Big Bang Stars

By Allen Berrebbi

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Ultiman
Thunder Girl
Speed Queen Earth A
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Oblivia
Knight Watchman Graveyard Shift
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Kid Galahad
El Diablo
Dr Weird
The Blitz Earth A
The Beacon Earth A
Badge Silver Age

Big Bang Universe #3 – on sale in May 2017 from AC Comics

By Gary Carlson

Just a heads up to remind you all to look for Big Bang Universe #3 in May 2017 from AC Comics. It’s got a great cover by Jeff Weigel, (right) plus an amazing alternate cover by Ron Williams (below).

You asked for it – – you’ve got it! An 80 Page Giant featuring Ultiman, America’s Greatest Hero, in his most fantastic adventures ever, with an all-star line-up of guest heroes and super villains!

First up is the three-part novel, “Ultiman of the Atom” in which Ultiman is transported to the nucleus of an Ultranium atom, the radioactive element that gives him his powers. There he discovers a futuristic civilization of people with super powers like his own and falls in love! This Silver Age gem features art by Joe & Rob Sharp, and Tim Stiles!

Next, the Ultimate Human Being finds himself in a slugfest with Vesuvius, the Human Volcano from Faust’s Four who is trying to break INTO a maximum security prison! Then Ultiman finds himself refereeing a fight between an irate Venus, Goddess of Love and War, and the super paparazzi known as Shutterbug, who made the mistake of snapping a picture of the Goddess when she was topless! This 2-parter features fabulous art by Donnie Page, with inks by Bob Rivard, Mike Matthew and Donnie Page!

Finally, the Man of The Future confronts a caped and cowled predator in the dead of night that turns out to be the infamous arsonist known as Diablo, come to wreak havoc and raise hell in modern day Empire City, by Ron Williams!

EpisoPlus – – the Knight Watchman comic strip adventure “The Crime Chef!” by Chris Ecker and Roger McKenzie, and Hannibal the Cannibal by Mike Worley!

Remember – look for it from AC Comics in Diamond’s Previews for a May 2017

release.

80pgs, B&W……………………………..$9.95

For the Diamond online Preview, and a free download promo, visit:

https://www.previewsworld.com/Catalog/MAR171233

BB Chronological 19: BB #3 – Third Time’s The Charm!

By Gary Carlson

With the third issue of Big Bang Comics published under the Image Comics banner, I thought that we were really on a roll. Ultiman and Thunder Girl made their debut at Image, and our flagship character the Knight Watchman was back for his third consecutive issue.

Big Bang was essentially an anthology series, featuring different characters in every issue because frankly, it wasn’t making enough money to support any of us. Orders for the book on the direct market had improved over what we had been doing at Caliber, but they weren’t really that great for an Image title. Therefore, we were making sure that the Knight Watchman was a constant presence so fans would find a familiar face in each issue and keep coming back.

This issue’s main story, “The Ultimate Criminal” was a Silver Age World’s Finest type story featuring Ultiman and the Knight Watchman (known to us at Big Bang as the World’s Best Friends). From the very beginning, we made no bones about the characters being homages and we definitely weren’t making fun of how stupid the old stories may have been. Hopefully the love showed.

I wasn’t reinventing Superman or trying to rip him off. The similarities were obvious. It was the differences that we were proud of. We always called it “taking a left hand turn” from the actual characters. Villain Dexter Cortex was something of a combination of Lex Luther and Brainiac, a man who hard-wired his brain into a computer to outsmart Ultiman.

The other villain, Reverso escaped from a mirror-image world where everything was opposite. Where Ultiman was good, his doppelganger was evil. For a while, even Ultiman thought he was committing crimes that he couldn’t remember under some evil influence, until the Knight Watchman turned up to help. Reverso was definitely a nod to Bizarro – the dialogue in his word balloons was reversed (not actually backwards typeface but the words were in reverse order: YOU I LOVE instead of I LOVE YOU).

There were lots of “twists” in the mythos. Ultiman’s Secret Citadel was in a live fiery volcano. U-Man’s secretary Lori Lake was in love with him ( astronaut turned super hero Chris Kelly), but detested his “brother” Carl who was something of a jerk. Of course, Carl was Ultiman’s alter-ego. Carl really had been Ultiman’s brother, but when he perished in an as yet unpublished story, Chris decided to adopt his bad-boy brother’s persona to get a break from being Ultiman all the time, and to get an “in” with the more unsavory element of civilization, a la Matches Malone. Just a heads up – – the real Carl Kelly will finally be making an appearance in comics in May 2017, in the pages of “Ultiman of the Atom” in Big Bang Universe #3 from AC Comics, written by me with art by Joe & Rob Sharp on Chapter 1 (and Tim Stiles in Chapters 2 and 3)..

I loved (and still do) the classic Superman stories and had a blast writing this one and creating the mythology of Ultiman. What made it even more special for me was the art by Jeff Weigel. I had met Jeff at the Chicago ComiCon, and when he showed me his samples I jumped up saying “This looks like Curt Swan inked by Murphy Anderson!” He backed away saying “Yeah, that’s what everyone says.” Curt was a dinosaur at the time, having been shunted aside by DC in favor of John Byrne and the other new guys on Superman.

