazine, contains film reviews, comics, and monsters…lots of monsters! This issue is no different…check out what’s in this 48 PAGE BLACK & WHITE issue:

  • WHITE ZOMBIE by Vance Capley
  • DAN CURTIS’S FRANKENSTEIN 1973 by Dr. Jeff Thompson
  • SUGAR FROSTED VENGEANCE (Sugar Hill) by Rob X Román
  • ZOMBIE FACTS by R. Sterling Gray
  • CASTLE SPUDOOM comic by Rob X Román
  • BAD VOODOO comic by Vance Capley
  • PLUS our MONSTER MAILBAG by all of you, our dear readers!
  • and introducing
  • DEATHBELLE comic by Vance Capley

The 48 page black & white magazine is available NOW! ORDER YOURS TODAY!

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$25.99 plus S&H continental US only. 1. You receive monster magazine issue 9 SIGNED…2. The SIGNED 11×14 cover poster with the WHITE ZOMBIE logo….3. And the SIGNED 11X14 poster of DEATHBELLE.

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GODZILLA VS. KING KONG (2021) has arrived in theaters and on digital devices and fans are glad to see the monsters once again..and so are we here at ghoul ol’ Monster Magazine!

It got us fiends thinking about our favorite Godzilla films and assorted Godzilla goodies.

So, for our 8th issue…we’re going 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

For comic shop owners, we have special discount prices for you.

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 at

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

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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.

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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!
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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!


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.


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.


“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 ( and is available in both digital and print.


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.”

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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 and they are $15.99 (plus shipping and handling).


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!

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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….


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.


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.


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.


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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.


“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:


“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. 

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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.”


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.


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

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