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The Black Terror: Seduction of Deceit by Beau Smith & Chuck Dixon & Dan Brereton

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of The Black Terror: Seduction of Deceit mini-series written by Beau Smith & Chuck Dixon with art by Dan Brereton.  I’ve been calling for a nice trade reprint of the original series for years.  (Dan Brereton hinted that one may be coming in the next year.)  Even still, from time to time I need to remind everyone what a great series it was.

Consider this today’s reminder.  ; )

Comics That Deserve a Relaunch: Black Terror

Recently Newsarama did a piece on The Top Ten Comics That Deserve a Relaunch.

I thought that was a worthy idea so for the next seven days I’m going to present a comic series a day that I believe we deserve to see again.

Today we have [and again it will be no surprise to regular readers] is The Black Terror [the version created by writers Beau Smith & Chuck Dixon and artist Dan Brereton].  There are complications with this series due to rights.  But the writing and art were great and I’d love to see it get a relaunch.

This Black Terror series took place in an alternate universe where organized crime had become a legitimate enterprise.  In this hard-boiled setting, the Black Terror waged a one man war against crime.  Despite his best efforts, the Black Terror realized that he wasn’t making a dent in the criminal underworld.  So he decided that the only way to take down the organization was from within.

To this end, he “did in” a couple of low level hoods and began to work his way up into the organization.  The mobsters only knew him as Ryan Delvecchio, a tough, on-the-rise thug; not his alter-ego, the criminal killer known as The Black Terror.  When Delvecchio is hand-picked to become part of an elite Mafia hit squad, he’s in the perfect position to take out the major players in organized crime… that is if the Feds don’t kill him first.

If we can’t get a relaunch how about a nice hard cover of the original series?

“The Black Terror: Seduction of Deceit” Week: Day 7

“The Black Terror: Seduction of Deceit” Week [written by Beau Smith & Chuck Dixon with art by Dan Brereton]: Day 7 @ the ZONE. Today is the last day of our tribute to Smith, Dixon & Brereton’s Black Terror story so I thought it fitting that our last piece of art be the final page of the mini-series.

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If you’ve enjoyed this week’s posts, then tell a friend or seven.  If enough people [re]discover The Black Terror: Seduction of Deceit, perhaps we’ll someday get a trade edition, it so richly deserves.  Before I go, here’s a link to some pages and script of Beau Smith’s Black Terror sequel that never saw print.

The Black Terror: Seduction of Deceit” Week: Day 6

“The Black Terror: Seduction of Deceit” Week [written by Beau Smith & Chuck Dixon with art by Dan Brereton]: Day 6 @ the ZONE.  Today’s art is from issue 2 [art by Dan Brereton].

All week long I’ve been yappin’ about what a great series this was.  Hopefully, from the quotes and teaser art, you’re interest has been piqued enough to either pull out your copies and re-read the dang thing, or if you’d never heard of it until this week, to round up a set for yourself.

If you’re already a fan, then why not drop Beau Smith, Chuck Dixon and Dan Brereton a line and let them know.  Better yet, why not e-mail Todd McFarlane [who holds the rights to the comic] at Spawn.com Publishing and suggest they give the series the reprint it deserves!

“The Black Terror: Seduction of Deceit” Week: Day 5

“The Black Terror: Seduction of Deceit” Week [written by Beau Smith & Chuck Dixon with art by Dan Brereton]: Day 5 @ the ZONE.   Today’s art is an extremely rare piece by Dan Brereton from a 1988 issue of The Comic Shop News.   It appeared with an article about “the return of a Golden Age hero” [The Black Terror] scheduled to appear in Total Eclipse #3 [a company crossover book] “who will then move into his own title in 1989“.

It’s interesting to note that the article said that “The Black Terror” would be co-written by  Beau Smith and Chuck Dixon [it was] and “illustrated by two artists new to Eclipse, Dan Brereton and Brandon Peterson” [it wasn’t].  Dan Brereton did all of the art chores.  I e-mailed Brandon to find out what happened and here is his response:

“I was given a tryout just out of High School by Beau that Beau liked, but Eclipse wanted one artist on the series and that was Dan, which was the very right decision to make at the time.”

So that’s one small mystery solved, but here’s another: Who is the the character standing beside The Black Terror in today’s art?  I believe it is Beau Smith’s comic alter ego.   Beau, am I mistaken?

