Post your favorite /co/ characters in the public domain.
I usually don't like characters with that much power, but I like Green Lama.
Although I'm fan of Miss Fury for same reasons I'm fan of Catwoman.
Everyone back then wore suck cool suits,
I might buy a suit just to try cosplaying a super obscure character like this.
were any of these suited superheroes short?
I mean noone will even know who the spirit or the green hornet is but it would be coolto find the one who actually looks like me.
or i could be purple man, but i think there are gonna be alot of those this year.
I have never read any of these but I always did like some of the character designs that get posted
anyone have those character sheets?
I think they had guys like "Flag Man" or what looks like a knock-off Captain America, among others
Pyroman having electric powers and not flames will always be weird to me.
Little bad quality here. Fuck Rainbow Boy, though.
>The Green Lama has superhuman strength, is nearly invulnerable, can levitate, and can summon ghosts to aid him.
Why'd he settle on the name Green Lama
>uncle sam coming to karate chop your face in
He is Lama, as well.
Such were times, I'm afraid. Notice that sidekicks outnumber women? Everyone is white & straight, people would chew your comic if you published something like that.
Oh god is that kid Ted
Dynamic Man and Dynamic boy boy look super gay and Major Victory seems to be visibly disgusted by it
Cat is an obvious alpha male with that expression and a bitch on his arm
The Owl is unusual, not quite sure what to make of his costume
Captain Future is cool.
The Death-Defying 'Devil is terrifying, I would fear for my soul and asshole in his presence
What the hell kind of title is 'Tim' for the sidekick of a guy called Black Terror wearing that sort of outfit?
Unknown Soldier looks like a shitty army-themed stripper
WHATS WRONG WITH YOUR FAAAAAAAAAAAACE Mister?
You know what its been said a million times before but an adult hero with a boy sidekick is dumb for various reasons, Samson & Dave along with V-Man and his V-Boys are right up there.
These four are all giant-sized? That's actually pretty cool especially helps out "The Claw" there.
>the BLACK owl is purple
He's the best
I really want to see or do a crazy British Invasion era Vertigo style Magician From Mars book. Just something very trippy, cosmic and vaguely horror tinged.
Raised by wolves and man-hungry. Literally.
>tfw you prefer the original version, where she's dedicated herself to destroying the Axis for killing her fiancee
The ol' Neil Gaiman treatment, eh? I'd be cool with that...
>Such were times, I'm afraid. Notice that sidekicks outnumber women? Everyone is white & straight, people would chew your comic if you published something like that.
Man, I miss the good old days.
It would be amazing if one day Marvel and DC were gone and all their characters went Public Domain instead of their rights being snatched up by other because of their marketability.
Obviously, but Phantoma is actually starting to become my favorite. She feels more "human", more like a vengeful spirit than a human abomination.
Also only recently did I realise that characters by Fletcher Hanks show up in Space Funeral, because his name is in the credits.
It's knowing what he's like, and how say, early Batman and stuff like the Shadow which makes you wonder "Ok, who of these guys is a giant goober boy scout, and who is actually a brutal sociopath that has special "Justice Teeth and Nail Wrenching Pliers, of Justice!"?
Wild, that sounds too good to be true
ALso, any an artist can't pick up one of these, make a new volume, and then sue people who also do that with the character?
Yeah it's because she was owned by MLJ which eventually turned into Archie Comics. The MLJ characters may or may not be public domain but given that Archie forgot to renew their ownership of that one Harvey Kurtzman Archie parody they bought to censor, and how the Ken Penders case went, it wouldn't surprise me if the Golden Age MLJ stuff really is in the public domain.
It depends. Some characters may have their names trademarked, so if they are you may not be able to use the names on the cover (ie Marvel has trademark to name Captain Marvel, DC uses the title Shazam and sometimes calls the character Captain Marvel in-comic).
And then there's some characters whose public domain status is hotly debated. Like for instance some of the early Tarzan stories are actually public domain, but the rest aren't. So Tarzan is partially public domain but you couldn't use him that much because the ERB estate still holds rights on most Tarzan stuff.
if you look in the history, some guy made an entire page for general grevious from star wars...
was he trying to trick a friend that grevious was PD? Is he just an GG enthusiast? Is he trying to forge evidence to escape a lawsuit?
the world may never know
Only the film serial character Grant Gardner is in the public domain. All other versions of Captain America are copyright and trademarked to Marvel Comics.
