I love vintage comics. I especially love vintage comics covers circa the Golden and Silver Age. That era of comics had such a cool style and their covers were always bonkers. Like crazy as balls. And there were always such cool looking match ups on the covers of these comics.
So, I was playing around with Photoshop one day (creating the banner above) and I thought I’d start a new photo series where I play around with old comic covers and come up with awesome character meet ups that never happened. Stuff like gunfighters, monsters and movie characters that I thought should have meet up but never did. I decided to call the series Vintage Comic Throwdowns.
So for my first issue, I went back in time to 2010. For Billy the Kid Week that year I reviewed a little known piece of D-movie history called Billy the Kid vs Dracula. I sorta fell in love with the idea of that movie so I created a poster and casted a modern version of that movie right here. I even wrote a fanfiction.net story about that concept. So yeah, wet, sloppy love, me and that concept.
And that is what I thought should be the focus of the first issue of what I decided to call Cavalcade Comics. So here is my comic book interpretation of Billy the Kid vs Dracula as it would have looked back in the 70s (during Marvel’s Tomb of Dracula era).
I know I personally would have snatched this right off the comics rack had I found it when I was a lad. The idea of my Cavalcade Comics title is that it’s an anthology title similar to Action Comics or Detective Comics but doesn’t focus on one character. It’s a revolving door of awesome characters as you will soon see. Much like comics did back in the Golden Age. I’ve mostly finished with the first few of these issues already. You are going to see all types of characters showing up like Robin Hood, Frankenstein’s Monster, Godzilla, Wolf Man, Sherlock Holmes and possibly even James Bond. It should be a lot of fun.
For those interested in some “behind the scenes” information on the above cover, I used Marvel’s Tomb of Dracula #26 for the main background image and then used Billy from Charlton’s Billy the Kid #10. The “Billy” in the title logo came from issue #10 as well but “The Kid” came from a different issue. I think it was issue #80.
So I hope you are as excited about this feature as I am. Expect Cavalcade Comics issues #2 soon!