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This is the Kickstarter campaign for the 28-page first issue of The Masters, a five-issue comic book series featuring art by comic book legends: Ramona Fradon, Pablo Marcos, Mike Grell, Joe Staton, Bob Hall, Romeo Tanghal, Alan Weiss, Mike Vosburg, Val Mayerik, Joe Rubinstein, Ron Wilson, Alex Saviuk, Arvell Jones, Al Milgrom, Pat Broderick, Kerry Gammill, Chuck Patton, Tom Grummett, Geof Isherwood, Bart Sears, Darryl Banks, Stéphane Roux, Mike Lilly, Art Baltazar, Jimmy Palmiotti and MORE!
A team of super-powered super villains, each whose identity is inspired by a famous 20th century artist, come together at the behest of an unidentified benefactor. All being master artists as well as master thieves, this benefactor dubs this new super villain team, The Masters, and contracts them to steal five very specific portrait paintings from around the world. The paintings individually hold insignificant value, but collectively they are priceless to the benefactor who plans to use their power and influence to perpetrate a scheme known only to him.
Standing in their way is a team of Golden Age super heroes led by Black Owl and including: Arrow, Airman, Plymo the Rubber Man, Fly-Man, and Twister. Together they form The Power Corps and are dedicated to foiling The Masters’ evil plan.
Who is this unknown benefactor? Why does he need these specific paintings to carry out his ultimate plan? How can The Power Corps stop The Masters? All will be revealed in the upcoming Bronze Age inspired, five-issue series: The Masters.
The format and style of the story is an homage to the Bronze Age comic book series The Brave and The Bold drawn so beautifully for nearly 100 issues by legendary DC Comics artist Jim Aparo. As in The Brave and The Bold, each villain is confronted by the main hero (in this case a re-imagined, modernized version of the Golden Age public domain character, the Black Owl) along with a fellow guest hero from the Golden Age of Comics (who has also been re-imagined and modernized).
Each villain has their own chapter. And, each chapter is drawn by a different team of artists. Teams that we know would make Jim Aparo proud.
As of December 31st, this project has raised $18,600 of their $2,500 goal. This project has 13 days left to raise as much as it can. For a pledge of $6, you will get one digital comic. For a pledge of $10, you will get one physical comic. To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/themasters/the-masters-1-a-classic-super-hero-vs-super-villain-comic?