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Retro Sci-Fi Tales - anthology comics, old-school style 'retro' science fiction stories, amazing fun! Family friendly, aimed at adults.
Retro Sci-Fi Tales - anthology comics, old-school style 'retro' science fiction stories, amazing fun! Family friendly, aimed at adults.
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Retro Sci-Fi Tales - issues 6 and 7
Retro Sci-Fi Tales - issues 6 and 7

Two comics at once!
Issues #6 and #7 of Retro Sci-Fi Tales -  a total of 104 pages by dozens of amazing creators!!!  Full colour with SIX stories per issue!
Issues 1 to 5 are also ALL available - all in 1st prints!

Story page samples - issues 6 & 7

Amazing art!  There's 104 pages total in these two comics, and I've been careful to show no 'spoilers' here.

Kat Knightly in Steampunk Safari - issue 6
Kat Knightly in Steampunk Safari - issue 6
Space Elevator - issue 7
Space Elevator - issue 7
Captain Ice: Space Pirates - issues 6 & 7
Captain Ice: Space Pirates - issues 6 & 7
Marilyn and the Space Vixens - issue 7
Marilyn and the Space Vixens - issue 7
The Phantom Bug - issue 6
The Phantom Bug - issue 6
Paper Dolls - issue 7
Paper Dolls - issue 7
99 Luftballons - issue 6
99 Luftballons - issue 6
New Technology - issue 6
New Technology - issue 6
Reality Bomb - issue 7
Reality Bomb - issue 7

FREE bonus items for everyone!

Everyone who orders both issues 6 & 7 will automatically receive two FREE bonus items - two 'PAPER cut-out DOLLS' - one of the heroic 'Captain Ice' and one of the beautiful 'Princess' - just order a minimum of BOTH issue 6 & 7 and you will automatically also receive these two 'paper dolls'.  These gifts are supplied on separate sheets of light card-stock paper, NOT printed in the comics.
These are Kickstarter Exclusive bonus items!

Paper Dolls - Captain Ice and The Princess
Paper Dolls - Captain Ice and The Princess

Follow Retro Sci-Fi Tales on Facebook at - DECAY horror comic
Find the DARK OZ website at - www.darkoz.com.au

What is 'Retro Sci-Fi Tales'?

All-new stories in the classic style of fun sci-fi adventure!
Aimed at adults while kept to a family friendly PG rating!   A great variety of stories and art for fans of old-school style classic sci-fi like 'Flash Gordon', 'Dan Dare' and all B-Grade sci-fi movies!
Issues are 1 to 7 are all available and all in 1st prints!

Space adventure, Ray-Guns, Swashbuckling Heroes, Damsels in Distress, Rockets to the Stars, Time Travel, Giant Robots, Prehistoric Dinosaurs, Invading Aliens, Little Green Men, Bug Eyed Monsters, Martians, UFO's, Shrinking Rays, Invisibility, Space Elevators, Steampunk Safaris, and don't forget your Foil Hat!

All this and more in Retro Sci-Fi Tales!
A big full colour 52-pages per issue, anthology comics packed cover to cover with Amazing Stories and Incredible Art!

Issues 1 to 5 of Retro Sci-Fi Tales
Issues 1 to 5 of Retro Sci-Fi Tales

Retro Sci-Fi Tales - containing all-new stories - writing the future as if we're living in the past!  Issues 6 and 7 each contain six stories and seven cover/pin-up pages, by dozens of amazing artists!   Published by DARK OZ, these comics are produced to the highest quality - 100gsm gloss interiors and 120gsm gloss cover - from the BEST printers in Australia.

Most of the stories are stand-alone one-shot stories.  There are also one or two serials that continue through some issues (see the full 'contents list' below).

