Wednesday, April 25, 2018

NaNo my whatMo? (WIP Wednesday)


As April comes to a close, I am deep into my Camp NaNoWriMo project for the month. I kept it relatively simple this time around, aiming for 15,000 words over two short stories, just a bit higher than my average writing rate for the last few months. So far I've moved things along quite nicely with both tales.

I just wrapped a new Quadrant story. This one will start the second cycle of stories in that corner of the universe, and send the Brothers Morgan on a new set of adventures in more far-flung locales. It really did feel like visiting old friends again to create this one and I cannot wait as I start to cycle again between their tales and those of Lightweight over the next several weeks.

My other project remains un-talk-about-able, but it will hopefully appear in an upcoming Pro Se Productions book. Right now, I'm referring to it by its fancy codename (because who doesn't love fancy codenames?) FOXHUNT.

I have a couple other stories proposals in the works, but it looks like May will be spent with a lot of prep work on other projects.

Today's image, inspired by Quadrant member Kodiak's looking for love, is a classic internet meme very apt for our mutated bear hero! Image copyright, TheMetaPicture.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

It's almost time to fight the Good Fight again!


The latest entry from the fine folks at the Pen & Cape Society is now up for preorder! The Good Fight 4: Homefront brings 13 new stories by folks like T. Mike McCurley, Ian Thomas Healy, Jim Zoetewey, Christofer Nigro and a whole heck of a lot of other talented writers!

My personal contribution will be my third tale in the Second Life of D.B. Cooper. (Coop made his first appearance in The Good Fight 2: Villains.) As the focus on this book is on the family and homes of our heroes, this new story skips ahead twenty years from Coop's last appearance. Set in the early 2000s, it introduces his daughter, a young woman that inherited some of his own psychic abilities!

I think this will be a great addition to the Coop's developing life, even if it does skip past some of his other upcoming adventures. And of course, it is only one of thirteen stories. The full line-up also features Stephen T. Brophy, Samantha Bryant, Frank Byrns, Shielding Cournoyer, Adrienne Dellwo, Warren Hately, Palladian and Scott A. Story. For more on the upcoming book, please check out the Facebook event page.

Head over to Amazon and make sure to preorder the book before it launches on May 1st!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Cosplay Friday: Typhoid Mary

I've been very slowly working my way through the Ann Nocenti / John Romita Jr classic A Touch of Typhoid, the original appearances of Nocenti's greatest creation, Typhoid Mary. There's a decent amount of cosplays of the character out there these days, but so few of them focus on the classic Romita-designed costume which I still absolutely love. I don't know the identity of this cosplayer, but she nails the costume perfectly.

As always, you can check out a lot more great Cosplay pictures over on the Tumblr. And while you are admiring some great cosplay here, don’t forget to check out some of the other great stuff on Super Powered Fiction this week!


Thursday, April 19, 2018

Quadrant Handbook 4: The Claw

Art by Kent Archer.
THE CLAW

Real Name: Zhou

Occupation: Dictator

Marital Status: Unknown

Known Relatives: None

Group Affiliation: none

Base of Operations: Riccapoor

History: The man that became known as The Claw was born as Zhou in a small monastery in the hidden city of Shambhala. Banished from the city for his unyielding rage and endless ambition, he was lost in the hills of Tibet when he was trapped in the impact zone of a meteor.

He awoke four years later inside the crater as something no longer human. Yellow-skinned and with large ear ridges and a gaping maw filled with fangs, he found his fingers ended with deadly claws. He would eventually travel back to his homeland, the tiny island nation of Riccapoor, where he carved out a place as the ruler of the southeast Asian city-state. 

In the earliest days of the second World War, his evil came to the attention of several costumed heroes. He would battle the likes of Silver Streak and Daredevil as he set out to conquer the world or just wreak vengeance upon his enemies. At some point during the war, he captured Lady Fairplay and worked out a way to siphon off her powers. He used this means to create the villainous figure he dubbed Lady Foulplay. 

As the war blossomed across the world, he apparently left for space and the origin of his powers. But sometime after the war he returned to Earth and secretly conquered Riccapoor. He allowed the reigning prince to serve as a figurehead, so as not to attract the attention of the heroes he once fought. Daredevil didn't fall for the ruse. Unfortunately, Daredevil surrounded himself with "wives" all with the Lady Foulplay abilities. Together, they were able to capture him. He would stay a prisoner beneath Riccapoor for decades, unaging. The Claw would frequently torture him just for entertainment, but as the years passed and Daredevil gave up hope of freedom, he lost interest.

His rule may have never been challenged if not for the arrival of the time-lost heroes dubbed the Living Legends. London, Atoman and Black Owl all found themselves on Riccapoor at the same time. They teamed with a new female Silver Streak and the freed Daredevil, now calling himself The Coward, in a final battle with the insane dictator. Ultimately Atoman lit himself up and seeming erased the villain in a concentrated atomic blast.