I showed Jeff what we were doing with Big Bang and eventually convinced him we weren’t just trying to rip off DC. Jeff penciled the front cover, which was inked by Andrew Pepoy, and also penciled the main story, which had inks by Ed Quinby. The issue even had an ad for the two self-published issues of Jeff’s own character, the Sphinx, who eventually joined the Big Bang Universe a few issues later.

Big Bang #3 also featured a two page centerfold pin-up of the Knight Watchman and Silver-Age Shadowhawk penciled by Jim Valentino and inked by Chris Ecker, done prior to the “Angry Red Aliens” story from issue #2.

This was followed by a Superswine one-pager by Gary Fields, and ended with Thunder Girl Meets Her Evil Imitator!” written and drawn by the wonderful Bill Fugate. Bill was as great a writer as he was a cartoonist, and I would’ve been jealous to be so easily replaced on my own character’s story if I hadn’t loved his work so much.

In this tale, that nefarious chimp Dr. Binana builds a machine that can duplicate the World’s Strongest Girl’s powers. He then bestows them upon the criminal Bad Penny (one half of the crime duo Penny and Claude), turning her into Tornado Girl. Luckily, Thunder Girl prevails and carries the criminals off to their just rewards.

Classic Big Bang from cover to cover.

Gary Carlson

1/31/2017

Back issues for most Big Bang’s are available for purchase for $3 at our back issue store:

http://bigbangcomics.com/products-page/comic-books/image-comics/

Thunder Girl Digest is available through Amazon at:

https://www.amazon.com/Thunder-Girl-Digest-Comics-Collection/dp/1494803100/ref=sr_1_9?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485895214&sr=1-9&keywords=Thunder+Girl

Ultiman: The Ultimate Collection is available through Amazon at:

https://www.amazon.com/Ultiman-Ultimate-Collection-Bang-Comics/dp/1511404140/ref=pd_bxgy_14_img_3?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=8PHNKZR3FVA4V3M63Y4S

The Sphinx Collection by Jeff Weigel is available through Amazon at:

https://www.amazon.com/Sphinx-Big-Bang-Comics-Collection/dp/1490316825/ref=pd_sim_14_4?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=4R9XH1G1HDHXTQW487MJ

Coming Soon to A Comic Shop Near You…

By Gary Carlson

Just a quick heads up to all you Big Bang Comics fans out there!

Feathers of Doom,” the Golden Age Knight Watchman story that introduced the nefarious Pink Flamingo to comics audiences everywhere returns to comic book shelves in the pages of Erik Larsen’s Savage Dragon #220 any day now.

Presented in color for the very first time, this story was written by myself and Chris Ecker, with amazing art by John Thompson. It was originally published in Knight Watchman: Graveyard Shift #1 a long time ago, but has been painstakingly colored by Adam Pruett and Anthony Cuzon for its appearance in Savage Dragon #220.

Be sure to haunt your comic shop to pick up this issue of my favorite comic book being published today!

Hopefully this will whet your appetites for the all-new Big Bang Universe #3 coming this May from AC Comics. Watch for it in Diamond Previews soon!

Gary Carlson

1/29/2017

BB Chronological 18: BB #2 – The Second Time Around

By Gary Carlson

We felt that our second issue of Big Bang at Image Comics was another very strong one. It featured our flagship character, the Knight Watchman, guest-starred Jim Valentino’s Silver Age Shadowhawk, contained a Golden Age era Badge story with Mark Lewis’ wonderful Simon & Kirby homaged artwork, and concluded with a short Dr. Weird prose story written by Ed DeGeorge.

All of that PLUS a back cover pin-up of the Beacon by Golden Age legend Mart Nodell, creator of the Green Lantern!

The front cover and main story, The Angry Red Aliens were the work of Chris Ecker; writing, pencils, inks and letters – a quadruple threat. I asked Chris if he would share his recollections of creating this story, and the following is what he had to say:

“I don’t really remember whose idea it was to do a Big Bang Comics story combining Knight Watchman and Silver Age Shadowhawk, but it was probably Jim Valentino’s. Jim had always been an enthusiastic Big Bang supporter and I had previously drawn a modern Shadowhawk trading card in the Tom King style at Jim’s request. He had already toyed with the Silver Age Shadowhawk and published some stories as I recall when we came on board at Image. Jim drew a Silver Age Shadowhawk/Knight Watchman pin up page in the style of a Bob Kane Golden Age Batman cover and sent it to me for inking.

Looking back, I don’t think Jim really imposed many (if any) rules on the use of Silver Age Shadowhawk and Squirrel (SSH’s son & sidekick), but I knew better than to add anything substantive to the continuity or mythos. I wanted to use only the major characters of Knight Watchman and Silver Age Shadowhawk as equals, and I knew I didn’t want to have the sidekicks getting in the way.

I also knew that I wanted to set the story in the 1950s and use a thinly veiled Red Scare of that era as a tent pole for the story. I figured the 50s entertainment was full of alien invasions, communist sleepers, the FBI as authoritarian heroes, and newly televised Government processes.