Page samples from issues 1 to 5

Do you need any back issues?  Every issues is available and all are still in 1st prints (with enough stock guaranteed to last this Kickstarrter campaign - but be quick, from 2019 some issues will go to 2nd prints)

issue #1 page samples
issue #1 page samples
issue #2 page samples
issue #2 page samples
issue #3 page samples
issue #3 page samples
issue #4 page samples
issue #4 page samples
issue #5 page samples
issue #5 page samples

Any questions?  Please feel free to contact me anytime on Kickstarter or via Facebook or the website - email darkoz.decay@bigpond.com

POSTERS x54 (pages from the comics made into A3 size posters)

Many of the 'posters' (below) in issues 6 & 7 are done as either 'movie homage' posters or as 'vintage space travel' posters.

posters (A3 size) x14 - from issues 6 & 7
posters (A3 size) x14 - from issues 6 & 7

There are a total of 54 'posters' from 'Retro Sci-Fi Tales' issues 1 to 7 - x9 'posters' in issue #1, x8 in #2, x8 in #3, x6 in #4, x9 in #5, x7 in #6 and x7 in #7. These are 'covers' of the comics (front and back covers) and 'pin-up' pages from before each story inside the comics (also working as 'chapter breaks').

posters (A3 size) x40 - from issues 1 to 5
posters (A3 size) x40 - from issues 1 to 5

These amazing posters are all pages from within the 'Retro Sci-Fi Tales' comics, enlarged to A3 size - by dozens of the best artists from all around Australia!  The comics feature both Australian artists and some international guests on the stories, but all covers and 'pin-up' pages (seen here) are by Australian artists.

Retro Sci-Fi Tales Calendar 2018

Calendar 2018 - Retro Sci-Fi Tales
Calendar 2018 - Retro Sci-Fi Tales

Yes 2018 is almost over, but this is a genuine collectors item - only 50 copies were made, signed & numbered (1 to 50, of 50) limited edition, each calendar personally hand signed by every artist!!!  High quality, large A3 size, spiral bound, single-sided printing!  A handful of the calendars were put aside in reserve just for this Kickstarter campaign (only available in the highest two pledge levels).

Customise your order, Add-Ons, 'original art variant cover', etc

If there's any specific combination of items that you want, specific issues, multiple copies, different posters, 'original art' covers, etc - it can all be arranged, and you can add to (increase) your pledge level at anytime!  Just contact me on Kickstarter, or via Facebook, or the DARK OZ website, or email  darkoz.decay@bigpond.com

Pledge Levels

CONTENTS LIST - all issues

Retro Sci-Fi Tales - front covers 1 to 7
Retro Sci-Fi Tales - front covers 1 to 7

Note - story titles in bold italics (below) indicate recurring characters.

Retro Sci-Fi Tales #1 - 7 complete short stories, 9 covers/pin-ups
Captain Ice: Voyage of the Earthmen (7 pages)
In Deep (5 pages)
Subterranean World (7 pages)
Deep Clouds (7 pages)
Harvest (3 pages)
The 1,001 Deaths of Bill Maturin (5 pages)
The Impossible Diary of Everard J. Fisk (8 pages)

Retro Sci-Fi Tales #2 - 4 complete short stories, 2 serials, 8 covers/pin-ups
The Truce That Time Forgot (11 pages)
The Duck's Guts (3 pages)
Undiscovered Country (5 pages)
Marilyn on the Lost Planet (7 pages)
Penny Powers & the Mount Lofty Martians part 1 of 3 (7 pages)
Captain Ice and the Space Pirates - part 1 of 6 (10 pages)

Retro Sci-Fi Tales #3 - 4 complete short stories, 2 serials, 8 covers/pin-ups
Marilyn and the Giant Brains (9 pages)
Axis Alliance (5 pages)
Captain Ice and the Space Pirates - part 2 of 6 (9 pages)
Foe Killer Jones and the Vortex of Discovery (5 pages)
Sam Sparrow: Lost in Time (5 pages)
Penny Powers & the Mount Lofty Martians part 2 of 3 (8 pages)

Retro Sci-Fi Tales #4 - 3 complete short stories, 2 serials, 6 covers/pin-ups
Kat Knightly in The Sky's the Limit (16 pages)
Triangle (5 pages)
Captain Ice and the Space Pirates - part 3 of 6 (8 pages)
Penny Powers & the Mount Lofty Martians part 2 of 3 (8 pages)
Area 51¼ (8 pages)

Retro Sci-Fi Tales #5 - 7 complete short stories, 1 serial, 9 covers/pin-ups
Bruno & Maggie - UFO chasers - Christmas Magic (10 pages)
Space Wars ('Flight' trilogy part 1 of 3) (3 pages)
Skyfall ('Flight' trilogy part 2 of 3) (3 pages)
Deep Rising ('Flight' trilogy part 3 of 3) (3 pages)
The Lonely Robot (5 pages)
Sam Sparrow: The Big Sleep (7 pages)
Travelling the Mound (3 pages)
Captain Ice and the Space Pirates - part 4 of 6 (8 pages)

