I'll admit it.

In my comic book illustration career I did have what I call a lame 'superhero' phase.

First of all, to get on my soapbox a bit I always found it strange people assume a comic book to contain a story about a superhero. Comics can be about anything. To think a 'normal' book would involve somebody with some kind of super-power is like assuming there will be a fly fisher or a figure skater. Like 'Oh, you're making a comic book? Where's the figure skater? Will there be figure skating in it?'

Maybe because comics can be about anything, and because the first few successful ones had Superman and Batman in them people assume ALL of them would be like that. Stepping off my soapbox I can honestly say I had a stint with super heroes, with inventing them and writing/illustrating a few stories. They're embarrassing. They're stupid, juvenile. Want to hear more? Ok.
(They don't physically exist. I have to redraw them from memory. I'm only drawing bust-shots. It's too embarrassing to render their whole costumes)


First of all, a superhero has to have an origin. And I needed a giant, all powerful 'seer' or visionary who looked weird who'd get the ball rolling. Think The Watcher on The Fantastic Four from the 1960s. Eaufasia was a blue-skinned green leotard wearing dude who grants my next superhero his powers:


Purple and blue bodysuit dude, like Spider Man, Python had the strength of a python snake. He also like Spider Man could hang from buildings or grapple with these two thin black rope-like lines issuing from his wrists. (My juvenile reasoning was that they were like a snake's tongue, I guess?). His everyday identity was a dude named Jim Matthews, who looked like R. Redford's Sundance Kid in the movie.


Scientist Richard Testren -in the future- suffered a nuclear blast in his lab and became a thinking mass of energy named Nucleon. He had the lazy writer's 'zappa-hands' super power (bolts of light issuing from the fists). Again, the bodysuit style costume (simpler to draw). He was blue all over with a tiny atom proton and nucleus symbol on the costume's forehead. No, I wasn't aware of Watchmen's Dr. Manhattan at the time, it probably pre-dates Alan Moore's character anyway by 10 - 12 years.


Asian kung-fu style character. Alter ego: Robert Huang. He probably had the least-dorkiest costume, with a weird knife belt scabbard thing that didn't look like it worked very well. He could throw knives and make them do stuff like turn into flames...

... later I had him become a loner motorcyclist who did lots of psychedelic drugs and got in trouble with the law. Years later he lost his Asian heritage and became Cal Ryder in Mayfield Eight.

Read Mayfield Eight Part 1: Into the Rat Hole!

Calvin Ryder, a young fry cook agrees to go on a motorcycle road trip to celebrate his birthday. He runs into a Biker Gang: The Banshees!

Read Part One

Read Mayfield Eight Part 2: White Meat!

Trouble ensues for Calvin as his friend conducts a back- room drug deal. He didn't count on it taking place at The Banshee's headquarters!

Read Part Two

Read Mayfield Eight Part 3: Faster, Faster!

The Banshees are onto Calvin and out for revenge. He gets the help of a lone confederate: A woman named Angelina.

Read Part Three
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Buy Mayfield Eight Here:

Facebook Youtube

10454 Lomita Ave #B, Felton
United States