Notable differences between the serial and the comic are:
His secret identity is District Attorney Grant Gardner rather than U.S. Army Private Steve Rogers.
The "Super-Soldier Serum" origin is not used.
His famous shield does not appear, replaced by a standard gun.
Despite the fact that this serial was made in 1944, and Captain America regularly fought Nazis in the comics, the Nazis are not part of the story in any way.
His sidekick, Bucky, does not appear.
In Captain America V1 issue 219 (March 1978), it is revealed that a Captain America serial also exists within the Marvel Continuity. In this version, Captain America himself plays the role (in secret), taking the place of the stunt man who was shot during production due to the prop master being the Nazi spy Lyle Decker. Like the real-life serial, Cap's shield is replaced with a standard gun, his identity is changed, and his sidekick Bucky is absent.
You could play him as a horror character so easily. No barrier can hold him, all your mooks are thrown aside or turned into weird mandoves, every trap and weapon is utterly ineffectual - and all you hear is
>YOU ARE NOW IN THE POWER OF STARDUST
Before you're shoved up a space-mandrill's arse to stew for all eternity.
The public domain stuff can be found on Digital Comic Museum and Comic Book Plus. Samson's stories were in his own title, along with stories in Fantastic Comics, and Big 3. They're all in the Fox Feature Syndicate section.
>Pyroman having electric powers and not flames will always be weird to me.
Must be a good way to throw off villains though.
>Pyroman eh? Let's see how you like being covered in water-OH GOD YOU'RE KILLING ME
Adding something that >>78616437
didn't mention, there's an entry on the PD superheroes wiki here:
It also lists his comic appearances.
Are you going to tell Tim his name is silly? Because I sure as hell wouldn't.
>genderbent tony stark travels through time with a man constantly trying to seduce him while he tries to find the time travelling iron man suit that originally transformed him.
>not fearing the almighty god that is Stardust the Super Wizard
>Machine-gunning Japs pinned under your goddamn STEAMROLLER.
>you will never have a stone giant that will fight nazi dinosaurs for you
The Golden Age was really fucking brutal.
>A tough street kid who was orphaned early in life, she took care of the Clock after he was injured in a gun fight. When the masked crime-fighter recovered, Butch announced that she wasn't going to let him leave her behind - in fact, she was going to become his "moll." The mortified Clock tried to brush her off, but Butch refused to let the matter drop
>Butch was a strong fighter who adapted all sorts of objects into weapons. She was also sarcastic and (occasionally) manipulative, which frustrated the Clock quite a bit.
Oh man, I'd love to read some of their stories
He's a fucking meme character. His stories suck and the art is garbage but the guy who created it was insane so people can X and D all they want about how wacky and crazy it is despite being shit.
Somebody's been hit by Stardust's retarding rays it seems.
>live in the jungle
>people try to fuck it up
>get so mad your face melts off
>they must die
Her appearances in Hack/Slash were delightfully insane
Someone should pull a captain america with one of these, transporting them from their golden age setting to the modern world. Except, you know, with incredibly awkward, destructive and offensive results.
The Faceless Phantom, was the first opponent of the heroic Doc Strange. Like Strange, the Phantom created a formula that gave him super strength & durability, but not as much as Doc Strange. He coveted the Delta Ray Gun, a powerful weapon that could destroy anything its red ray touched it could even stop tanks and battleships.So he kidnapped its inventor Professor Thompson, father of Virginia Thompson who was Doc's fiance. The Phantom wore a skull mask and was seemingly defeated at the end of his first battle with Doc Strange.
However, in Thrilling Comics #7 (Aug. 1940), the Faceless Phantom returned with an improved formula that equaled Doc's original. Luckily, Doc had also upgraded his own formula, giving him the ability of flight. The Phantom fell from an airplane while battling Doc.
Iirc, he wears that mask and it scares people or something? Then in Project Superpowers, mask merges with his face and he's scaring people all the time. Then he falls in love and sacrifices himself.
That's how I remember.
In an effort to keep this thread alive, little storytime.
Just the prologue for that particular issue... her reality-warping powers are kept intact though
>- Jack (so simple what the fuck)
That's Yellowjacket, the first hero from Charlton Comics (Morrison also used him briefly in Pax Americana).
Dynamite probably changed the name because Marvel had a trademark on the name Yellowjacket.
