The Year of the Superhero

Hello out there, folks.

Just came from a second viewing of Captain America: Civil War and I have to say I like it as much as I did the first time.

If you like superhero movies and TV shows like me, than you are happy because there is no end in sight for the genre with Suicide Squad, Dr. Strange, Thor 3, Spiderman: Homecoming on the way. Flash is still interesting after 2 seasons and Netflix will have Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and the Defenders on the way.

Having said that, we are at the halfway point of 2016 and I thought it would be cool to take a moment and pay a little homage to the year 1966.

Why 1966, you ask?

Well, if not for that year, we likely would not have the comic book big screen entertainment that we enjoy today.

I call 1966 the year of the superhero.

You always had comics. Superman began in 1938 for DC and Marvel really came on the scene 1961 with the Fantastic Four.

By 1965, you had all the biggies seeing print like Spidey, FF, Avengers, Batman, JLA, DD, Cap, Iron Man, X-Men, etc. Good stuff, but comics were still a small niche audience and by my parents recollection and other people I have interacted with from those days, quite a novelty.

Enter 1966

At least 90% of America had a TV in their homes and superheroes took over.

There were Marvel Superhero Cartoons during the week by Grantray-Lawrence that produced Thor, Hulk, Captain America, and Sub-Mariner. Now the animation was…um..terrible and it was basically filming comic book pages, BUT you at least could watch them.

.You had the Super 6, King Kong (yes, they made him into a cartoon) Superman and Lone Ranger.

Still not convinced about 1966?

There was the Mighty Heroes, the Impossibles, Frankenstein Jr, and perhaps the most entertaining of them all, Space Ghost strutting their stuff on Saturday mornings.

All of this opened the door to renewed interest in Manga/Anime.

Astro Boy, 8th man, Kimba, and Prince Planet had all debuted the summer of 65 but the interest was lukewarm. Only Kimba was in color.

Japan stepped it up and gave us two great live action (color) shows in 1966 called Ultraman and Space Giants. A quick note about Space Giants: Do yourself a favor and check it out. It had all kinds of drama and things did not always conclude by the end of the show. If you like Dr. Who, you might like Space Giants.

There was also Marine Boy, a kid with a special suit who could chew gum, breathe and talk underwater. He was also friends with a dolphin and a mermaid.

No kidding.

Remember the cheesy, but beloved Batman TV show with Adam West and Burt Ward? That was in 1966 too. Kapow!

Because of the success of 1966, the networks decided to ramp things up even more the following year. Speed Racer, the Fantastic Four (my personal favorite), Herculoids, Spiderman (artwork by the John Romita Sr!), Shazam (the genie, not Captain Marvel), Super President, Birdman, Moby Dick, Galaxy Trio, Mightor, Samson and Goliath, and Jonny Quest all premiered in 1967. Whew!

DC caught the fever and produced Green Lantern, Flash, Superboy (with Krypto) Atom, Hawkman, Aquaman, and Teen Titans, and the JLA.

People complained about too much violence and a lot of those shows went off the air by 1969-70, but the seeds were planted and we are reaping the benefits today.

A special thanks to Hanna Barbara, De Patie& Freleng, Grantray-Lawrence, Osamu Tezuka, Filmation, Terebi Doga, Terrytoons Company, Rankin & Bass, Eiji Tsuburaya. You guys made it happen.

Please let me know if left out any cartoons or shows!

Things for reading and I will talk to you soon.

Peace and goodwill to all.



Musings (and Ramblings) from a Comic Book Fan

The dust has settled on Batman vs Superman.

I am not here to say how bad or good the movie was. The general public has already spoken and the movie was not liked.

I want to talk a moment about the DC comic company on the whole.

There was a time when New Teen Titans and Legion of Superheroes was on par with X-Men. Green Lantern had some of the most memorable stories I have ever read.Justice League was pretty good back then too.

I have been a comic book fan/collector since the late 70s and I am convinced DC is  going to remain subpar unless they do a self inventory and go back to what made them good in the first place.

They have been second best to Marvel and to me they always will be. And if they are not careful, Valiant could push them for the number two spot.

Now it sounds like I am being hard on a multi-million dollar company but let’s take a moment and look at their spotty track record with a few quick points.