Let me digress for a moment to give a little creative insight for me in general, and this story specifically. As an infant of the late 50s and a child of the early 60s, my view of “comic book” Superheroes was informed by what I saw on TV. That is to say, MY Flash Gordon was Buster Crabbe, MY Superman was George Reeves, MY Batman was Adam West. Because I viewed the live action series first, then discovered the print versions, in MY mind, the comic books and the newspaper strips were reflections of THEM, not the other way around. Consequently, when I create comics, I see and hear those voices, see those images, feel that atmosphere—in my mind, and try to translate that to the page.

Anyway…I decided that in this story, both Knight Watchman and Silver Age Shadowhawk were publicly known and welcomed as independent crime fighters of the highest caliber. The threat would appear to be of alien origin, but in reality would be Earthbound and of a sinister anti-American nature. Our heroes would each independently volunteer to help, and the FBI would be involved.

As I usually do, I added personal touches like having the congressional hearings on Superhero activities in the story presided over by creator friends of mine; Larry Marder, Donald Simpson, and Jim Valentino, who surround the secret villain of the piece, Senator Keefhouser. The kidnapped scientific genius, who is also the Knight Watchman’s inventive confidant, is a caricature of one of my favorite creators, Will Eisner, known in this story as Igor Eisner. Eisner creates a bogus circuit board as a clue that he hopes Knight Watchman will eventually find and decipher.

All in all, I was and remain pretty proud of the story, having been allowed to play in one of the Image founding fathers’ creative sandboxes, and adding to the Image story.”

Thanks Chris. Shown above are two of the pages from his roughs to finals.

The other featured story in this issue was The Zombie Crime Boss, starring the Badge and his young Rookies (Trooper and Bobbie). The villain of the piece was Dr. Cadaver (created by David Easter) – the city’s coroner who aimed to become the city’s new crime boss by reanimating corpses in the morgue and sending them out to commit crimes. Cadaver was tripped up in the story by one of his zombies – – the infamous Public Enemy #1 – Louie “Scarface” Provalone, who had been executed earlier that evening. But Scarface didn’t take orders from anybody and filled Dr. Cadaver full of lead.

This story was written by myself and inked by Jeff Meyer, but Mark Lewis’ pencils are the star of this one. I love all of the work Mark did for Big Bang over the years, but his Joe Simon/Jack Kirby stories are my favorites.

Last but not least was the Dr. Weird story, Creatures of the Night. It is a powerful little tale that pitted the Golden Ghost against a demonic Changeling that had replaced a young boy in his parent’s own house, and the dramatic rescue from the nether dimension where the boy was trapped.

Gary Carlson

1/23/2017

Back issues for most issues are available for purchase for $3 at our back issue store: http://bigbangcomics.com/products-page/comic-books/image-comics/

BB Chronological 17: A NEW IMAGE FOR BIG BANG COMICS.

By Gary Carlson

Starting over? A new beginning? It didn’t really feel that way after leaving Caliber Press to join Image Comics. Most of the material in the first few issues at the Big “I” was in the works before we left Caliber. The interiors were still in color. Had we hit the big time? I don’t know. We knew that we had the chance to reach a wider audience so we just kept plugging away.

We decided to hit the ground running and lead off the new run with a few Image characters. Erik Larsen’s Mighty Man starred in volume 2 number 1, and Jim Valentino’s (Silver Age) Shadowhawk guest-starred in number 2.

Mighty Man went way back to the beginning of my career in comics – – my independent comic Megaton! The World’s Mightiest Man was present in the first batch of samples and character designs that Erik had sent me prior to our collaboration on the Vanguard stories in 1981 or so, and he first showed up in Megaton #2. Here we were, 15 years later and I was working for Erik. We did a few Vanguard mini-series, and Mighty Man was appearing in Savage Dragon.

Erik was (and is) a big fan of the original Captain Marvel. I think he grew up reading his Dad’s comics collection. Me? I started with DC’s 1970s revival (unless you count Steranko’s History of the Comics and the one page that DC allowed Jules Feiffer to reprint in The Great Comic Book Heroes) and worked my way backward.

Thunder Girl was technically Big Bang’s homage to the Big Red Cheese, but we were thrilled to get the chance to do Mighty Man. Bill Fugate’s art was as perfect for MM as it was for T-Girl. The villain of the story was the Wicked Worm, a leech that could mind-control any living being it latched on to. While obviously an homage to Cap’s own worm Mr. Mind, it also tied in to the villainous Horde that was wreaking havoc in Savage Dragon. Horde was a pile of the brain-sucking leeches. I figured that the Wicked Worm was the first of many.

My co-conspirator Chris Ecker drew a layout for the front cover and Bill Fugate finished it up beautifully. Chris also wrote and penciled a Knight Watchman story, the second feature in BB #1, which was inked by Jim Brozman. The Sinister Quizmaster introduced Nestor Whitt, a television game show writer gone bad. The Knight Watchman was forced to match wits with the Quizmaster, who had strapped the Twilight Paladin’s sidekick Kid Galahad in an electric chair. While KW evaded the villain’s questions designed to expose their secret identities, Galahad escaped and socked his captor.

