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Building plastic models isn't the only my only area of interest. Here are some thumbnail galleries of other things I've done.
ZOMBIE HIT MEN
ZOMBIE HIT MEN
In the mid 1990s, Doug Crill dreamed up a story about an immortal mad doctor who created four indestructible zombies. Doug asked me to draw the comic; I also edited his script into the comic book format. Dave Kleeberger scanned and colored the line art, turning it into image files we could send to the printer. Our books were distributed by Diamond Comics Distributors and sold world-wide.
The cover for ZOMBIE HIT MEN #1 set up our story. The immortal Dr. Ballou's wife, Lenore, is dying of some incurable malady. The doctor must keep her in stasis until he can find an unborn child into which he can "body jump" Lenore's spirit. As it turns out, the child he finds is the daughter of Angelo Dianelli, a small-time crime boss in Glass City, Ohio.
ZHM 1_Page 16
Madame Rose, a powerful voodoo queen, is one of Dr. Ballou's many minions. She and her daughter Sylvia play on Dianelli's desperate battle with a gangland rival, Eddie Mattoni. They bargain Dianelli's embryonic child for the aid of the Zombie Hit Men in stopping Mattoni.
ZHM 1_Page 5
Glass City police detective Steve McCarthy is drawn into the ghastly business as he investigates a drive-by shooting of Dianelli's men by those of Mattoni.
ZHM 1_Page 20
The final page of ZMH #1 introduces the zombies. Doug, Dave, and I all worked on the script; it's difficult for us to tell who contributed what. We are truly a three-legged stool.
This cover tells the reader exactly what the relationship is between Dr. Ballou and Angelo Dianelli. I placed Mme. Rose's daughter, Sylvia, next to Dianelli to show what her relationship is to him as well.
ZHM 2_Page 21
Dr. Ballou signs a "Covenant in Blood" with Dianelli that exchanges the use of the Zombie Hit Men for Dianelli's soon-to-be-born daughter. Dianelli's first assignment for the Zombies is to have them kill Eddie Mattoni. Lt. McCarthy is an unfortunate witness to the massacre.
ZHM 2_Page 23
His enemy defeated, Dianelli tries to weasel out of the Covenant, but Dr. Ballou holds firm (also Mattoni's head).
ZHM 2_Back Cover
The backs of the first two books gave a capsule description of our premise. I drew the front covers, Doug and Dave did the back. As I said, we've made pretty much equal contributions to ZOMBIE HIT MEN.
If you're familiar with the celebrities of Toledo, Ohio in the 1990s, you may spot some familiar faces on the cover. Dave really outdid himself with computer embellishments for this one.
ZHM 3_Page 7
Ballou must honor the Covenant in Blood on pain of death at the hands of the Zombie Hit Men. He tries to circumvent the agreement by using Lt. McCarthy as a pawn, courtesy of the "exploding head gag" - one of Doug's wildest ideas! The next step is forcible hypnosis that implants Ballou's evil directions into McCarthy's brain.
ZHM 3_Inside Cover
I styled the inside cover pages after the "splash page" of the 1960s-era Superman comics with which I grew up. This one seems to show that Dr. Ballou's plans are all working out. But there's always a hitch somewhere...
ZHM 3_Back Cover
By the time we got to book #3, Doug, Dave, and I had made appearances at various comics shows and Halloween attractions. We picked up a few celebrity endorsements along the way and these appeared on the back of book three. We wrapped up the original story line with that one and, not having found a publisher to lighten the load of creating the comics, we put the project to rest. Until...
CD Cover Art Mock Up
In 2015, about 20 years after we first started working on the comic books, Doug and Dave came to me with a large number of songs and music they'd composed for ZOMBIE HIT MEN: THE MUSICAL. What was lacking was a script, which was where I came in. As of this writing, we're nearly finished with the book and songs for the musical. The plan is to package the CDs with the comics for the current generation of zombie fans. Stay tuned, kiddies...!
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