“The Black Terror: Seduction of Deceit” Week: Day 4

It’s Day 4 of “The Black Terror: Seduction of Deceit” Week @ the ZONE.  You may be getting tired of hearing that “The Black Terror: Seduction of Deceit” written by Beau Smith & Chuck Dixon with art by Dan Brereton is one of the best comic stories ever.  But it’s true.

Today’s post is a very loose, and rarely seen sketch of The Black Terror drawn by the series award-winning artist, Dan Brereton.  Today’s quote by Beau Smith [who came up with the concept for the series and co-wrote it] talks about the psychological terror that runs throughout “The Black Terror: Seduction of Deceit”:

“Books like Batman, Punisher, and Moon Knight bring you the hostile side of violence.  The Black Terror brings you one step further – into the brutality of the mind.”

If The Black Terror sounds like something you’d like, then track down some issues and give it a go. If you’re already a fan, then why not drop Beau Smith, Chuck Dixon and Dan Brereton a line and let them know. Better yet, why not e-mail Todd McFarlane [who holds the rights to the comic] at Spawn.com Publishing and suggest they give the series the reprint it deserves!

“The Black Terror: Seduction of Deceit” Week: Day 3

Day 3 of “The Black Terror: Seduction of Deceit” Week @ the ZONE brings us a very rough sketch by Dan Brereton that appeared in Comics Scene #5.  For those coming in late, “The Black Terror: Seduction of Deceit”  was written by Beau Smith & Chuck Dixon with art by Dan Brereton.  Smith & Dixon’s writing combined with Brereton’s art to produce one of the best comic stories ever.  [Please note I didn’t limit my praise to just crime comics.]

Here’s how Beau Smith described The Black Terror in the Comics Scene piece:

“He’s going to be what characters like Wolverine or Batman could never be due to licensing and being on every kid’s lunchbox.  He is going to be the scariest thing – the boogeyman to crime… All they know about him is he gets the job done, he doesn’t get caught, and their people usually get hurt along the way.”

If The Black Terror sounds like something you’d like, then track down the three issue mini-series and give it a go.  If you’re already a fan, then why not drop Beau Smith, Chuck Dixon and Dan Brereton a line and let them know.  Better yet, why not e-mail Todd McFarlane [who holds the rights to the comic] at Spawn.com Publishing and suggest they give the series the reprint it deserves!

The Black Terror: Seduction of Deceit: Day 2

This week we’re taking a look at “The Black Terror: Seduction of Deceit” written by Beau Smith & Chuck Dixon with art by Dan Brereton.  Today’s art is a drawing that Brereton did and Eclipse used in an ad to congratulate Dan on winning the Russ Manning Award as Best New Artist for his work on the series.

The Black Terror series took place in an alternate universe where organized crime had become a legitimate enterpise.  In this hard-boiled setting, the Black Terror waged a one man war against crime.  Despite his best efforts, the Black Terror realized that he wasn’t making a dent in the criminal underworld.  So he decided that the only way to take down the organization is from within.  

To this end, he “did in” a couple of low level hoods and began to work his way up into the organization.  The mobsters only knew him as Ryan Delvecchio, a tough, on-the-rise thug; not his alter-ego, the criminal killer known as The Black Terror.  When Delvecchio is hand-picked to become part of an elite Mafia hit squad, he’s in the perfect position to take out the major players in organized crime… that is if the Feds don’t kill him first.

Man, I wish that someone would reprint this series in a hardcover edition.  More tomorrow when we hit Day 3.

The Black Terror: Seduction of Deceit Week: Day 1

One of my all time favorite comics is “The Black Terror: Seduction of Deceit” written by Beau Smith & Chuck Dixon with art by Dan Brereton.  “The Black Terror: Seduction of Deceit” was a three issue mini-series published by Eclipse Comics in 1989/1990Beau Smith described the story as “hardboiled, psychological and pulp-like” and Brereton’s painted art as “moody” and “cinematic”.  He was right.

Today’s art is a preview piece that Brereton did to help promote the series.  It sure worked for me.  I loved Beau Smith’s concept, the look of the character and Brereton’s art.  I was in and hoped that the series would live up to it’s promise… and boy, did it!

Comics Deserving Hardback Collections

Ol’ Groove from Diversions of the Groovy Kind posted his choices for 10 Groovy Age Comics That Need To Be Collected.

One of his choices was The Best of Marvel Premiere.  Monark Starstalker created, written and drawn by Howard Chaykin appeared in issue 32.  Another Chaykin creation, Dominic Fortune, appeared in issue 56.

This got me to thinking about how much I’d like to see a collection of Chaykin’s Dominic Forturne appearances.  Surely there’s a market for that!