Rounding out the issue was a two page Dr. Weird prose story, written by Ed DeGeorge and illustrated by Stephanie Sanderson (now Heike). In The Master of Ghosts, Dr. Rex Ward faced off against an old man with a golden amulet who called himself the Ghost Master! Although he himself was dead, the Golden Avenger was able to disobey the amulet’s power, so the old fiend called upon the ghosts of Aaron Burr, Tecumseh and Cleopatra for aid.Volume 2 number 1 was one of our strongest issues ever, but my own favorite piece in the book was (and is) the introduction on the inside front cover by Big Bang scribe Terrance Griep, Jr (also known now as the indy wrestling star Spider Baby). He introduced us and some of the characters, and told the readers what to expect in the future. Toward the end of it he wrote “If this is your first Big Bang comic, then I genuinely envy you. . . you’re about to take a thrilling journey back in time”. Do yourself a favor – click on it and read it for yourself.

See you next time.

Gary Carlson

1/19/2017

Back issues for most issues are available for purchase for $3 at our back issue store. This link will take you to the Image series, but there are also lists of the Caliber issues, Big Bang Presents, and even some Megaton back issues. Check ’em out:

http://bigbangcomics.com/products-page/comic-books/image-comics/

Coming in May 2017: BIG BANG UNIVERSE #3 From AC Comics

By Gary Carlson

Hey Gang! Just a heads up to let you know to keep your eyes open for Diamond Previews for May 2017 because that’s when AC Comics will be soliciting for the latest and greatest issue of Big Bang Universe!

We’re just putting the finishing touches on the book and it’s just about ready to go.

It’s another 80 Page Giant with all-new material, this time starring America’s Greatest Hero — Ultiman! It features a cover by THE Ultiman artist, Jeff Weigel and an alternate (1 out of 5) cover by Ron Williams, all for the low price of $9.95!

This issue is chock full of guest heroes and villains, as you can see by the above cover. Venus, the Goddess of Love and War is on hand, as is the super paparazzi known as Shutterbug as well as such bad guys as the walking volcano known as Vesuvius, and the villainous Vibrator – all in an action-packed thriller drawn by the dynamic Donnie Page and inked by Bob Rivard & Mike Matthew!

Ultiman also faces off against the creepy denizen of the night known as Diablo in a story drawn by the talented Ron Williams.

BB Universe #3 will feature one of the favorite stories that I’ve ever written – – a Silver-Age 3-Part Novel starring Ultiman that has been years in the making. “Ultiman of the Atom” features character designs and Chapter One art by the amazing Sharp Brothers of Australia, Rob & Joe Sharp, and concluding chapters by the terrific Tim Stiles!

And just for the heck of it, we’re including the comic strip starring Ultiman’s Best Friend, the Knight Watchman as he faces off against the crazy Crime Chef by Chris Ecker, Roger McKenzie and Matt Hansel.

I’ll be posting more info and links when Previews hits the stands, but keep your eyes peeled. It’s going to be a May to remember!

Gary Carlson

1/13/2017

GARY REED

By Allen Berrebbi

R.I.P. Gary Reed

BIG BANG UNIVERSE #2!

By Allen Berrebbi

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Shipping in December from AC Comics: BIG BANG UNIVERSE #2!
Just in time for Christmas! 80 pages of all out action as the National Guardians – Badge, Golden Idol, Venus, Ramm, Butterfly, El Gigante, BlackAdder – combine forces to protect the world from deadly threats such as the Hyper-Ape! The Blue Ox! The Ancient Mariner! Dr. Cadaver and Iron Maiden!

If you haven’t ordered your copy yet, call your comic book shop TODAY!

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DIMENSIONEER is back

By Allen Berrebbi

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It’s ALIVE!

Attention all Big Bang fans: Dan Reed’s dynamic DIMENSIONEER is back!!!!! The star of Big Bang Comics #s 20-22 is alive and well and starring in his own brand-new website. The original stories have been remastered and are presented in full color for the very first time, and all-new adventures are on the way from the pen of dynamic Dan Reed. Check it out!

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BIG BANG COMICS ROLE PLAYING SUPPLEMENT

By Allen Berrebbi

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HIDEOUTS & HOODLUMS Supplement V is finally here! This is the first time H&H, the premier retro comic book RPG, has teamed up with a retro comic book publisher, Big Bang. Big Bang founders Gary Carlson and Chris Ecker have reviewed and endorsed this product, in addition to offering invaluable feedback and access to their archives.

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PROTOPLASM COLOR CAVALCADE

By Allen Berrebbi

PROTOPLASM COLOR CAVALCADE

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Meet Protoplasman, the Human Waterballoon! The Liquidy Lawman uses his weird powers to fight evil in Mammoth City with his partner, P.I. Rose Daly. They often succeed despite the “help” of their sad sack sidekick, woeful Willie Wampum.
Thrills, Chills and Laughs abound in this Collectors’ Edition of 5 wild PROTOPLASMAN tales! You’ll see GIANT VAMPIRES! 2-HEADED CORPSES! HOLLYWOOD HOODLUMS! VIOLENT VIXENS and other menaces out to POP the Human Waterballoon!

Click the image above to find out more about the FULL COLOR collector’s edition of Protoplasm Color Cavalcade.

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THE KNIGHT WATCHMAN THROUGH THE YEARS

By Allen Berrebbi

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Once again, from our pals at Pulp 2.0, another peak at what’s in store for the Big Bang History of Comics. Various looks of the Knight Watchman throughout the years.

