Friday, September 2, 2011

Dave Ryan - War of the Independents



2011.07.16 Superheroes for Hospice, Livingston, NJ ...the Wizard Mathonway, from Ryan's Penance looking at the Sorcerer Mickey with some doubt "What kind of Wizard is this?"

The cover is from Pushin' the Envelope limited edition cachets. The cachet portion is actually placed on the same side as the Mickey sorcerer stamp, and features the dancing brooms from Fantasia. The cancel is a digital color cancel, not one I usually choose, but I liked the cover and wanted to get a wizard sketch to go with it...

David Ryan, creator of Penance, has embarked on an undertaken an adventure known as the War of the Independents..."Who didn't like to see their favorite heroes band together in an unbelievably big event". As Indie crossovers were uncommon, Ryan felt the time was right to bring the Indie heroes together. To Ryan this was not about him reinventing each character, but bringing them together and use each of their strengths in the storyline...

Featured in the story are: Penance, Zippy the Pinhead, Captain Canuck, Johnny Raygun, The Tick, E-Man, Usagi Yojimbo, Fem Force, Too Much Coffee Man, Flaming Carrot, Bone, Gumby and Pokey, Mr. Monster, Cerebus, Shadowhawk, Mad Man, Captain Action, Megaton man, The Maxx and many others....




Zippy the Pinhead, is a comic strip created by Bill Griffith in 1971 starting out in underground publications before being syndicated. Zippy is unusual in that the comic strip features literary nonsense, an a near-abscence of jokes. Griffith's artwork is more intricate than the majority of daily comics. I am curious to see how Zippy can fit into this story. Zippy can be seen on the cover above the Flaming Carrot.











Captain Canuck was created by Richard Comley (artist) and Ron Leishman (writer) first appearing in Captain Canuck #1, July 1975. Tom Evans, a Canadian secret agent gains superhuman powers from contact with extraterrestrials. Captain Canuck was reincarnated in 1993 as Darren Oa to fight global conspiracy. A third incarnation was known as the West Coast Captain Canuck was created by Reil Langlois and Drue Langlois, story edited by Richard Comley...

Captain Canuck was honored by Canada Post in 1995, October 2, along with Superman, Nelvana, Fleur de Lys, and Johnny Canuck

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