Writer of The Incredible Hercules, Marvel Zombies, Herc, Power Man and more, Fred Van Lente is one of my favorite modern Marvel comics scribes. A clever and erudite man about funny books, Van Lente’s comics are always full to the brim with homages to the Marvel Comics legacy while paving new paths for these characters. He also worked on Cowboys and Aliens, later developed for the big screen by John Favreau.
Having breathed new life into Power Man, Hercules and Alpha Flight, Van Lente was about to embark on a foray of fisticuffs with The Destroyers with Kyle Holtz, a project that was sadly cut short before it even got started.
But what’s the end of Alpha Flight going to be like? Find out in this interview that gives a few hints and also some words of adoration for readers.
Bookmark his site here:http://www.fredvanlente.com/
Unfamiliar with Fred Van Lente’s work? Shame on you, but here are some suggestions:
Alpha Flight by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente Volume 1
Marvel Zombies 5
Incredible Hercules: Against the World
(read Sad Sack comic strips at http://sadsack.org/)
Known for its comic strip representation of beloved characters such as Casper the Friendly Ghost, and Little Audrey, Harvey Comics developed original characters that became part of the comics mythology and Americana such as Richie Rich. Perhaps the most well known Harvey Comics character is Sad Sack, the longest lasting comic strip creation and the first to see an adaptation on the big screen portrayed by Jerry Lewis!
Alan Harvey, the son of Harvey Comics founder Alfred Harvey, was in attendance at the NC Comiccon this past weekend showing off some treasures such as mint condition prints of Captain 3-D (including the glasses), copies of numerous Harvey comic books untouched by the comics code editors and many copies of the military buffoon Sad Sack and the curvaceous Black Cat (the first major comic book superheroine!). It was a pleasure talking to him but in case you missed the convention he re-enacted the experience for the Daily P.O.P.
For more info on Harvey Comics, visit: http://www.harvey.com/
Like many comic book properties from the 1940’s, Harvey Comics characters are involved in some legal wranglings over ownership but thankfully both Sad Sack and the Black Cat are owned by Alan Harvey. Sad Sack’s exploits are still making print and receiving accolades in the media from the press to TV getting a special mention in the History Channel’s Color of War.
The Black Cat is apparently due for a comeback of sorts so keep an eye out!
A superheroine who beat Wonder Woman to the punch, the Black Cat was a Hollywood actress by day and motorcycle riding crime fighter by night, donning a form-fitting costume to strike fear (?) into crooks. Drawn by sometime the Flash and Black Canary (a hauntingly similar character) cartoonist Lee Elias, the Black Cat was a big hit and went through several iterations; sometimes a western and even a horror strip but was destined for the big screen. Most recently the executive producer of the Batman films Michael Uslan showed interest in taking his hand at the Black Cat.
(Purchase Black Cat comics here: http://www.cafepress.com/lorneharvey/63868)
The Harvey Comics Treasury Volume 1
The Harvey Comics Treasury Volume 2
The Sad Sack