In the aftermath, The Coward swore his arch-enemy still lived and it would just be a matter time until his evil returned.

Height: Variable

Weight: Variable

Eyes: Green

Hair: None. The Claw's entire mutated body is hairless.

Strength level: At human size, The Claw possesses enhanced strength that allows him to lift approximately ten tons. As he grows, his strength levels also rise. The limits of his strength as he grows remains unknown.

Known superhuman abilities: The Claw's greatest ability is his size-changing. He can grow from a normal human size to thousands of feet in height, the upper limit of which is still unknown.

The claws responsible for his namesake are exceedingly sharp. They thicken as he grows and by the time his height reaches 25 feet are as hard as pressed steel.

The Claw possesses an unknown level of training in sorcery. He has used magic to various effect in multiple encounters, but often in combat will revert to his height, strength and claws to battle his enemies.

Other abilities: The Claw was a highly trained martial artist as a human. He still possesses excellent combat prowess, though he rarely uses it, depending on brute force instead.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

My number is up!


I'm still deep into Camp NaNoWriMo right now, but that doesn't mean I'm not thinking about the products I am working on and have already produced. As part of the focus on a more coherent Quadrant Universe, I have officially started the numbering of the novels in the Quadrant Universe series. Now anyone on Amazon will quickly know which novels are full-fledged releases.

Now just because the series is numbered does not mean the novels have to be read in a specific order. In fact, at least one upcoming novel will be set significantly before the other novels so far. But I wanted to make sure everyone could easily see the novels in order and pick them up as they see fit.

Check out the complete list in numerical order below:

  1. A Dangerous Place to Live
  2. Living Legends: Old Soldiers
  3. Lightweight: Senior Year
  4. Epsilon
  5. Walking Shadows Book One
  6. Walking Shadows Book Two
  7. Lightweight: Black Death
  8. Lightweight: Beyond
Eight full length novels, all of which are of course supported by several dozen short stories you can read about more in the annals of this blog. But those eight titles are the core of the Quadrant Universe so far and they are far from everything I have to come! 

Stay tuned for more news in the coming days!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Great art: Nightwing by John Romita Jr

It's rare that the great art feature covers any art that is super-recent, but this Nightwing variant cover by John Romita Jr is way too good not to share!

As always, you can check out a lot more Great Art over on the Tumblr. And after you're done admiring some great art here, don’t forget to check out some of the other great stuff on the site this week!


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Best Character Ever: Speedball

Busy times with Camp Nanowrimo and a few side projects, so the Quadrant Handbook will return next week. For now check out this classic post about a favorite teenage hero... that might have been some inspiration for other young heroes I've created.


A 2008 commission by Darick Robertson.

I think every long time comic reader has one: the character or series you read from the beginning and became fiercely loyal too. I’ve talked to others about it before, with books like Darkhawk, Suicide Squad or Aztek getting nods. But for me it will always be Speedball.

Created by legendary Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko with assistance from Roger Stern, the book was originally supposed to be the first expansion to the New Universe line. But when it became quickly clear that the New Universe didn’t have the sales to justify new books, Marvel decided to make the character part of the regular Marvel U. You wouldn’t know it from his ongoing series which was set outside New York and never featured another Marvel character, but his first appearance did come as a team-up with Spider-Man and Daredevil during “The Evolutionary War”. (Which is a series that deserves its own entry here at some point.)

Speedball was Robbie Baldwin, a mild mannered kid living in Springdale, Connecticut. His mother was a soap star (in the same series Mary Jane Watson-Parker worked on) and his father was a lawyer. He possessed a kinetic force field that could absorb and reflect all force directed against him. Early on, this amounted to him bouncing around like a pinball a lot, but later he would develop plenty of tricks to redirect it effectively. The field came with a transformation into his Speedball form, complete with a vocal change that allowed him to hide his identity from his parents.

I followed Robbie through all ten issues of his ongoing series, but halfway through it was clear no one was buying into Ditko’s classic hero tales. When the series was canceled, the character could have easily fallen into limbo, but Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz saved him for a heroic teen team in the pages of Thor, the New Warriors. When the Warriors spun off into their own book, Speedball became a charter member, remaining one of only a few members to continue through multiple incarnations of the team.

Skottie Young's take on the classic team/
Robbie’s influence on Lightweight is obvious in the search to find a unique set of powers to give my young hero. Gravity manipulation might not be quite as off the wall (literally) as Speedball’s powers, but it certainly was out of the ordinary.