Retro Sci-Fi Tales #6 - 5 complete short stories, 1 serial, 7 covers/pin-ups
Kat Knightly in Steampunk Safari (14 pages)
99 Luftballons (7 pages)
New Technology (5 pages)
The Phantom Bug (7 pages)
The Visible Man (3 pages)
Captain Ice and the Space Pirates - part 5 of 6 (8 pages)

Retro Sci-Fi Tales #7 - 4 complete short stories, 2 serials, 7 covers/pin-ups
Bruno & Maggie - UFO chasers - Space Elevator (10 pages)
The Great Australian Bite (3 pages)
Paper Dolls (7 pages)
Marilyn Meets the Space Vixens - part 1 of 2 (9 pages)
Captain Ice and the Space Pirates - part 6 of 6 (7 pages)
The Reality Bomb (8 pages)

Stretch Goals

$4,545 stretch goal - a free limited edition Kickstarter exclusive A5 print (for all print orders), hand signed by the editor.

$5,555 stretch goal - a free Kickstarter exclusive cardboard Ray-Gun, ONLY for orders of two or more print comics.

$7,575 stretch goal - an ultra rare limited edition Kickstarter only exclusive Retro Sci-Fi Tales paper Thunder Clapper.  ONLY for orders of two or more print comics.

$10,000 stretch goal - that's going to be a LOT of extra printing and shipping to pay for (this is not-for-profit), but there will finally be enough for a special kick-back to all creators involved.

$12,525 stretch goal - your own paper cut-out fold-up model car, of the VJ Valiant hardtop featured in issues 6 & 7 of Retro Sci-Fi Tales.  ONLY for orders of two or more print comics.

Creators in Retro Sci-Fi Tales

Darren Koziol - creator & publisher of Retro Sci-Fi Tales, and all DARK OZ publications, also writer of many of the stories in every issue!

Ben Sullivan - traditional artist extraordinaire!  Cover artist of Retro Sci-Fi Tales #6, with stories in issues 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7, and and pin-up pages in issues 4 & 5.  Also artist of the Kickstarter 'paper dolls'

Michal Dutkiewicz - internationally famous artist known for his sexy pin-up girls.  Cover artist on issues 1, 3, 5 & 7, with beautiful stories of 'Marilyn' in issues 2 and 3

Greg Holfeld - artist (and sometimes writer) with work in every issue of Retro Sci-Fi Tales! He wrote and drew a story in #1, did the front cover of #2, and has had pin-up pages in issues 3-7

Dave Dye - story artist in issues 2, 4 & 6, pin-up artist in issues 4, 5 and 6 (and a 'supplemental' page in issue 3)

Jeff Edis - colourist on two stories in issue 7

Carlos Angeli - artist on the ongoing series 'Captain Ice and the Space Pirates', serialised complete in issues 2 to 7 (50 pages in total)

Dan Lynch - colourist on 'Captain Ice' in issues 2, 5, 6 & 7, and artist of a Captain Ice pin-up in issue 5

Matt James - colourist of stories in issues 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Tristan Tait - artist with pin-up pages in issues 2, 3 & 6 and stories in issues 5 & 6

John Ciarfuglia - multi-styled artist with stories in issues 2, 3 & 5 and pin-up pages in issues 6 & 7

Federico De Luca - stunning artist with stories in issues 1 and 7

Martin Gammon - artist on two stories in issue 6, one of which he also wrote

Dragan Vignjevic - artist for a story in issue 7

Sandeson Gonzaga - pin-up and story artist in issue 5, colourist in issue 6

Graeme Jackson - artist of the back cover on issue 6

Shawn Phelps - artist of a 7-page story in issue 7

Don Ticchio - artist of pin-ups in issue 7

Ian Van Gemert - artist of pin-ups in issue 7

Mike Cooper - pin-up artist in issue 6, story artist in issue 4

Frantz Kantor - pin-up artist in issues 2 & 3, Katrina Young - artist of pin-ups in issues 1 & 2, Matt Kyme - story artist in issues 1, 3, 4 & 5, Kurt Stone - pin-up and story artist in issue 5, Sarah Murray - pin-up artist in issue 3, Paul Bulman, Paul Mason, Dave Heinrich, Pat McNamara, David G. Williams, Douglas Holgate, Josh Spencer, Sacha Bryning, Alister Lockhart, Nahum Ziersch, Ken Best, Lachlan Creagh, Jos Valdman, Sean Krauter, April Hammond, Gracee Milton Conway, Mitchell Thompson, Adam Bennett, James Wilkinson, Andrew Clarke, Toby Jackman, Danny Nolan, Emmet O'Cuana, Paul Briske

