Alan Moore is an English writer known for his work in comic books including Watchmen, V for Vendetta, The Ballad of Halo Jones, From Hell. Regarded by some as the best graphic novel writer in the English language, he is recognized among his peers and critics, he has used such pseudonyms as Curt Vile, Jill de Ray, Translucia Baboon. Moore started writing for British underground and alternative fanzines in the late 1970s before achieving success publishing comic strips in such magazines as 2000 AD and Warrior, he was subsequently picked up by the American DC Comics, as "the first comics writer living in Britain to do prominent work in America", he worked on major characters such as Batman and Superman developed the character Swamp Thing, penned original titles such as Watchmen. During that decade, Moore helped to bring about greater social respectability for comics in the United States and United Kingdom, he prefers the term "comic" to "graphic novel". In the late 1980s and early 1990s he left the comic industry mainstream and went independent for a while, working on experimental work such as the epic From Hell and the prose novel Voice of the Fire.
He subsequently returned to the mainstream in the 1990s, working for Image Comics, before developing America's Best Comics, an imprint through which he published works such as The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and the occult-based Promethea. Moore is an occultist, ceremonial magician, anarchist, has featured such themes in works including Promethea, From Hell, V for Vendetta, as well as performing avant-garde spoken word occult "workings" with The Moon and Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre of Marvels, some of which have been released on CD. Despite his own personal objections, his works have provided the basis for a number of Hollywood films, including From Hell, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, V for Vendetta, Watchmen. Moore has been referenced in popular culture, has been recognised as an influence on a variety of literary and television figures including Neil Gaiman, Joss Whedon, Damon Lindelof, he has lived a significant portion of his life in Northampton, he has said in various interviews that his stories draw from his experiences living there.
Moore was born on 18 November 1953, at St Edmund's Hospital in Northampton to a working-class family who he believed had lived in the town for several generations. He grew up in a part of Northampton known as The Boroughs, a poverty-stricken area with a lack of facilities and high levels of illiteracy, but he nonetheless "loved it. I loved the people. I loved the community and... I didn't know that there was anything else." He lived in his house with his parents, brewery worker Ernest Moore, printer Sylvia Doreen, with his younger brother Mike and his maternal grandmother. He "read omnivorously" from the age of five, getting books out of the local library, subsequently attended Spring Lane Primary School. At the same time, he began reading comic strips British strips, such as Topper and The Beezer, but also American imports such as The Flash, Detective Comics, Fantastic Four, Blackhawk, he passed his 11-plus exam, was therefore eligible to go to Northampton Grammar School, where he first came into contact with people who were middle class and better educated, he was shocked at how he went from being one of the top pupils at his primary school to one of the lowest in the class at secondary.
Subsequently, disliking school and having "no interest in academic study", he believed that there was a "covert curriculum" being taught, designed to indoctrinate children with "punctuality and the acceptance of monotony". In the late 1960s Moore began publishing his own poetry and essays in fanzines setting up his own fanzine, Embryo. Through Embryo, Moore became involved in a group known as the Northampton Arts Lab; the Arts Lab subsequently made significant contributions to the magazine. He began dealing the hallucinogenic LSD at school, being expelled for doing so in 1970 – he described himself as "one of the world's most inept LSD dealers"; the headmaster of the school subsequently "got in touch with various other academic establishments that I'd applied to and told them not to accept me because I was a danger to the moral well-being of the rest of the students there, true."Whilst continuing to live in his parents' home for a few more years, he moved through various jobs, including cleaning toilets and working in a tannery.
