Posted: December 8, 2009 at 3:24 pm | Tags: Femforce Foes
Rad is bad! Rad is really Jennifer Burke, Joan Wayne’s daughter, who originally replaced her mother, when her mother was the original Rad, and became the second Ms. Victory. Driven over the edge by a multitude of events, she leaves trouble in her wake as she pursues her own goals with little thought to who might get hurt. Rad appears in many issues. A few are Femforce # 22, 75, and 93.
Iron Jaw was the villain in the first Femforce story arc published over 10 years ago (not counting the dinosaurs and the giant Amazons), and somehow he still manages to turn up and wreak havoc. No doubt, he’s pursuing some nefarious plan right now. Catch Iron Jaw in Femforce #1 and 20, among others.
Proxima is a warrior woman of Rur and a sworn enemy of Stardust. Extremely ruthless, her commission of numerous atrocities during the Rur-Earth War led to her replacement as leader of Rur’s military forces by FemParagon and to her banishment from the planet. Her flight from Rur led to an eventual team-up with the villainous Fearforce. Proxima can be found in several issues, including #’s 65, 72, and 74.
Valkyra is another member of the Fearforce with a longstanding loathing for our heroines. Formerly Panzer, a product of Hitler’s Germany, she was brought to the present in 1990, and changed her codename and costume in an effort to adapt to life in the future and avoid prosecution as a Nazi war criminal. Find her in Issue 62.
The Shroud is the most malevolent villain the Femforce must face. Having defeated him at great cost during the Shroud War, the recent changes in the time continuum mean that the Femforce is going to have to do it all over again. The Shroud Wars were issues 34-36.
The Goat god Capricorn has tried to make a meal of our lovelies souls several times now. While he is apparently defeated at present, who knows when he might return through supernatural means to challenge the Femforce again. The Capricorn Chronicles were in Femforce #’s 55-57.
FemParagon is presently the leader of the Rurian Army but she first came to the attention of the Femforce when she came through a breach in a dimensional portal and, because she is a rabid feminist, set out to conquer this world and put women in charge. She was defeated by Synn just short of destroying the Femforce but was later freed from imprisonment by the invading Rurians who were, at that time, led by Proxima. Check out issues #41 and 66.
Gorgana is another member of the Fearforce. She loathes Nightveil and wants her magic and body for her evil purposes. A talented sorceress, she enters alternate dimensions by possessing bodies while leaving her own true body in Limbo. See Femforce #73 for some of her handiwork.
Alizarin Crimson wants Nightveil’s Cloak of Darkness. The most powerful practitioner of the Black Arts on this plane, she possesses knowledge of every arcane science. Her skills and acumen are without peer; only her pride and vanity leave her vulnerable. Nightveil is her sworn enemy and she has almost defeated the mystic maiden on several occasions. Deceitful and treacherous, she has no remorse; and, a bad habit of surviving even the worst disasters. She humiliates Nightveil in Issues 14 and 15, and almost takes out the Femforce in Issue 47.
The former mercenary, superagent, and spy Darkfire uses her Menta Helmet to comunicate with and control minds. She has been working with the Fearforce, although she did aid our heroines in the battle against the Shroud. She has a major role in Issues 29 and 71.
Posted: December 8, 2009 at 3:35 pm | Tags: rio rita
Seniorita Rita by Nick Cardy
“Senorita Rio” Rita Farrar first appeared in Fight Comics No. 19 in June, 1942. Published by Fiction House she made a lasting impression and her run lasted 53 stories between 1942 and 1951, concluding in Fight Comics No. 71. The legendary artists that drew her adventures included Nick Cardy, Lily Renee, Jack Kamen, and Bob Lubbers. In the Fiction House tales, Rita Farrar was a popular film star of the 1940’s who had been recruited by the United States Secret Service because her status allowed her to go places and reach people otherwise untouchable by ordinary covert operatives. Her Latin background was exploited by assigning her to root out fascist insurgents in Mexico, Central, and South America during World War II. Information taken from “The Official Golden Age Hero and Heroine Directory” by Bill Black, ISBN 1-56225-017-5.
In 1984, AC Comics resurrected the character and in Issue 1 of the Femforce AC’s readers were introduced not only to the historic Rio Rita, who was now the head of Brazilian Counter-Intelligence, but her namesake granddaughter, as well.
