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An Open Invite

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As I sat down the other day, drifting in and out of a haze of half-sleep I had an idea.  There’s nothing especially amazing about me having an idea, but this time I thought I’d share it.  I’ve noticed that there are some incredibly creative and insightful people who happen to read this blog who tend to leave comments either agreeing or disagreeing with either my views, or the views of others.  To that end I’d like to extend an open invite for people to contribute to this blog in the form of their own entries.
There’d be a few simple rules, the first and foremost being that I’d like people who currently don’t have an outlet for their own views, that being people without a blog of sorts.  A web-site is fine, and if you want to use this opportunity to promote yourself, or your own products, or your own site – that’s fine by me.  Just make sure your links are good.  If you have images, even better.  I’d like for people not to write personal attacks on others, if you do then be prepared for…

Original Art Stories: The Captain America #240 That Never Was Part I

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Here's a treat for those who love unpublished Marvel stories.  This is the original version of Captain America #240, intended for publication by Marvel Comics in 1979.  Written by Roger McKenzie, the art was fully penciled by Alan Kupperberg and was slated to be inked by Don Perlin before it was killed by Marvel for reasons that Alan has long forgotten.  "I don't think anybody redid these pages," says Alan, "I think Marvel abandoned the story too. I believe that Roger Mackenzie stayed on as the writer."  Well, not quite, for there was to be one more attempt at the issue before Alan linked up with his brother, Paul, to create the issue that was eventually published, a story that pitted Captain America against a bikie gang.  Good days indeed.

Ever the opportunist, at some stage Alan began to ink the story and in a move that would repeated in reverse by Norm Breyfogle later, began to change Cap into Batman, with the view of selling the story to DC Comics.  …

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