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February 1st, 2016

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Stop That Panzer Woman!

(PG; Superhero) Agent K’s first solo mission: stop an alien invasion by going deep undercover in a UNIX war zone. Armed only with her wits and laxtex super-suit, the High-heeled Heroine faces a global-scale army with nothing to lose. Read the story overview for more behind-the-scenes details.

Inspiration from Classic Marvel Covers

The design is based on Marvel’s early-to-mid 1970s shell, specifically for The Avengers. My first concept was the double-page spread fight scene, but the “Destroyer of Worlds” concept seemed more dramatic. This concept is based on the lonley warrior feeling of the Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD and Tales of Suspense covers.

Inspiration from Modern Marvel Covers

Colorists from the pre-digital, flat color dots era would have killed for today’s production values.

Agent K’s New Logo

Agent K gets a long overdue horizontal logo. It’s based on the font Interstate Black Compressed, but modified by hand (something I did a lot in the pre-Photoshop days.) The “G” is wider for clarity. Straight lines were easy, curved parts were not. Final art approximately 12 inches wide, ink on vellum. I got the idea of presenting the original art with a ruler from Alex Jay’s “Anatomy of a Logo” series.

Cover Girls of the Silver Age

Female characters were treated as children or hostages to be rescued by the male heroes (while being abducted and threatened by Marvel’s third-string villains.) Despite being in the era of Women’s and Civil Rights, the major publishers still regurgitated fan bias of the 1930s pulp magazine era.

Cover Girls of the Golden Age

It wasn’t always like this. Some female characters were portrayed better before the 1960s. Examples include Miss Fury, Black Cat Comics, The Phantom Lady, and pulps like Thrilling Comics. Perhaps the devolution was fallout from World War II and the 1954 rise of the Comics Code Authority.

Talk Back! (One Comment So Far...)

Who's Your Web Developer?!!!!

David Marshall at Agencyport | Posted on April 12th, 2016 at 2:53 pm   

Been trying to leave comments for weeks…who’s your web developer?!!! We all thought you didn’t wanna hear from us anymore. How, oh how will our insights get heckled in the print editions of Inky Stories? After calming down from this rejection, I did some digging. The plugin Spam Free WordPress seems to be the culprit.

Once upon a time, it was a lightweight and dependable tool for weeding out spam. The latest version somehow disabled your hacks, meaning no one could leave comments. The developer, Todd Lahman, has monkeyed around it with it in an attempt to move us to his subscription-based Simple Comments.

Seems you’ll have to live with the spam robots until finding an alternative. Sorry, dude.

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