Additional full-page samples (all issues)

Reality Bomb - from issue 7
Reality Bomb - from issue 7
Marilyn and the Space Vixens - issue 7
Marilyn and the Space Vixens - issue 7
Kat Knightly in Steampunk Safari - issue 6
Kat Knightly in Steampunk Safari - issue 6
Deep Clouds - issue 1
Deep Clouds - issue 1
The Truce that Time Forgot - issue 2
The Truce that Time Forgot - issue 2
The Duck's Guts - issue 2
The Duck's Guts - issue 2
Marilyn on the Lost Planet - issue 2
Marilyn on the Lost Planet - issue 2
Captain Ice: Voyage of the Earthmen - issue 1
Captain Ice: Voyage of the Earthmen - issue 1
Marilyn and the Giant Brains - issue 3
Marilyn and the Giant Brains - issue 3
Axis Alliance - issue 3
Axis Alliance - issue 3
Captain Ice - issue 3
Captain Ice - issue 3
Kat Knightly in The Sky's the limit - issue 4
Kat Knightly in The Sky's the limit - issue 4
Area 51¼ - issue 4
Area 51¼ - issue 4
Space Wars - issue 5
Space Wars - issue 5
Skyfall - issue 5
Skyfall - issue 5
The Lonely Robot - issue 5
The Lonely Robot - issue 5

Testimonials

I could fill the page with more text, but instead I'll just say to look at the previous Kickstarter for 'DECAY #24' (run in April 2018) and check out the amazing testimonials there by some industry legends!

Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges

There are NO risks for this project - it is guaranteed to go ahead. You don't make this many comics unless you have the support and respect of all of these amazing creators - so you know we're dedicated and reliable! Issues 1 to 5 of 'Retro Sci-Fi Tales' are in stock with enough 1st prints to cover all Kickstarter orders - though from January 2019 issue 1 (and probably issue 2 also) will be going to a 2nd print, making the 1st prints highly collectible - so order them NOW!.

Retro Sci-Fi Tales issue 6 & 7 will go ahead whether the Kickstarter is funded or not - but be sure to jump in fast to secure your copies AND the exclusive 'paper dolls' and other Kickstarter exclusive stretch goals.

DARK OZ has produced dozens of high quality world-class comics over the last 8 years - 24 issues of DECAY, 5 issues of Retro Sci-Fi Tales, 9 San Diego Comic Con special comics, several one-shots and other titles. Kickstarter was used only once, for the last issues of DECAY, while all other comics have always been produced without the support of crowd funding - basically the comics will go ahead regardless! We use local printers (always supporting Australian businesses and creators) with the highest quality for fast turnaround.

There will of course be a small delay on any 'original art' covers ordered, allowing time for Ben to draw them all - but he's fast so only 1 to 2 months after initial release.

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    Retro Sci-Fi Tales #6

    Print copy of Retro Sci-Fi Tales #6 - full colour 52-pages at magazine size!

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    Retro Sci-Fi Tales SPECIAL 'double deal'

    GREAT VALUE bargain budget deal!
    Print copies of both Retro Sci-Fi Tales issues #6 and #7 - full colour 52-pages each at magazine size!
    AND INCLUDES x2 bonus 'paper dolls' - Kickstarter Exclusives!

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    • Paper Dolls x2 Kickstarter Exclusive - 'Cap Ice' & 'The Princess'
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    Triple pack - issues 6 & 7 and #1

    The latest two issues (#6 & #7) of Retro Sci-Fi Tales plus the very first issue (in 1st print). AND INCLUDES x2 bonus 'paper dolls' - Kickstarter Exclusives!