Speedball continues to lurk in the corners of the Marvel Universe, even after a terrible darker turn as Penance. He recently starred in a year long New Warriors series and it seems likely that he and his brethren will pop up in some way in the post-Secret Wars Marvel Universe. But for me, he will always be a young man struggling to find his place in the world and eventually finding it in a group of his peers.

Now if someone will finally get around to making the Speedball action figure happen...

Friday, April 6, 2018

Cosplay Friday: Valkyrie

I wrote the profile for Airboy this week, which made me look for Valkyrie cosplay. I didn't quite find the Valkyrie I was looking for however. But this great cosplay of Marvel's Valkyrie by the Maid of Might and photographer Manny Llanura certainly makes an amazing end to the week!

As always, you can check out a lot more great Cosplay pictures over on the Tumblr. And while you are admiring some great cosplay here, don’t forget to check out some of the other great stuff on Super Powered Fiction this week!


Thursday, April 5, 2018

Quadrant Handbook 3: Airboy

Every week, the Quadrant Handbook brings another profile of the wide-ranging characters of the Quadrant Universe!

Art by Nik Poliwko.
AIRBOY

Real Name: David "Davy" Nelson II

Occupation: Pilot

Marital Status: Single

Known Relatives: David (father, deceased)

Group Affiliation: formerly Airfighters

Base of Operations: Mobile

History: An orphan at a young age, Davy Nelson was raised in a Catholic mission in California. Alongside one of the church brothers, he designed a prototype aircraft. While his ally was inadvertently killed in a test flight, Davy rebuilt the craft and swore to use it to fight for justice. He named the craft Birdie. His adventures quickly earned him the name Airboy.

Airboy flew missions in Europe before the US’s entry into World War II. He would soon become a freelance operative for the American government working with a loose knit group of other pilots known as the Airfighters. He would battle Nazi, Italian and Japanese threats as well as strange figures like the immortal Zzed, the undead Misery and the Nazi aviatrix Valkyrie.

Valkyrie would eventually turn on her masters and join the Airfighters. She would soon become Airboy’s first lover. They would serve together in distinction, but Airboy’s continued service to the government after World War II would pull them apart.

In 1952, Airboy traveled to Tokyo, Japan, to stop the villainous Supreme Samurai. During an air battle, he would be shot down. He would survive the crash but be taken prisoner on Misery’s Air Tomb. He would be trapped there for thirty years, unconscious and unaging.

Awakened in 1982 by Aleta Van Wyngarden, agent of E.A.G.L.E. and daughter of the Flying Dutchman, he escaped the Air Tomb. She needed his help in bringing down the Supreme Samurai’s operation, now under the apparent control of Kimiko, the Samurai’s widow and Airboy’s ex-lover.

Instead they run afoul of Kimiko’s only child, the deadly Bombshell. He would soon retrieve Birdie and alongside Aleta and the undead Flying Dutchman, he destroyed the Supreme Samurai’s final weapon: a two hundred feet tall samurai robot. The mission would cost Aleta her life.

Airboy continued as an operative of E.A.G.L.E. for several years after his first mission, by those cases remain undocumented.

Height: 5’ 6”

Weight: 165 lbs.

Eyes: Brown

Hair: Blond

Strength level: Airboy possesses the normal human strength of a man of his apparent age that participates in vigorous physical activity.

Known superhuman abilities: Airboy possesses a mental link to Birdie, his aircraft. This link allows him to react at superhuman speeds while piloting the plane. He also can sense Birdie’s presence nearby even when separated from the craft.

Equipment: Airboy carries a revolver on his side at all times.

His most important equipment is Birdie, his specialized aircraft. Upgraded multiple times, the craft shows a level of artificial intelligence despite the lack of any kind of computer systems in place. After modifications in the 1980s, it can reach speeds up to Mach Two with relative ease. Normally armed with twin vulcan cannons underneath the fuselage, Birdie also can carry a payload of up to eight missiles.

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Pulpsploitation

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Books I would write: Big Jim's P.A.C.K.

When I was a kid, I loved getting weird back issues whenever I had the rare chance to go to the comic shop. It was through those back issues that I was first exposed to Big Jim’s P.A.C.K.



Big Jim was Mattel’s answer to G.I. Joe and when Joe gained his Adventure Team, Jim gained his Professional Agents — Crime Killers. (Toy acronyms didn’t require much thought in those days.) I was about negative three when the toyline came out though, so unlike some of my friends online, cannot say I ever experienced them first hand in a store. But, the ad. The ad drew me in.

I cannot remember where I saw an ad for the group first, or even if it was a Marvel or DC book. But that glorious G.I. Joe-like team drawn by Jack Kirby instantly caught my attention. I wanted to know more about Warpath, Dr. Steel, The Whip and their much less interesting leader. I remember crafting narratives in my mind as a preteen with these weird characters, even designing a villainous unit for them to fight. (It would be a few more years before I learned about Zorak or the later 004 villains.)