Reminder that Black Terror bangs woman in middle.
The Butterfly, the first black female superhero, is in the public domain. She was made in the 70's.
Skywald did not include a proper copyright notice on its issues of "Hell-Rider" (it did not consist of the word "copyright"/the symbol for copyright followed by the year of publication and the name of the copyright holders) and thus, because of copyright law at the time, became public domain upon release.
Butterfly was the first African American superheroine in comics.
The "Hell-Rider" issues were mature-audience magazines not covered by comic books' Comics Code Authority.
Art credits for the first issue's backups are disputed, with sources suggesting either John Celardo and Rich Buckler as the "Butterfly" penciler. Buckler is credited for the second issue's appearance of the character.
Indeed they are. Except that, as you've seen, GA heroes are powered up in Project Superpowers. Mr. Face wore mask, now he is mask, Masquerade used to be some gunslinger girl, now she can posses people via her mask, Ghost was regular guy with fancy plane, now he has even fancier plane.
Only in pulp fiction anons, only in pulp fiction.
figured I should dump these(better quality than the versions posted earlier in the thread)
final one, really wish Ross would do some more of these for the characters that have shown up in Project Superpowers that aren't on these sheets
call himself the floppy watermelon head dodo boy. no one argues with him. just like superman could be a 98 lbs with no muscle tone, and still kick ass.
Prince of Orphans, why are you here and in S&M gear? (Seriously though, Marvel changed Amazing Man so much I'm not sure why they used him. Somebody's favorite character as a kid?)
Yeah, meant Dynamite Black Terror.
And when he was in pirate mode, he said he'll watch over her backside always.
That part with alternate realities was fun as fuck. Green Lama going all Green Ghost, Black Terror of 7 Seas, Terminator Shadow, oh my!.
>David was the young King of Swisslakia. When the Nazi forces attacked his kingdom, he unearthed and activated a Golem-like statue that was supposedly built by Nostradamus. He left Swisslakia with its entire population in tow and used the Giant to transport them to United States. Once there, he abdicated his throne and allowed his citizens to become citizens of United States.
>In 2013 two comic book adaptations of "Six-Gun Gorilla" were released in the very same month. The first (an independent comic titled "Six-Gun Gorilla: Long Days of Vengeance") was released on June 5th 2013, the second (a BOOM! Studios comic titled simply "Six-Gun Gorilla") hit shelves a week later. Both garnered critical acclaim.
>check out ComiXology
>Long Days of Vengeance is £10.49
Guess I know what I'm getting some more money...
>Captain Future being all "Do YOU have tickets to the gunshow?"
>Major Victory just realising either Dynamic Man or Dynamic Boy just farted
>just... U.S. Jones
>Rocketman no realising he's about to have a spat with Rocketgirl
>Boy King trying to look like a cocky badass with that letter opener
I read a story in which she handcuffs her self to a serial killer, and throws the keys out of the window.
>She has no powers, but is strong enough to swim through a typhoon, can kill a shark easily, and is a knowledgeable mariner.
Someone like her could fit in Aquaman's book easily.
Always got Travis McGee vibes from this guy, even though he came first.
Black Bat also appears in Dynamite's Masks. Attorney blinded by bad guys gains Daredevil-like senses, grabs guns and starts enforcing justice.
Love his design.
He was. Iirc, he was Black Bat's predecessor and mentor/friend while they were lawyers. Then he went full I AM THE LAW, started fighting crime and then he became... CRIMINAL MASTERMIND!
Shadow... he's all KILL EVIL!!!! and in Masks 2 we see criminal woman who banged him and got pregnant. Nice double standards, Shadow.
Masks was... a bit of a mess, frankly. #1 was good, but that was mainly because it only dwelt on a few crimefighters and had Alex Ross on art. After that, Ross was relegated to covers (it was either that, or have schedule delays that'd make Image Comics shudder) and EVERY Golden Age costumed vigilante Dynamite could think of showed up (barring everyone from Project Superpowers, of course), leaving little room for the actual plot.
If you'll permit a little /v/itriol, it was the comic book equivalent of Street Fighter X Tekken - it should've been a fun crossover, but it was just a big, disappointing mess. See also: Justice Inc by Michael Uslan
>This unnamed hero operated from underneath the 1939 New York World's Fair in an underground lab connected to an underground river. He guarded the Fair and fought those criminals and racketeers who threatened it.
