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I’m Beau Smith, your only true friend. Here at The  Flying Fist Ranch you’ll find all the latest info about my writing career in graphic novels,  comic books, pop culture and entertainment. You can check out all of my past work or be the first to find out what new writing  crimes I’ve committed. Most all of the thoughts here at The  Flying Fist Ranch are mine, so you’ve got nobody to blame but me if you read something you don’t quite agree with. After all… if everybody in the world agreed with me it would be almost darn near perfect. (Twisted, but perfect.)

I hope you enjoy your vist, as always, if you have any comments or questions, just let me know.

Your amigo,

Beau Smith

The Flying Fist Ranch

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IDW Entertainment And Entertainment One Television Bringing Secret Service DramaCobb To Television
Thania St. John Writing the Pilot and Serving as Showrunner

Los Angeles/San Diego, CA (Oct 8, 2014) – IDW Entertainment and Entertainment One Television (eOne Television) announced today that Secret Service drama COBB is being developed for television under their first-look co-production agreement.

COBB is being developed as a television series and is based on the acclaimed IDW Publishing property written by Beau Smith. Veteran television writer and producer Thania St. John (Covert Affairs, Chicago Fire) is writing the pilot and will serve as showrunner on the series.

COBB is a conspiracy thriller following Frank Cobb, a top ranking Secret Service agent, whose life gets turned upside down when he is removed from active duty after stumbling onto a deadly conspiracy at the highest global level. He must win back his reputation and save the newly elected President of the United States.

“There is no margin for error when guarding the President of the United States, but the men and women of the Secret Service are only human, as we’ve learned this week” said St. John.  “This show explores how one agent’s heroism – or mistake - can affect global security.  And how a conspiracy at unthinkable levels can exist, even in an era of total surveillance and transparency.”

Smith said, “The best protection the President can have is courage…and Cobb. I look forward to seeing this courage and Cobb come alive in this new television series based on my character.”

Executive Producing the series are Ted Adams and David Ozer from IDW Entertainment, John Morayniss, Michael Rosenberg, and Benedict Carver from eOne, and David Alpert and Rick Jacobsfrom Circle of Confusion (Walking Dead).

COBB is a thrilling project with shocking twists and turns, and we are excited to build on our collaboration with our partners at IDW Entertainment, who not only have unmatched access to a goldmine of properties with international appeal, but also an immensely talented team with whom to produce and bring these projects to life,” said Morayniss, CEO, eOne Television. “Thania has an amazing track record and we are so pleased that she is on board.”

“Thania is a highly accomplished writer/producer, bringing a wealth of information about the Secret Service,” said Ozer, IDW Entertainment President, “COBB brings viewers inside the inner workings of this top government agency.”

IDW Entertainment and eOne Television entered into a partnership in April 2014 to co-develop, co-fund and co-produce television series based on IDW’s extensive library of over 300 original properties, with the intent of securing direct-to-series commitments for network and cable television. The companies will jointly represent the U.S. network sales, and eOne will be responsible for the international distribution of programming.

About Entertainment One (eOne)
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE: ETO) is a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content. The company’s comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Spain, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea. Through established Entertainment and Distribution divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, family programming and merchandising and licensing. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 35,000 film and television titles, 2,800 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.

Through strong relationships with broadcasters and content providers, eOne Television International has successfully sold eOne’s original and third-party productions to over 500 broadcasters in 150 countries, including key US networks and international pay TV channels.

About IDW Entertainment
IDW Entertainment launched in November 2013 to fund and develop film and television properties based on IDW’s extensive catalog. The division is currently in development on a slate of properties including Chuck Dixon’s epic Winterworld, being developed with Xbox; V Wars by New York Times best-seller Jonathan Maberry with writer/executive producer Tim Schlattman (Dexter, Smallville); action packed comic series Pantheon with co-creator Michael Chiklis (The Shield); Life Undead, with showrunner Paul Zbyszewski (S.H.I.E.L.D., Hawaii Five-O, Lost); and Brooklyn Animal Control, based on the darkly thrilling comic from writer/director J.T. Petty (Splinter Cell, Hellbenders). IDW also has several active theatrical projects in development: Lore, at Warner Bros. with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson set to star; World War Robot, with Jerry Bruckheimer producing at Disney and Jon Spaihts writing the screenplay; and Zombies vs. Robots, at Sony with Platinum Dunes and Circle of Confusion producing.