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KNIGHT WATCHMAN PULP COVER

By Allen Berrebbi

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From our pals at Pulp 2.0

When you’re designing a book like the BIG BANG HISTORY OF COMICS, you’re part historian/ part archeologist. When you’re digging around the vault you’re bound to find most anything. (Beware of the snakes!)

For example: Here is the long lost cover to the aborted KNIGHT WATCHMAN pulp magazine. True fans know Garrison Robillard, the founder of Big Bang Comics got his start in the pulps, and for a brief moment considered creating a pulp magazine to complement the sales of DEDUCTIVE and other comics that Knight Watchman appeared within. Robillard was never afraid to “use all of the buffalo,” as long as it didn’t cost him a lot of money, and his magazine distribution co. needed product.

This cover was “commissioned” on a Friday and expected to be on Robillard’s desk Monday morning, hence this artwork’s resemblance to another pulp character who ironically also originated from comics [Which is where we think Robillard got the idea! ] — with Chris Ecker and Gary Carlson.

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SIMMONS AND KINGLER KNIGHT WATCHMAN

By Allen Berrebbi

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The Knight Watchman and Kid Galahad by the mighty team of Simmons & Kingler… from the upcoming BIG BANG HISTORY OF COMICS exclusively from Pulp 2.0!

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INDICIA PAGE – BIG BANG HISTORY OF COMICS

By Allen Berrebbi

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Work in progress indicia page for our upcoming BIG BANG HISTORY OF COMICS. Creating a lot of two-page spreads for this to give it a BIG look.

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Coming Soon! The Ultimate Collection

By Allen Berrebbi

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From our pals at Pulp 2.0 comes the Ultimate Collection!

From the Pulp 2.0 Site:

Ultiman is created by Gary Carlson & Chris Ecker and is part of our Big Bang Comics Collection.

Chris Kelly is The Ultimate Human Being – Ultiman! Chris was a 4F reject driving home from his draft board, when his car was hit by a glowing meteor, charging him up with atomic power. He became as strong as an ox, as fast as a racing car, had skin like steel and could jump the length of a football field. He donned a costume and became ULTIMAN.

The 5th volume in the BIG BANG COMICS COLLECTION gathers together all of the stories from Ultiman’s long list of super-heroic adventures. A cornerstone of the Big Bang Comics Universe (along with Knight Watchman and Thunder Girl), Ultiman is a classic comic book character whose adventures are fun for the whole family to read!
In addition to all of the Ultiman stories, this Pulp 2.0 edition features bonus materials such as never-before-seen artwork, the History of Ultiman, and rare material not seen in a decade. They’re all here – Ultiman, Lori Lake, Ultragirl, Thunder Girl, and the Pantheon of Heroes — the entire Ultiman Family of characters from the Big Bang universe.

Included in this edition is the NEVER-BEFORE-PUBLISHED STORY by Ultiman Artist Jeff Weigel (THE SPHINX)

We’d like to thank the following talents for their work on the stories that comprise this Ultimate Collection:

Jerry Acerno, Jeff Austin, Howard Bender, Odie Bracy, James Cassara, Ed DeGeorge, Susan Dorne, Rusty Gilligan, Darren Goodhart, Butch Guice, Bob Hack, Greg Kirkpatrick, Mike Kirsten, Mark Lewis, Tony Manginelli, Mike Matthew, Jeff Pedigo, Ed Quinby, Daniel Reed, Bob Rivard, Andrew Sheppard, Don Simpson, Mark Spears, Tim Stiles, and especially John Thompson and Jeff Weigel.

Order now from CREATESPACE.

Coming any moment to Amazon outlets worldwide!

List Price: $9.99
6.69″ x 9.61″
Black & White Bleed on White paper
160 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1511404143
ISBN-10: 1511404140
BISAC: Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes

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SHOP IS BACK ONLINE

By Allen Berrebbi

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We have a few ways to buy, all in the navigation menu under STORE.

But here is the link to the back issue shop. Priced to move.

ONLINE SHOP

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BIG BANG UNIVERSE #1 – DIAMOND PREVIEWS STAFF PICK

Big Bang Universe #1 is a Diamond Previews Staff Pick for February! Published by our good friends at AC Comics.

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DIAMOND PREVIEWS STAFF PICK

By Allen Berrebbi

Diamond Previews

Big Bang Universe #1 is a Diamond Previews Staff Pick for February! Published by our good friends at AC Comics.

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WIZARD WORLD MADISON

By Allen Berrebbi

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Our very own Gary Carlson will be a guest at Wizard World Madison the weekend of the February 6-8 2015. Don’t forget to stop by and say hi and discuss all things Big Bang!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE CONVENTION

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COMING IN APRIL 2015 FROM AC COMICS!

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Big Bang Universe 1 – Standard Cover – Kerry Talbot

BIG BANG COMICS is back!! BB returns to comic shops with an 80 page Giant of new material from AC Comics!! The KNIGHT WATCHMAN stars in “Skeletons In The Closet”, a 48-page contemporary novella written by Gary Carlson and illustrated by Kerry Talbott, a solo GALAHAD story by Carlson with art by C.B. Burk featuring SHUTTERBUG and an unpublished Retro-60’s KW adventure by Bobby Nash and Jeff Austin.
Special Notes: Ships with TWO covers in an approximate 4-to-1 ratio, 4 with the Kerry Talbott Knight Watchman (cover A) and 1 with the Galahad – Lady In Waiting painted design by C.B. Burk (cover B).

