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Golden Rapid

Golden RapidIt was the year 1939, and war had again come to Europe as Germany flexed it’s muscles and Hitler lead his people into his increasingly totalitarian and racist dream. Across the World, much of America stood on the knife’s edge between a fragile recovery and poverty, between law and crime, between peace and violence.

Into such an America came a man from the sky. Out in distant space sat the planet Aquarius, and it’s amphibious leaders had watched and studied our planet. They had seed the colonial era and westward expansion. They had witnessed slavery and violence and war; and they now saw that the human race had again set itself on a road to cataclysm. Into this maelstrom of ideas, the Aquarians sent a messenger of peace and of voluntary cooperation—a champion possessed of un-paralleled speed—a man named Mar Yam-Llyr.

In a golden rocket, he blasted through space and through time, Mar Yam-Llyr landed in Presidio, CA, and quickly found himself numbered among the first ranks of mystery men under the code name The Golden Rapid. Along with his compatriots in the Foreign Legion, the Rapid defended the shores of America before joining the fray of WWII.

After the end of the war, the Golden Rapid and the rest of the Legion traveled the world, using alien technology to heal the land ravaged by the war, teaching the people to live all the better off the land. When he was not abroad, The Rapid made his home in Presidio, California where he trained local boy Gil Henderson as a side-kick.

In 1951, Yam-Llyr received a panicked communication from Aquarius, stating that the planet was in danger. Boarding his rocket, he left earth behind…

Credits:
Created by: Mathew D. Rhys; Christopher David Lawton
Designed by: Richard Depew; Matthew D. Rhys
Image by: Richard Depew; Matthew D. Rhys (colors)

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El Hidalgo

 

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Descended from the old Dons of Spanish California, Vince Martinez has roots in Presidio that are deeper than America’s.  Vince grew up the only child of aged parents, and at his father’s knee he heard the family stories of the old times, of Dons and slaves and free-men. And of the Hidalgos, Spanish noblemen of low rank and low wealth like the legendary Don Quixote.

 

When Vince was 15 years old, two events radically changed life: his powers of great strength and near-limitless toughness emerged, and he lost his parents. The sole inheritor of a substantial fortune, Vince traveled the world, learning skills from the world’s masters. He returned to Presidio five years later; and taking the name El Hidalgo, he became a hero of the every-men in his home city.

 

Eschewing his comfortable upbringing, Vince made his home among the Neighborhoods. As El Hidalgo, he was as likely to fight villains the like of El Chupacabra or Mad Kokopelli; as he was to arrange a food drive or help an old woman fix a screen door.

 

As his career progressed, Hidalgo be came disenchanted with the lives and foibles of other heroes, as well as coming to feeling his wide profile was placing common folks in peril. He retired from costumed heroing in 1984.

 

Credits:
Created by: Mathew D. Rhys
Designed by: Russ Yocum
Image by: Barry Tetz

 

 

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Expositioner

expositionerAfter seven years in the military and three years working in civilian world, James Warner just wanted something different. He found that something different when he signed a contract with the security firm, Remus Corp, in Fremont City, Colorado. While he expected a simple job working security at local businesses, he got much more than he expected. Before he knew it, he was given a suit and assigned a sector of the city to patrol as the Expositioner, a masked crime fighter contracted to assist the Fremont City Police Department in keeping the city clean.

His life as a crimefighter was turned upside down, however, with the death of his father. Ignoring the orders of his superiors, he independently pursued the investigation, losing his job in the process. He now continues to patrol the city and fight crime, though without the protection and assistance offered by his previous position. He is assisted in this fight by Henry Turner, the second Gamesman, who had hung up his mask decades earlier.

For more on Expositioner, check out “First Day” on the Shortbox, “National Villainy” on Forces of Good and Evil, and Zing Comics #1, currently available on Indy Planet!

