Olyoptics Timeline - 1980

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A Dry Spell

After the Hulk got cancelled, I discovered how difficult it can be to get work from the west coast. Most colorists lived within commuter train distance of the Manhattan offices of the big two publishers, DC and Marvel. That made it easy to pop into the office to look for work on short notice.

  Colorists are the last creative link in the Editorial chain before they turn the book over to the Manufacturing division, and suffer from one chronic problem:

  Lack of Time.

  If the writer, the penciller, the inker, and the letterer are each just one day behind schedule, or the editor loses a day or two because of the weekend, the colorist can find him or herself squeezed into trying to finish a coloring job literally overnight. Thatís why coloring often looks rushed. Sometimes itís handed out to any available body to be done over the weekend, or to anyone in the bullpen who isnít already busy.

  Needless to say, sitting out in Northern California, I didnít get any of those rush jobs, especially after I turned in Jim Starlinís ďDeath of Captain MarvelĒ graphic novel late in1982. (I found out several years later that that job being late got me a reputation among some editors as being unreliable. That reputation dogged me behind the scenes for years. Just a little reminder to all the young freelancers out there: Meet your deadlines. Itís more important than you might think. I also found out later, that in a tight printing schedule, it would cost Marvel $5,000 in lost press time every time a book was late. Once the printer booked the time, Marvel was responsible to pay even if the comic wasnít printed in that time. They were docked every time it was delayed. Pixelcraft, a color separation company I worked with years later had missed over 20 deadlines when Marvel finally fired them!)

  After having a good paying, steady comic job for two years, I was suddenly scrambling to survive. There was no work for a full-color colorist. All the regular books were spoken for.


No Eggs, No Basket

  It had been several lean months, and I was really beginning to sweat when I got a surprise call on Thankgiving Day, in 1980. Danny Bulanadi is an artist/inker Iíd met at conventions over the years. I colored some of his convention sketches. Heíd been working on a B&W weekly comic strip for the Newfoundland Herald. The Herald was a TV guide for the island of Newfoundland , which is off the east coast of Canada between Nova Scotia and Greenland .

  The Herald was owned by Geoff Stirling, and was part of a communications conglomerate he had in St. Johnís , Newfoundland . He had a TV station, an FM radio station, and the Herald. His son Scott was writing a pair of patriotic, and spiritually-oriented comic strips. Danny was doing the art and lettering. Scott wanted to do a collected series of the strips in full color, and Danny recommended me.

  So Captain Newfoundland , and Captain Canada (Not to be confused with Capt. Canuck) came to my rescue.



Death of Catain Marvel

Captian Newfoundland

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