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RIVAL: Gold & Silver by Dick Ayers, Tuska, Cardello

In the city of Bettano, a hero emerges. A long lost tale that can finally be told!

RIVAL: Gold & Silver by Dick Ayers, Tuska, Cardello

In the city of Bettano, a hero emerges. A long lost tale that can finally be told!

$39
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, September 1 2019 3:58 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated September 1, 2019

About

Hello everyone! Its my pleasure to invite you to this particular kickstarter comic. It has been a long time in the making. Its something that I never thought people would get the chance to see, but here we are! 

 In the tech-heavy city of Bettano, crime is at an all time high. Blood is being stolen and sold on the black market and authorities are powerless to stop it. Some are not too subtle about how they get it either. Two men rise to the forefront. The Rival...the man who has sworn to protect this city and make it safe for the girl he loves. The other...the Tingod, the fearless overlord who has no regard for society and their rules. Their lives will forever intertwine from this point on. And there is Sadie Thomas, the girl who loves the Rival. She begins to play a part in both of their lives. A part she never would've imagined. Rivals all. It begins what will become a psychological journey for all. This book will be the first in a long line of RIVAL books set to go forward.

Rival was a series I did many years ago, and was set very far in the characters life. There was never an origin issue for it. Never a beginning that I was able to share. Finally, we put together RIVAL gold and silver. It wasn't until recently that all production parts and pieces were returned that we were able to complete this edition and finally show the world this hidden gem done by some of the legends of the business. There are 4 stories in this volume, and you'll get know the world of Bettano through each one. This issue is where everything starts for the Rival. I'm very fortunate to have worked with the artists presented here. I'm grateful to have the chance to do right by them. Dare I say it, this issue is a very historic one, not just for Rival, but for comics in general. Its a redemption story, in and out of the book.

cover by B.Cardello
cover by B.Cardello

Dick Ayers does the full length story here. Dick is most known for his long run on Sgt.Fury, the Golden age Ghost Rider, and tons of other Marvel stories, many as a prolific inker to Jack Kirby. This is one of Dick's last stories before he moved on to draw his autobiography for meccabooks. He didnt miss a step drawing this one. Clear, precise work...beautiful in spots...detailed... Marvel really shudda had him drawing in his later years, and I think part of him wanted to prove he still had it in this one. He definitely did. I will even go so far to say this is one of his finest. What a better way to begin a characters gold and silver age than with a gold and silver age artist. His Rival is heroic, his Tingod is monstrous, and his Sadie...done with such class and emotion, you'll want to jump into this story and try to help her.


some of Ayers 27 page story
some of Ayers 27 page story

George Tuska, also a golden/silver age legend, does the 2nd story and its just as powerfully done as you would expect. George spent almost 10 years drawing Iron Man, but has also drew another black clad hero before...the Black Terror. And yep, we get to sneak a little of him in our issue too. This was one of 4 stories I did with George in my career, and if the plan goes right, youll get to see them all shortly. 


heres some from George's story
heres some from George's story

Marco Dileonardo handles the 3rd story as Sadie finds something out about Dillan that calls into question the morality of killing a villain. Brien Cardello(hey that's me!) handles the 4th story. Its a little day in the life bit which gives us some background on the man in the black suit himself. (hey you didnt think I was gonna leave me outta this didja?)


heres a few from Marco and Brien
heres a few from Marco and Brien

Fred Hembeck joins us for a short history lesson on the characters and creators in a 4 pager and we round out the book with some nifty pinups. Now usually I like showcasing newer talent in the books I do, but when I was putting all this together I thought the boys should have some contemporaries with them. Rounding out the gallery is Joe Sinnott, Gene Colan, Irwin Hasen, Mike Royer, and one more from George Tuska. 

I guess if I was picking a team I did okay. :)


some by Fred and clips from the gallery section
some by Fred and clips from the gallery section

Now it's all about fixing up the story, a twink here and there , and the production work, measuring, scanning... nearly complete. Not often does such a story being solicited here come so close to being finished, but that works in our favor..I like being way ahead of the game. 

I hope you'll join us for this very special book. A comic that combines elements of classic Marvel style and underground storytelling. I hope you'll be as exited to see them tackle Rival as I was, as we present a few tales that have never before been seen to some of their dearest fans. And if you weren't a fan before, I think you will be. Rival finally has his history, and if this goes well, you'll be seeing a lot more of him. Or is it her? Time will tell.

Now let's show off some of our reward levels:


 54% to richard ayers jr, 16% bob tuska, 16 Marco, 5 fred, 9 other


received the prototype to the gold cover! we dig it!

Risks and challenges

Risks? Ha, I eat risks for breakfast! (They tastes like tofu). I'm excited and looking forward to this. I've already bought the bags and boards and mailers. I've got my printer selected (Kablam if its a short run, print ninja for a larger one). I'm in pretty good health and expect to live long enough to make it happen. I wouldn't be surprised if it gets done before the date I've listed, and if there's any issues, snags, coughs, carpal tunnel syndrome, power outages, avalanches, bats through the window, I will let you know immediately.

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