In late 1973, he met and began a relationship with Northampton-born Phyllis Dixon, with whom he moved into "a little one-room flat in the Barrack Road area in Northampton". Soon marrying, they moved into a new council estate in the town's eastern district while he worked in an office for a sub-contractor of the local gas board. Moore felt that he was not being fulfilled by this job, so decided to try to earn a living doing something more artistic. Abandoning his office job, he decided to instead take up both writing and illustrating his own comics, he had produced a couple of strips for several alternative fanzines and magazines, such as Anon E. Mouse for the local paper Anon, St. Pancras Panda, a parody of Paddington Bear, for the Oxford-based Back Street Bugle, his first paid work was for a few drawings that were printed in NME, not long after he succeeded in getting a series about a private detective known as Roscoe Moscow published using the pseudonym of Curt Vile (a pun on the name of composer Kur
Arthur Adams (comics)
For other people named Arthur Adams, see the Arthur Adams disambiguation pageArthur "Art" Adams is an American comic book artist and writer. He first broke into the American comic book industry with the 1985 Marvel Comics miniseries Longshot, his subsequent interior comics work includes a number of Marvel's major books, including The Uncanny X-Men, Excalibur, X-Factor, Fantastic Four and Ultimate X, as well books by various other publishers, such as Action Comics, The Rocketeer and The Authority. Adams has illustrated books featuring characters for which he has a personal love, such as Godzilla, The Creature from the Black Lagoon and Gumby, the latter of which garnered him a 1988 Eisner Award for Best Single Issue. In 1994, Adams joined a group of creators that included Frank Miller, John Byrne and Mike Mignola to form Legend, an imprint of creator-owned comics published by Dark Horse Comics, through which Adams published Monkeyman and O'Brien, a science fiction adventure series featuring archetypal sci-fi monsters that Adams wrote and illustrated.
Although the Legend imprint ceased in 1998, Monkeyman and O'Brien continued to appear in print, sometimes in crossover stories with other comics characters, such as Gen¹³/Monkeyman and O'Brien, Savage Dragon #41. Because of his reputedly tight, labor-intensive penciling style, influenced by Michael Golden and Walter Simonson, his admittedly slow pace, Adams does not work as the regular artist on long-running monthly series, but provides artwork for short storylines, one-shots, miniseries or contributions to anthologies, such as his 2002–2004 work on "Jonni Future", a pulp science fiction series he co-created with Steve Moore for the Wildstorm Productions anthology Tom Strong's Terrific Tales, his 2008 work on Hulk #7 - 9, his other published work consists of cover work for books such as Avengers Classic, Wonder Woman and JLA, as well as pinups and other spot illustrations for books such as Sin City, The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe and his own published sketchbook series, Arthur Adams Sketchbook.
He has done design work for toys and video games, miniature busts have been produced based on his renditions of notable characters. He is one of the most popular and imitated artists in the comics industry, whose drawing style has been credited as an influence upon artists such as Joe Madureira and Ed McGuinness, as well as the artists associated with the founding and early days of Image Comics, such as J. Scott Campbell. Arthur Adams was born on April 1963 in Holyoke, Massachusetts, his father was a loadmaster in the United States Air Force, as a result, Adams moved with his parents and four younger brothers to places that included West Virginia. When Adams was five years old, the family settled in Vacaville, near Travis Air Force Base. Adams' first exposure to superhero and monster comics came through the ones his mother would buy for him once a month at a thrift store, his enthusiasm for superhero stories by particular creators began when his father returned from an overseas trip with the first Marvel Treasury Grab-Bag, which included stories by Ross Andru, Wally Wood, Gene Colan.
He liked Marvel Comics for their stories with monster-like characters like the Thing, the Hulk, the Man-Thing. He became interested in dinosaurs and monsters like King Kong after watching Creature Features on TV every Saturday, Universal Monster movies such as Frankenstein and Creature from the Black Lagoon, he enjoyed superhero and science fiction programming, such as Super Friends, the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon and Star Trek. Adams enjoyed drawing in his youth, as far back as he could remember, he discovered the work of Frank Frazetta when he was 13 or 14, a "huge" early influence on him, attempted to mimic his style using watercolor. Adams did not consider illustration as a profession, however, his interest in professional paleontology waned, when he realized that the extreme climates of the environments in which he would be required to work were not appealing to him. Adams' desire to draw drawing comics professionally was cemented in high school, when he bought Marvel Comics' Micronauts #1, illustrated by Michael Golden, the first artist Adams noticed significantly.
