Friday, December 7, 2012

Richard P. Clark - Captain Midnight


2012.11.11 Albany Comic Con, Albany, NY

Born in a crossfire hurricane (actually Cleveland, Oh) Clark began his illustration career in 1993 while still an undergraduate at The Columbus College of Art and Design. His client list includes the Wall Street Journal, Playboy, HBO, Sports Illustrated, the New York Yankees DC Comics (inker on Batman Arkham Unhinged)...

What drew us to Clark's table was his original paintings of Captain Midnight covers for the Captain Midnight Chronicles from Moonstone Books, 2010. The covers are great but the originals are striking!

From Moonstone books - Midnight was born in the blazing crucible of war, but sworn to fight for peace, the mysterious obsidian aviator known only by the codename Captain Midnight flies again!
written by John J. Nance, Stephen Mertz, Robert Greenberger, et al...

Captain Midnight first appeared as a radio serial in 1938, featuring Captain Jim Albright a WWI US Army pilot, Albright was given the codename Midnight when he returned from a mission at the stroke of 12. Originally a private aviator his status changed in 1940 when Ovaltine became the sponsor of the show. The Secret Squadron was born, as a paramilitary organization fighting espionage.

1941 - Comic book from Dell
1942 - Comic Strip version from Chicago Sun Syndicate drawn by Erwin L. Hess
1942 - Columbia Pictures movie serial starring Dave O'Brien
1954 - Screen Gems television series starring Richard Webb, the title was rebranded as Jet Jackson due to legal ownership of the Captain Midnight name...

1989 Ovaltine patch received by sending in labels from Ovaltine

The first day cover commemorates World War I flying ace Captain Eddie Rickenbacher. Medal of Honor recipient Rickenbacher was commander of the 94th Aero Squadron, the "Hat in the Ring". Rickenbacher was credited with 26 kills...Rickenbacher would receive the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross (9x), Legion of Honor, Croix de Guerre; inducted into National Aviation Hall of Fame, International Motorsports Hall of Fame, National Sprint Car Hall of Fame, Motorsports Hall of Fame of Amercia

Rickenbacher competed in the Indianapolis 500 four time prior to WWI...
Parodied by Al Capp in Li'l Abner comic strip as Cap'n Eddie Ricketyback.

2013 NY Comic Con - Dark Horse Comics
I had started reading the new Dark Horse Captain Midnight series. In the back of issue#3 on the letters page "After Midnight" was a picture of the above Captain Midnight button with the note of thanks to the readers. The second paragraph - If you're planning to be at New York Comic Con, make sure to look out for the rad Captain Midnight buttons....
I did not see any signs of the buttons, so I had to ask one of the staff, she went into their storage area and came back with the button. She seemed to keep it out of the view of anyone not in the know!? Definitely not available to all attendees. Made me feel like I was supposed to keep it a secret.
Updated Oct 2013

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