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Jun 16 2014

Beau Smith’s Wynonna Earp and Cobb, Both Optioned For Television.

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Beau Smith’s Wynonna Earp and Cobb Optioned For Television.
Supernatural And Real Crime Unleashed.
At TriCon Comic Convention in his hometown of Huntington, West Virginia, (Same hometown of Craig Johnson of Longmire fame) Writer and creator of Wynonna Earp and Cobb, Beau Smith, announced that both of his graphic novel properties have been optioned for TV by IDW Entertainment.
Click the link below for more information on this announcement and to see who’s to blame for unleashing Beau Smith’s creative madness on the masses:
http://www.herald-dispatch.com/features/x243855959/Beau-Smith-announces-books-optioned-for-television

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May 20 2014

Forget Godzilla, It’s The Evil Aliens You Need To Watch Out For.

Posted by Beau Smith in Beau's Manly Thought of the Day

by Beau Smith

I have a deep love for all of those great, and not so great, alien invasion movies from the 1950s. Most had that wonderful influence, if you can call it that, of the H-Bomb and the A-Bomb, not to be confused with today’s F-Bomb, not to mention the Cold War.

As a kid growing up in the 1960s, I caught most of those movies on TV. Every Saturday night our local TV station would run “Chiller Theatre”, complete with a local host. I’m sure almost all of you had something like that in your area as well. I always heard that the Los Angeles area really had great ones. Like I said, I had a great admiration for the monster movies, but I truly loved the alien invasion films. You just never knew what was going to step or slither out of one of those flying saucers or space ships. You also never knew their intentions, but you kinda figured and hoped they were bad, so our U.S. military could fire machine guns, bazookas, missiles and bombs at them. It was even better when national monuments and cities were destroyed in these all out fights. As a kid, I would play these themes out in my front yard with my bag of army men, dinosaurs and myHorrible Hamilton Invaders. Only on late night TV could you see such classics as Howard Hawks’ The Thing From Another Planet, Invasion Of The Saucer Men, Mars Needs Women, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, Killers From Space, Invaders From Mars, Not Of This Earth and This Island Earth. To a kid like me, this was some of the best TV time ever.

Later, as I grew into what passes as an adult, I found the same love affair with direct to video action and sci-fi films of the 1980s and early 90s. In my opinion, it wasn’t a really great action movie if it was released in the theatres; it had to be available only on VHS tape or shown on HBO at like 3 in the morning. I can still remember what fun it was to hunt down direct to video tapes at the local Blockbuster and mom & pop video stores that were on every corner. The lower the budget, the more fun the film was. Action, adventure, martial arts, sci-fi and horror films were king during this period. So many bad actors made so many good movies. No storyline was too over the top, it was real creative freedom with films like Drive, Back To Back, The Immortals, Top Of The World, White Tiger, Blood Guns, Guts and Octane, Crossworlds, Firepower, Automatic, Blackout, Phase 4, Dark Breed, The Elite, Acts Of Betrayal, High Voltage, and Project: Shadowchaser. These are just a small few of the great/bad films that were churned out almost on a weekly basis.

Needless to say, it was always a dream of mine to combine the love for both of these cinematic genres/decades into a comic book series. In 1990 I got to make that direct to comic book dream come true in Parts Unknown.

Parts Unknown #1 The Original Series (Cover art by Brad Gorby & Tim Truman.)

In 1990 I was working as the VP of Marketing for Eclipse Comics. I had been there three years and had written a few things for them such as Dogs Of Danger and The Black Terror. At the time, publisher Dean Mullaney wanted to launch a line of comic books under the FX Banner that expanded the Eclipse line into comic books that would appeal to the film/TV audience as well as regular comic book readers. I pitched Parts Unknown as one of those books. It was accepted.

I had the plot, storyline, characters and the series mapped out. After all, I had been working on it since I was a kid playing in the front yard, With the infusion of the 80s direct to video action/sci-fi films, I was ready to roll. I just needed an artist. Not just any artist, the RIGHT artist.