He relates: I was collecting comic books from the mid-70s, I discovered Michael Golden working on Micronauts. And I don't know what it is about the first issue of Micronauts. Something about it just blew me away; that was the book that made me say,'Yeah, this is what I'm going to do for my career, for the rest of my life. I'm going to find a way to draw comic books, man!' Adams would subsequently seek out work by other artists, names as influences Barry Windsor-Smith, Mike Kaluta, Bernie Wrightson and Terry Austin. Adams cites Bill Sienkiewicz's "Moon Knight" work in The Hulk! magazine and in particular Walter Simonson's work on The Uncanny X-Men and The New Teen Titans, which Adams saw as "the bible of how to draw comics", "the perfect example of how to do a team book." Adams names Simonson and Golden as his two largest artistic influences. Simonson and his wife, writer/editor Louise Simonson, would become close friends and collaborators with Adams, with Louise editing Adams' breakthrough project, Longshot.
Adams says he was influenced by Jack Kirby after he became a professional artist. Because he tends to consult source material when illustrating a book, he studied much of Kirby's work in particular during his 1990 run on Fantastic Four, learning much about focusing on clarity and dynamism over attention to detail. In a 1997 interview, Adams responded to the observation that fans had noticed
Yanick Paquette is Shuster Award- winner and #1 New-York best sellers Canadian Artist in North American comics. He has worked for Antarctic Press, Marvel and DC Comics and since 1994. In 1994, Yanick Paquette drew Harem Nights, a four issue miniseries by writer Michel Lacombe, published by Fantagraphics Books' adult-oriented Eros Comix line. In 1996 Paquette drew two miniseries adapted from the TV series Space: Above and Beyond, written by Roy Thomas, for Topps Comics; the following year he and Thomas reunited to draw Xena: Warrior Princess: Year One for Topps. In 1997 Paquette drew two issues of JLA Secret Files, his first work on the Justice League of America, he would return to those characters in 1998 with JLA: Tomorrow Woman and "Madmen and Mudbaths", one of the stories in the 1999 anthology book JLA 80-Page Giant #2. From 1998 to 1999, Paquette drew nine issues of Wonder Woman for DC Comics. Clément Sauvé was his assistant on background on a wide number of issues from 2000 to 2002. From 2000 to 2001, Yanick drew ten issues of Gambit.
Paquette was the regular artist on Ultimate X-Men from February 2007 to January 2008, for the first five issues of Young X-Men in 2008. He drew first five issues of Young X-Men in 2008, he supplied the art for Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #3, launched Batman Incorporated, written by Grant Morrison. In September 2011, DC Comics cancelled all their monthly superhero comics and rebooted their entire continuity with 52 new monthly series in an initiative called The New 52. Among the new titles was a Swamp Thing series whose initial story arcs were written by Scott Snyder and drawn by Paquette, his work on the series garnered him a nomination for the 2013 Shuster Awards for Best Artist and Best Cover Artist. 2017 Shuster Award for Best Artist 2017 Shuster Award for Best Cover Artist 2013 Shuster Award for Best Artist 2013 Shuster Award for Best Cover Artist Blood Childe: Portrait of a Surreal Killer #3–4 Space: Above and Beyond: Space: Above and Beyond #1–3 Space: Above and Beyond: Gauntlet #1–2 Xena: Warrior Princess: Year One Warrior Nun Areala #4–5: "Holy Man, Holy Terror" JLA: Tomorrow Woman: "Tomorrow Never Knows" JLA Secret Files #2: "Heroes" Wonder Woman #139–144, 146–148 Eros Graphic Albums #39: "Harem Nights" Day of Judgement Secret Files #1: "Which Witch?"
