Is an American comic book writer and editor, who was Stan Lee's first successor as editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics. He is possibly best known for introducing the pulp magazine hero Conan the Barbarian to American comics, with a series that added to the storyline of Robert E. Howard's character and helped launch a sword and sorcery trend in comics. Thomas is also known for his championing of Golden Age comic-book heroes – particularly the 1940s superhero team the Justice Society of America – and for lengthy writing stints on Marvel's X-Men and Avengers, and DC Comics' All-Star Squadron, among other titles.
Thomas was born in Jackson, Missouri, United States. As a child, he was a devoted comic book fan, and in grade school he wrote and drew his own comics for distribution to friends and family. The first of these was All-Giant Comics, which he recalls as having featured such characters as Elephant Giant. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1961 with a BS in Education, having majored in history and social science.
Thomas became an early and active member of Silver Age comic book fandom when it organized in the early 1960s – primarily around Jerry Bails, whose enthusiasm for the rebirth of superhero comics during that period led Bails to found the fanzine Alter Ego, an early focal point of fandom. Thomas, then a high school English teacher, took over as editor in 1964 when Bails moved on to other pursuits. Letters from him appeared regularly in the letters pages of both DC and Marvel Comics, including The Flash #116 (Nov. 1960), Fantastic Four #5 (July 1962), Fantastic Four #15 (June 1963), and Fantastic Four #22 (Jan. 1964).
No Superstar in history was as patriotic as “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan.
A true red-blooded American, the tough, but lovable big guy always marched to the ring with a 2×4 slung over his shoulder and a red, white and blue flag gripped tightly in his hand. Often going up against underhanded foreign villains, Duggan would always get the crowd behind him by inspiring massive chants of “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!” that would shake the rafters and intimidate his opponents. For more than two decades, “Hacksaw” defended America’s honor in the ring and enjoyed distinction as one of the most recognizable Superstars in the world.
Learn more about Hacksaw and his amazing life: http://www.hacksawjimduggan.net/
Gregbo Watson is a comic book and pinup artist from South Carolina. He has worked on projects for Zenescope, Marvel, Upper Deck, and 20th Century Television. His illustration work has been included in artist showcase anthologies and won awards including a 2017 Promax BDA gold statue (The X-Files Original Syndicated Series).
Comic Book credits include:
Zenescope Swimsuit Issue, Grimm Tales of Terror, Wonderland, Alice in Wonderland 10th Anniversary, Death 10th Anniversary, Jungle Book, Spirit Hunters, Evil Heroes, The Jill Tales
Is an Internationally known master comic and fantasy artist who has worked for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse and more but today mainly produces his own projects and currently has over 60 books in print. His newest works are the instructional book "More Secrets of Drawing", a new "Inksplosion" Art book volume three, and various Monster-related merchandise items and issues of TOMB magazine which he co-publishes with Horror Host Jason Crawley.
Comics writer, and co-founder of Action Age Comics. His credits include X-Men '92 for Marvel Comics, Down Set Fight! (Oni Press), Subatomic Party Girls (MonkeyBrain Comics), and Awesome Hospital and Monster Plus (Action Age). He's pretty sure Hank didn't do it this way.
Billy James is an American film and television actor. James began his acting career when he landed a background gig and later became part of the crew on The Crazies (2010). He has worked on several films including: The Fate of the Furious, and James Franco's adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel, In Dubious Battle. In the film, James worked closely alongside such talent as Robert Duvall, Vincent D'Onofrio, Selena Gomez and many others. In the muddy fields of rural Georgia, James learned abundantly valuable acting techniques that he will take with him throughout his acting career. He is now recognized for his role as a savior on AMC's The Walking Dead, where he is currently working on season 8 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Known to his friends and family by his nickname Billy, James William Horne was born on November 5th, 1985 in Macon, Georgia to James and Cathy Horne. He grew up in the small town of Gray, Georgia. James worked as a forklift operator from high school until 2010 when he decided to pursue an acting career. Married to Author Paige P. Horne, James and Paige currently have no children. They still resign in Gray, Georgia but one day plan on moving to Atlanta to be closer to Billy's work.