  1. DC cannot decide on the direction of their comics.  After Crisis on Infinite Earths, DC editors told the readers that everything they read prior to 1986 did not happen.  Characters like the Multiverse, Krypto,Superboy and Supergirl never existed and there was only one Earth. Huh? We were told this change was necessary because the stories were too confusing to readers. Uhh ok.  DC decided to bring everything back slowly over the years, invalidating what they had done before and erasing what Crisis was supposed to fix.
  2. DC has a continuity problem. How many times has DC hit the reset button since 1986? 4 times I believe. The origins of Hawkman are a jumbled mess Which version of Superman should I embrace? How about Flash or Green Lantern. Oh, and they are doing it again this May. Their whole line of books will be starting over from number 1 yet again.
  3. DC has iconic characters and fails to portray them properly. People fall over themselves over Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns series. I argue that story stripped what made Batman great and turned him into this evil, unfeeling Machiavellian genius. He has yet to be freed from that label.  You want great Batman? Check out Marshall Rogers or Neal Adams Batman from 70s and get back to me. Good (Wally West) Flash stories can be found by Mark Waid in the late 80s. Ron Marz knew what he was doing on Green Lantern in the 90s. Superman? John Byrne went out of his way to show weak Superman was and writers since then have been reluctant to make him all powerful and the inspiration to all other heroes like before. And can we stop this whole Batman beating him up thing? Every writer wants to do a Miller replay. I don’t get the Superman hate. Alex Ross or Alan Moore please take over!
  4. DC is not good at making films compared to Marvel. Explain to me how unknowns like Antman and Guardians of the Galaxy can be well received and DC cannot get Green Lantern right? Outside of hardcore comic fans, I doubt many people knew about Iron Man before 2008. I suspect the directors of DC movies are not true fans of the characters and that could be why they miss what makes them great. It is the only thing I can think of with after Batman vs Superman was such a swing and miss.

There is hope.

  1. The Flash tv show is a fun romp. Arrow is everything Batman should and could be. Legends of Tomorrow has promise. Supergirl…….well, never mind.
  2. The Suicide Squad movie could change the whole movie narrative. The execs are supposedly doing reshoots after the reviews from B v S. The trailers look good too. Maybe the negative press spur the DC execs the listen to the public and make the movies fun.
  3. Marvel is not perfect. Daredevil was forgettable. Spiderman 3 was a mess. The Amazing Spiderman 1 & 2 missed the mark completely. The Fantastic Four was horrific. The Marvel line of comics have gotten stale with the saturation of Avengers and X-Men books. And there was/is too much Wolverine.

The bottom line is I enjoy both companies and have no skin in the game as to who I want to be better. If both put out good products than it is a win for us all.

Ok, rant over. Thanks for listening.

Until next time.





Enemy of the Human Race

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A once young child of strong religious background and faith is now a man full of unparalleled malevolence.

Rex Talion is the great deceiver and he carries the mark of the Degans.  He is the Anti-Life for planet Earth, the third and final great evil foretold in Degan prophecy to pave the way for the most terrifying life-form the universe has ever spawned, the Discarded One.

The otherworldly allies Talion has gathered to set his plans in motion will stop at nothing to see the planet fall.

Hostis Humani Generis chronicles the loss of innocence, the deconstruction of an individual’s humanity and the creation of a madman.

The journey continues March 26 2016 on Amazon, Kindle, etc..

The Starry Messenger and the Enemy of the Human Race now walk the planet.

Earth is on the doomsday clock.

You have been warned!





Tips & Tidbits from an Indie Author

Hello out there.

I like to share information and any wisdom I collect to fellow authors out there.

San Diego just wrapped a free Writer’s Expo at University of Phoenix Campus. The Topics included :
● From Concept to Publisher—How a concept becomes a successful book
● All About the Voice—Writing that moves the reader
● Writing and the Law—What every author should know

There were a number of cool indie authors and publishers there. It was a way to talk to students about their writing ideas, and promote your own work.

I urge you, my brothers and sisters in the craft to look in your prospective city for such events and book yourself.

Last but not least, I want to thank, Mark Kvalvik for hosting, Antonio Vianna (Author of Secrets Kept Hidden & so many other books) for thinking enough about me to send me an invitation AND to my editor, Robyn Ramsey from Imprint Publishing for attending in my stead at the last moment.

I unfortunately had hernia surgery (sorry if TMI) and was not well enough to make it.

Thank you Robyn. I know you had to hand write your sign but your presence was oh-so- important!


Authors, if you need an indie publisher with a personal touch, I would recommend these folks.

Peace to all





Thank You Segilola Salami from a newly Published Author

Hello all.

On Friday (March 4 2016) I had the privilege of being interviewed by  Segilola Salami  on her podcast all the way from London.

She is quite a delight to talk to. And she is funny. It truly felt like an hour with a friend. She makes you feel relaxed while learning about your work.

I would encourage any new writers out there looking for more exposure, to contact her and schedule to be featured on her show.

