The Atomic Thunderbolt #1 and #2 (Canceled)
A new series featuring the long-awaited return of the greatest one-hit wonder in all of comics – The Atomic Thunderbolt!
Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s another Kickstarter campaign!
I’m IPPY Award winning writer Kevin Powers and I’m teaming up with line artist Matt Gaudio and IPPY Award winning colorist Donna Gregory to revive the greatest one-hit wonder in comic book history – The Atomic Thunderbolt.
ABOUT THIS PROJECT
The Atomic Thunderbolt originally appeared in 1946 in the sole comic book published by the Regor Company. I discovered him a few years ago, was fascinated by the character, the story and the history, so I couldn't help but want to revive him.
Check out the original appearances here:
For this particular campaign, Matt, Donna and I are seeking funding for the production of The Atomic Thunderbolt #2 (and printing #1). This includes line art, colors and printing. My goal is to provide Matt and Donna with a reasonable page rate to tell this fun, timeless and compelling story. The first issue is complete, but we need your help to complete this series.
This is the first of (hopefully) four campaigns that will seek funding on an issue by issue basis for this planned five issue series.
While this series does standalone, it is also a prequel to my superhero comic and universe ExtraOrdinary.
What’s the story?
In the early years of World War II, super-powered and costumed heroes emerged to fight domestic corruption and the Nazi war machine. As the war pressed on, the heroes began to disappear at home and on the frontlines without any explanation. They quickly became urban legends and tall tales, exaggerated stories of comic books come to life.
The Atomic Thunderbolt was created after the war and the atom bomb – the dawn of The Atomic Age. His powers were fueled by atomic science and his goal was to save mankind from itself and nuclear annihilation. This was and is fascinating to me, as the war had just ended and the Cold War had yet to really begin. Here was this character, powered by the atom – everything seemingly working for him – but he appeared and disappeared in 15 pages. Additionally, the character suffered from PTSD in a time before it was diagnosed.
In 1946, the war has ended and the Cold War has yet to begin. As the world’s new status quo begins to take shape, a new super-powered being called The Atomic Thunderbolt makes his presence known in New York City. The hero draws the attention of former OSS agent Jay McPherson and his team.
With a hidden threat to the world’s stability looming, McPherson goes to extreme lengths to track down and recruit the new hero, giving The Atomic Thunderbolt a new purpose in a bold, new and uncertain world.
The Atomic Thunderbolt #1 30 pages, full color
The first issue is 100% complete!
We wanted to try something different with this campaign and actually completed the extra-sized (30 pages) first issue before launch.
The first issue serves as a true sequel to the original, featuring characters from the Golden Age comic, as well as new characters that will play an important role throughout the series.
Issue #2 (without spoiling Issue #1)
Following the events of the first issue, The Atomic Thunderbolt takes on a new role in his quest to “save mankind from itself.” He’s recruited to combat a secret war with remnants of the Axis powers that only a person with his abilities can fight. It’s during his new mission that he begins to discover what happened to the other heroes and the CIA’s true agenda.
This revelation coupled with the secret threat that looms over the world makes The Atomic Thunderbolt question everything, including his newfound allies and his true purpose.
(NOTE: All physical copies will have an option of being signed by the creative team or not).
WAIT! Who the heck is The Atomic Thunderbolt?!
I’m glad you asked. Following the debut of Superman in “Action Comics #1” in June 1938, every publisher under the sun created characters like the Man of Steel in an attempt to capture that same lightning in a bottle – especially during World War II. Some of those characters have endured, while others have faded into obscurity.
The Atomic Thunderbolt came after the height of the early-1940s superhero craze. The war was over, the Cold War had yet to begin and many superhero comics had begun to cease publication while the precursors of Marvel and DC continued to evolve.
The atomic age hero made his first and only appearance in “The Atomic Thunderbolt #1” in 1946. Featured in two stories – one detailing the character’s origin and the other in a slapstick tale with two aloof scientists – The Atomic Thunderbolt disappeared and was never seen again in mainstream comics.
In the 70 years since his initial publication by the Regor Company, The Atomic Thunderbolt has achieved a cult status among Golden Age and Public Domain superhero enthusiasts.
Why are you reviving him?
Another good question. I really love Golden Age characters. Technically, four of my favorite characters – Green Arrow, Superman, The Phantom and Captain America – are Golden Age characters, but this day and age we’re mostly referring to characters that aren’t still published. Many of these characters – like The Atomic Thunderbolt – are also in the public domain.
A few years ago, I was looking to do a story set during World War II featuring some of these characters. In researching them, I came across The Atomic Thunderbolt and I was hooked. I loved the powers, the backstory and the time period. I thought there was so much more left to explore
Why are you only funding one issue at a time?
This is always a conundrum for small press and independent comic creators. Comics aren’t cheap to make and when it comes to production, most creators will pay a team out of pocket or turn to crowdfunding. With crowdfunding comes a new dilemma – try and fund each issue, or try and fund the entire series in one-shot. For this particular series, we decided to go issue by issue. This is a two-fold effort to not only provide the artists with a respectable page rate to ensure a high quality book, but we really think we have a great story and we want everyone to be a part of it as it grows.
Where is the money going?
All of the money raised is quite simply going into the production costs. This includes the artists, printing, shipping and Kickstarter fees. 100%. Any leftover funds will be rolled into the production of the next issues, including new variant covers and new rewards.
When will the next campaigns happen?
Pretty soon after this one. We're aiming to put out all four remaining issues over the course of 2017, with the second issue coming around late January - early February. Ideally, we'd like to release the next issue no later than three months after that.
Risks and challenges
There are always risks that come with campaigns. First and foremost, if we don't get funded, we will retool and try again, but we will also still make the first issue available.
Of course, life happens and that may cause delays with deadlines or shipping rewards, but we're committed to creating a really great story together.
I'm very big about transparency with Kickstarters and I won't BS you of something comes up that may hinder production.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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