Billy James is a motorcycle enthusiast, a cigar aficionado and a passionate photographer, where he hopes to one day try his hand at cinematography.
W.F. Bell is a life-long horror enthusiast that has transitioned from fan to character/background actor. He has a strong start with a credited role in Rob Zombie's 31, and a role in the Tupac biopic titled "All Eyez on Me". Television work includes a recurring role as one of Negan's core group of Saviors in The Walking Dead, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Sleepy Hollow, Survivor's Remorse, The Untitled Paranormal Project, two separate appearances on Macgyver, Outcast, and a History Channel docudrama titled Roanoke: Search for the Lost Colony. Additionally, he has a featured speaking role in an independent film titled "The Ripple Effect", which is projected to be out later this year. He is working towards SAG-AFTRA accreditation.
Tommy Hughes is an American television actor who has been acting in Georgia since 2007. His most recent work was serving as one of Negan’s Savior’s during season 6 and 7 of The Walking Dead. He also has noted theatrical performances in Oliver as Fagan and The Wizard of Oz as the Cowardly Lion. One interesting fun fact: he has been a professional wrestler in various wrestling federations since 2006 and his most notable match would include a match in 2013 against, now one-half of the WWE Raw tag team champion, Luke Gallows.
Matthew David Smith is a comic writer and screenwriter from Georgia. His comic work includes the self-published 90s anthology "Simon Says" (fearing 20 different artists including Alexis Ziritt, Rico Renzi, Jeremy Dale, Ray Snyder, and many more); the horror graphic novel "Bee Sting" (with art by Jeremy Massie); and the new Alterna Comics newsprint superhero series "Amazing Age" (with art team Jeremy Massie and Christine Brunson). He's also written screenplays for indie horror films "Bee Sting" (based on his graphic novel) and "Bee Sting 2: Bear Sting" (an original screenplay sequel released last year).
Hailing from Virginia, Jeremy Massie is an accomplished writer, artist, and cartoonist. An alumni of the Savannah College of Art & Design, Jeremy has written and drawn two graphic novels from Alterna: "The Deadbeat" and "All My Ghosts"; and provided the artwork for the Alterna graphic novel "Bee Sting" (which was written by Matthew David Smith and has since been filmed an an independent movie). Massie's artwork can currently be found in the Alterna newsprint series, "Amazing Age".
Christine Brunson is a colorist and writer living in South Carolina. She is best known for her coloring work on Alterna Comics' newsprint comic "Amazing Age", as well writing and coloring her own webcomic "Undead Norm", a zombie comedy.
Martin T. Pierro is owner/publisher/author for Cosmic Times, the largest comic book publisher in the southeastern United States. His love for comics and a desire to tell stories prompted him to start Cosmic Times in 2008. Cosmic Times was an underground success story until 2014 when it became nationally distributed through Diamond. Under his leadership, Cosmic Times has published a wide array of diverse titles including Giant Robot Warrior Maintenance Crew, Deep Space Tragedy and the socially relevant Flesh of White. he has inspired countless numbers of children to read, through his engaging presentations at schools, libraries, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.
Molinari received his Ph.D. from Marquette University (1996). His previous writings vary considerably in genre and include four books, two scholarly monographs; an illustrated novel with Tyler J. Walpole: Climbing the Dragon’s Ladder: The Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicitas (2006; soon to be re-published by Caliber Comics); and a role-playing game: Romans and Christians A.D. 64 (2009). In addition, he has published numerous scholarly articles as well as a variety of popular pieces. Other media projects include three audio courses, all through Now You Know Media, and a television documentary with BBC/ Discovery. Molinari also serves as a submissions editor and project editor for Caliber Comics (Tales from the Outer Rim; The Devil's Armchair; forthcoming Morning Star; and The Wrath of God).
