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Mask of the Crime Czar – Update

by VJ Miller, Sr.

Some Backstory:

Back in the 1980’s I came up with what I thought was a good Idea for a novel. A man with extraordinary powers that would fight crime in the city of Philadelphia. I chose Philly because I lived a half-hour away over the Ben Franklyn Bridge in New Jersey.

I had vivid memories of the city and what it was like at the time. So, it was quite easy to use it as a backdrop. There were no superheroes working out of Philly, thus I thought it would be unique in some way.

I typed it by hand on an old Remington typewriter for the first draft, then for some reason which escapes me now, I laid it aside to languish.  Continue reading Mask of the Crime Czar – Update

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Rod Serling-Planet of the Apes Visionaries

Review by VJ Miller, Sr.
Script: Dana Gould interior art: Chad Lewis Cover: Paolo Revira

Rod Serling-Planet of the Apes,

Original screenplay by Rod Serling

Rod Serling Planet of the Apes Visionaries coverUntil I read Rod Serling- Planet of the Apes Visionaries, I thought I’d learned everything I needed to know about, the movie, Planet of the Apes until I came across this Graphic Novel.  Somehow, I missed the fact that the original manuscript was written by Rod Serling, but then I was 17 at the time and was more into comic books than what was going on in Hollywood.

The artwork in this book is superb. Because it tells the story as much as the captions and dialog especially the pages that had little or no dialog or captions.

Rod Serling’s original vision of Planet of the Apes was a society that was somewhat normal. They dressed in suits, drove cars, worked in office buildings and did those things that day to day citizens always did–they were just apes instead. Hollywood took Serling’s story and turned it into what we all watched with Charlton Heston and the ensemble cast of humans in ape suits. I doubt Mr. Serling was pleased. Continue reading Rod Serling-Planet of the Apes Visionaries