bag·man (băg’mәn) n., pl. –men (mĭn). 1. Slang.

dishonest official; a person who collects, carries, or distributes illegal payoff money.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

CAPTAIN NUCLEAR MIDNIGHT!



I first read about Captain Midnight in Jim Steranko’s The Steranko History of Comics, where it was revealed to me that in a team-up between the Captain and Spy Smasher, Captain Midnight got the better end of the deal. But for decades, I was unable to learn more about the character. As the years passed, I discovered the radio show on vinyl albums, comics, then the Dark Horse comic series, but at the time there was little to quench the thirst of my curiosity.

A bit later, I read Richard Lupoff’s classic history of the comics, All in Color for a Dime, which had a nice chapter about Captain Midnight and the numerous comic/radio show spinoffs of the era, but still offered none of what I wanted, which was the stories. So, still in my youth, I held out for one hope. Lupoff’s book had mentioned that there was a Captain Midnight TV series, and if I was up late enough, it might come on TV in reruns sometime.

It never happened, and I forgot all about it, until years later when YouTube appeared on this thing we didn’t used to have called “the net.” So, one day, I see Captain Midnight in my feed, and I was pumped.


“After all these years! Finally, here it is, Captain Midnight! Oh, what sort of horrible world did we live in where these adventures had been kept from me? Seriously, I had been looking out for forty years, and had never seen an adventure. Why, oh why, had they had they kept me away from Captain Midnight? Surely, there was nothing there that could be bad for a boy, why would parents and teachers try to keep my away from Captain Midnight?" 
Then I saw this episode:


Even by the seventies we knew nuclear waste was bad.
And, yes, I think if we had come home to watch our heroes standing in nuclear fallout, we might have freaked out a little.

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Juggernaut Rolls On

Hey, Gang! I'm back, and so's the blog!

Guess it's pretty obvious I wanted to keep that ad for Tales of The Bagman Volume Three up for awhile, eh? Don't forget it's also available in audio, so you can listen to adventure while you're adventuring.

Fellow Chicago Writer, Joe Bonadonna, was kind enough to recently interview me, and today you can go read it live at Black Gate, Adventures in Fantasy Literature. While you're there, check out the other articles because there are some great ones.

Meanwhile,
I'm going to try a more scattershot approach with the blog here, meaning, it might be a bit more hit-and-run. There will still be essays and the occasional review, but I'll also be posting more links, quick thoughts, and fun stuff about everything from Mystery, Crime, Horror, Science and Pulp Fiction, to Comics, to Pop Culture, and if you're not careful maybe even some of that literature stuff.

So, in the words of Papillon, "Hey, you bastards! I'm still here!" And, I'll be back

 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

BAGMAN VOL. 3 IS NOW ON SALE!

Cover illustration © 2016 Shane Evans, Interior illustrations © 2016 Art Cooper


“Be there, or miss out on the invention of the greatest new American pulp imagination at work in decades!!!!”
--Keith Allan Deutsch, Publisher Black Mask Magazine

TALES OF THE BAGMAN VOL. 3, is now on sale!

THE BUTCHER BACK O’ THE YARDS 
There’s a new mob out of Chicago’s meatpacking district. It’s no coincidence their boss is called the Butcher.  While Mac MacCullough works a con job inside, the Bagman and Crankshaft will have to wade through a city of corpses to the stop this new threat to their neighborhood. 

THE CAPTIVES OF RAVENSWOOD

When a mysterious car tries to grab one of Mac’s newsboy buddies, the Bagman realizes the most fragile denizens of the deep city are being kidnapped.  For any normal person, paying the ransom would be a problem…but for the “Little Wiseguys” in Mac’s neighborhood, nobody even asks for one. 

THE DEVIL’S SHINGLE 
(A Solo Crankshaft Adventure) An up and coming Blues musician is murdered in the middle of a set. Was it murder or a curse? To solve the crime, Crankshaft may have to beat the Devil. 

CAN AN EX-BAGMAN FROM THE MOB SAVE THE CITY?
CAN THE KING OF THIEVES DEFIES THE CITY TO SAVE IT?
BEAT THE ODDS WITH THIS LATEST BAGMAN ADVENTURE!