I have said in many of my previous articles that comics seem to have lost some of their fun, at least at the big two publishers of superhero comics. And they’ve lost it somewhere in the mad scheming of who can produce a better mega-event to get your hard-earned dollars. You can still find good superhero stories out there, ones that want to focus on a great story, and give you what made superheroes into the pop culture icons they have become; it’s just a lot harder to do these days. With John Aman, the Amazing Man, fun, and a good, old-fashioned superhero story is what you get, no fluff, no fillers.
The character of John Aman was first created by Bill Everett in 1939. Bill was the creator of Namor the Sub-Mariner, co-creator of Daredevil, and one of the comics industry’s founding fathers. Also in the pages of Amazing Man are quite a few other great heroes of the Golden Age such as the original Blue Beetle, Miss Masque, The Heap, Dr. Vampire, Music Master, The Hooded Horseman, and a Jack Kirby-created villain named Horace Googer.
The amazing duo behind the revitalized Amazing Man stories are Barry Gregory, a veteran of the comics industry, and artist Steven Butler, who has drawn the likes of Spider-Man, Avengers, and the X-Men. With John Aman, the Amazing Man, Barry, and Steven are not bringing to you a new modernized version of the Golden Age heroes, but versions of heroes that would fit in perfectly in the 60’s, 70’s or 80’s comics–back when comics were fun, and the stories were about fighting for what’s right, instead of how they best fit into a marketing scheme.
I can’t say enough good things about this series, which is now on Kickstarter, and looking for your support to help them finish the series. They have already published four of the six issues in the series, which you can read for free on the Gallant Comics website, at www.gallantcomics.com. These books are fun, a fast read, and left me wanting to read more, and see more of their fantastic interpretation of these awesome Golden Age characters.
So far Barry and Steven have only been able to work on the series in their spare time, but with the help of you through Kickstarter, they can wrap up the initial run quicker, and get to you the conclusion of this really great story. I personally hope that the Kickstarter does well enough, so they can continue to crank out more, and more of their stories, and not just finish this first story arc.
In the end, this is the kind of comic that has been missing from the shelves of local comic book stores for far too long. I encourage anyone who loves good superhero comics to go to their website and read the first four issues, and you will see for yourselves. This is something that you should support, and I hope that you do. As a comic book fan of over thirty years, I feel better giving my money to guys like Barry and Steven than to a company that cancels titles because they don’t own the movie rights to the characters.