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Big Bang Universe 1 – Galahad Variant Cover – C.B. Burk

COMING IN APRIL 2015 FROM AC COMICS!

By Allen Berrebbi

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Big Bang Universe 1 – Standard Cover – Kerry Talbot

BIG BANG COMICS is back!! BB returns to comic shops with an 80 page Giant of new material from AC Comics!! The KNIGHT WATCHMAN stars in “Skeletons In The Closet”, a 48-page contemporary novella written by Gary Carlson and illustrated by Kerry Talbott, a solo GALAHAD story by Carlson with art by C.B. Burk featuring SHUTTERBUG and an unpublished Retro-60’s KW adventure by Bobby Nash and Jeff Austin.
Special Notes: Ships with TWO covers in an approximate 4-to-1 ratio, 4 with the Kerry Talbott Knight Watchman (cover A) and 1 with the Galahad – Lady In Waiting painted design by C.B. Burk (cover B).

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Big Bang Universe 1 – Galahad Variant Cover – C.B. Burk

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THE CRIME COOK

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The Crime Cook

ORIGINAL ART

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CAN WE BUY ORIGINAL ART FOR THE COMIC STRIP?

Since the Knight Watchman Digital Strips posted so far are completely remastered, digitally created documents, we’re looking into the possibility of printing either full color or black and white limited original art size, signed prints for art collectors.

Like other strips, we will only print one of each (one in B&W & one in color), and we will let you know what the cost would be for them, once we find out if this can be done reasonably.

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ORIGINAL ART

GARY CARLSON INTERVIEW WITH TWO GEEKS TALKING

GARY CARLSONGary Carlson is also interviewed by Two Geeks Talking and it is very informative. Here about his long and extensive history in the comic biz and learn about how he met Chris, as well as the origins of Big Bang Comics

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ON SALE NOW – KNIGHT WATCHMAN THE GOLDEN AGE

When Reid Randall, fashion designer, dons a hood mask and shield to avenge the murder of his brother by vicious mobsters eager to take over the family garment business as a front for their criminal operations, he becomes THE KNIGHT WATCHMAN.

From the archives of the BIG BANG COMICS COLLECTION comes this rare glimpse into the origins of Midway City’s Twilight Paladin. Totally remastered in crisp black & white , this volume collects his greatest golden age stories together for the first time! Thrill as the Knight Watchman and his sidekick, KID GALAHAD, thwart the plans of master criminals like PINK FLAMINGO, GRANDFATHER CLOCK, MR. MASK, and QUIZMASTER.

Featuring classic stories by CHRIS ECKER, GARY CARLSON, PAUL FRICKE, MIKE MATTHEW, JIM BROZMAN, DAVID ZIMMERMAN, MARK SCHIRMER, DAN PREECE, STUART SAYGER, JOHN THOMPSON, BILL SCHELLY, MIKE WORLEY, TERRY BEATTY, TERRANCE GRIEP, JR. , TIM STILES, JEFF AUSTIN, and many,many more!

Including our Pulp 2.0 Bonus Features: The History of the Knight Watchman, Toy Development Sketches, Animation Model Sheets, Sketches, Promotional Materials, The Knight Watchman Costume, and much, much, more!

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INTERVIEW WITH CHRIS ECKER

A very interesting interview with Big Bang Comics co-founder Chris Ecker.

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CHRIS ECKER

CHRIS ECKERChris Ecker has had an over thirty year career in both the creative and retail ends of the comics industry, worked as a professional wrestling announcer, held journalist positions on two national magazines, and designed toys, children’s books, and national advertising campaigns.

Hired as the first full time employee of the Moondog’s Comics chain, Chris spent over fifteen years in management of ChicagoLand’s most prominent chain of comic book and pop culture stores.

He was also a mainstay at Gary Carlson’s MEGATON Comics, where he co-created and drew the independent b&w comic book RAMM with writer Lee Dolezal, as well as helping with lettering and production work on other titles.

His cartooning career included a short stint as assistant to Rick Fletcher, supplying lettering on the DICK TRACY syndicated comic strip and as a gag cartoonist, with work appearing in the Chicago Tribune Sunday comics.

He was one of the original founders of Chicago’s NOW Comics after the release of his self published EB’NN the Raven comic book in the 1980s drew the attention of entrepreneur Tony Caputo. With the third issue, EB’NN became one of the fledgling company’s tent pole titles. At Ecker’s suggestion, NOW Comics pursued such licensed titles as SPEED RACER and ASTRO BOY, eventually adding REAL GHOSTBUSTERS, TERMINATOR, Married With Children and other licensed properties to their publishing roster.

Chris also created and served as editor/writer on BATTLE-AXE MAGAZINE for Comics Interview, and worked as a freelance artist in advertising–supplying production art for Curious George and Cap’n Crunch, as well as producing art for comic books published by First Comics and Mirage Studios before co-creating BIG BANG COMICS with Gary Carlson.

