I did a comic strip in the 80's for a local paper where Ocean City, Maryland was stolen by the "Wellsians" who looked like floating brains with twin tentacles. Their flagship was the Orsonia, and they stole the resort to become an alien playground (predating Space Jam by some ten years). I wrote and drew the strip for five summers in the Daily Info of O.C., three times a week. Skipjack Pete will run as an irregular feature at Tangor's Pastiche and Fan Fiction web site.
Ocean City is a nice place, no gambling and lots of things to do and is very crowded in the summertime. Ocean City has a Ripley's believe-it-or-not museum along with the usual carnival/fun house amusements and was also the setting for that Sissy Spacek/Kevin Kline soap "Violets are Blue."
Luckily, the art gets better as the strip goes on. Like most strips, the tale grows in the telling. There will be a JC-clone appearing near the end to do battle with the evil Wellsians. Your Humble Scribe makes a cameo in the second season (story 4)adventure: "Red Camelot".
As time permits, the Skipjack Pete
series is being lettered and colorized by Tangor.
Completed February 2006
Just for background: Skipjack Pete comes from a long line of Naval Heroes. His grandfather fought aboard the Battleship Maryland in the Second World War, and his father aboard the cruiser Baltimore. Pete is a Vietnam vet, now retired to a quiet life of consulting for various government agencies. His headquarters is the resort city of Ocean City, Maryland, and many of the locations in the strip are authentic. Pete's personal craft is a Skipjack sailboat called "Chessie". His worst enemy is the infamous Chowderhead, a pirate whose face was severely damaged in a fire during a battle with Pete some years back. In the current cycle, Chowderhead returns to exact revenge on Pete.
Pete has two crewmembers. First is the O.C. Kid, a surfer-geek with a nose for electronics. His other crewman is the muscular Turk, a balding giant who provides the beef in hot situations. Their seemingly primitive skipjack is in reality a high-tech craft, which can convert to a speedy turbined-powered rocket boat if necessary. Upcoming adventures pit Pete against a variety of foes, but you can bet that none can match wits or swords with Skipjack Pete.
These stories were written in the early 80's when the cold war was still going on, so Red Camelot and its sequel feature some bizarre Commies right out of a Captain America nightmare. While not featuring ERB-like characters, Pete follows the tradition as an all around good guy fighting bad, bad, guys. While none of the stories are dead serious, there is plenty of action. I hope you enjoy them and I welcome the comments.
Andy "Jason Gridley" Nunez