About this project
A message to YOU from writer Paul Kupperberg:
Paul Kupperberg is a Harvey and Eisner-nominated comics writer for DC, Archie, Marvel, Bongo and other companies, as well as an editor for many publishers. Here are some incredible and entertaining Postmodern Love Stories and Golden/Silver Age Superhero Action by Paul Kupperberg and his late brother Alan Kupperberg, with art by Jeff Austin, P.D. Angel Gabriele, José Luis García-López, Dærick Gröss Sr., Dean Haspiel, Barbara Kaalberg, Rob Kelly, Pat Kennedy, Tim Kennedy, Jack Morelli, Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Joe Staton, Mort Todd, Paul Tuma and Matt Webb!
NOTE: These limited edition comics won't be available in stores, not to mention the original art and other rewards, so be a part of comics history and pledge to the Kupperberg Kickstarter!
Secret Romances #1
"Happily Ever After" Ain't What It Used to Be!
Postmodern Romance Comics for the 21St Century! From the man who made world headlines by killing America's favorite teen-ager and won accolades for bringing gay marriage to Riverdale, comes writer Paul Kupperberg's new take on postmodern 21st century love comics! With art by well-known contributors to such companies as DC Comics, Marvel and Archie Comics, alongside amazing new talent!
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SMITTEN! Two cops, one squad car, and the proof absolute that familiarity breeds contempt. Or does it? Penciled by Pat and Tim Kennedy, Inked by Jeff Austin, Lettered by Mort Todd, Colored by Matt Webb
THE MAN WITH A COPY OF ‘THE CATCHER IN THE RYE Before suitors could exchange photos on the internet, first meetings were fraught with anxiety... especially for a young woman who feels all first meetings are doomed. Illustration by Rob Kelly
CYBERMATCH.COM You don’t always get who you want, but sometimes you get who you need. An internet dating site provides Carl with the unexpected girl of his dreams. Art by P.D. Angel Gabriele, Lettered by Mort Todd, Colored by Matt Webb
FORGET ME NOT It’s never too late to find love, and the introduction of Rose and Darren leave the senior citizens feeling as though they’ve known one another forever. Art by Dærick Gröss Sr., Lettered by Mort Todd, Colored by Matt Webb
MEN LIKE HENRY BERTRAM Judge and Mrs. Crowley are pillars of their 1950s era community in which there’s no room for deviance... certainly not the sort practiced by men like Henry Bertram. Penciled by Pat and Tim Kennedy, Inked by Bob Smith, Lettered by Jack Morelli, Colored by Mort Todd
SUPER GORILLAS VS. THE ALL-AMERICAN VICTORY LEGION #1
Do you like evil super-gorillas battling Golden Age World War II superheroes, done in a Silver Age manner? Well, look out then! Here comes the ALL-AMERICAN VICTORY LEGION by Alan Kupperberg!
Meet the All-American Victory Legion, the greatest super-team you’ve never heard of!
Originally written, penciled, lettered, and inked by Alan Kupperberg, the late Marvel, DC, and National Lampoon artist as fan commissions in 2011 and 2013, these two full-length All-American Victory Legion adventures are being offered in print for the first time! They feature the cool 1960s retro-style adventures of Amazing Man, Magno, Blue Lady, Lightning, The Arrow, Dark Spider and other Golden Age heroes. Like DC Comics’ hit Batman ’66, the All-American Victory Legion is so square it’s hip!
MONKEY TRIAL Mayor LaGuardia is snatched by a motley crew of super gorillas in the middle of Times Square! Who could be behind this nefarious act? Could it be Hitler? The All-American Victory Legion must split up and search the ends of the earth for the answer!
TIME OUT OF MIND When the Victory Legion finds themselves strangers in a strange land, they struggle to return to where they belong. But how can they do that when they have no memory of their superheroic lives?
The All-American Victory Legion is based on characters from the short-lived publisher, Centaur Comics (1938-1942). Best known for being the home to the legendary Bill Everett creation, Amazing-Man, Centaur Comics also gave birth to a host of Golden Age heroes, many of which have become fan favorites. Thanks to their status as characters public domain (i.e., no longer under copyright), the Centaur heroes have been reinvented over and over by fans for ‘zines and comics from independent publishers ever since their “rediscovery” in the 1960s. In 2010, Alan was commissioned by a fan to create these stories.