I was attending a lot of conventions during this time for Eclipse Comics. I had the opportunity to look at a lot of portfolios and wrangle some talent for Eclipse. I kept my eye out for an artist that I thought would be the “perfect” choice for Parts Unknown. I came across a lot of really great artists, new and veteran that could fill the bill as far as talent, but had yet to really find the right one that “got” what I wanted to do with Parts Unknown. I had a lot of folks try out and do samples, again, their work was top notch, but they either took the feel of the book and story too seriously or just didn’t get the mix of 50s alien invasions and 80s action. After a while I thought I was going to have to settle on one of these artists and really hold their hand through the process of Parts Unknown, something I didn’t have time for. Then I went to Mid-Ohio Con the one year they had to move to a more remote and out of the way part of Ohio. The con went pretty good for it not being in its regular location, not quite as crowded, but still a good run of people. I can still remember it like it was yesterday, I was sitting at the booth, promoting Eclipse, handing out flyers and looking at portfolios, when this tall, thin guy with glasses and a beard comes up to me and asks me if I had time to look at his artwork. I said “Of course.” And he laid out his stack of art, Xeroxes, photos and even a couple hand-sculpted items that he had done.

Parts Unknown: The Ad From Diamond Previews.

First thing that I was taken by was the vast variety of mediums that he presented that he had worked in; comic books, animation, toy and figure design, painting, and just about any other form of creativity that you could think of. I saw dinosaurs, aliens, beautiful women, westerns, military, funny animals, you name it. The bulk of his work was something that I didn’t miss either, naked women. He could see that and bashfully said, “Most of my recent stuff has been underground comics, in case you missed the lack of clothing.” I liked this guy’s dry sense of humor. The guy’s name was Brad Gorby (C. Bradford Gorby, check him out on Facebook).

The more I looked through his stuff and talked to him, the more Parts Unknown kept popping into my head. We ended up talking a long time. I told him about Parts Unknown and it was like talking to myself. Brad “Got” what I was talking about. In fact, he was able to finish thoughts of my own before we were done. It was great to talk to someone like-minded, who had seen the same monster movies and enjoyed them for the same reasons, who had read the same novels and comics that walked in the Parts Unknown path and had been influences.

Original Maria Lucci Character Designs by Brad Gorby.

I went over the main characters Maria Lucci, Pendleton Spurr, Sarah Lark, The Shark Tank and of course, the evil alien invaders-The Scalons, and I could see right then, Brad was already drawing them in his head. Needless to say, when I got back home, I sent Brad all the character sheets, reference photos, story outlines, background info on Parts Unknown and he started working on samples. I was stoked to see what he was going to turn out.

Very Early Scalon Designs By Brad Gorby

We spoke a lot on the phone, back and forth and at all hours of the night as Brad was working up art. It was one of the most fun creative times of my career. I hadn’t had that much fun since Flint Henry and I worked on The Dogs Of Danger. Needless to say, I was overwhelmed when Brad sent me copies of the art he had worked out. It was looking at stuff that Alex Toth worked up in a good mood, model sheets, character shots, designs of equipment, clothing, buildings, crafts, weapons, and so much more. I was just amazed at the amount of work he had done and how it looked like he pulled it all out of my head and put it to paper. Brad enhanced everything and added more layers of wonderment. It was like Christmas and I was opening up Horrible Hamilton Invaders, The Great Garloo, Captain Action, and G.I. Joe over and over.

Brad Gorby more than “Got” what Parts Unknown was about.

Just to give you, the readers not familiar with what Parts Unknown is all about, maybe this will help:

Unlike other stories of alien invasions, there is no time to “Watch The Skies!”

They’re already here.

Spurr Takes No Sassy Mouth From Scalons.

Scalons are ruthless reptile-like beings that are well versed in the dark art of rape, pillage and plunder. When DNA enhancement experiments on their home planet goes wrong and kills off the female Scalon race, the Scalon military and science leaders realize they need to seek out suitable replacement females that only the planet Earth can provide.

Earth was to be their new home, but like any new home it had to be furnished to satisfy and provide the twisted needs of The Scalons. The Scalons needed to create a new hybrid race of Scalons to rule this Earth they planned to conquer so they could call it their own…for good. To make this happen, Earth women would be captured, the Earth males would be skinned and used for enhanced DNA experiments, slave labor or just destroyed where they stood. There would be no resistance.

Spurr and Lucci Cutting A Scalon Down To Size.

Two members of an elite Chicago crime unit are going to do their best to make sure this doesn’t happen, those two are Maria Lucci and Pendleton Spurr, a couple of recovering alcoholic super SWAT members who could fall off the wagon and under the wheel at any time.

They are the only two things standing between Earth as we know it and a whole new world order of evil.

Lucci's Uninvited Party Guests.