Time to get back to the grind.

Hostis Humani Generis is due out in a couple weeks and I plan to be ready.

Until next time.

Be well.



The Anti-Life Manifesto (The Prequel to Book Two)

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My name is Rex Talion and I am going to destroy the world.
It is going to be just the opposite of that T.S. Elliot poem. The world is going to end with a bang, and I will be the one to fire the shot heard throughout the universe.

I am filled with hate.

Hate is the most powerful emotion of all, and the only one that matters in the universe. I have tapped into its energy, and I will use it to fuel my determination and my intellect.
I am the world’s richest man and I have supernatural allies who have the power to level a galaxy.
I have the means, motive, and opportunity and nothing is going to stop me.


When I was a child, the world tried everything in its power to kill me.
It began when my biological mother inexplicitly abandoned me at birth. For that reason I hate her without knowing her. I do not know where my real mother is, but it is of no consequence, because if she still lives, she will die alongside of everyone else on this planet shortly. It was because of her that I ended up living with Richard and Mary Thurmond, two of the most sadistic, abusive parents who ever existed.

The Thurmonds beat me every day until I bled. They locked me in my room day and night without heat in the winter or cool in the summer. I took my meals with no utensils and I was forced to use my closet as a toilet while they screamed obscenities at me from the other side of the door.

I wondered what I had done to them to make them so hateful toward me. I thought if I was so terrible, so evil of a child, perhaps I did not deserve to live. But I decided it was not up to me to take my own life. They were my parents. They gave me life (or so I thought at the time) and it was their right to end it.

The Thurmond’s must have been frustrated with me because I remained alive. Or maybe they thought I needed to suffer some more. It does not matter because they gave me my own personal servant.


This man introduced me to a different kind of suffering.

Calling that filth a pedophile does not do him justice. How many years did he use me as his own sex toy? It got to the point where I actually looked forward to his “visits” because I knew there I would get some relief from the daily beatings by the Thurmonds. When Stegman’s “love” became unbearable, I longed for the whippings from my so called parents again.

With nowhere to go, once I learned to read I turned to the only book allowed in my room.  I actually believed the things it said. The power of prayer. Miracles. God protecting the innocent and the weak. I waited for him to come down to rescue me from all the evil.

I waited and I waited.

Then I waited some more.

Nothing happened.

The pain and misery increased, but I endured. I endured and became stronger. Eventually my resolve and my strength caught the attention of the monsters that roam this planet.


They told me my life, my world, and the entire universe is built on lies. They told me the blurred lines between good and evil are only a matter of perspective. They told me there is no God. Only a power hungry being called Yar who pretended to be one. They told me I can use all the terrible things that happened to me and become the most powerful human who ever lived.

I believed everything they told me.

They gave me their mark and I set out to become what they said I could become.
It was not easy, but I perfected my mind and body. Fortunately, the Thurmond’s were billionaires and their money went to me after their deaths. With my wealth and assets, I did become the most powerful man who ever lived. But I could not let it end there. No.

There had to be more. I was too angry.

I still am.

This world has to pay for all the things it did to me. The abuse, the misery and the lies. I decided the cycle of life on this planet must end once and for all.
I learned there are more monsters out there than just the Degans, and many of them feel as I do. They, too, hate this world and want to see it end.
I have bonded with these beings and we formed a group.

The Quid Pro Quo.

Together we are going to destroy Earth.
But first, I am going to make every living soul on this planet feel as I did on those cold, dark nights, waiting for the next horrific thing to happen to me. They will look up at the sky for hope, but they will only see darkness. They will pray for a miracle and be greeted with death.

The beauty of all of this is many will recognize the things as they happen. They will open up to the last chapter in the bible and icy fear will overwhelm them. They will convince themselves that it will turn out good for them, that they will win in the end. They will clutch the book of lies as I once did as a child. The difference between me and them is that I will live. I will do what no other could. I will give the masses famine, disease, war, and when they cannot bear it any longer, when they are ready to peel the flesh from their bones to make it all stop, I will give them death with all of the malice I can muster.

They will die.

All of them. I will endure, and I will be their destroyer.

I have studied every great leader, conqueror, and despot who received the Degan mark in exhausting detail. I know them better than they knew themselves. Julius Caesar was generous to his enemies. Alexander the Great was the greatest conqueror the world had ever seen, but he openly desired peace. Genghis Khan failed to see the full picture. The man refused to spread his empire beyond Asia. Napoleon was a brilliant tactician who allowed his passions to be whipped up into such a frenzy that it ultimately led him to get careless on the battlefield. Adolph Hitler was charismatic and powerful but he craved positive reinforcement with every breath he took. He allowed his need for attention to fuel his paranoia and prejudice to unbalance his perspective.  All of it led to his undoing.  These insecurities and weaknesses are things that do not plague me.