Batman is always muh Gotham. This guy has even smaller focus.
>The ring gave him the ability to create whatever he imagined and transmute objects. The ring also gave him super strength, invulnerability, super senses, the ability to heal others, limited flight, and a few other plot-convenient abilities. He used the magic ring to fight crime.
oh my. who does he remind me of?
Lion-Man vaguely reminds me of Black Panther.
a weird mix between namor and strange
>Her ultimate goal was world domination. She briefly reformed and helped to fight the Axis, but the Sorceress quickly returned to her wicked ways and her mad quest for power.
>Professor Claude Stevens, a renowned ornithologist, was senselessly murdered. His son Drake was outraged and received no justice from the police. So Drake put together a costume consisting of a pair of gas-filled wings and some bombs and went hunting for criminals. The gas made his wings lighter than air. Later, he added a jet pack that allowed him to travel over long distances at much faster speeds. He also used a gun in several adventures.
Airman also has a fiancee named Ellen Page.
He was, and the story is also based on the Spider pulps where The Spider fights the Black Empire or whatever it's called. The Masks version is shorter and of course has other crimefighters along with the Spider this time around, which means it isn't quite as fleshed out as the original.
Yeah I got that impression too. It probably would've been better off with Alex Ross on the art. But it wouldn't have solved the large cast of characters or the lack of focus. The Green Hornet/Shadow crossover by Uslan was better because it focused on just Shadow and Hornet, but it really could've done with better art.
Justice Inc was a bit better (come to think of it, I'd say the art on there was better than the non-Ross issues of Masks and the Shadow/Green Hornet) because it at least focused on Savage, Shadow, and Avenger, but the problem is it was trying to do the crossover between those three AND remake the origin of the Avenger.
>The Green Hornet/Shadow crossover by Uslan
I thought that was written by Matt Wagner?
>it was trying to do the crossover between those three AND remake the origin of the Avenger
Not to mention the little self-indulgent asides - the throwaway comment about the boy whose parents had been gunned down, and that stupid running gag about modern!Doc's hair...
They surely aren't lesbians. Some of these comics are oddly progressive, having female protagonists and all.
>I thought that was written by Matt Wagner?
No, it was Uslan. His Justice Inc mini even references things from it.
>the throwaway comment about the boy whose parents had been gunned down,
This is funny because in the Shadow/GH crossover, Detective Comics #27 exists. Maybe in this universe Bruce Wayne gets inspired by Batman comics to become Batman.
starting from the fifties there was a big propaganda push for traditional values. Part because of the cold war, using religious and traditional values to oppose the communist values, in part, or mainly, as a reaction to what happened during the war efforts when women had to take a more active role in society, and do what were traditionally considered men's jobs, and war time propaganda encouraged them.
I think the magician from mars has a great concept that would be easy to work with, and Butch has an interesting backstory and persoality that would be interesting to read.
other characters in this thread, while interesting don't have much to offer that you couldn't o with any other superhero.
Except stardust and fantomah, because they're the badly written and drawn manifestation of the frustation and rage of an angry drunkard. But I don't see how anyone who isn't a frustrated and angry drunkard can write them well.
the death defying devil has a cool design though
also lol at this
>Nazis stole the robot, planning to use him as an unstoppable weapon. The Germans, however, were no match for Mekano, who defeated them before returning home to his creator.
Yeah. We've seen that Project Superpowers failed to do anything really notable. Interesting concepts, shit execution.
A lot of them would need some sanitation if they were to become modern heroes. And a lot of them would need better motivations. Audiences today can't accept the idea of a hero who does right because it's the right thing to do. They need some tragedy to get them personally involved, some reason to do good.
>Look her up in the PD wiki
>She's like Sailor Moon and Wonder Woman fusion
>Wanna read this
>Not available online
I'm immensely disappointed that I can't find this online.
there's no real reason to use them.
they dont have a group of fan, their name doesn't have any recognizability.
If there is some interesting concept in their background you might as well integrate it in your own character.
Unless of course what you're taking is such a huge part of their character that you want to use their real name as a sign of recognition and respect to their creator.
If you want to do an homage to them the itneresting thing to do in my opinion is having modern popular characters have offuniverse adventures and meeting them and having to undertand and deal with the universe in which the old characters operate.