JLA 80-Page Giant #2: "Madmen and Mudbaths" Adventures of Superman: "A Night at the Opera" "A Tale of Two Cities" Gambit #15–19, 21–24 Superman: The Man of Steel #112: "Krypto!" Superman: Our Worlds at War Secret Files #1: "Resources" Codename: Knockout #4, 7–8, 10–12 Gen¹³ #68–69: "Failed Universe" 9-11 Volume 2: "9 a.m. EST" Avengers #56: "Lo, There Shall Come... an Accounting!" Negation #11: "Baptism of Fire" Terra Obscura: Volume 1 #1–6 Volume 2 #1–6 Seven Soldiers: Bulleteer #1–4 Civil War: X-Men #1–4 Ultimate X-Men #77, 79–80, 84–88 Young X-Men #1–5 X-Men: Manifest Destiny #3: "Abomination" Wolverine: Origins #31–32: "The Family Business" Uncanny X-Men #512: "The Origins of the Species" The Amazing Spider-Man #605: "Red-Headed Stranger: Epilogue — Chapter Three: Match.con" Wolverine: Weapon X #6–9: "Insane in the Brain" X-Men: Legacy #234: "The Telltale Heart" Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #3: "The Bones of Bristol Bay" Batman Incorporated v1 #1–3, 5 Swamp Thing #1–3, 5, 7–9 13–14, 16, 18 Gambit #20 Marvel Comics Presents #10 Ultimate X-Men #81–83, 89 Marvel Spotlight: Dark Reign Uncanny X-Men Annual #2 New Mutants #3 Dark X-Men: The Confession Age of Heroes #3 Dark Wolverine #90 Knight and Squire #1–6 Superman v1 #705 Batman Incorporated v1 #1–5 Swamp Thing #1–18 Yanick Paquette at the Grand Comics Database Yanick Paquette at the Comic Book DB Yanick Paquette at DeviantArt Yanick Paquette at ComicSpace St.
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Top 10 (comics)
Top 10 is a superhero comic book limited series published by the America's Best Comics imprint of Wildstorm, itself an imprint of DC Comics. Written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Gene Ha and Zander Cannon, the series details the lives and work of the police force of Neopolis, a city in which everyone, from the police and criminals to civilians and pets, has super powers and colourful costumes; the series led to the production of several spin-offs. The story revolves around the day-to-day lives of the police officers at the 10th Precinct Police Station and is similar in tone to classic television police dramas like Hill Street Blues, which Moore has described as an influence; the book addresses a wide range of prejudices and issues, but with a science-fiction twist. The series includes visual "sight gags" relating to the genre. For example, a caped street-corner watch-vendor uses a cardboard sign advertising "signal watches", a hot-dog vendor cooks his wares with heat vision. One plotline involves a boy-band called Sidekix whose hit single was called "Holy Broken Hearts".
Most advertising and graffiti in the Top 10 universe contains references to the world of comic books and super powers and crowd scenes feature many characters from sci-fi and comic books. The primary Top 10 series was a 12-issue series between 2000 and 2001. Follow-ups included 2003's 5-issue mini-spinoff Smax and 2005's graphic novel Top 10: The Forty-Niners. 2005 saw the publication of a 5-issue mini-series, written by Paul Di Filippo and illustrated by Jerry Ordway, titled Top 10: Beyond the Farthest Precinct. In 2008-2009, another 4-issue series, Top 10: Season Two, was written by Zander Cannon and Kevin Cannon, with art by Gene Ha. A single issue'Special' set'Two weeks' was produced. Fresh from the academy, Robyn "Toybox" Slinger is headed for her first day on the job at Precinct 10, home of Neopolis' finest. Despite a cold reception from her new partner Jeff Smax, Robyn helps with investigating the scene of a homicide in the robot ghetto, Tin Town; the dead man, Stefan "Saddles" Graczik, leads the police to a known drug factory, headed by none other than Professor Gromolko, an original architect of the city.
When a telepath is brought in to interrogate the evil scientist, the drug peddler shoots himself with Dust Devil's pistol. The next day, Shock-headed Pete and Dust Devil discover the body of a local prostitute with her head severed, indicating the horrific "Libra" killer is back. Elsewhere, Detective Synaesthesia gets the idea to use zen taxi driver Blindshot to track down Marta "Boots" Wesson and associate of Saddles. Boots reveals. At the museum hideout where Boots and Saddles had been staying, a metal canister is found containing some unknown, radioactive drug. Back at the station and Peregrine interview Annette "Neural'Nette" Duvalle, a prostitute, able to survive an encounter with Libra, she leads Hyperdog and Peregrine, along with Dust Devil, Shock-headed Pete and Jack Phantom, to the sewers near where she encountered her attacker. The police are able to arrest Libra, revealed to be former "science hero" M'rrgla Qualtz, an alien shapeshifter who assumed her natural form to feed during her metamorphic period.
