comic book writer/publisher/art exhibit curator Alex Simmons is
bringing his popular adventurer hero Blackjack back in all new
Blackjack, aka, Arron Day, is an African-American soldier of fortune
in the 1930s. From the late 1920s to the late 1940s he was the
most formidable freelance adventurer of them all. His missions
took him from Harlem to the French Riviera, from the back allies
of Cairo to the beautiful, but deadly jungles of Brazil. No assignment
was too difficult. Guarding diplomats; hunting down ruthless killers;
even battling a mercenary army alone. An independent black man
in a racist age, BLACKJACK carved his own path facing the ghosts
of his past and the bigotry of his times.
The first of two critically acclaimed series, Second Bite
of the Cobra debuted in 1996 and followed our hero as he
fought guns, knives, and poison to bring down a ruthless enemy.
Its success lead to the 2000 release of Blood and Honor,
a graphic novel that took Blackjack to the far reaches of Asia
to protect a man of peace from a secret organization determined
to bring on a world war. