Around 1998, I got the itch to write and draw some new stories of the old fanzine heroes, such as The Eye, The Eclipse, The Human Cat and more. I started with a new version of Biljo White’s classic fanzine character The Eye (“Underworld Executioner”) in The Eye #1. Then I brought back the other heroes to form a team (like The Justice Society of America) in Heroes Vs. Hitler #1. In both cases, I wrote and penciled, and Bill Black did the inking. Dick Giordano inked my pencils on the cover of Heroes Vs. Hitler, and an interior pin-up, and I think he did a spectacular job. (Roy Thomas helped me plot the story.)
All this work is reprinted in the Hamster Press book The Eye Collection, which is still available. That book also has an “all new” origin of The Eye, which was penciled by Ron Frenz and inked by Josef Rubenstein, from my script and rough layouts. (Grass Green lettered the strip, his last comic book work before his untimely passing.)
The Eye Collection also includes my “Robin Dies at Dawn!” pastiche for Big Bang Comics #31, called “Doom in Dimension X!,” substituting the Knight Watchman and Kid Galahad for DC’s Dynamic Duo. I really like the original story, and thought my homage to it turned out quite well.
And that’s the sum total of my “professional” comic book career!! — Bill Schelly
P.S. “Doom in Dimension X!” has also been reprinted in the book Knight Watchman: The Golden Age. Here’s the info:
Series: The Big Bang Comics Collection
Paperback: 158 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 30, 2014)