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The story of a masked crimefighter born of 1930s science and World War I vengeance in his first pulp novella
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I've been working back towards this for years.

Blackbird was "my" comics character going back to my high school days in the 1990s, a teenage vampire superhero who soon changed into a 1940s pulp crimefighter, and then a late '30s superhero who embraced my love of all things old school. I self-published one issue of a black and white comic book in 2000, and just haven't gotten around to fully rebooting him.

Then, life happened, and I put Blackbird on the back burner.

In the past five years, I've started writing two different types of projects: the Eagle Force Pulps starring Lee Fine, aka the Cat, which got me back to writing fiction, and a series of war documentaries for my friends at Lionheart Film Works. In that time, I've researched and written about several wars, including World War I and II, and developed a work ethic that lets me laugh in the face of deadlines.

It is time for Blackbird.

Who is Blackbird? Some of my Eagle Force fans have seen him teased, and this is going to be a distinctly unrelated version, in his own continuity.

Blackbird is Adam Durant, an aspiring radio actor in the city of New Bremen, who is forced into the life of a crimefighter when his father is attacked by an old nemesis.

Now, what is Blackbird to me? It's a love letter to the old Republic movie serials, my favorite vintage radio shows, Will Eisner's The Spirit and some of the best early comic books. Blackbird is even more to me, though: it's a chance for me to reconnect with my father in print, who lived to work in radio, and died nine years ago.

Blackbird: Flight of Death, is written in a pulp style under the gun of a looming deadline. This isn't meant to be high art, or great literature: this is meant to be an entertaining, character-based, action-packed read that doesn't let up.

Are you in?

Risks and challenges

I'm using a different printer this time around, and am going to experience that process with them. Otherwise, this isn't much different from the six Eagle Force Pulp stories I've successfully written and published, and I don't anticipate many issues.

But, if any rear their ugly head, I'll let you know ASAP.

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    The paperback edition of the first Blackbird pulp novella.

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    Flight of Death signed edition

    The paperback edition of the first Blackbird pulp novella, signed and personalized by Christopher Irving.

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    The paperback edition of the first Blackbird pulp novella, signed and personalized by Christopher Irving, with the exclusive metal card of the book's cover.

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    Get in Blackbird's Way

    Find out what happens when you get in Blackbird's way! You will have a character named after you who, in the end, may not be so lucky!

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