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    • Retro Sci-Fi Tales #1 - print
    • Retro Sci-Fi Tales #6 - print
    • Retro Sci-Fi Tales #7 - print
    • Paper Dolls x2 Kickstarter Exclusive - 'Cap Ice' & 'The Princess'
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    Retro Sci-Fi 6 & 7 'poster pack'

    Print copies of both Retro Sci-Fi Tales issues #6 and #7 - full colour 52-pages each at magazine size!
    AND x2 bonus 'paper dolls' - Kickstarter Exclusives!
    AND all 14 cover/pin-up pages from these two issues as A3 posters!

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    • Retro Sci-Fi Tales #6 - print
    • Retro Sci-Fi Tales #7 - print
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    Retro Sci-Fi Tales complete set

    ALL seven print issues of Retro Sci-Fi Tales, all 1st prints, 52 full colour pages per issue (full of amazing stories and fantastic art - NO adverts).
    AND INCLUDES x2 bonus 'paper dolls!

    Includes:
    • Retro Sci-Fi Tales #1 - print
    • Retro Sci-Fi Tales #2 - print
    • Retro Sci-Fi Tales #3 - print
    • Retro Sci-Fi Tales #4 - print
    • Retro Sci-Fi Tales #5 - print
    • Retro Sci-Fi Tales #6 - print
    • Retro Sci-Fi Tales #7 - print
    • Paper Dolls x2 Kickstarter Exclusive - 'Cap Ice' & 'The Princess'
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    Original Art cover (can ADD ON option)

    Your choice of either Retro Sci-Fi Tales #6 or #7, printed with a blank cover and drawn on by master artist Ben Sullivan - an original one-off piece of art - a quality drawing (not a rough 'sketch' cover).
    You can order this by itself, or add an extra $170 (or $340 if you want one of each issue) to whichever pledge level you want - be sure to message me to explain your order.

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    Complete Retro Sci-Fi Tales package

    ALL seven print issues of Retro Sci-Fi Tales, the 2 exclusive 'paper dolls', 54 posters (every cover/pin-up page from every issue as an A3 poster), AND the sold-out impossible to find 2018 Retro Sci-Fi Tales Calendar (limited edition, only 50 copies were made, numbered and signed by every artist)

    Includes:
    • Retro Sci-Fi Tales #1 - print
    • Retro Sci-Fi Tales #2 - print
    • Retro Sci-Fi Tales #3 - print
    • Retro Sci-Fi Tales #4 - print
    • Retro Sci-Fi Tales #5 - print
    • Retro Sci-Fi Tales #6 - print
    • Retro Sci-Fi Tales #7 - print
    • Paper Dolls x2 Kickstarter Exclusive - 'Cap Ice' & 'The Princess'
    • A3 posters x54 - every 'cover/pin-up' from every issue complete!
    • Retro Sci-Fi Tales 2018 Calendar - limited signed & numbered
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    Ultimate Retro Sci-Fi everything pack!

    Both issues #6 & #7 as exclusive 'original art' covers, plus TWO copies each of ALL seven print issues of Retro Sci-Fi Tales (one to read, one to keep pristine) all 1st prints, plus two copies each of the 2 exclusive 'paper dolls' (one pair to cut out to play with, and one pair to keep pristine), plus 54 posters (every cover/pin-up page from every issue as an A3 poster), AND the sold-out impossible to find 2018 Retro Sci-Fi Tales Calendar (limited edition, only 50 copies were made, numbered and signed by every artist). WHOPPER package!!! Sounds expensive but is great 'discounted' value for the serious collector!

    Includes:
    • Original Art cover - Retro Sci-Fi Tales #6
    • Original Art cover - Retro Sci-Fi Tales #7
    • Retro Sci-Fi Tales #1 - print (x2 copies)
    • Retro Sci-Fi Tales #2 - print (x2 copies)
    • Retro Sci-Fi Tales #3 - print (x2 copies)
    • Retro Sci-Fi Tales #4 - print (x2 copies)
    • Retro Sci-Fi Tales #5 - print (x2 copies)
    • Retro Sci-Fi Tales #6 - print (x2 copies)
    • Retro Sci-Fi Tales #7 - print (x2 copies)
    • Paper Dolls Kickstarter Exclusive pair - (x2 copies)
    • A3 posters x54 - every 'cover/pin-up' from every issue complete!
    • Retro Sci-Fi Tales 2018 Calendar - limited signed & numbered
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