SOURCE: Nemo Publishing
December 17, 2008 08:05 ET
Who Says They Don't Make Heroes Like They Used To? Maine's Own Commander X Mego-Style Action Figure Debuts With Free Downloadable Comic Book
PORTLAND, ME--(Marketwire - December 17, 2008) - Nemo Publishing has released a limited edition
Mego-style action figure of the retro hero Commander X. Commander X is an
integral character in Jay
Piscopo's new all-ages graphic novel series, "The Undersea Adventures of
Starting Dec. 23, a free "Commander X Adventures" comic
book will be offered as a download on the company's web site. The
action figure is available on the web site now.
"With Commander X, the old is new again," said Piscopo. "Commander X has
familiar, classic appeal yet is a new hero for our time."
There is a trend
toward nostalgia and a rising interest in old favorites that bring back
childhood memories of a simpler time.
"The core concept behind the "Capt'n Eli" series and the Commander X
character in particular is to draw from the best elements of traditional
Americana and update classic themes of the old adventure comic strips for a
new audience," Piscopo continued.
Commander X is an amnesiac who has been sent from the future to save the
earth from inevitable destruction. He is based on the Depression-era
heroes of the comic book and movie serials of the 1930s. The collectible
figure is created in a retro-style reminiscent of figures made by the Mego Corporation in the 1970s.
The Mego style of action figure was a natural fit for Commander X.
"With the Mego style, it's not about detailing overkill -- it's about a
clean, simple look using primary colors," noted Paul Clarke of EMCE Toys.
"Jay understands that and designed a great retro look."
Known as "Dr.
Mego," Clarke is an expert on the Mego line and Piscopo worked with him
and Mego customizer Dana Shaw to create the figure. Although the Mego
Corporation stopped doing business nearly 30 years ago, Mego has a massive
cult following that sparked the creation of this limited edition
"Back in the 1970s, Mego made eight-inch action figures that allowed kids
to turn the living room or backyard into an alien world of adventure," said
Clarke. "The Commander X action figure brings us back to that time when a
toy was a gateway to your imagination."
The Golden Age Commander X figure is the first in a line of variants that
will be released as limited editions in 2009. New, free, downloadable
issues of "Commander X Adventures" comics will be offered on the website as
these figures come out.
The first download will be available Dec. 23. The stories are told in the
spirit of the great pulp adventure yarns of the 1930s and 1940s and take
place in the coldest and most remote spots imaginable -- from Tibet, to the
North Pole, to the moon. The stories provide clues to some of the
mysteries about Commander X uncovered in the first two volumes of "The
Undersea Adventures of Capt'n Eli" graphic novel series and give hints as
to what's to come in Volume 3, which will be released in 2009.
"Commander X Adventures" features stories and art by a team of talented
creators, including: modern pulp master Ron Fortier; digital pulp artist
Mike Fyles; a writing debut by comics letterer Michael Thomas; pin-ups by
Lauren Monardo, Jay Fife, and Joe Zierman; and a special story and pin-up
More about the contributors to "Commander X Adventures":
JAY PISCOPO of Portland, Maine is the author and illustrator of "The
Undersea Adventures of Capt'n Eli" all-ages graphic novel series. Piscopo
also co-created "The Scrap City Pack Rats," art directed the award-winning
"Fizz and Martina Math Adventures," and was an animator for ABC TV's
"Squigglevision". | "Commander X Adventures": Story and artwork "The
Guardian of Tantarus."
RON FORTIER of Somersworth, New Hampshire has been a professional writer
for over twenty-five years. He's worked on comic book projects such as "The
Hulk," "Popeye," "Rambo" and "Peter Pan." His two most popular comic
series are "The Green Hornet" and "The Terminator" (with Alex Ross). He has
also penned two TSR fantasy novels with Ardath Mayhar. | "Commander X
Adventures": Story called "The Thing in the Moon."
MICHAEL THOMAS of Hillsboro, Oregon is an amazing comics letterer. He's
been lettering for independent companies since 1999, most notably for Dark
Horse ("Star Wars," "The Cleaners"), Image ("Wings of Anansi," "Sidekick,"
"DUST"), and Comics Conspiracy ("Operator 99," "Generic Comic"). He's
currently pursuing his interest in writing. | "Commander X Adventures":
Story called "A Friend in Need."
MIKE FYLES is a master of nostalgic sci-fi and pulp cover art and
sequential imagery in England. His style is influenced by the mid 20th
century commercial illustrations that promoted "fringe" books, magazines
and comics. He particularly likes the challenge of cover art because of the
balance that must be struck between form, content, decoration, and
narrative to tell what lies beneath the cover. | "Commander X Adventures":
Layout and artwork for "The Thing in the Moon" and "A Friend in Need."
LAUREN MONARDO of Staten Island, New York is a character designer,
illustrator, comics artist, and animator. She has storyboarded for the
Silver Age-inspired "The Venture Bros." on Cartoon Network. She is a
prolific creator and works on a variety of projects for print and film.
Check out her pin-up in "The Undersea Adventures of Capt'n Eli - Volume 2".
| "Commander X Adventures": Pin-up of Commander X.
JAY FIFE is a portrait, pin-up, cover, and fantasy illustrator who lives in
the Upper Ohio Valley. He draws from a variety of influences including
comics, horror, and science fiction television and films to create imagery
that allows the viewer to write the story. His work has been exhibited at
the Stifel Fine Art Center in Wheeling, West Virginia. | "Commander X
Adventures": Pin-up of Commander X.
JOE ZIERMAN lives in Chicago, Illinois. His illustrations show a love and
appreciation for the great comic art of the Silver Age. Joe's incredible
work for Big Bang Comics includes "Venus and Teen Rex." He created the
artwork for the cover of "The Undersea Adventures of Capt'n Eli - Volume 2"
as well as a pin-up. Look for more from Joe in Volume 3 where he'll bring
his style to a pin-up of Sea Ghost. | "Commander X Adventures": Pin-up of
More about "The Undersea Adventures of Capt'n Eli":
Created in the tradition of Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, and "20,000 Leagues
Under the Sea," "The Undersea Adventures of Capt'n Eli" is the story of a
boy with extraordinary scientific abilities and unusual ties to the
sea. For all ages, this new graphic novel series is an imaginative blend
of traditional comics storytelling and contemporary 3D CGI. This series
has been warmly received by fans and reviewers. Written and illustrated by
Jay Piscopo. Published by Nemo Publishing and distributed through Diamond
Capt'n Eli's origins are quite unique! He's the namesake of real-life
World War II veteran Eli Forsley who was also the inspiration for a line of
hand-crafted sodas from
Portland, Maine. Read The Story Behind
the Story to learn more.
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