Chris eventually moved into journalism as a writer/markets editor for Sendai publications HERO ILLUSTRATED magazine and HERO ON-LINE where he reported on the market trends in the burgeoning direct market comic business of the 1990s.

He also worked with Marvel/DC artist and pro wrestler P.D. “Dark Angel” Gabrielle as a ring and on air announcer for CIWA Pro Wrestling and on the POWERSLAM Pro wrestling TV show.

After a three year stay in the motorcycling industry as an advertising artist for a chain of Harley-Davidson dealerships, Ecker became the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Moose International, the parent organization for the Loyal Order of Moose Fraternity, serving as Associate Editor of the international Moose Magazine. He also designed the Tommy Moose plush toy and a wrote and drew a children’s book featuring the character for the organization.

Ecker is currently producing the Knight Watchman Digital Comic Strip released online every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and which will soon be written by legendary comic book writer Roger McKenzie, and inked by Matthew Hansel.

KNIGHT WATCHMAN THE GOLDEN AGE – COMING SOON

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KNIGHT WATCHMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE

KNIGHT WATCHMAN GOLDEN AGEAttention Junior Watchmen! Knight Watchman The Golden Age is in the works as a trade format collection from PULP 2.0.

THE SPHINX

THE SPHINX TRADE PAPERBACKTHE SPHINX – Mysterious Adventurer from a Realm Beyond Imagination! Created by Jeff Weigel and part of the BIG BANG COMICS COLLECTION! Who is The Sphinx? Adventurer? Entrepreneur? Mankind’s Saviour? That’s been the question on everyone’s mind since PETER CHEFREN appeared out of nowhere and saved countless lives with his daring spirit and almost magical technology…

But who exactly is THE MYSTERIOUS SPHINX? Find out as PULP 2.0 collects all of his adventures together with exclusive bonus material on this multi-dimensional mystery man.

Direct from the BIG BANG COMICS COLLECTION comes the Graphic Novel Beyond Imagination!

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THUNDER GIRL DIGEST

THUNDER GIRL DIGESTFrom The Big Bang Comics Collection comes this tribute to one of the greatest “girl comics” of all time – THUNDER GIRL! Chosen from among all others by the immortal Mother Nature, young Molly Wilson has been entrusted with the very forces of the universe in order to right wrongs, and seek truth and justice for all. In times of dire need, young Molly has the power to call on these forces of nature with the utterance of a single magical word: ALAKAZAM! A word that transforms the shy young orphan into the “Strongest Girl in the World,” THUNDER GIRL!

Now – armed with the flight of an eagle, the wisdom of an owl, the strength of an elephant, eyes of a hawk, and skin as hard as a diamond – Thunder Girl fulfills the destiny Mother Nature saw for her as a champion of Peace and Justice. This Pulp 2.0 edition features all the Thunder Girl stories together for the first time along with bonus features that go behind the scenes of the history of Big Bang Comics and its Maid of Magic.

Included is a tribute to the artist who made Thunder Girl great – Bill Fugate who passed away in 2013.

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KNIGHT WATCHMAN: GRAVEYARD SHIFT

GRAVEYARD SHIFTThe graphic novel from the acclaimed Big Bang Comics mini-series originally published by Image Comics in 1998. This is the gripping story by Chris Ecker, Gary Carlson with stark, atmospheric, film noir-ish artwork by Ben Torres. It’s been five long years since the Knight Watchman prowled the streets of Midway City… Now the city is under siege, and the streets are deadlier than ever before… But so is he.

On the heels of an assassination attempt that leaves the Mayor in a coma and the city’s hero, GALAHAD, in traction; THE KNIGHT WATCHMAN ends his retirement and returns to the streets to keep the city from falling further into chaos. However, chaos is exactly the plan orchestrated by the Knight Watchman’s arch enemy, PINK FLAMINGO. The master criminal has taken over the city government by installing Deputy Mayor PRINCETON into office, and unleashing the dirty cops on his payroll. When a mugger turns up dead and the evidence points straight at the Knight Watchman, Midway City’s former hero becomes its most wanted criminal. This edition from Pulp 2.0 features the gritty, urban superhero storytelling that was a hallmark of the 90’s, and reinvented one of the founding heroes of the Big Bang Universe.

This edition is complete with bonus features making it a must-have for all comics fans.

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THE MAN CALLED MR. MASK

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TIME CRIMES OF GRANDFATHER CLOCK

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KNIGHT WATCHMAN ORIGIN

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KID GALAHAD

kid-galahadReal Name: Jerry Randall

Identity/Class: Normal human

Occupation: Lawyer

Aliases: the Kid Whiz, Galahad, White Knight, Knight Watchman

Affiliations: Whiz Kids, Round Table of America

History: Kid Galahad was groomed from a young age to fight crime and the Kid Whiz dedicated his life to that pursuit. Along the way, he passed on some of what he learned to other youthful crimefighters as the leader of a team that became known as the Whiz Kids. He spent some time in New York City studying with an aged master of Japanese martial arts.

Galahad dropped the “Kid” from his name when he entered college and left Midway City. Yearning to not only stop criminals but to see them locked away, Jerry studied law. After graduation, he returned to Midway City to work for the District Attorney by day and patrol the streets at night as Galahad. The demands of two full time jobs stretched Jerry to the limit and when the time came to make a decision, Galahad won out.

