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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 (vancecapleyart.com) 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.”

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 print or digital edition here: https://indyplanet.com/visual-comics

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


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

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



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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?”


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.


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.


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!


The adventures of Bear Man and his pals. Loaded with action and comedy, this all ages book was designed to be fun! 142 pages
The adventures of Bear Man and his pals. Loaded with action and comedy, this all ages book was designed to be fun! 142 pagesSupport independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.



The Grizzly Bear Man collects Vance Capley’s Bear Man comics in an action packed, imaginative, comical, superhero adventure stories. See Bear Man and his pals battle evil world wide…and have fun. As Bear Man says, “What are you waitin’ for kid! Buy the book and have some fun!”

After so many delays the collected Grizzly Bear Man comic is here! Including the conclusion to the Claw story.


By Toni Takahsi Nov 23, 2016, “I absolutely LOVE “Anna Bear”! Next time you do a book, please do a story of her in action! I’m 12 and she is now my favorite superhero! Thank you!”
By Bill Keppley Nov 23, 2016, “Fun, funny, and fantastic!”
By Jude Oats Nov 20, 2016, “STORY: Fun for all ages. As promised no nudity or “bad words”. The stories here are imaginative and fun. Lots of action. Very old school. ART: In some stories, the art appears to be cartoony, while in others, the art is more of the traditional “super-heroic” style. This works well except in The Shapeless Thing From planet 13 story when inker Horace Synder begins inking. It’s a bit of a jar. Overall, The Grizzly Bear Man is fun and at the end of the day, it delivered what it promised…fun. I’d LOVE to give it five stars, but that jump in art style was a bit too much for me. 3 STARS….worth it!”

This awesome full color all ages 142 page collection of fun, action, and comedy is yours for only for a measly $15.99….


In other news, my goal of reaching 10,000 vies on my YouTube channel was achieved. I want to thank each one of you guys who watched, liked, and shared my videos. My new goal is 20,000 BEFORE I hit my 100th video…can it be done? Let’s find out….In the meanwhile, check out my channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/astrofist