That sounds pretty dark, doesn’t it? Well, some of Parts Unknown is, and you shouldn’t read unless you’re in a well lit room, but there are also characters and bits of humor that fans of 50s sci-fi and 80s direct to video fans will truly appreciate. Pendleton Spurr has the build of Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime and the attitude of Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon. He dreams of one day seeing his life on the silver screen and keeping bad guys from hitting him in the face so they won’t ruin his screen debut. Maria Lucci is a beautiful, punch first and never ask questions later woman, dedicated to ground and pound criminals into rehabilitation. When anticipating a major throw down (most of the time) she insists that Spurr hold her two false teeth so she won’t lose them.

"Damsel In Distress Fights Back!"

Sarah Lark is a former beauty queen turned news anchor as well as Spurr’s girlfriend…not to mention the apple of every Scalon’s eye. The have found she has the perfect DNA to be a prime breeder for their Hybrid program. As a damsel-in-distress, Sarah proves that she can be more than a handful when pushed and prodded too far.

The Scalons have their own cast of characters, some, like leaders Tragg and Lanson, are pure evil with ego to match, making them the more than perfect villains that you’d love to see defeated. Sleezmond and Robokk are the science leaders who aren’t happy unless they are dissecting humans and meshing their skin and organs to themselves. Harkons is a massive Scalon thug whose voice is like that of Curly of The Three Stooges and is about as smart. He wants to be every Earth woman’s bad prom date.

Special Promotional Art From Parts Unknown Series 1 and Series 2 by Brad Gorby.

The Shark Tank is a covert hit squad run by the D.A.’s office that joins up with Spurr and Lucci to Clorox-Wipe The Scalons off the surface of the planet. You won’t find a tougher bunch of head busters than The Shark Tank. One member, Duck Darden, finds it relaxing to sing the Debbie Boone song, “You Light Up My Life” when turning his WWII flame thrower on Scalons. The hulking Carl, enjoys going toe to webbed toe in battle with Harkons as they make collateral damage of anything in their way. The evil Tragg finds Lucci very sexy when she yanks out her front teeth, or “chewing studs” as he calls them. Needless to say, Parts Unknown is full of characters.

I never envisioned Parts Unknown to be mistaken for Neil Gaiman’s work or to win a Harvey Award, nope.Parts Unknown was always meant to be that B-Movie that you watched without guilt at 3 AM as you devoured a bag of Chili Cheese Fritos with chocolate milk. It’s the comic book you and your buddies read and steal quotes from.

Parts Unknown: Hostile Take Over #2 (2nd Series. Image Comics.  Art by Scot Eaton & Danny Miki)

Since 1990, Parts Unknown as had two different four issues mini-series, two trade paperbacks, a source book, a sketch book and has been published by Eclipse Comics, Knight Press, Image Comis, SkyStorm, and even a very limited run through Flying Fist Ranch Comics. It’s been sold here at Westfield Comics on numerous occasions and can be found digitally here.

Parts Unknown has surprised even me with its really hardcore following. After more than 20 years, a day does not pass without someone writing me about Parts Unknown. When I do conventions and store signings, it is still one of the most bought and signed comics at my table. I’ve had all sorts of Parts Unknown fan fiction sent to me, art samples and tributes and even customized action figures. I guess you could say I lead a Parts Unknown Cult.

Brad Gorby works for Disney down in Orlando Florida these days and has semi-retired from comic books. His days are busy designing all sorts of Disney stuff that you see and love. He also continues to customize and create incredible action figures, paints, draws and remains hyper creative. I hope that one day, Brad and I will team up once more and toss more Parts Unknown action at you and continue the invasion. I’ve got lots of stories and even a few yet unpublished Parts Unknown stories in the vault ready to be unleashed. I still look at submissions for Parts Unknown artists for future issues and stories, but again, as an artist, they will really have to “get” what Parts Unknown is all about.

Parts Unknown Trade Paperback (Cover Art By Brad Gorby)

All of the Parts Unknown stuff that has been published by Robert Hickey and the great folks at SkyStorm over the years, has been living and printed proof of their belief in Parts Unknown as a property worth reading. Robert Hickey has always backed Parts Unknown and made it a part of cutting edge publishing and entertainment. I cannot thank Bobby enough for all the work he does forParts Unknown on a daily basis.

