Last Updated Aug 8, 2013
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1967 Don attempted to break into the syndicated newspaper strip
business with a couple of different ideas. Both of his proposed strips were
adventure strips, which were historically hard sells, and the heroes of both
strips were writers. The first strip, "Captain Galaxy" never got far
beyond the preliminary development stages, but for the second strip, "Blacklok, Don
did a lot more work. He created a logo and then drew twenty days of strips.
While Captain Galaxy was a one-man show, Don had a writing assit on Blacklok
from Ken Toney. Some of the Blacklok pages were printed in a couple of fanzines
in the laste 1960's and early 1970's, but this is the first time tall of
Blacklok has been published in order. Presented here, for the first time anywhere, is Don's original artwork
and story summary. Without
further adieu, the Art of Don Newton is proud to present...
I have two typewritten story synopsis for Blacklok. On the second one Don has renamed the strip from
the Tyrants" to "The Sign of Blacklok." He has also renamed some of the
characters: Dr. Sebastian Flint is now Dr. Elliot Flint, Colonel Rudolph Faust
is now Frighthead and his organization is no longer TUMOR, but is now named SCAR. Don
really liked the idea of Frighthead and SCAR, so much so that he would use the
exact same characters in his other attempted strip, Captain Galaxy, and again,
years later at Charlton, the characters would return when Don began working on
the concept of MasteMind with Nicola Cuti.
I have sheets of copies of these strips and along the edge of one Don wrote, "A few
assorted (better) tabs from the first 'version' we did -- too many 'words.'" I would have to agree there. This daily for example, should
have been maybe three days of strip. Too many words indeed. Also, before you ask, no, I have found no evidence that a "second"
version of Blacklok was ever made.
This is actually the end to the continuity that I have.
There are three more pages of artwork, but they skip ahead some, so it might be
good next time to show some of the story summary where the other pages fit in.
More to come!
All artwork on this
page is copyright the Estate of Don Newton 1967-2013.
The Art of Don Newton
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