Ultimately like so many great olden toylines, Big Jim is trapped under the ownership of a company that probably will never revive him (though he did get a memorial of sorts in an early 2000s episode of Max Steel.) But the P.A.C.K. is one of those teams that just deserves to have a good adventure series built around them. I doubt it will ever happen but you never know.

And Mattel, my email address is right there on the contact page if you're interested.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Great art: Etrigan the Demon by Kyle Hotz

Etrigan the Demon is always a favorite of mine, so this piece by Kyle Hotz is a no brainer for this week's great piece of art.

As always, you can check out a lot more Great Art over on the Tumblr. And after you're done admiring some great art here, don’t forget to check out some of the other great stuff on the site this week!


Thursday, March 29, 2018

Quadrant Handbook 2: Millie

Every week, the Quadrant Handbook brings another profile of the wide-ranging characters of the Quadrant Universe!

MILLIE

Real Name: Millicent Bryant

Occupation: High school Student

Marital Status: Single

Known Relatives: Jung-hee “June” (mother), Milton (father), Jeremiah (adopted brother)

Group Affiliation: none

Base of Operations: Federation

History: Millicent Bryant was a surprise. Her parents met in 1964 when Milton was a 19 year old G.I. stationed in Korea, where Jung-hee was a 17 year old enamored with soldiers. They would not marry for nearly a decade when the two met in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Jung-hee moved to America after marrying Milton in a small Korean service. She would take the name June as they settled in to a life together.

Seemingly unable to bear a natural child, Milt and June instead focused on their educations. Both studied, earned Master’s degrees and became professors of history and Asian studies before adopting a baby boy, Cornelius, in 1981. It would be another fifteen years before they were faced with a surprise: 50 year old June was pregnant.

Millie Bryant was born in late 1997. She quickly proved to be a prodigy, aped on by parents obsessed with providing her every educational opportunity. She skipped kindergarten and quickly rose to the top of her class at Federation’s best private academies.

As a teenager, she fought to move to public school. Though a year younger, she entered high school at the same time as Kevin Mathis, new to the city. Along with Andy Case, they formed a strange triumvirate in a sea of strange characters.

She was already an expert hacker by her senior year in high school. She used her skills to help Kevin, even as she was one of the few confidants that knew his dual identity as Lightweight.

The tragedies of the second half of her senior year reshaped her life in many ways. Just barely eighteen and now in college, she started to call herself Cent and dedicated her free time to continuing to keep Federation safe from criminals, albeit through watchdog groups and internet activism rather than vigilantism. She continues her hunt for Kevin Mathis at the same time, sure that her friend is not another dead loved one, but instead is out there somewhere, lost and waiting to be found by her. Instead she uncovers a secret project perpetuated by Carolyn Bates.

Alongside the new Lightweight, she attempts to stop Carolyn's plans and is inadvertently dropped nearly eighty years into the past. There she meets the first man to use the name Lightweight, former boxer Raymond Gunn. She quickly develops feelings for Ray, but as they attempt to stop the time tunnel from the other end, they are inadvertently transported through space and time, and onto a Confederation cruiser.

Height: 5’ 4”

Weight: 116 lbs.

Eyes: Brown

Hair: Black

Strength level: Millie possesses the normal human strength of a woman of her age, height and build that engages in regular exercise.

Known superhuman abilities: None.

Other abilities: Millie is an exceptional student with near photographic memory. Her intellect and reasoning skills are well above average. 

In addition, she’s an expert with computers and wired systems. She has used this skill for amateur hacking, flirting with more free and less legal applications.

She has also trained in aikido since she was seven. Both her father and she have reached high levels in the martial art.   

Read the stories in: 

  
Lightweight: Senior Year | Lightweight: Black Death | Lightweight: Beyond

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The timeline of the Quadrant Universe! (updated March 2018)

It is time. After producing dozens of stories set in one shared universe, I felt it was time to share a timeline of those events. I have tried to limit spoilers as much as possible, but some are necessary to the narrative and must be included. All of the works listed here are available on SmashwordsAmazon and/or Wattpad. If you have any questions, be sure to ask them in the comments below.