Rio Rita's namesake granddaughter Art by Mark Heike
In AC Comics’ continuity, the original Rio Rita retained most of her Fiction House history. She was still popular 1940’s film star, Rita Farrar, recruited by the U.S. Government to assist in the war effort. However, in the AC Universe, on a 1942 USO tour she crossed paths with Miss Victory, the Blue Bulleteer, and She-Cat in a fight with the hideous swamp monster, Fungi, and later became a charter member of the Femforce, leading the fight against fascists during World War II. After the war, she continued to have adventures with the Femforce and as a solo espionage agent before eventually returning to Brazil and becoming the head of that nation’s intelligence apparatus.
Senorita Rio’s granddaughter, also named Rita Farrar, became a security officer for Brazilian intelligence and was escorting Dr. Jiminez and his Time Triangle to a research facility in the United States when their jet was sabotaged by terrorists and went down in the Amazon. Working at the behest of the senior Farrar, the Femforce recovered the Time Triangle and rescued the new Rio Rita who, while never a member of the Femforce herself, remains a trusted ally of the team to this day.
Sketch by Mike Deodato Rio Rita Convention Sketch by Mike Deodato
Posted: December 8, 2009 at 3:47 pm | Tags: miss masque
The Golden Age Miss Masque
Miss Masque in Femforce 59
Originally published by Nedor/Better/Standard Comics, Miss Masque, a.k.a. Diana Adams, first appeared in “Exciting Comics” No. 51, September 1946. She also appeared in “Exciting” No’s. 52-4, “America’s Best Comics” No’s. 23-31, “Fighting Yank” No’s. 22 and 24, and “Black Terror” No. 21, with her Golden Age appearances ending in July 1949. Alex Schomburg drew her on some covers, Ralph Mayo penciled some splash pages, and Frank Frazetta inked some panels. Like many heroines of the time period, Diana Adams was a young socialite who decided to fight crime and injustice in a masked identity. She had no powers but carried guns and her original costume was a mini-skirted red dress with red hat and red gloves. Yellow double “M” emblems on her chest and hat completed the ensemble. A later costume change resulted in a bare midriff and short sleeves, as well as a new style of hat. Both her outfits had red capes. Information taken from “The Official Golden Age Hero and Heroine Directory” by Bill Black, ISBN 1-56225-017-5.
Miss Masque is one of the heroines introduced to the AC Universe after having been revived from the Vault of Heroes. In AC’ continuity, Diana Adams was a society playgirl born in Toronto, Canada, and interested in nothing more than cocktail parties, cotillions, and teas, until the day she stepped into a curio shop on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Rushing into town for Mardi Gras, she’d bought a stunning red-caped costume but had forgotten a mask. With most of the shops closed for the celebration, she had no choice but to take the strange domino mask the shopkeeper offered her, oblivious to the tale he told of it being impued with the spirit of justice. After saving the life of another partygoer during a robbery attempt, she found new meaning in her existence and began a crusade to balance the scales of justice in high society. At the age of 26, she decided to take part in the Vault project which was designed to keep the crimefighters and heroes of those relatively peaceful years in a state of suspended animation until their services were again needed. For over 40 years she resided in Dr. Weir’s Vault to be re-animated when the Femforce needed her help to combat the menace of the Shroud.
Drawing by Ed Coutts
With her honey blonde hair and hazel eyes, this fair-skinned adventuress is a crack shot and a proficient hand to hand fighter.
Bright and personable, with a sharp wit and a low boiling point, she is quick thinking and innovative. She learns from her mistakes and seldom makes the some one twice, as evidenced by the steel plate in her hat to protect her from getting blackjacked into unconsciousness.
Posted: December 8, 2009 at 8:48 pm | Tags: jet girl, rocketman
Art by Ruben Moreira
Harry “A” Chesler first published Rocketman and Rocketgirl, alias Cal Martin and Doris Dalton, in Scoop Comics No. 1, November 1941. They appeared again in the second issue and later in Punch Comics No’s. 9-11 and 13-20, for a total of 14 stories between 1941 and 1947. Artists on their stories included Ruben Moreira, Al Plastino, and Ralph Mayo. During this time period, the pair also appeared in Hello, Pal No. 1 from Harvey Comics. The duo wore identical skintight orange colored outfits with red cowl masks and gloves, and fought crime with the assistance of miniature jet packs invented by Cal which allowed them to fly. Later, in 1953, they appeared in St. John reprints where they were renamed the “Zip Jets,” “Tech” Carson and Pat. St. John also changed their costume color from orange to yellow. Information taken from “The Official Golden Age Hero and Heroine Directory” by Bill Black, ISBN 1-56225-017-5.
