Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Anthony Ludgate, Doc Druid
"Sometimes it's best to be forgotten."
The heroes of the Marvel universe are being organized into an army for the 21st century. Forgotten though are the nightmares of the previous age. Hidden evil sleeps under the earth, inside the hearts of men and beyond the far side of the moon. The demons and aliens of the Silver Age, long thought vanquished, are slowly returning. As their power grows so does their influence.
Anthony Ludgate, former Avenger, has been forgotten by this new century. Once a powerful telepath and magician, his powers have faded, grown unreliable. But only he can sense the trouble that's rising. Only he can see the invisible monsters around us. Ludgate has only his creaky magics and the scavenged technology of a forgotten era with which to battle this growing danger.
The series follows Doctor Druid as he wanders the earth combating Marvel's crazy Silver Age monsters, starting with the ones from pre-Spider-Man "Amazing Fantasy". Think Kolchak vs. The Badoon.
NEXT PAGE, SINGLE PANEL SPLASH. A SUBURBAN SUPERMARKET PARKING LOT. SHOPPERS HEAD TO THEIR CARS OR INTO THE STORE, THE PICTURE OF NORMALCY. EXCEPT FOR IN THE FOREGROUND WHERE DOC DRUID STANDS IN STREET CLOTHES, WAVING HIS ARMS WILDLY. DOMINATING THE PANEL IS THE FORTY FOOT MENACE OF TIM BOO BA. NOTE: TIM BOO BA (AMAZING FANTASY #9) SHOULD BE DRAWN ONLY AS AN OUTLINED COLOR EFFECT, SO THAT THE READER CAN INFER THAT ONLY THE DOC CAN SEE HIM.
DOC DRUID: "EVERYONE! GET OUT OF THE WAY!"
NEXT PAGE, PANEL 1. MOTHER PUSHING HER SON IN A CART.
SON: "MOMMY, WHAT THAT MAN YELLING ABOUT?"
MOM: "DON'T LOOK AT HIM SON."
PANEL 2. CLOSE ON TIM BOO BA'S LAUGHING VISAGE.
TIM BOO BA: "ONLY YOU CAN SEE ME, DOCTOR. THE CATTLE WILL NEVER REALIZE THAT IT WAS I, TIM BOO BA, WHO SENT THEM TO THEIR MAKERS!"
PANEL 3. THE DOC'S HANDS ARE RAISED, DRAWING ARCANE SIGILS IN THE AIR.
DOC DRUID: "NOT WHILE I STAND, DEVIL!"
PANEL 4. CLOSE ON TIM BOO BA AGAIN.
TIM BOO BA: "HA! HA! HA! YOUR MAGICKS HAVE NO POWER, OLD FOOL."
NEXT PAGE, PANEL 1. DOC HOLDS UP A GAS CAN. HIS OTHER HAND IS HOLDING A ZIPPO.
DOC DRUID: "BURN."
PANEL 2. HE SPARKS THE LIGHTER.
PANEL 3. CLOSE ON THE LIGHTER AS IT SOARS THOUGH THE AIR.
PANEL 4. DOC DRUID WALKING TOWARDS THE READER. BEHIND HIM, EXPLODING MINI-VANS AND THE BURNING INVISIBLE MONSTER.