I have to thank original Parts Unknown inker, the lateRandy Clark, for being such a rock solid inker and an inspiration. Randy is truly missed and as long as Parts Unknown is being printed, he will never be forgotten.

Here is some Parts Unknown Trivia for that you may or may not be aware of:

Maria Lucci and Sarah Lark Photo Reference.

** My friends and then co-workers at Image Comics, Kenny, Teresa, and Ronna were all Parts Unknowncharacter models for Spurr, Lucci and Sarah. They posed and acted out scenes for Parts Unknown in the Image Comics Office. Photos were by Mary Buxton and guns were provided by Matt Hawkins.

Pendleton Spurr and Sarah Lark Photo Reference

** I still have my original Parts Unknown notebook with all my original notes, ideas and sketches.

** I once vocally acted out the entire first issue of Parts Unknown, playing all characters, to fans at a store signing in the early 90s. I am so thankful there was no Youtube then.

** Over the last 20 years, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper has been the most suggested in the casting of Pendelton Spurr, and still is today.

** Brad Gorby has a Scalon named after him in the original mini-series—Gorblon.

** Brad Gorby came up with the “Billy Dee Williams On Steroids” Look of Scalon bad guy, Miles Lanson, in the second mini-series.

** I wrote the Parts Unknown Source Book: Killing Attractions in a 6 PM to 6 AM marathon one night.

Original Scalon Designs By Brad Gorby

** Brad Gorby designed all the alien equipment and weaponry for Parts Unknown the original series.

** Spurr’s 90s mullet is trademarked.

** I had Parts Unknown take place in Chicago because the Chicago Bears are my favorite football team.

Story Board Art From Parts Unknown By Brad Gorby

** Brad Gorby did great movie storyboards for Parts Unknown.

** There is a Parts Unknown Special, story by me, with art by Chris Ready and Bill Nichols that has yet to be published.

** There is an unpublished, 16 page wrap up to the original story by me, with art by Warren Martineck and Evan Quiring that has yet to see print.

** I had a meeting once at San Diego Comic Con with a well known female action start that wanted to play Maria Lucci in a Parts Unknown film. (Haven’t we all?)

Limited Edition Parts Unknown Promotional Retail Print. Art by Brad Gorby.

I want to thank you, the student of Beauology 101, for not falling asleep during this extra long edition of class. I appreciate it and hope that if you have not read Parts Unknown yet, that you will and if you had, then….tell your friends and maybe they will. Let’s keep Parts Unknown alive for another 20 years so I can make readers out of your kids and their kids.

Also, thanks got to my editor and alien wrangler, Roger Ash for letting me get away with so much internet space.

Your original Thing From Another Planet,

Beau Smith

The Flying Fist Ranch

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Feb 10 2014

Wynonna Earp: The Yeti Wars. Graphic Novel Review. Read & Heed!

Posted by Beau Smith in Beau's Manly News

As we battle with one of the most harsh Winter seasons we’ve had in decades, Wynonna Earp, covert U.S. Marshal for the Black Badge Division, also has her gloved hands full in the remote wilderness of Alaska.  She has chased down paranormal fugitives including a southern fired Dr. Frankenstein, Communist Yeti, Russian Immortals and the Vampire nation.  She’s got back up in the form of a team of kung fu Bigfoot that work for the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Needless to say, this is a graphic novel that you really need to read.

Wynonna Earp has recently been optioned for a TV series and noted Pop Culture reviewer, Ben Herman has reviewed my graphic novel, Wynonna Earp: The Yeti Wars to give you an idea just what you’re in for.

Bundle up, it’s gonna be a bit nippy outside:

http://benjaminherman.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/comic-book-reviews-wynonna-earp-the-yeti-wars/

Your frostbitten amigo,

Beau Smith

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Jan 17 2014

How To Buy And Enjoy Comic Books.

Posted by Beau Smith in Beau's Manly Thought of the Day

It doesn’t matter if you’re a life time comic book reader or a casual one, you need to know how to buy comics and most importantly, enjoy them.  I think I have a few tips and insights on the topic for you.  All you need to do is click and read, I’ll do the rest.

http://westfieldcomics.com/blog/interviews-and-columns/beauology-101-how-to-buy-and-enjoy-comic-books/

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Dec 17 2013

Today, I AM KING!! Beau Smith Est. 12.17.54

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Dec 11 2013

Superhero Q & A

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At one point or another, we’ve all had “earth shattering” questions that we wanted to ask fictional characters in comic books.  Most of us keep those questions in our heads so that regular folks won’t think we’re nutty, not me!  This week I ask those questions out loud and to the imaginary people that populate comic books and have for over 70 years.  Now is your chance to feel like a serial killer that has discovered like-minded psychopaths, read these questions, pretend they have answers and then ask your own.  Join my nutty world.

http://westfieldcomics.com/blog/interviews-and-columns/beauology-101-superhero-qa/

From the asylum,

Beau Smith

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Oct 28 2013

U.F.O. Sighting In Comic Books Today!