I am strong where they were weak. Where they were strong, I am even stronger.
I have spent years perfecting my plan and it will be executed with subtlety and expert precision. And it will all be done from my office at Talion Industries.

I will use my wealth to aid the masses. I will gain their trust by solving the world’s petty problems. Poverty, unemployment, and lack of healthcare will become things of the past. The have-nots will begin to have. The disenfranchised will be a part of society once more.  All of this will thrust me into the limelight. The people will want to see me, hear me, and as much as I loathe it, touch me. They will want to know about me, my origins and my motivations for doing these things.  I will give them what they want and they will love me for it. They will give me awards and adoration which I will humbly receive.

All of this will be done in the light, while in the shadows I will be planting the seeds for their destruction.

I have begun to ally myself with all the greedy men throughout the world who seek power. I will make them even richer and they too will foolishly love me for it. Together we will form a power block that will eclipse any that has gone before.

It will be called the New World Quorum.

The Quorum will control the world’s commerce, economy, religion, and medicine. No country will be allowed to go to war without our permission. The flow of information through print and electronic media will be circulated by us. Nothing will reach the public that is not approved by the group.

The Brotherhood of Death, Freemasons, Mafias around the world, the Templars, and even the Second Vatican Council will have no choice but to fall in line under my leadership.

Those that do not will die. Anyone who gives the slightest hint of opposition will be eliminated. It is that simple.

They are only a collection of humans while I have the Quid Pro Quo and thousands of Degans at my disposal.

Two groups. The New World Quorum and the Quid Pro Quo. Both run by me. The one with humans will be used to control the world, and the other with the assemblage of monsters will destroy it.

I am aware of the special individuals charged with safeguarding this planet. The Quid Pro Quo has spoken often of them. Only they have the will and the might to oppose me. I have already developed a plan to remove them as a threat. They have no idea what I am doing and they will never see me coming until it is too late.

I will not fail. It has been preordained. I am the one in the Codex Gigas that fulfills the Degan prophesy. The third and final great evil. The human who will pave the way for the Discarded One.

The world will experience Nirvana and then the Great Divide. I will follow those events with the Day of Reckoning and the Twilight. Phase One will come to fruition by 2016 and will conclude with Phase Two in the year 2020.

Earth will not live to see another year after 2020. I am the anti-life for all those on the planet. I am death with a smile. The helping hand that carries a dagger, and after Earth is laying in smoldering ruins, I will unleash my hatred on the rest of the universe.


The story of Rex Talion continues in Hostis Humani Generis (Book Two of the Opportvnvs Adest series) scheduled to be released March 20, 2016.

Don’t you dare miss it.

You have been warned……..




David Gallie Indie Author Interview

A special thanks to David Gallie for allowing me to speak on such enjoyable topics.