75,000,000 B.C.: Mad Maddie recruits a unit of dromaeosaurs to be her new army. (Mad Maddie.)
1817 May: Lester Champion and Montgomery Rivers found River City.
1838 October: Montgomery Rivers is murdered by order of Jedidiah Finch, who takes control of the burgeoning River City.
1844 February: The monster created by Victor Frankenstein stumbles upon a mysterious monastery. They help him find a semblance of peace and a name: Caine. (The Monastery: Not a Monster.)
1862 September: After Jedidiah Finch is murdered by segregationists, his daughter Esther leads a group of women known as Finch’s Fury in the wholesale killing of every man involved with the crime.
1865 December: An unknown scientist implants brain matter from Abraham Lincoln into a mountain gorilla he names Aperaham. (Ape Lincoln.)
1885 August: The mysterious Hawks gathers a  group of Western heroes: the mysterious Hawks, Bin Yang (known to most as Yin Yang), Firehair, American Eagle, Bat Masterson, Billy the Kid, Black Phantom, the Cisco Kid, Pecos Bill, Presto Kid, Redmask, the White Rider and Virgil & Wyatt Earp. Together they face down their generation’s incarnation of The Wild Hunt, though at the cost of the lives of Redmask and Eagle. (The Wild Hunt.)
1898: The Murphy Mob forms under the leadership of “Happy” Harry Murphy.
1908 June: In the wake of the explosion in Tunguska, Citrine and Doctor Cosmic travel to the site. Their investigation uncovers a newborn metahuman whose birth caused the event. They take the child to St. Louis, Missouri, to leave him in the care of William and Maude Carson. (Citrine in Tunguska.)
1909 February: His family murdered, newsman Silas Fitzpatrick has his throat slit and his body dumped in the river by the Murphy mob. He survives with the aid of Dr. Koga, though his vocal cords are irreparably damaged. Koga trains him in the martial arts and he starts to interrupt Happy Harry’s criminal enterprises first as Silence Dogood and later as Silent Silas.
1915 August: After discovering Harry’s hideout with the aide of Meredith Mann, Silent Silas and Happy Harry face off on Harry’s riverboat headquarters. Both die in the explosion that sinks the riverboat into the harbor.
1921: With the rise of crime in the wake of Prohibition, Merry Mann takes justice into her own hands and forms a team of vigilantes that all serve as the masked crimefighter The Hood.
1934: The Regal Hand of Gold and his Ten Fingers organization quickly take over the River City underworld. They hunt down, torture and murder the Hoods.
1935-?: Richard Irons becomes Federation’s first costumed defender, the non-powered Pugilist.
1937 March: Diamondstone the Magician and Absalom encounter the supremacist group turned cult The White Light and break up a local organization, unaware of the group’s wider membership. (The New Adventures of Diamondstone the Magician, “The White Light.”)
1937 August: Armless O’Neil serves aboard the Heart as it travels into Africa at the behest of Harold Prynne. There it discovers the legendary Palladium, an artifact that protects an army—or a ship—from attack. O’Neil helps the Heart and Harold’s daughter Genevieve escape from a Nazi strike force and Mahdist rebels by using the Palladium’s power. (Blood Price of the Missionary’s Gold, “The Palladium.”)
Cover copyright
Pro Se Press.
1938 February: In one of his earliest adventures, Thunder Jim Wade, Red Argyle and Dirk Marat team with marine biologist Doris Nixson to investigate the disappearance of the Seaspray. They uncover an army of shark-men led by Tidakada, an aging sub-mariner kept alive by a suit of armor. (The New Adventures of Thunder Jim Wade, “The Invisible Pirates.”)
1939 February: The individual that would become Mister Haunt is trained in mystic arts from a young age. (Mister Haunt: Out of the Shadows.)
1941 April: The Regal Hand of Gold ends the threats of the Hood against his organization, as he kills Merry Mann himself, by burying one of his golden daggers in her back.
1941 August: Merry Mann’s estranged daughter Gloria Travers returns to the city to find her mother’s killer. Alongside the secret agent known as X, they brought down the Regal Hand’s operation, though the criminal fled to Asia. X recruited Gloria into the Pacific theater special operations force known as the Rangers of Freedom.
1942 January: Albrecht Stein succeeds in creating an artificial man to serve as the hero of the United States, but died before the man could awake at the hands of attacking Fifth Columnists. His son Andy consumes part of the same formula that created the artifical man. Together they become the city’s new defenders Yankee Doodle Jones and Dandy. Under the auspices of spymaster Uncle Sam, they battle an organized Fifth Column known as MEDUSA.
1943 July: Dandy, annoyed by the increasing paranoia of Yankee Doddle Jones, leaves River City to work full time as part of the Young Americans with Johnny Rebel and Yankee Boy.