After Alan’s death in 2015, copies of the All-American Victory Legion stories were discovered in his files and are of great interest not only to Alan’s fans, but to all fans of solid, Silver Age comics and storytelling.
SECRET ROMANCES #2
MY HEART TOOK WINGS Love can give you wings... or it can leave you with a broken heart. Penciled by Pat and Tim Kennedy, Inked by Barbara Kaalberg, Lettered by Jack Morelli, Colored by Matt Webb
BUTCH MCKENNA’S GIRL Her body belonged to Butch McKenna, but not even the murderous outlaw knew what was in her heart. Penciled by Paul Tuma, Inked by Barbara Kaalberg, Lettered by Mort Todd, Colored by Matt Webb and Mort Todd
THE BLUEBIRD OF HAPPINESS No matter how hard she looked, she could never quite focus in on love. Art by Joe Staton, Colored by Mort Todd
THE GREAT DIVIDE Sometimes, the shortest distance between two points isn’t a straight line! Art and Color by Mort Todd
THE HOLES IN YOUR LIFE A grieving widower can only hide behind closed doors so long before the neighbors come knocking. Illustrated by Rob Kelly
NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT Physics is an exact science, but mixed with love, the entire equation can be thrown out of balance. Penciled by Fernando Ruiz, Inked by Bob Smith, Lettered and Colored by Mort Todd
For being acontributor to the Kupperberg Kickstarter, all kinds of collectible rewards are available to you! There are the limited edition comic books, autographed copies, prints, digital books, autographed scripts, even original art from the publications. Also available are unique artifacts as rare as the original art: color guides and pencil layouts by Alan Kupperberg used for the creation of SUPER GORILLAS vs THE ALL-AMERICAN LIBERTY LEGION #1. In the days before digital color became commonplace, colorists would do watercolors on photocopies of the original art to be used by the color separators to show how the pages should be colored. Here, as a reward, you can get the original pencil layout, a color guide, or the finished art page. As an extra incentive, you can get all three! The original art page, it's pencil layout and the color guide of the same page and the printed edition! You'll also be able to see the differences the editorial changes made for the printed version, as well as the artistic liberties colorist Mort Todd took. This is definitely a one-of-a-kind collectible showing the creative process of a comic book!
About Paul Kupperberg
Paul Kupperberg is the Harvey, Eisner, and GLAAD Media Award nominated writer of the landmark “Death of Archie” story line and Kevin (Grossett & Dunlap), a young adult novel featuring the first gay character in the Archie Comics Universe, as well as stories for Charlton Neo’s The Charlton Arrow, Charlton Wild Frontier, Paul Kupperberg’s Secret Romances, The Donald vs. Hillary Coloring Book, and other upcoming Neo titles. Paul has also written over 1,000 comic book stories for DC, Marvel, Bongo, and others, and more than two dozen books of fiction and non-fiction for readers of all ages, including the comic book themed mystery novel, The Same Old Story (Crazy8Press.com). He has also been an editor for DC Comics, Weekly World News, and WWE. You can follow Paul at PaulKupperberg.com, on Twitter (@PaulKupperberg), and Facebook.
About Alan Kupperberg
Alan Kupperberg (May 18, 1953-July 18, 2015) was a prolific comic book and comic strip artist who made his first professional sale—a weekly single-panel gag strip, The Canarsie Kid to the Canarsie Courier newspaper—just prior to being accepted at New York’s High School of Art and Design in 1967. Alan’s work appeared in DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Atlas Comics, National Lampoon, and dozens of other publications. He is best known for his work on The Invaders, The Defenders, The Blue Devil, Crazy Magazine’s Obnoxio the Clown, National Lampoon’s Frenchy the Clown, and was the artist on such syndicated newspaper comic strips as Little Orphan Annie, The Incredible Hulk, and Howard the Duck.
Risks and challenges
There are always trial and pitfalls in fulfilling Kickstarters in a timely fashion. As opposed to other campaigns that raise funds to complete artwork, all the stories for Secret Romances #1 & 2 and Super Gorillas vs. the All-American Victory Legion #1 are finished and ready to go to press. Outside of interplanetary invasion, the rewards will ship on schedule. Thanks!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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