Depends really. A lot of characters have a decent design and concept but actually aren't fleshed out the way like a Sherlock Holmes or a Tarzan were, so then you'll have to fill stuff in.
pretty much any of them with varying amounts of work
well one advantage to using a PD character is that you already have a design and at least some basic aspects for the character set up, sometimes you'll even have the beginnings of a supporting cast come with them, so it can definitely save some time and work
that is a shame, probably because EC still technically exists, even if they only exist due to Mad Magazine these days, so while Moon Girl herself has fallen into the Public Domain, EC still reprints it's old stuff enough that hosting the issues of her comic is too risky to do
I'm actually almost thinking of writing some kind of synopsis that uses Stardust as a villain.
Short version is, like some anons way back in the thread said, use the Magician From Mars as the heroine, transport her to 1940s Earth to fight crimes and such. Her main villain uses a beacon to summon Stardust to Earth. The two fight damn near apocalyptically, and Axis remnants team up with the Allies to get the xenos off our planet.
Obviously, there'd be more to it, but that's the general gist I've come up with so far.
>and that stupid running gag about modern!Doc's hair...
They probably had to do the modern look because it was iconic but they also had to acknowledge that Doc didn't look like that back in the 40's.
>and some bombs and went hunting for criminals
Eat your heart out, Punisher.
Btw, noticing that many of them are killing like it's nothing, while today it's kinda impossible for people to think Batman/Superman/Spider-Man kill. What happened?
I think they could work. Many have bitching costumes and you could simply mold them further. Give some decent artist anyone from this thread and they'd look cool enough.
>perfect human specimen
>fights for "American Ideals"
That's cause in the original pulps, he was blinded but eventually got an operation to fix his eyes before becoming the Black Bat (IIRC he trained himself while he was blinded). The Dynamite versions (Masks and the Black Bat series that takes place in the modern day) go with him staying blinded.
Given how quickly Masks turned to shit, that's not saying much... but yeah, Roberson's a good writer.
It's quite interesting to see comics that advised neutrality in the early days of WWII
>In 1941, scientist Allan Bruce developed the Chronopticon, a machine that allowed him to view the future and communicate across time. He reached the year 2350, a time when everyone has superpowers. With the threat of Hitler looming in Europe, he pleaded with the future American president to send some help. So the Super-American, an average American soldier, was sent back in time to help fight off the Axis powers during World War II.
I really love all these patriotic war heroes created solely for American WWII propaganda that fall into public domain shortly afterwards because they were in small time comic companies outside of the Marvel/DC. Doing something with this would be fun
According to the Grand Comics Database, Crash Comics Adventures #1 was published in May 1940. Allowing for the gap between a publication date and when it actually landed on the newstands, this comic could've been published almost two years before Pearl Harbour.
The original Suicide Squad.
This was the final comic. Like the wiki entry said:
>While the adventures of the Death Patrol were often absurd, beginning in Military Comics #33, Del Van Dyne was retired and the strip became almost entirely focused on humor, with very little drama. The team was fixed with Gramps, Hank, Hotintot, Jackie, Boris and Yogi, and eventually (beginning in Military Comics #36) they got a new kid leader named Junior.
And that was that (unless someone decides to do their own take on them).
I tend to feel sorry for some of these pulp writers, they were rather inventive considering they wrote for the pay. I'm glad that someone has been uploading the "Purple Invasion," stories online. I have some Spider Pulps on the HD, I'll upload them and post the link soon.
Baen made two of the novels really accessible online, I got them, but now they're gone from their website. Another website "Munseys," which is now gone had a fair share of The Spider pulps, the site is now gone, but I got some of the files.
I kinda wished they'd just put more of the pulp stuff in the public domain since it seems like the rights holders barely use them at all. At least with DC and Superman and Batman you could have an argument in favor of DC because they actively use them.
I tried reading the first arc again, I couldn't be bothered, the art got worse, just stick with the pulps. One thing I'll give The Shadow is that he has made a much better transition to comics(Denny O'Neil, Matt Wagner) than most other Vigilante pulp heroes. How was "The Shadow:Now" ? That story that brought him to the modern era.
I wouldn't know, I tend to shy away from "Pulp heroes... in the MODERN DAY!" stories
Did you read Howard Chaykin's second attempt at writing The Shadow? I do give Dynmaite some credit for trying to market these guys again. I'm no fan of The Shadow, but Matt Wagner knows how to make him engage me, I still need to actually read Year One.