1944 April: Deciding the entire government of River City were MEDUSA agents, Yankee Doodle Jones removed them from office and took control of the city. The other local superheroes The Enchanted Dagger, The Echo, The Dragon and the visiting Californian hero Barry Kuda worked together to stop Jones, but the resulting explosion damaged much of City Hall and left the Dagger and Echo dead alongside Jones.
1944 October: A time lost Cent Bryant meets Raymond Gunn, the Golden Age Lightweight. Alongside several heroes including Ape Lincoln, they battle Boss Cross and keep him from using future tech to take control of the country. (Lightweight: Beyond.)
1944 November: Pilot Jacob Redhawk Moore returned from the Pacific theater and aligned himself with crime boss Duke Angelosetti. He quickly manipulated the Duke and helped him take control of the entire city.
1946 June: Jane Dodge crashes her plane in the African jungle. Rescued by the witch doctor Tembo, she transforms from a normal pilot into the Jungle Goddess known as Rulah. (“The Rise of Rulah.”)
1949 January: Duke Angelosetti dies of an apparent heart attack brought on by a drug given to him by Redhawk. Redhawk takes complete control of River City’s underworld.
1950 April: Reporter Gail Porter is targeted for death by Redhawk after seeing an execution carried out by Redhawk and his men. She seeks the aid of private investigator Jonathan Jones, nicknamed the Crime Crusader, to keep her alive. The teenage vigilante Tomboy helps them escape death at the hands of corrupt police. She leads them to Redhawk’s penthouse home. Jones and Redhawk ultimately tumbled from a twentieth story window, both dying to end Redhawk’s reign of terror.
1950 August: Transformed into a werecat by a mysterious witch known as Lizette, Nita Dell fakes her death and uses her powers to unite the warring gangs under her leadership. Her werewolf henchman Brett Hannigan serves as a front to her operation.
1954: Keith Spencer is transformed into the atomic hero Captain Flash. He uses his powers to battle criminals, even as Nita Dell sends costumed villains after him. He would defeat all of them, but Nita seduced him. On a Christmas holiday retreat in Colorado, she slit his throat and abandoned his body in a remote area.  
1954 May: Mister Haunt encounters an old training partner turned killer, Nikola. (Mister Haunt: Out of the Shadows.)
1955 - 1963: Tired of being treated as a lesser being, Ape Lincoln embarks on a life of crime. He’s finally captured by the first incarnation of the Defenders of Democracy. (Ape Lincoln.)
1956: Trapeze artist Lulabelle Rose Jensen barely escapes with her life from a cultist of Tiamat. (Big Top Tales, "Deadly Triangle.")
1962 April: Will Walden stumbles on an experiment that activates his powers. Shortly after he discovers the flying saucer and dubs himself UFO. With the help of the Challenge Squad, he defeats Stonecold before he can destroy the city of Federation. (UFO: A Timeline Story.)
1963 May: Davy Daniels first encounters Jackson Landon, the Atomic Werewolf. He helps the Werewolf escape his government pursuers and begins to journey with the monster and man. (The Atomic Werewolf.)
1964 - 1971: Daniel Barnes serves as an agent for Project Stargate, a black ops unit of the CIA focused on individuals with psychic abilities.
1966 May: The Challenge Squad first meet the Westar Kid. They join forces with the space cowboy to prevent the alien destroyer known as the Manchurian from destroying the Earth. (The Arrival: A Timeline Story.)
1967 February - May: Freed from prison, Ape Lincoln costars in the film Rulah, Jungle Goddess, but pulls his name off the film in disgust before its release. (Ape Lincoln.)
1967 July: The anti-war movement causes divisiveness in the ranks of the Defenders of Democracy, but they are manipulated even more by the arrival of the goddess Aphrodite. (Summer of Love.)
1971 November: Under the alias of Dan Cooper, Barnes hijacks a 727 and extorts money from the government before parachuting out over Washington state. He immediately went into hiding.  
Art by Nik Poliwko.
1982 March: Airboy is freed from the Airtomb, where he’s been entrapped but still alive for decades. Saves Japan. (Pulpsploitation, “Airboy: Time Enough For Love.”)
1982 April: Rasputin pays a visit to Coop in Key West and warns him of the return of an old threat. Coop battles Romero and barely escapes with his life. (The Good Fight 2: Villains, “The Second Life of D.B. Cooper.”)
1983 May: Ape Lincoln joins the Defenders of Democracy. (Ape Lincoln.)
1982 October: Coop is forced to team with the assassin Valentina to transport the remains of The Heap across Miami. Airboy arrives to retrieve them.  (Legends of New Pulp Fiction, “Miami Heist.”)
1988 August: The American Arsenal breaks his government programming while hunting down the criminal enterprise of the villain known as Second Coming. (The American Arsenal.)