Jet Girl in an AC adventure
Rocketman and Jet Girl were introduced to the AC Universe after having been revived from the Vault of Heroes. Wearing the Zip Jet colors from the St. John reprints and sporting their St. John era names, “Tech” Carson and Pat are now husband and wife. However, they continue to battle crime using the gizmos invented by Tech, including their ever-present mini-jetpacks.
Jet Girl and Rocketman
Patricia “Pat” Carson, maiden name Wells, was an adventurous lass from Nevada who travelled to California where she met dashing young inventor, William “Tech” Carson. The pair fought crime using Tech’s rocketpacks and later married. It was Tech that convinced her to enter Dr. Weir’s Vault with him, as the promise of the future’s inevitable technological advances piqued his scientific interest. Since being revived, Pat has been certified to pilot any type of aircraft available today, and she’s a fair mechanic to boot.
Coming to Fighting Yank's aid!
Before entering the Vault, Pat and Tech assisted Fighting Yank in battling the menace of Mortho, but not before readers learned a little about their life as an old married couple!
Posted: December 8, 2009 at 6:36 pm | Tags: garganta
Inside a spectacular color cover by THREETA artist Dennis Chacon, it’s a double-dose of the gentle giantess of the Middle Ages with 14 pages of Eric Lindberg & Rock Baker’s ROWENA, as her marriage to normal-sized Cedric finally comes off- though not without incident. When ROWENA’S giant-sized family decides to crash the reception- they REALLY CRASH the reception, and there is some doubt whether any normal-sized humans will survive!! Then, Rock Baker is back with his own creation, DINOSAUR GIRL!! It takes a full 24 PAGES of fighting pehistoric reptiles and cat fights with an entire squad of Nazi giantesses to do it, but our World War II super-sized government operative DINOGIRL finally vanquishes the evil COLONEL VON KLAA!! More giant-woman action than has EVER appeared in a single issue of GARGANTARAMA-The Comic Book before!!
Posted: December 8, 2009 at 6:40 pm | Tags: shawn surface
Up and coming artist, Shawn Surface, has drawn raves for his published art seen in the pages of AC Comics’ Femforce title and he is available for commissions.
Basic Pricing for art approximately 10″ x 15″ (size of a standard comic book page)
Pencil Sketches – $50 and up
Ink renderings – $90 and up
Full Color Art – $150 and up
Minimum price is loosely based on a maximum of 2 characters on a page and the price will increase according to the number of characters involved, the complexity of the scene, or a size larger than 10″ x 15″
Commissioned artwork is not restricted to only characters in the AC Universe and, within Shawn’s bounds of good taste and moral barriers, the scene the customer wants is what the customer will get along with Shawn’s guarantee that he will render the artwork to the best of his ability and make it as professional in appearance as possible.
Fantasy comic book covers complete with company logos and title designs, that look just like “real” comic book covers are also available but will likely cost more.
Shawn will not do reproductions of any existing artwork, whether it be a cover reproduction or page art, out of respect for the original artists.
Payment is required in advance and, once payment for the order is received, the customer will receive the finished product within approximately 4 to 6 weeks.
If you have an idea for a drawing you’d like to purchase, contact us here and I’ll put you in touch with Shawn. Maybe you can strike a deal with him and buy yourself some original art to display in your home!
Posted: December 8, 2009 at 6:53 pm | Tags: kevin rasel
Kevin Rasel’s work has been seen in the pages of SQP’s portfolio books and numerous comic book titles. He’s currently the penciler on “Savage Planet” and is working on a Death Dealer project for Frazetta. Above, is an example of his fully rendered pencils.
Basic Pricing for art approximately 10″ x 15″ (size of a standard comic book page)
Fully rendered pencil drawings – $150 and up
If you have an idea for a drawing you’d like to purchase from Kevin, contact us here and I’ll put you in touch with him. Maybe you can strike a deal with him and buy yourself some original art to display in your home!
Posted: December 8, 2009 at 6:59 pm | Tags: don secrease
Don Secrease, the creator of some of the sexiest heroines and weirdest villains known to comicdom, is available for commission artwork
Basic Pricing (price may be higher
depending on complexity of request)
||Black and White
1 character, no background
|Illustrated sequential art page, splash page, or cover based on requester’s
ideas, with type, effects, logos, etc.