Next up to take their place on the interview chair is indie author Ethan Howard. Read on to find out what makes him write:
Why do you write?
It is truly a passion. A great way to express myself and release that inner child. From the very first time I started putting words on the screen, I discovered how much I truly enjoy it. It always allows me to challenge myself mentally in ways I never thought possible. I have no plans of ever stopping.
When did you decide to become a writer?
I had come home from a tour in the Middle East. It was 2009 and I caught up on Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and reread short stories from the great Richard Matheson lying on the beach in San Diego. I wanted to try to be at least a fraction of the literary artist these men were/are.
What genre are your books?
Science fiction and fantasy.
What draws you to this genre?
There is a certain freedom with this genre. True escapism. You can explore several different concepts and get away with bending laws of physics and reality.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
It was my wife. She told me that it was time to stop talking and start doing. She said I had always been a man of action and decisiveness, so why hadn’t I done anything. I told her of some of my story concepts and she said, “Great. I cannot wait to read them.”
Do you write full-time or part-time?
I write part-time. After spending time with my family, I use late Saturday nights as my time to write.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
I have discovered that I am far better at night writing than the day. The later the better.
How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
I talk to other writers. I read their stories. I review them. By doing so, I have become better. I use the wisdom of others to better myself. There is so much good stuff out there, I feel I improve each time I read someone else’s work.
What have you written?
Tales of the Unexpected (an anthology of short horror stories) Published 2013.
Sidereus Nuncius (Book One of the Opportvnvs Adest series) Published October 2015.
Hostis Humani Generis (Book Two of the Opportvnvs Adest series) due out March 20, 2016.
Temet Nosce (Book Three of the Opportvnvs Adest series) due out April 20th 2016.
Finis Omnium Reum (Book Four of the Opportvnvs Adest series) due out May 20, 2016.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you?
I always work with an outline first. I have hand written notes with names and personalities of the characters. I also do research on any particular area of the world or subject I am writing on. I outline the chapters almost like scenes in a movie. I do this before I even start writing. I find it makes things much easier for me.
How do you market your books?
Social Media.
Book signings at local bookstores.
Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures?
I had a book launch party at a friend’s house. My wife is an excellent cook so she made the food and it was a smashing success.
Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in the future?
Absolutely. I feel that I should have done a better job on social media as I was crafting my first story.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Never, ever stop writing. Do not do it for money because it may not ever come. Do it because you love it. Be willing to accept criticism. Learn from it and do not let it deflate you.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he do that is so special?
At the heart of the Opportvnvs Adest story is a man called Quentin. In Sidereus Nuncius you learn he is from the stars with a mission to save the planet Earth. He is noble, thoughtful, and a warrior with restraint. It all sounds simple enough until things unfold and we see there is much more to this being than even HE imagined. Throughout the story, he is on a journey of self-discovery that will take him to dark places. The question to be answered is, can this powerful being return from the abyss and complete the task given to him?
Where do your ideas come from? 
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Greek/Roman/Norse Mythology
Grimm’s Fairy Tales
Twilight Zone
Outer Limits
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Stopping and going to bed.
What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
Patience. I know exactly where it is all going so I have to use patience getting there. Sometimes I just wanted to skip parts and get right to the revelations. There are many twists and turns to the story so it is important to leave the proper foreshadowing (or breadcrumbs) so the reader does not feel cheated.
Which writers inspire you?
Alan Moore
Richard Matheson
Ernest Hemmingway
Stan Lee
H.G. Wells
Ray Bradbury
Washington Irving
Henry James
I guess I should stop there.
What do you do to get book reviews?
I beg. Seriously, I ask on various media forums.
How successful has your quest for reviews been so far?
It has brought fair results. Folks who have gone to my books have put a few on Amazon and Goodreads. The sales far exceed the reviews. I am still searching for a better way.
What is the current book you are promoting? 
Sidereus Nuncius. Even though I want to say Hostis Humani Generis is due out in a few weeks.
Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
Quentin. I can relate to him on the level of having gone on missions for the military. I found myself questioning the purpose of it all but still loyal to the cause. Like Quentin, I did a lot of soul searching.
Who is your least favorite character and why? 
Rex Talion. He is pure evil and he just might be the worst bastard in the history of literature!
If your book were made into a movie, who would you cast? 
Quentin: Idris Elba
Regina Tate: Rachel Weisz
Rex Talion: Billy Zane
Dante Tate: Take your pick of a 12 year old (African American) male actor
What is your next project? 
The Anti-Life Manifesto. It is an 8-page story that leads directly to Hostis Humani Generis (Book Two of the Opportvnvs Adest series), which focuses on the rise of Rex Talion, the villain of the series. The Manifesto gives you a snapshot into the motivations of Rex Talion. It is written from Talion’s perspective and gives you a glimpse into the mind of this madman.
I just finished it up and have sent it out to people for free. The reaction I have gotten so far has been: “Holy crap! You weren’t kidding about Rex Talion! What a bastard!” It even shocked my wife.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why?
Heracles from Greek Mythology. He was fearless in the face of danger. He had a sense of honor and was uncompromising when it came to completing a task.
What one person from history would you like to meet and why? 
John F. Kennedy. He made such an impact on the world in a short time.
If there was one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be?
Homelessness. Everyone should have a safe haven to go to at the end of the day.
Who inspires your writing? 
The little boy in me.
Where do you come up with your stories? 
The wonderment of what is beyond Earth. I try to make sense of all the questions I have had since I was child.
Who is your favorite author? 
There are just too many to name. If am forced to give one, I will say Alan Moore.
What is one great lesson you have learned as a writer?
It is grind. If you want eyes on your book you have to hustle and even then there is no guarantee to getting a positive or negative response.
Tell us something unique about you
I listen to alternative and nu metal to write. Smashing Pumpkins, Godsmack, Deftones, Crossfade, CKY, Sevendust are just a few. Good stuff. Something about the music brings out the odd, creative side to me.
How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Come to my blog or email me directly. I enjoy dialogue on a variety of subjects.
Thank you for allowing me to share this with all of you. See you back here soon when I release the Anti-Life Manifesto for all to read.