After Qualtz's arrest, several of her former Seven Sentinels teammates come to give her their support, as well as political and legal aid. As she professes her innocence, Qualtz continues to use her telepathic powers to try and trick officers into freeing her from captivity. Meanwhile, King Peacock travels to Grand Central, a parallel dimension where the Roman Empire never fell and is filled with countless Roman myth-based creatures, it was here that Saddles was to deliver the drug, but before Peacock can investigate anything, he is drafted into an inter-precinct gladiatorial contest due to a seeming bureaucratic oversight. Though he is victorious, King Peacock despairs that he had to assault and kill fellow law officers. Smax and Toybox are called to the scene of an apparent suicide, only to discover the victim, a sidekick boy band star, was murdered. Back at headquarters, the precinct welcomes Commissioner Ultima, visiting from Grand Central for an inspection. Detective Synaesthesia's special senses reveal that Ultima was involved in the drug dealings having King Peacock placed in the competition to keep him from investigating.
Ultima goes berserk in resisting arrest, killing Girl One, M'rrgla Qualtz and injuring Toybox before she can be brought down by forcibly giving her the drug and causing her to overdose. In the aftermath of the commissioner's attack, Joe Pi from Precinct 9 is transferred to replace Girl One. Despite the antagonism against Pi, both for the place he occupies and his "Ferro-American" heritage, he establishes himself as a capable policeman. After some digging and Jack Phantom discover that Glenn "Bluejay" Garland, the murdered pop star, was connected to the Seven Sentinels, he was about to sell his life story just before being killed, investigation into his and M'rrgla's past with the Seven Sentinels reveals the dark secret behind the group: the Seven Sentinels are not a superhero group, but a pedophile ring, having faked all of their famous battles and used the Young Sentinels as sexual slaves. M'rrgla's old newsre
Promethea is a comic book series created by Alan Moore, J. H. Williams III and Mick Gray, published by America's Best Comics/WildStorm, it tells the story of Sophie Bangs, a college student from an alternate futuristic New York City in 1999, who embodies the powerful entity known as Promethea whose task it is to bring the Apocalypse. Published as 32 issues from 1999 to 2005, the series has been re-published into five graphic novels and one hard-back issue. Moore weaves in elements of magic and mysticism along with superhero mythology and action and the afterlife and science-fiction. Promethea includes wide-ranging experimentation with visual styles and art. In the 5th century AD, a Christian mob threatens the home of a magician in Hellenistic Egypt, he tells his daughter Promethea to flee into the desert, hoping the gods of the ancient world will preserve her. The story shifts to New York City in the late 20th century. Sophie Bangs is hoping to interview a woman named Barbara Shelley for a college paper on "Promethea", a character who seems to recur in literature and pop culture through the centuries.
Shelley warns, "You don't wan na go looking for folklore. And you don't want folklore to come looking for you." After departing, Sophie is attacked by a creature known as a Smee. Just as things look bleakest for Sophie, she is rescued by Barbara, who has mystical powers and is now dressed as Promethea, she informs Sophie that the only reason she would be attacked is if someone suspects she will become the next vessel for Promethea. It turns out that Promethea is called to the world when someone uses their imagination to make her real; as they hide from the pursuing Smee, the weakened and fatally injured Barbara instructs Sophie to write a poem about Promethea hoping Sophie is indeed the successor and the creative expression is a way to get Sophie in the correct state of mind to allow herself to become Promethea. Barbara's idea works and from that night Sophie, having defeated the Smee, becomes the next Promethea; the story continues with Sophie/Promethea learning about Promethea and the previous individuals who have in the past been the vessels for Promethea.
