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Reviving a classic character from yesteryear in a BRAND-NEW humor comic book, this ghost wants a house to haunt. How about YOURS?
Reviving a classic character from yesteryear in a BRAND-NEW humor comic book, this ghost wants a house to haunt. How about YOURS?
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SPENCER SPOOK began (after)life in GIGGLE COMICS #21 (August 1945) from American Comics Group (who would later go on to publish Magicman, Nemesis, John Force, and Herbie Popnecker, among other classic comics). His first appearance by writer Hubie Karp (who wrote many of Spencer's tales) and artist Ken Champin actually pre-dates a certain Friendly Ghost by six months.

In the mid-80s, RON FRANTZ purchased the rights to publish Spencer via his ACE Comics company, putting out six issues of The Adventures of Spencer Spook, before a parade of distributors (in the days before there was one to rule them all) went under, leaving Ron with the choice of publishing more comics or keeping his house. He chose to stay under a roof.

I know ... shocking, right?
I know ... shocking, right?

Before he closed his doors, Ron reprinted many stories from GIGGLE COMICS as well as previously-unpublished tales and a few by writer JOE GILL and artist PAT BOYETTE.

Having worked with Ron Frantz on my own novel The Original SKYMAN Battles the Master of Steam, we decided that the grumpy, fear-fraught world could use the kind of smiles that only Spencer could deliver.

Spencer knows you'd die laughing!
Spencer knows you'd die laughing!

Working off a story idea by Joe Gill and Ron Frantz, I enlisted the awesome ERIC HAWKINS to illustrate the story that I wrote where Spencer is given the assignment to haunt the International Space Station. Everything goes okay ... until the aliens arrive.  

A sample of Eric's work graces this page above.

Then Ron and Eric team up to present the first installment of RESTORATION HOSPITAL where old comics are given a new lease on life by some of the oddest (and most recognizable) characters in fandom.

Rounding out this inaugural issue is a reprint from Giggle Comics #47, featuring the never-before-reprinted ORIGIN of Spencer Spook.

With a fresh cover by ERIC HAWKINS, we are offering variant covers by noted artists such as TY TEMPLETON (Stig's Inferno, Superman, Spider-Man, Howard the Duck, many more), SCOOT McMAHON (Aw Yeah Comics!), and KEN WHEATON (The Simpsons and Popeye comics artist), as well as a blank cover edition, a variant from ERIC HAWKINS, and more!

We'd all be crushed if you didn't like this comic.
We'd all be crushed if you didn't like this comic.

I'm only asking for a couple of grand. My primary intent is to use the money to print copies of the comic book and to mail them out. After that, I would like to put some money in Eric's pocket as well as Ron Frantz's. I'm going to make my own money from selling the comics online and at a comic book show near YOU.

For stretch goals, I'd love to offer coffee mugs, t-shirts, and other variant covers. If I get enough, I'd even write an ALL-NEW full-length story. But that will depend on YOU. 

At any rate, thank you very much for your consideration.

Brian K. Morris, Rising Tide Publications

UPDATE: As of April 16th, 5 pm EST, the project is FULLY FUNDED! 

THANK YOU to everyone who's pledged so far ... but we're far from done!  

Our NEW goal is $2,500 ... and if we can reach that STRETCH GOAL ... well, did you know the issue of Giggle Comics had TWO Spencer Spook stories?

If we reach $2,500, Eric and I will produce a special booklet with that SECOND STORY. If you get the .pdf of TGToSS #1, you'll get a .pdf of this story too. And if you are getting ANY of the physical versions, you'll get a physical copy of this story too!

And if we can shoot for the moon and reach $4,000 in the last three days, we'll start production on the SECOND ISSUE and get you a copy to go with the first.

The more you pledge, the more Spencer you're gonna get! 

Thanks for helping us make the world just a little funnier!  

Brian, Eric, Scoot, Ken, and Ty!

Risks and challenges

Well, I'm happy to announce that there are minimal risks. Eric Hawkins has the artwork totally DONE! All that remains is some production work. We can't blow a deadline because the art's already finished, lettering and coloring included. And my variant cover artists have all agreed to do the work.

We also have a printer selected and a backup in case that one can't come through.

Otherwise, since this is my first Kickstarter campaign (I've assisted on a couple others), I'm sure to make a mistake or two. Fortunately, I have some friends on here who can guide me down the path of righteousness.

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    I Ain't Afraid Of No Ghost!

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    The Strangest Things STILL Happen

    The mention, the pdf, and a variant cover drawn by TY TEMPLETON (STIG'S INFERNO, SUPERMAN, BATMAN, SUPERBOY, THE HUMAN TORCH and SPIDER-MAN, THE SIMPSONS, LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES, HOWARD THE DUCK JUSTICE LEAGUE, MAD Magazine, ARCHIE, MOON KNIGHT, almost too many to mention).

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    Spirit? Let's Hear It!

    Spencer Spook artist ERIC HAWKINS will draw Spencer on a BLANK EDITION for you. And you'll still get that mention in the comic book, the .pdf, as well as a copy of Eric's regular and variant covers.

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    I'm Looking Through You

    DEALER'S OPTION: if the fine, fine, super-fine comic shops of this planet wish to carry THE GHOSTLY TALES OF SPENCER SPOOK #1 on their shelves, we will provide four (4) copies of the regular edition of the book, one (1) copy of the blank cover variant, and one (1) copy of either the Ken Wheaton, the Scoot McMahon, or the Ty Templeton variant covers. In addition, we'll toss in a couple of prints that you can display to your customers, letting them know what good taste you have.

    SPECIAL NOTE: The policy of Rising Tide Publications is that NO comic release will be placed on any electronic platform for at least 3 MONTHS after the release of the physical edition. This means YOU have some time to make money before the e-version goes out for sale.

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    You want everything? You GOT everything! You'll get the regular edition of the comic book, the mention, the .pdf, as well as a copy of ALL variants (including those we might offer as stretch goals), including the Blank Cover. I'll even toss in a signed copy of my novel, THE ORIGINAL SKYMAN BATTLES THE MASTER OF STEAM (with an introduction by ROY THOMAS and cover art by former Spencer Spook artist PAT BOYETTE).

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