Inspired by Ultiman’s example, Galahad vowed to become a symbol of hope for the citizens of Midway City. Leaving the “night shift” to the Watchman, Galahad began operating during the daylight hours to become a visible presence in Midway. He worked with the police and the FBI, fighting not only crime but also corruption.

Meanwhile, Jerry became a corporate lawyer and a partner in the family business. He married his long time girlfriend Maggie and they bought a large mansion on Midway City’s famed Platinum Coast. Once owned by smugglers, Jerry converted the secret basement into the Dungeon, his own version of the Watch Tower.

Over the years the Watchman and Galahad fought crime individually and as a team. Galahad replaced his mentor in the Round Table of America and came to be regarded as the team leader by even the older members.

The Knight Watchman retired in his mid 50s, still in peak mental and physical condition, but age was catching up to him. Confident in Galahad’s abilities, Reid devoted himself to his career as an international fashion designer and to running the family financial empire.

Noting an increase in crime after Reid’s retirement, Jerry often adopted the Knight Watchman identity to patrol the city. In this way he could strike fear into the hearts of criminals by night and offer hope to the city by day as Galahad, the White Knight.

KNIGHT WATCHMAN

KNIGHT WATCHMANReal Name: Reid Randall

Identity/Class: Normal human.

Occupation: Fashion designer

Affiliations:

Earth B: Knights of Justice

Earth A: Round Table of America

Enemies: Mr. Mask, Quizmaster, Grandfather Clock, Pink Flamingo, Baron Fledermaus, El Diablo, Cheshire Cat

Known Relatives: Jerry Randall/Kid Galahad (nephew), Ma Randall (mother), Ted (older brother, deceased), Janet (sister-in-law, deceased)

Aliases: Twilight Paladin, Purple Pimpernel

Base of Operations: the Watchtower, Midway City, Earth A

Powers/Abilities: world class decathlon athlete, skilled fighter, detective

History: College student and Olympic hopeful Reid Randall was called home to Midway City when mobsters attempted to take over the family garment business. His older brother Ted and his wife Janet were killed by a car bomb and Reid vowed to avenge their deaths, deciding that the whole warehouse district needed a guardian to protect it from the mob.

Wearing a simple homemade costume and mask to protect his identity, and using his athletic skills, Reid defeated the gang single-handedly. He dressed his downed opponents in women’s clothes and left them tied up for the police. During the fight, one of the gang had referred to Reid as a night watchman. Recalling how his mother had referred to him as her “knight in shining armor”, the Knight Watchman was born to protect the innocents from criminals.

The wooden water tower on the roof of a warehouse became the Watch Tower, where the Knight Watchman began his nightly vigil over the city. The building below was the real secret headquarters, housing a laboratory, training area and the garage which housed the motorcycle known as the “Iron Horse” and later, the high performance automobole known as the WatchWagon.

Reid’s nephew Jerry Randall soon entered the war on crime, claiming that “every knight needs a squire!” A knight in training, Jerry adopted the guise of Kid Galahad and together the two became the terror of the Midway City underworld.

Midway City was the most dangerous and corrupt city in America, run by mobsters who had fought a continual gang war for control since the Great depression. But instead of simple mobsters, the Twlite aces were soon facing Mr Mask, whose disfigured, clay-like face could be reshaped to look like anyone else; former game show writer the Quizmaster; the rotund, top-hatted Grandfather Clock; and the sinister, smiling Pinkerton Fleming, a.k.a. the Pink Flamingo.

Aside from Galahad, the Knight Watchman’s closest friend was Ultiman. Known as “the World’s Best Friends”, they shared many adventures together and with the Round Table of America, an assemblage of America’s best & brightest heroes which they established at the request of President Kennedy.

WELCOME

Welcome to the brand new website of the Knight Watchman!

Don’t forget to click on the links to our web comics to learn all about the Twilight Paladin.

IN LIVING COLOR

GARY CARLSON

GARY CARLSONGary Carlson wrote and published the independent comic book MEGATON during the 1980s, which helped usher in the do-it-yourself black & white comics boom of that decade.

MEGATON is remembered as a training ground for comic book professionals. Erik Larsen, Rob Liefeld, Angel Medina, Gordon Purcell and Jackson Guice are among those whose first professional assignments were for Carlson. MEGATON was also the first home to such Image Comics characters as Erik Larsen’s SAVAGE DRAGON, Rob Liefeld’s YOUNGBLOOD and Larsen & Carlson’s VANGUARD, which later prompted Liefeld to dub Carlson the “Grandfather of Image Comics”.

In the ‘90s, Carlson wrote BERZERKER for Caliber Press, and co-created the retro anthology series BIG BANG COMICS with Chris Ecker.

Carlson has also written various VANGUARD mini-series, back-ups and one shots for Image, where he also scripted MARS ATTACKS IMAGE and wrote SUPREME, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES volume 3, as well as BIG BANG COMICS, which moved to Image Comics in 1996. He has also co-written AQUAMAN and NOVA with Erik Larsen.

He also has 30+ years of experience in the graphic design and prepress field.

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