1990 January: Months after the Defenders of Democracy split, Ape Lincoln is given official American citizenship and named special advisor to George H.W. Bush’s Department of Metahuman Affairs. (Ape Lincoln.)
1992 July: Ape Lincoln opens technology innovation firm GorillaTech (Ape Lincoln.)
1998 June: Still only 14, Therese Waters’ metagene activation leads her to become a metahero for the city of Detroit, Go Girl.
1998 July: Kanu Ashanti meets the entity known as Veldt after discovering a village in his home country of Axion were murdered. She leaves him to discover the mystic spear and become Sagai. He uses his new weapon and powers to hunt down and kill the marauders before they reached Axion’s capital of Zimba Wei. (The Spear.)
1999 October: Karate Keith Morgan dies while rescuing four young boys from a horrible testing facility. His essence is combined with an alien entity in order to escape. The hybrid Keith raises the boys in his partially disabled starship buried beneath the Mississippi River. (Quadrant 1: The Hidden Demon.)
2001 September: Freedom Patton inherits the American Legacy. His life in Illinois is ruined by the thousands of dead souls speaking constantly to him. He travels to New York in hope of finding answers. (A Dangerous Place to Live.)
2002 January-February: Arriving as a vagrant in New York, Freedom Patton stumbles into a relationship with social worker Iniri Granatella. After rescuing exotic dancers Eriko and Renet from Vin’s hit squad, he has a one night stand with both. They’re attacked by Vin again later and Eriko is killed before Freedom stops Vin once and for all. Able to read his guilt with her psychic abilities, Iniri kicks Freedom out. Freedom starts back on his travels of the streets of America. (A Dangerous Place to Live.)
2002 July: The hero Legend first becomes active as the true defender of Federation.
2004 January: After learning she was seven weeks pregnant with her new husband Jake Brooks’s son, Go Girl retires and leaves Baltimore in the charge of The Constellation, a new hero. She gives birth to Jaden three months later, the pregnancy sped up by her powers.
2004 April: Jenny Evers-Werth meets an alternate version of herself, that reveals her shifting powers. Dubbing herself Jenny Everywhere she starts shifting between dimensions and times. (Jenny Everywhere: Past Prologue.)
2005 July: During a party on an alternate Earth, Jenny Everywhere comes under an attack by a massive troll. While shifting it away, she stumbles on to the alternate realm of Anywhere, where she is arrested. (Troll-Hunted: A Jenny Everywhere Story.)
2008 April: The lost 40s era meta-heroes nicknamed The Living Legends by the press appear in the middle of Times Square during a live performance by the pop star Leila. They are quickly taken into custody by ACTION and helped to return to life in the 21st century. (Living Legends: Old Soldiers.)
2008 October: Daredevil is discovered in Riccapoor. After decades of torture at the hands of The Claw, he renames himself The Coward. (Living Legends: Old Soldiers.)
2010 June: The small community of Hunter, Texas, is transported into an alternate dimension. (The Road to Tornado Town.)
2010 October: John Sprouse merges with a sentient alien biosuit and becomes Cyber.
2011 February: After his girlfriend Lisbeth tells him she’s pregnant, Cyber rushes off and encounters Fever, another biosuit-hybrid. The biosuits encourage the two to mate, a decision Cyber soon comes to regret when he learns Fever is a dangerous criminal. (F.O.R.C.E. 4: Cyber.)
2011 April: Fiona Hazzard inherits the name of the Domino Lady as she uses her traceur skills to uncover the identity of her parents’ murderer. (Modern Pulp Heroes, “Domino Reborn.”)
2012 May: Nicholette Burton inherits the Doc Tesla name after the death of her father Stanislaw Tesla. She battles and destroys the invading Alvatron robot. (F.O.R.C.E. 2: Doc Tesla.)
2012 May: Following the death of The Constellation at the hands of Max Power, Go Girl dons her costume again to defeat Max Power. She continues as an adventurer part-time for several months until recruited by F.O.R.C.E. (F.O.R.C.E. 3: Go Girl.)
2012 October: After leaving Federation in the wake of Supergeneration’s criminal ties being revealed, Freedom Patton stumbles into hunting down the young Annabelle Montalvo in small town Iowa. He encounters ex-girlfriend Iniri Granatella and together they stop a planned secession led by Atlas. (A Dangerous Place to Live.)
2012 November: In the wake of Powerhouse’s defeat and Backoff’s death, Legend rethinks his career until he meets Looker. (F.O.R.C.E. 1: Legend.)
2013 January-May: Athena rebuilds the Epsilon team in the wake of the near destruction of Seaside City. They face down the machinations of Rubicon, ACTION, Nephthys and betrayal from within. (Epsilon.)