And while we’re at it, I’d like to see hardback collections of…

  • Black Terror by Beau Smith & Chuck Dixon and Dan Brereton
  • Scout by Tim Truman (A definitive collection)
  • MOKF – the Moench / Gulacy issues
  • Black Cross by Chris Warner

Comics That Deserve a Relaunch: Sin City

Recently Newsarama did a piece on The Top Ten Comics That Deserve a Relaunch.

I thought that was a worthy idea so for the next seven days I’m going to present a comic series a day that I believe we deserve to see again.

Today’s choice is a bit different from the other comics I selected for relaunch.  Both Black Cross and Black Terror were published years ago [with as far as I can tell] no thought about new stories in years.

A new Sin City series has been talked up for years.  Both Miller and Dark Horse have said a new yarn is forthcoming.  Although neither says exactly when.  If Frank Miller came in tomorrow with a completed Sin City  story there’s little doubt Dark Horse would prep it for publication as quickly as possible.

So what’s the hold-up?

Perhaps Miller was so involved with getting the Sin City movie that he didn’t have time to work on a new comic yarn.  Maybe it’s a health issue.  [I certainly hope not and wouldn’t be calling for a series if that was the case.  I’d want Miller to work on his health before all else.]  However, since I don’t know the reason for the delay and these posts are about comics I’d want to see get a relaunch…  Sin City is high on my list.

Dan Brereton’s Plans for 2014

I’ve been a Dan Brereton fan since I first saw his work in The Black Terror over 20 years ago.  [Someone should publish a nice trade edition of The Black Terror, but we’ll save that for another post.]

It’s been fun following Brereton‘s career.  I’m happy to read that we’ll see more of Brereton‘s  Nocturnals and other comic work this year!

Source: CBR.com – Conversing with Dan Brereton.

AC Comics @ FX

If you’re planning to attend the FX show in Orlando next month [January 28th -30th], in between getting autographs from movie and tv stars and sketches from comic artists; you may just want to try and get yourself one of the exclusive toys and collectibles available only at the FX Show!

My buddy, “Wild” Bill Black, publisher of AC Comics will debut three limited edition versions of a new line of action figure toys based on Bill‘s Femforce and major AC characters. These toys are 8 inches tall with full articulation, created in the Mega style of the 1970’s, and will actually wear a costume made of cloth which is applied over the plastic figure. The figures, produced by Cast-A-Way Toys, are planned for early 2005 release but the limited figures [Fighting Yank, Black Terror and Miss Masque] will be available ONLY at the FX show.

Bill‘s a great guy. If you make it to the FX show, please be sure and swing by Bill‘s AC booth and tell him, “Hi.” He won’t pressure you to buy anything, but after you meet him, I’ll bet you may walk away with something… and it may even be one of his new action figures!

AtlantaCon 2003 Bound!

On April 11- 13, I heading up to Georgia for the AtlantaCon Convention. The Guest of Honor is Mike Kaluta who I had the pleasure of meeting for the first time over twenty years ago at an Atlanta convention! Mike is best known for his work on “The Shadow,” and I’m looking forward to seeing him again.

Dan Bereton is going to be a guest. I’ve loved his work since I saw the first preliminary piece for “The Black Terror” years ago. Dan has gone on to draw [and write] many other projects and I’ve followed them all. One of my favorites has been his work on The Nocturnals. It’d be cool to get a Stallone drawing by Dan.

I’m also excited because the guys from Gaijin Studios [Adam Hughes, Cully Hamner, Georges Jeanty, Brian Stelfreeze, and Karl Story] will be there sketching as well. As Stuttering John would say, “I’m a big fan, big fan.” I was hoping to get some Stallone sketches from them at MegaCon but I was only there for one day,and they were allready booked up. Thanks to Big Beatty, I’m on Cully‘s list for AtlantaCon and hope to get on Adam‘s and Brian‘s as well. At least that’s the plan.

Phil Noto is going to be there. His popularity has soared in recent years. Take a look at his art and you’ll know why. There’s going to be dozens of other artists on hand as well. Part of the fun of going to a convention is meet established pros, but also to meet the new people who haven’t broke through yet but have the talent to take you by surprise. There’ll also be tons of panels, screenings of movies, videos, and animation… not to mention gaming, but since I already did, well, nevermind.

It’s going to be a fun time. If you’re able to make it to the show, it’d be cool to talk to you. I’ll be easy to find. I’ll be the guy wearing the StalloneZone t-shirt getting the Stallone drawings.