So … many of you who know me know that I like to take normal ideas and make them, well, abnormal.
Boy have I got an abnormal concept for you.
The first photo that you see the is of The Clock. You see, The Clock was the first original costumed crime fighter to appear in American comic books. He was the first attempt at taking the popular pulp style of the 1930’s and putting into sequential art form. Without The Clock we wouldn’t have had The Spirit, Batman, or even Daredevil for that matter. The Clock was the first street-level vigilante superhero in comics.
And he has been sitting in obscurity in the public domain.
For those not in the know many pieces of art, literature, film, and comics are public domain, meaning that any creator can use them or characters from them royalty-free as long as there is some note of the original creators offered therein.
I’ve been wanting to do something with public domain characters for some time now, and The Clock is the first one that REALLY popped for me. I love The Spirit, Batman, and Daredevil because of the whole street-wise vigilante angle so The Clock being their great grand-daddy was right up my alley. Thing is …
… His look didn’t pop for me.
The Clock’s overall look will forever be the look people associate with The Spirit. While Eisner’s Spirit arrived many years after The Clock The Spirit has completely owned that look. So I needed something. Some intangible that would allow me to put my stamp on the character.
And then it hit me.
Yep. I’m messed up. You don’t have to tell me. I know. ;)
The second pic is my first sketch of The Clock with the clock head/helmet. The second sketch is the final look. :)
As soon as the idea for the clock-shaped helm hit me it started getting really weird. I started weaving together this plot with Nazi Commie mobsters and Nazi Commie zombie henchmen and … yeah.
So Summer 2014 you can expect quite the surreal comic experience, pulp/sci-fi lovers. The Clock Strikes!