Credits:
Created by: Christopher David Lawton

Designed by: Barry Tetz and Mathew D. Rhys
Image by: Barry Tetz

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Gameboy

GameboyThird in his family legacy, Mathew Turner has the ability to phase into, live in, and manipulate any electronic medium, from literally playing video-games in first person to actually living a week on Gilligan’s Isl// $%*#(@ – #($*#(@@!!! //

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there. that’s better. hi, i’m gameboy. lol. i’m pretty much the coolest guy you’ll ever meet, and for that, you should feel honored to even meet me. i dont usually invade personal computers, but when i heard that those llamas at ideal comics were trying to write a bio about me, i knew i had to step in. you know, let you know the truth. the real deal.

so, let me tell you about me. i’m a student at the jack cole institute of superheroics, and pretty much run things there. everytime i walk down the hall, the other kids are all like, ‘hey theres gameboy. he’s so cool.’ and all the girls are like, ‘oh gameboy. let me have your babies.’ lol. i dont really like school, though. i mean i’m pretty advanced, so i get bored easily. ive already stopped like fifteen villain plots this year alone. this one time, this troll thought he could get the best of me, but i showed him. i infected his computer with a virus that has pretty much destroyed his chances of ever getting on the internet again. lol. worst. punishment. ever.

of course, my heroic skillz are great, but theyre nothing compared to my skillz with a controller. ive been playing games my entire life, and i’d rather chill in a digital world than the real world any day. if you ever want to be embarrassed, find me on xbox live and we’ll rumble. dont be a whiny tool, though. i hate playing with whiny tools.

anyway, i gotta go. if you want to follow my adventures, check out forces of good and evil. you can also follow me on twitter for more hilarious hijinx. l8er.

Credits:
Created by: Mathew D. Rhys and Christopher David Lawton
Designed by: Christopher David Lawton and Mathew D. Rhys
Image by: Christopher David Lawton and Mathew D. Rhys

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Brigid

Brigid ProfileSometime in the ancient past, among ancient peoples of Earth–amongst the giants, the trolls, the Atlanteans–there were the Danaans. Named for their first queen, the Danaans live on what would someday be called the British Isles. There they prospered and flourished until conflict with the migrating Celts drove them underground and into the trans-dimensional ‘Otherworld’. And there they stayed, largely uninvolved in the history of Earth until August of 1940. Among the Danaans was Brigid. Brigid of Fire and of Healing, of passion and compassion alike.

During the Bombing of Britain, elderly Irish native Maggie O’Carol, learned in the old folkways, called through the aether to bring Brigid back to our world. It was not long after her arrival that the demigod chose to take up arms to quell the chaos of WW2. With her super-human strength and speed, her ability to control flame, and her healing powers, Brigid was a warrior to be reckoned with. In short time, she helped the Brits fend off the German assault, and in doing so, she gained the attention of fellow UK’er, Vickers. Together, these super-human warriors approached the Foreign Legion, a cabal of American super-heroes dedicated to ending the War.

Together the Foreign Legion fought for the next three years and, along side the Allied forces, brought the conflagration to a hasty end. After the fighting ended, and spurred on by the alien Golden Rapid, the Foreign Legion repurposed themselves to repair the land and educate the people of the war-torn world. In was only one year into this process that Brigid, overcome by longing, made her way home. On October 31, 1944, Brigid vanished from our realm, returning to her Otherworld.

Credits:
Created by: Mathew D. Rhys
Designed by: Cary Baker and Mathew D. Rhys
Image by: Barry Tetz

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The Savage Norseman

Savage NorsemanSven Henricksen was just a skinny kid. Asthma. Scoliosis. Thin and Lanky. Nothing special. At least, until the day he visited a local RenFest. There, he met a mysterious and disinterested performer. This haggard fellow promised young Sven a great prize if he were to complete seven mighty quests. Sven succeeded, and in return, he was given a magic cudgel. Holding the cudgel transformed Sven into a mountain of a man, giving him unparalleled strength and the ability to fly. From that day on he became the Savage Norseman, hero and defender of the downtrodden.

His power was not without cost, however, taxing heavily upon his psyche, eventually shredding it to tatters. He experienced a hard psychotic break in 1998, and unable to control either his mind nor his power, The Savage Norseman retired to live out a quiet life as a perpetual mall ‘Santa’ in rural Wisconsin.

Credits:
Created by: Mathew D. Rhys
Designed by: Levi Irwin
Image by: Levi Irwin; Mathew D. Rhys (Colors)

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Greg Mason

 

greg-masonJust your average boy-next-door, Greg Mason has gone by many names — wimp, doormat, bonehead — all of which were lovingly bestowed upon him by his best friend, Chad Little. All of that changed, though, when after taking a standardized aptitude test, Greg was placed in the Midwest Institute of Villainy. From there, Greg began his road to evil and debauchery. Mistake? That has yet to be seen.