In the days that follow, the hospital where Barbara lies is attacked by demons, an act that leads to Barbara's death. This motivates Sophie to learn more about magic and the Tree of Life and its spheres in order to find Barbara and help her seek Steve Shelly, Barbara's dead husband. Throughout their climb up the spheres of Tree of Life Sophie/Promethea and Barbara encounter difficulties such as imprisonment by the demon Asmodeus, as well as meeting figures such as Sophie's father Juan, Barbara's guardian angel Boo Boo and Promethea's father, who she has not seen since his murder in 411 A. D. Barbara and Steve find each other and are re-incarnated as twins. Having been gone a whole summer, Sophie is unaware the FBI has been tracking Promethea, want to take her into custody for the events Promethea has caused throughout the years. Moments before the FBI arrives, Sophie's mother instructs her to run away. Three years pass and Sophie, having abandoned her duties as Promethea, hides in Millennium City under the alias Joey Estrada with new boyfriend Carl.
However, after being found by the FBI and Tom Strong, Sophie reluctantly becomes Promethea and in turn carries out one final task. The series has been both criticized for acting as a mouthpiece for Moore's philosophical views and praised for the beauty of its artwork and innovation regarding the medium itself. Regarding the first claim, the series is, by Moore's own admission, didactic: "there are 1000 comic books on the shelves that don't contain a philosophy lecture and one that does. Isn't there room for that one?" While the Kabbalah story arc, the positive explanations of Moore's philosophy explicitly explain, talking-head style, the symbolism behind the details of every plane of existence, Promethea contains critiques of materialism which are much more subtle. The material world is portrayed as having become immersed in commercialism, fetishism of science, trendy postmodernist-chic. Moore uses a recurring series of billboards, fictional celebrity references, other advertisements and/or news similar to his seminal 1980s miniseries, Watchmen.
As suggested by the title Promethea, which implies the feminine version of the mythological Prometheus, the title participates in the subgenre of feminism in superhero comics. In making his lead character an aspiring poet whose words conjure the malleable form of a literary goddess—as well as the non-linear narratives and references to literary theory and alternative philosophies—Moore's thematics are aligned with the countercultural theory and politics of Écriture féminine. Subjects dealt with in this series include the tarot and Hermetic Qabalah; the comic is laden with mythological mystical symbolism, drawing in many religious and cultural references. Real people who appear in Promethea include Aleister Crowley, John Dee, Austin Osman Spare, John Kendrick Bangs. In January 2018, DC Comics, the owner of the America's Best Comics / Wildstorm imprint, introduced Promethea into its mainstream continuity by way of the comic Justice League of America #24; the controversial storyline involved Promethea assisting various superheroes in fighting a villain called the Queen of Fables.
Artist J. H. Williams III is reported as having no prior knowledge of the introduction of the character into DC Comics
The Fighting Yank is the name of several fictional comic book superheroes. The initial comic-book character called Fighting Yank first appeared in Nedor Comics' Startling Comics #10, during the period fans and historians call the Golden Age of comic books, he was created by artist Jon L. Blummer. Artwork was produced by Jack Binder's studio, by Elmer Wexler. Fighting Yank was created during World War II as a patriotic hero similar to the Shield and Captain America, he was one of Nedor Comics' more successful characters replacing Captain Future in Startling Comics. In September 1942, Fighting Yank received his own title, billed by tagline as "America's Bravest Defender". Fighting Yank appeared in America's Best Comics until that series was canceled in 1949. Bruce Carter III obtained his superhuman powers when the ghost of his ancestor Bruce Carter I, a hero from the American War of Independence, appeared to him and showed him the location of a magical cloak that could give the wearer invulnerability and super strength.
Only Carter III's girlfriend, Joan Farwell, knows of his dual identity. Along with this magical cloak, Fighting Yank's outfit included a tri-corner hat, square buckles, an American flag on his chest, a white shirt, blue pants; the 1940s precursor of Marvel Comics had a character named Fighting Yank who made a single appearance in Captain America Comics #17, in the story "The China Road", by writer-artist Jimmy Thompson. This Fighting Yank was American espionage agent Bill Prince, who fought Japanese agents in China under the code name Fighting Yank. Apart from a mention in the modern day U. S. Agent mini-series and unfinished All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes miniseries, he has not been seen since. AC Comics reprinted some of the Nedor Comics' Fighting Yank adventures beginning in 1994; the company briefly revived the character, who made some appearances in the series Femforce before being killed in Femforce #35. On, in issue #71, the Golden Age hero known as the Hood was murdered, Bruce Carter III's spirit was brought back to inhabit the Hood's body.
