Two New Exiting Releases from Famed Comics Creator Paul Kupperberg!
The Collected Edition of Paul Kupperberg's SECRET ROMANCES featuring Two All-New Stories and a New Cover by Steve Lightle. Plus LOST JUNGLE TALES with Unseen Comics by Legend Pat Boyette starring Paul Kupperberg's CAT GIRL!
Paul Kupperberg's SECRET ROMANCES: THE COLLECTED EDITION
Paul Kupperberg has written over 1000 comic book stories for publishers including DC, Archie and now Charlton Neo, where he is also Executive Editor. Many of the characters he has worked on are now regularly featured on TV and in films. He was an editor for DC Comics, executive editor of Weekly World News, as well as a writer of novels and newspaper strips. He has worked in every genre from superheroes, horror and humor, and now comes a collection of perhaps his most risqué work for an ignored category... that of romance comics!
Joining him in this passionate odyssey is a roster of some of the greatest comic artists ever assembled, including Jeff Austin, P. D. Angel Gabriele, José Luis García-López, Dærick Gröss Sr., Dean Haspiel, Barbara Kaalberg, Pat & Tim Kennedy, Rob Kelly, Andrew Mitchell, Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Joe Staton, Kevin Tuma, and Mort Todd, all under a beautiful new cover by Paul's artistic cohort on The Doom Patrol, Steve Lightle.
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 Web.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. 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 HOLES IN YOUR LIFE A grieving widower can only hide behind closed doors so long before the neighbors come knocking. Illustrated by Rob Kelly.
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. 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.
PLUS THESE ALL NEW FEATURES ONLY IN THIS EDITION!
BEFORE I RUN OUT OF FOREVER When humans attain immortality, will love still be able to survive forever? Art by Andrew Mitchell, Lettered and Colored by Mort Todd. FIRST IMPRESSIONS Sometimes, the harder you try to impress, the more likely you are to fall flat on your face... or something else. Photograph by Sidney Kupperberg.
BONUS COVER GALLERY!
Pin up pages of the original cover art to Paul Kupperberg's Secret Romances #1 & #2 by José Luis García-López and Dean Haspiel.
LOST JUNGLE TALES starring CAT GIRL
Pat Boyette was a legendary comics creator, broadcaster and filmmaker from Texas. After many years in TV and movie production, he embraced his first love, comics, and began a prolific career, notably at Charlton Comics, but also at Marvel and DC Comics. He was equally adept in illustrating horror, heroes, humor, jungle and war features.
In the early 1980s he contributed art to a story for Archie Comics written by the talented Paul Kupperberg. Archie was attempting to revive their Golden Age and Silver Age superheroes in the title Blue Ribbon Comics. Paul came up with a novel concept for a minor supporting character that had appeared in the earlier Adventures of the Fly and Adventures of the Jaguar called Cat Girl. Rather than continuing her role as a semi-super villain with the ability to control cats, Paul evolved (devolved?) her into a primal jungle warrior along the lines of Sheena, Queen of the Jungle and added an unhealthy dollop of save sword and sorcery.
The story was slated for Blue Ribbon Comics #15 (cover dated February 1985), but unfortunately the series was terminated with issue #14! Fortunately, Kupperberg kept copies of the art and through the generous approval of Archie Comics, we are now able to publish the story after some 30 years in limbo! The art was restored and colored by Mort Todd and is now presented for the first time in LOST JUNGLE TALES #1!
The title of this comic is very apt as it also features two other stories by Pat set in the wilds of Africa. These stories were created for Charlton Comics in 1969 and written by the Charlton powerhouse scribe Joe Gill. The art features some of Pat’s dynamic visuals and innovative layout and is exciting to see over 50 years later for another title that was cancelled before it could see print!
There are a variety of rewards for you to savor, ranging from digital copies, cover prints, signed editions, t-shirts and even original art! A copy of Paul's original CAT GIRL script is also available, giving you some insight into the behind the scenes of comic production (and serves to foreshadow Paul's new book on writing comics coming out later this year [you read it here FIRST])!
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