Greg’s first year as a villain-in-training has been more than eventful. After being placed in the Mastermind program and receiving his own henchmen, Greg has fought bullies, super villains, and failing grades, all with the help of his foes-turned-friends, Tattoo, Demon Priest, and Lenny. While his placement in villain school came as a shock to many, the least of all himself, he has time and time again proven himself, surprisingly, to be a villain to be feared.

For more information on Greg, be sure to check out the webcomic, Forces of Good and Evil.

Credits:
Created by: Mathew D. Rhys; Christopher David Lawton
Designed by: Mathew D. Rhys; Christopher David Lawton
Image by: Barry Tetz; Mathew D. Rhys (Colors)

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The Immigrant

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The Immigrant made his appearance in a time of great need. In the Decade after the Cold War, America’s landscape changed dramatically. It was the coming of a new element, and new threat, the rise of the new super-villains. It would have been a great tragedy if not for Heroes like the new Gamesman or the High Plains Drifters. In Presidio, California, this unrest and change took the shape a conflict between a horde of Hippie youth and those they called “Squares.”  This would surely have led to violence if not for the appearance of the man called The Immigrant.

Appearing suddenly in 1974, The Immigrant quickly rose to prominence, both for his impassioned speeches about cooperation and social justice, as well as for his bold and swift defense of victims and apprehension of “hostiles.” By 1976, the Immigrant had facilitated a welcome and open peace between the Hippies and Suits, and he was actually elected Mayor by write-in in ‘78. Taking this as a sign, Immigrant left Presidio, taking with him his faithful companions, Uber-Mutt and the Invisible Hippie. Together they wandered the country before settling in Urbania, South Carolina in 1981.

The Immigrant has been Urbania’s premiere Hero from that time on, and he has become the center of Super-Hero activity the world over. He possesses super speed, flight, strength, night-vision, and super-breath. He can also cast lightning from his eyes.

Read Zing Comics #1 to see The Immigrant in action!

Credits:
Created by: Mathew D. Rhys

Designed by: Russ Yocum
Image by: Cary Baker

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Al Djinn

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When failed businessman turned archaeologist Sam Parker found an unremarkable oil lamp in a hole in Iran, he never imagined it would so change his life. It was that lamp that transformed him into the magical and mighty Al Djinn. Though his career was short, Al Djinn’s legacy as the first and best hero has cascaded down throughout history. Based in New York City, He became the inspiration for heroes such as The Night Terror, the first Gamesman, The Tommyknocker, and a slew of others throughout the Golden Age. His career came to an end in 1940 when he gave his life to stop the detonation of an early Atomic Bomb.

The Lamp gave Djinn the abilities of Flight, Transmutation, Super-Strength, and simple Spell-Casting, as well as altering his appearance; but he had to stay in physical contact with the lamp at all times. During his career, he battled the likes of wizards, Mephistopheles and Black Magus;  international crime lords like The Shah and Bender Rubric; and ‘super villains’ like Two-Tone Johnny.


Stories featuring Al Djinn can be found in Zing Comics #1, currently available on Indyplanet.com.

Credits:
Created by: Mathew D. Rhys
Designed by: Russ Yocum
Image by: Brian Lue Sang

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Jagged Princess

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Jagged Princess hates clichés–almost as much as she hates being one. She is the only child of the famous but retired super-hero, Titania. Helena, as her mother named her, finds her mother’s forced perkiness and optimism to be passé and weak. Jagged Princess entered the Midwest Institute of Villainy in junior high, where she has become the personal protégée to her aunt, the notorious Donna Matrix.

Everything was going perfectly to evil plan, until she met villain initiate, Greg Mason, and his “superhero” best friend, Chad Little. After unexpectedly falling for the hero, Helena finds herself questioning her entire place in the world, and being surprisingly okay with that. Jagged Princess inherited super-strength and limited invulnerability from her mother, and she has yet to manifest any additional powers.

To see Jagged Princess in action, be sure to check out the Forces of Good and Evil story, The Most Evil Villain of All Time, Ever, which features her first appearance!

Credits:
Created by: Mathew D. Rhys; Christopher David Lawton
Designed by: Megan McCune
Image by: Barry Tetz

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