Roberto, Andrea’s son, is an avid gamer and reader of adventure novels. Though young, he has saved many worlds in his time; among these are Nirn, Faerûn, and Sera. In his spare time, Roberto is pursuing an undergraduate degree in English at the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.
Charles Chester is an award winning filmmaker, published author and television director. He’s worked in the film and television business for over ten years. His first graphic novel was published under Caliber Comics in 2016. A labor of love that took nearly 8 years to complete with the help of the multi-talented illustrator Shiloh Penfield. While their first book has been building some steam they have long been toiling away on a few other works. Expect a couple more books in this next year.
Kyle is an alumnus of SCAD, has a background that spans traditional and digital media, from illustration to production and conceptual artwork. However, his forte can be found within the narrative arts: illustration, cartooning, comics and storyboards. His first rule: "All things in service to the story.” He has upcoming projects for Caliber which include, but are not limited to: Crusade of the Dead, The Searchers, Volumes 1-2, Level X and Jack London: The Comic Book Collection.
Vic Carrabotta (born June 24, 1929) is an American comic-book artist and advertising art director whose career stretches to the early 1950s. His comic book art includes much work for Marvel Comics' 1950s forerunner, Atlas Comics. Drawing since grade school, Carrabotta as a teen became friendly with fledgling professional comic-book artist Jerry Grandenetti, who lived near Carrabotta's home and taught him inking,the step in the comic-book process where the pencil artist's work is embellished with ink for stylistic and print-reproduction reasons.
After serving in the United States Marine Corps from 1948 to 1951, where he performed with the Marine Band, Carrabotta worked in construction. Attempting to break into comic books, Carrabotta found himself turned away at several publishing houses, including by Stan Lee, editor-in-chief of Atlas Comics, the future Marvel. In a 2006 interview, Carrabotta credits industry legend Jack Kirby for his professional entrée, describing how Kirby turned him down for comics-studio work, but then upon finding Carrabotta's pregnant wife in the lobby as he was seeing Carrobotta out, gave the struggling artist a break:
Drawing primarily for horror comics, Carrabotta did work for early issues of such Atlas anthologies as Adventures into Terror, Journey into Mystery (including issue #1), and Strange Tales prior to the imposition of the industry's self-censorship Comics Code. He went on to do science-fiction/fantasy suspense stories for titles including Journey into Unknown Worlds, Marvel Tales, Mystic, Uncanny Tales, and others. Carrabotta was one of the few Atlas artists to regularly sign his work, aiding in compiling his bibliography.
After five years, Carrabotta and his wife moved from New York City to his wife's hometown, Lone Star, South Carolina. Continuing to draw for Marvel long-distance, he expanded to such war comics as Battle, Battle Action, Battlefront, Battleground, and the aptly named War Comics; such Westerns as Apache Kid, Kid Colt: Outlaw, The Outlaw Kid, and Western Outlaws; the crime anthologies Caught and Police Action; the jungle title Jann of the Jungle; and the men's adventure anthology Rugged Action.
Carrabotta also did a limited amount of work in the 1950s for Youthful Comics (Chilling Tales, Atomic Attack!), Fiction House (Planet Comics), and Lev Gleason Publications (The Amazing Adventures of Buster Crabbe, Black Diamond Western, fillers in Crime Does Not Pay and that company's Daredevil).
Carrabotta's last work before leaving comics in the wake of an industry downturn was a story in Gunsmoke Western #49 (Nov. 1958), though Carrobotta did return for a single Marvel comic during the period fans and historians call the Silver Age of comic books: the 17-page story "The Challenge of Cole Younger" in Two-Gun Kid #86 (March 1967), written by Gary Friedrich.
Marvel reprinted several Carrabotta stories in the 1970s, and one additional in the reprint-anthology miniseries Curse of the Weird #3 (Feb. 1994).
He now resides in Columbia, South Carolina.
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