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Tim Reznik was the Blue Badger: teenage sidekick with a bright future ahead of him. 20 years later...and he's still a teenage sidekick.

This project is to collect a trade paperback edition of the first 4 issue story arc of Astounding Tales. The trade will include a extended and bonus scenes as well as some other cool extras like additional pinups and production sketches.

Trade Cover
Trade Cover

From 2010-2011 Astounding Tales Comics produced the first 4 issues of our new ongoing comic series. These 4 issues, under the name of Astounding Tales Presents: Rooftops, tell the story of a down-and-out hero who has been a sidekick for 20 years and comes to a turning point in his life.

Original printings of issues 1 - 4
Original printings of issues 1 - 4

Tim Reznik was a kid with a bright future. As the Blue Badger, he was the sidekick for one of the most respected heroes in the world--the Patriot Panther, and key member of the young group of heroes known as the Teenage Champions. He had unlimited potential and nothing but blue skies ahead. That was then.

This is now. Tim is in his mid 30’s, just off his second divorce, living in his old bedroom at his parent’s house and drinking his way through life.

Interior page from issue 1
Interior page from issue 1

Tim Reznik was a kid with a bright future. As the Blue Badger, he was the sidekick for one of the most respected heroes in the world--the Patriot Panther, and key member of the young group of heroes known as the Teenage Champions. He had unlimited potential and nothing but blue skies ahead. That was then.

This is now. Tim is in his mid 30’s, just off his second divorce, living in his old bedroom at his parent’s house and drinking his way through life.

And he is still a sidekick.

After foiling a robbery at Speed Laboratories, Tim’s mentor reveals his plan to retire… and that Tim will not be the chosen to replace him and take up the mantle of the Patriot Panther. Tim has to make a choice between finally making a name for himself or continuing on as a sidekick for a new mentor ten years his junior. Complicating Tim’s decision is a string of brutal murders targeting sidekicks by a killer with a mysterious connection to the teen victims.

Interior scene
Interior scene

Tim takes it upon himself to stop the killer and enlists the help of two of his childhood friends and former teammates: Cassie, formerly known as Ghostdance, who has the ability to summon and communicate with a variety of animals from the spirit world. She has not been an active hero for years and prefers the company of her apartment full of cats to using her supernatural gift; and Ted, formerly known as Teddy Bear-now a half-dead cyborg supervillain who is bent on the destruction of the world…but still helps an old friend in need.

 Will Tim be able to pull his life together when it matters most and stop the murderous rampage and prevent prom from being ruined by marauding carnivorous dinosaurs?

Cover art: Issue 4
Cover art: Issue 4
Interior shot
Interior shot
Rough sketch for 11 x 17 print available at some backing levels.
Rough sketch for 11 x 17 print available at some backing levels.

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