If you’re interested in commissioning a drawing from Don Secrease please contact us here and provide a basic idea of the drawing you’d like to commission. I’ll put you in touch with Don so that you can try to reach an agreement with him.
Posted: December 8, 2009 at 7:09 pm | Tags: chris ring, dick ayers, elf, femfan1, louis small jr., mark mckenna
Contact us here for purchase information – prices include shipping!
Synn by Mark McKenna - $35
She-Cat by Dick Ayers - $50
Stardust by Elf - $20
She-Cat by Elf - $25
Firebeam by Louis Small, Jr. - $50
Nightveil by Chris Ring - $15
Blue Bulleteer by Femfan1 - $30
Nightveil by Chris Ring - $15
Posted: December 8, 2009 at 7:21 pm
What fun! This year, artist Ed Coutts included me as an additional person on his table in Artists’ Alley, thus, providing me with a new experience. For less than I would have paid for a 3-day pass, I had a place to sit when my feet started hurting and I was allowed to partake of the food provided by convention organizers. I actually spent a decent amount of time at the table. Whenever Ed needed a break, or I did, I’d take a seat and try to sell some of Ed’s prints or interest people in Femforce 119.
That’s right! Bill Black went out of his way to put together a 24-page, Pittsburgh Comicon only version of Femforce 119 that contained the story Ed drew, some background info on the characters and some information about the full version and a future project for AC from Ed. Ed and I had approximately 20 copies for sale at the convention and we sold out early Saturday. The last 4 sale copies all were purchased by one guy and, in hindsight, I realized I should have limited him to one copy so that more people would be exposed to the issue. However, upon returning home, I found out that my concern was unjustified. We had been selling the convention version for $3 and I saw on ebay that Mr. 4 copies had sold one for $15 and had another for sale that was going to fetch at least $6. It hadn’t really occurred to me that the fact that the book was a limited run and a convention-only version would make it collectible. Hopefully, the ebay purchasers will be as positive about the story and art as the buyers at the convention. All feedback so far was excellent! A young lady who contributes to the Sequential Tarts website also bought a copy and a positive review on that site would be appreciated. I guess we’ll see in the next few days if she liked it.
Once again this year, I had my list of artists from whom I hoped to purchase a sketch. Of course, Gene Gonzales was high on the list. Mr. Gonzales has never disappointed and I’ve gotten a sketch from him every opportunity. After a couple of shows where I didn’t request a Femforce character, I asked him to draw the Blue Bulleteer. Of course, he turned in another fantastic job!
I again got drawings from Hannibal King (a fabulous Blue Bulleteer), Neil Vokes (Miss Masque), Shawn Surface (Colt), Rafael Navarro (Miss Masque), and Scott Rosema (Miss Victory in a Golden Age costume design), Dave Hoover (Yankee Girl), Kevin Rasel (Tara), Ken Meyer, Jr. (Colt), and George Perez (Rio Rita). I also had an opportunity to obtain sketches from hot new artists and legends of the field. In the latter category, Rudy Nebres, who is almost synonymous with Savage Sword of Conan which is a mag I’ve always loved, did a regal version of Cave Girl, and George Tuska drew Senorita Rio based on a Nick Cardy drawing. Tuska after Cardy! Not bad!
This year, I’ve started doing some pencil drawings and getting them inked professionally at conventions. G.W. Fisher, who had previously inked one of my drawings, again did a bang-up job making my Princess Pantha look pretty good, and my man Ed Coutts came through with a stellar inking job on a drawing I did of Nyoka escaping from the clutches of the Butcher! The Art Museum is already packed to the gills with new art and I haven’t even gotten my drawing of Rio Rita from Caesar yet (he had to miss the last day and is mailing it to me) which I know will look fantastic.
I had a chance to catch up with Brian Rood at the show. I met him there last year and it led to his commissioned painting of Ms. Victory. He gave me a copy of his new book from SQP. I also got to speak with Stacy Walker again. Everything I said about her in last year’s Pittsburgh con report holds true! I can say nothing but good things about her.
On Saturday night, the organizers of the comicon hold an auction for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The artists attending the con contribute artwork, dealers might contribute statues or other merchandise, and all proceeds go to charity. At my urging, Ed had done an inked drawing of a Femforce character as his contribution to the auction. While we got to the auction too late to see the bidding on his piece, we were told later that his drawing of Nightveil (below) sold for over $120.