2013 June: Artemis awakens in the Nevada desert after over a thousand years’ rest. She encounters and battles the disfigured Adonis, a man that hates the gods’ fickle ways. (Modern Gods: “Deserted.”) Along with her vassal Kimani, she travels to Las Vegas to confront Adonis’ boss, but he’s already left the city. She learns of his plans however when her new recruit Naomi leads her to the disguised god Ploutus. (Modern Gods II: “What Happens in Vegas.”)
2013 April: During an attempt to steal a time machine at the EAGLE storage facility The Hole, Mad Maddie escapes Ebony Edwards with the device but is sent millions of years into the past. (Mad Maddie.)
2013 September: In the wake of the Long Hot Summer, Legend leads F.O.R.C.E. in its first official mission against Thun-Dar the Living Hurricane. (F.O.R.C.E. 1: Legend.)
2013 October: Donna McAvoy is exposed to an experimental vampire blood formula. It transforms her into a vampire hybrid. She takes the costumed name Dracula after a battle with the Man in Black that created her. (Horror Heroes, “Dracula: Half-Life.”)
-Doc Tesla leads a F.O.R.C.E. unit to the Seaside Island of Sacagawea as they confront a dangerous metahuman setting off alphium deposits as major explosions. (F.O.R.C.E. 2: Doc Tesla.)
2014 January: With dead things rising up from the sewers of New York City during an unseasonably warm week, Go Girl and new F.O.R.C.E. recruit Pegasus encounter and barely survive a battle with Lord Hex. (F.O.R.C.E. 3: Go Girl.)
2014 February: Marie Malis, The Editor, kills a crime boss known for his ties to human trafficking. (The Editor.)
2014 March: Ophidian arrives on Earth and is put in F.O.R.C.E.’s care. Fever infiltrates F.O.R.C.E. Headquarters the same night along with a strike force of Sirian troops. Ophidian aids Cyber in defeating the dangerous aliens, but Cyber lets Fever go when she reveals the existence of his son. (F.O.R.C.E. 4: Cyber.)
Art by Brent Sprecher.
2014 September: Kevin Mathis becomes the costumed hero Lightweight. Over the next several months he learns to use his gravity powers in battle and meets his future girlfriend, Howl. (Lightweight: Senior Year)
-The unit known as Quadrant first goes public to rescue Emma Briscoe from the ninja organization known as Hidden Demon (Quadrant: Attack of the Demon.)
-Ian Page escapes from a GENESIS facility. He gathers up other metahumans on the group’s watchlist. Together they battle Doppelganger and continue a loose affiliation over the days and weeks ahead. (Walking Shadows Book One.)
2014 October: Cyrus Kanakarides and Marilyn are kidnapped by Melinoe and brought to be judged by the gods Pluto and Persephone. Garrett “Stomp” Vos apparently dies saving civilians during the explosion at Whitey’s. (Walking Shadows Book Two.)
-In search of answers about the Hidden Demon’s true loyalties, Cinder travels to New York. Lucien Moon is killed before he can be questioned, but alongside Vijaya Kulkarni, heir to the Gandiva, they stop the assassin Shadow Fire before he can escape. (Quadrant 2: Life in the Big City.)
2014 November: Kodiak travels to Islington, a ciudad máscara, on the border of Texas and Mexico. He encounters the legendary hero Jaguar Maximo, Furia and Asesino Azteca. Together they battle an infestation of Deep Ones under the control of Pisces. (Quadrant 3: The Creeping Horror from South of the Border.)
2015 February: While investigating a figure with ties to their origins, Quadrant and the entire city suddenly pause in time. Only Enigma escapes the time-stop. After a brief visit to the mysterious entity known as Veldt, he uses his psychic powers to stop Tempus Dux from destroying the city. (Quadrant 4: The Future Shock.)
2015 April: Ape Lincoln is pulled back into adventures when he’s attacked by the Sons of Booth during a TED Talk. (Ape Lincoln.)
2015 May: After months embroiled in the conflict between the Eloi and the Morlocks, Lightweight apparently dies in the destruction of both units. (Lightweight: Black Death)
2015 June: Lynda Adams meets Ben Browning at Arnold Cove. Their whirlwind romance is complicated by the ancient scientist Akhenaten as he seeks to dissect Ben for his unique Deep One hybrid heritage. (Horror Heroes 2, “The Beach House.”)
2015 May-?: Lost on the alien world of Nill, Kevin Mathis scrambles to survive among warring alien factions. (Lightweight: Beyond.)
2015 October: While investigating Lightweight’s disappearance, Millicent Bryant and a new Lightweight encounter a revived Carolyn Bates. Cent is transported into the past while the new Lightweight is captured. (Lightweight: Beyond.)
2017 April: Kazuhiro Kojima meets Loli and first gets the mystic weapons he uses to defend Neo-Tokyo from kumori. (I Was a Teenage Metahuman, “Neo-Tokyo Twin: Kaz’s Story.”)
2017 November: Annabelle Montalvo, now a college student, meets a revived Backoff. They join forces to battle the Steel Master. (The Good Fight 3: Sidekicks, "Heroes Don't Retire.")