With the help of Reddevil, Carter designed a new costume based on his old outfit, the Hood's. In 2001, the company launched a new series. Set in 1950s America, it found Fighting Yank and sidekick Kid Quick defending the U. S. from Cold War Communist enemies. The stories were written and drawn by Eric Coile in a style the creator said was an homage to Captain America and Fighting American co-creator Jack Kirby. Fighting Yank's costume was changed to resemble Fighting American. Writer Alan Moore revived the original Nedor Comics Fighting Yank, Bruce Carter III, along with other Nedor characters that had entered the public domain, for his series Tom Strong, on the DC Comics imprint America's Best Comics. In Tom Strong #12, he revealed the Fighting Yank as a member of SMASH, a superhero group, placed in suspended animation after an alien invasion from the Moon in 1969. Awakened 30 years Fighting Yank joined his former comrades against those extraterrestrials. In the fight against the aliens, he was killed while trying to protect Carol.
Tom Strong #11 revealed that when Carol Carter had reached adulthood, she had gained the same powers as her father, joined him in his fight against evil. In 1969, the two were placed in suspended animation alongside other members of the superhero team SMASH, were awakened 30 years later. Carol lost her powers. With the disbanding of SMASH, she became a teacher. Moore's Terra Obscura spin-off series revealed that Carter III's spirit remained on Earth, but was unable to be seen or heard. SMASH returns to action when the planet is threatened by hero-turned-villain Mystico. Acting on a suggestion from the Green Ghost, Carol tries on her late father's tri-corner hat; this allows her to see the ghost of her father, who gives her his mystical cloak, bestowing his former powers upon her once more. Bruce Carter III now aids Carol just as Bruce Carter I had done for him. Uncomfortable with the name Fighting Yank, since it was her father's identity, Carol decided on the hero name of "Fighting Spirit", she entered into a romantic relationship with fellow superhero Ms. Masque.
Dynamite Entertainment announced in 2007 that Fighting Yank would be the protagonist among several public domain Golden Age characters appearing in the comic book series Project Superpowers, by writer Jim Krueger and cover artist and co-plotter Alex Ross. During World War II, The Fighting Yank was ordered to retrieve Pandora’s Box from the clutches of Hitler. Under orders by the government and his ancestor's ghost, the Yank has to trap not only the evils of Pandora's Box, but his fellow superheroes. Decades after accomplishing his mission, Bruce Carter III, now an old man, is confronted by the American Spirit, who chastizes him for his actions. Carter realized that his actions have only allowed evil to flourish instead and Bruce Carter I had manipulated him so as to free himself from the curse, set out to free his former teammates. Fighting Yank is mortally wounded in a battle; as he died, the Yank took on his ancestor's curse and became a solid ghost. This allowed him to arrive in time to save the other heroes.
Yank arrives to empower the Green Llama, allowing him to destroy the F-Troops. Mego Toy Company released; the toy line was dropped in the 1960s. The right
Gene Ha is an American comics artist and writer best known for his work on books such as Top 10 and Top 10: The Forty-Niners, with Alan Moore and Zander Cannon, for America's Best Comics, the Batman graphic novel Fortunate Son, with Gerard Jones, The Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix, among others. He has drawn Global Frequency and has drawn covers for Wizard and Marvel Comics, he was awarded the 1994 Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award, won four Eisner Awards, in 2000, 2001, 2006, 2008. Gene Ha was raised in South Bend, Indiana. According to Ha, his parents were well-educated Korean immigrants whose aspiration was that their three sons would obtain prestigious degrees and enter corresponding careers. Gene was the most introverted of his brothers, a "geek" who sought out escapist fantasy through comic books. Whilst his siblings displayed impressive artistic talent, they lacked the patience to sit for hours on end applying themselves to illustration. Ha notes parallels between his generation of Asian-American comics artists and the generation of Jewish creators from the 1930s, both of whom were children of immigrants struggling to fit into America.