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Parts Unknown-The most guilty pleasure in comic books. Read a little about how this vile, violent, vessel of alien villainy all got started.  Just click on the link and enter Beau Smith’s Parts Unknown.  http://westfieldcomics.com/blog/interviews-and-columns/beauology-101-beau-smith-and-his-u-f-o-sighting-in-comics/

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Oct 22 2013

Promotional Comic Books On Parade.

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Promotional and Giveaway Comics At Their Best

As a comic book reader, collector and creator, I have always enjoyed the rare promotional comic books that publishers like Marvel and DC have produced from time to time. I especially enjoy the older promo comics from the early 1980s, when they popped up a lot. I was very lucky in those days to have friends working at both Marvel and DC that knew I enjoyed the hard-to-find promotional comics, and those friends would send me a handful of promos from time to time when they came out.

The comics were fun, action-packed, and contained solid story telling. There was always a sense of 1960s Saturday morning cartoon enjoyment that I found entertaining on a few different levels. The comics were created for all ages – and I truly mean all ages. They had oddball team ups of heroes and you never knew what bad guy(s) they would toss in. Here are a few just to give you an idea:

Good Guys: Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, Captain America, the X-Men, Spider-Woman, Storm, Power Man, the New Teen Titans with the Protector, Firestar and Iceman. One issue of courtesy of Marvel and the Dallas Times Herald newspaper, had Spider-Man team up with The Dallas Cowboys of the NFL in an all-out battle with The Ringmaster and his Circus Of Crime!

Bad Guys: Daddy Long Legs, King Rat and his Army of Mice, Kingpin, Dr. Doom, Magneto, Sandman, Dr. Octopus, Kraven The Hunter, the Beetle, SmokeScreen, the Enforcers, the Absorbing Man, the Rhino, the Wizard, the Enchantress, and the Trapster! Those are just a few of the great rogues that show up in these books.

The creative teams that they used were a true Who’s Who of solid professionals such as: John Romita, Sr., Marie Severin, David Anthony Kraft, Kerry Gammill, Mike Esposito, Stan Goldberg, Jim Salicrup, Jim Mooney, John Tartag, Alan Kupperburg, Rick Parker, Chic Stone, Johnn Costanza, Marv Wolfman, George Perez, Ross Andru, Joe Giella, Sal Buscema, Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Ed Hannigan, Al Milgrom, and many more.

My personal favorite of these is a 7 Eleven/Marvel issue where they teamed up Spider-Man, Captain America, the Incredible Hulk and Spider-Woman to battle the Enchantress, the Wizard, the Rhino and the Trapster. It’s a fun issue with the Wizard in love with the Enchantress, a really pissed off Rhino and the Trapster still trying to live down his original name of Paste Pot Pete. The issue is also filled with cool ads where you can order 7-Eleven/Marvel shirts, cups, posters and other such hard-to-find items. In fact, most of the issues do include ways to subscribe to Marvel & DC issues and local ads for the stores and companies that helped to sponsor these fun comics, folks like 7 Eleven, Acme & Dingo Children’s Boots, Foley’s, the American Cancer Society, Concentrated All Detergent, the President’s Drug Awareness Campaign, theChicago Tribune, Nestle Quik, the Kansas City Star, the Fight Against Tooth Decay, the Dallas Times Herald, Sanger Harris May D&F Stores, and more.

On the collectors’ side, I’ve seen these issues go for a pretty penny with retailers and dealers. I don’t know what the print runs were for these oddball comics, but since these were giveaways to non-traditional comic book reading crowd, I suspect that not very many of these were kept and put away. More than likely they were lost and thrown away, making the issues even that more collectable. I know I cherish mine and enjoy them to this day. I highly recommend them for your collection and hunt of oddball comics, promotional and giveaway comics are a whole sub-genre of collecting on their own. Join in and see what you can find.

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