Ha cites as his influences numerous creators from the 1980s, such as John Byrne, Frank Miller, Bill Sienkiewicz, Walter Simonson, Alan Moore, most Matt Wagner, whose Mage series Ha says is still "epic" to him, its main characters "personal archetypes". Ha took few classes in art, as he was only interested in drawing as a means of creating comics, South Bend offered little in the way of education in realistic drawing, he began to understand graphic arts when working on his high school newspaper, The Clay Colonial, winning the Most Valuable Staffer Award, unusual for an artist. After high school, Ha attended the College for Creative Studies. In his last semester he sent drawing samples to Marvel and DC. Although he received a harshly critical response from Marvel, DC was interested and sent him a sample script. Ha's first published comics work was in Green Lantern vol. 3 #36, whose story, "The Ghost of Christmas Light", was written by Gerard Jones. He would draw a number of comics for DC and Malibu Comics, did work for Marvel as well, illustrating the 1994 miniseries The Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix, which documented the childhood of the character Cable.
He would draw that miniseries' sequel as well. Ha was one of the artists on the Shade limited series, he would subsequently illustrate a number of different properties for various publishers, including Aliens: Havoc, Superman, JLA Annual, which included interiors and cover work. In 1999, he began illustrating Top Ten, one of the series of Alan Moore's America's Best Comics imprint for Wildstorm, he would draw that series' twelve issues which ran until late 2001. Moore and Ha collaborated on the Top 10: The Forty-Niners graphic novel prequel published in 2005. In 2002 Ha wrote "The Stronghold", an Iron Fist story published in Marvel Knights Double Shot #4, which represented his first published comics writing. In 2006, Ha was set to serve as artist on the first four issues of a relaunch of Wildstorm's The Authority, with writer Grant Morrison. Ha drew two issues, but the project stalled after the second issue, as DC needed Morrison to concentrate his efforts on Batman rather than on Wildstorm projects.
In a December 2013 interview, Ha announced a sabbatical from work-for-hire comics and expressed his desire to focus on creator-owned projects. In June 2015, Dark Horse Comics selected for publication Ha's creator-owned series Mae, which Ha funded through the crowdfunding website Kickstarter; the Mae fundraising campaign, for a 68-page Mae graphic novel written and illustrated by Ha, launched on April 24, reaching its $22,000 goal in 36 hours, concluding with a total of $75,643. The book, will be published as an ongoing series rather than as a graphic novel. A portal fiction story, it depicts sisters Abbie and Mae reunited following Abbie's disappearance eight years earlier into a fantasy world of monsters, who have followed her back to her world in pursuit of her; the series holds a 7.8 out of 10 rating at the review aggregator website Comic Book Round Up, based on 35 reviews. Once Ha obtains a script, he makes "tiny" thumbnail sketches of each page, makes layout sketches on reduced copies of comic art board, two per page.
It is at this stage. Though he says about 90% of his artwork are done without photo reference, he will sometimes photograph his friends posing as the central characters, or use a full length mirror to draw himself, he renders minor characters from his imagination. Irrespective of how much sunlight he has on a given day, he prefers to use a 500W incandescent photo lamp, though he believes a 500W halogen lamp is adequate, he prefers to use a lead holder with H lead for sketching, 2B lead for shading, which he sharpens with a rotary lead pointer, believing that such leads can be sharpened better than a traditional pencil. He blows up a scan of each page layout to 8.5" x 11", draws "tight" pencils on top of these, which are scanned and printed on 11" x 17" inkjet paper in faint blue line. He prefers Xerox paper because he feels that the surface of marker paper tends to get smudgy or oily; when modifying art in his computer, he uses Photoshop. To effect his current ink wash style of shading and inking, he uses a variety of warm grey Copic markers with wide and brush tips, in particular a 9W Copic Sketch brush marker.
For outlines and precise shading effects he will use a variety of pencils, most notably a 2B pencil, for highlights and corrections, he will use white chalk pencils and white gouache paint. He u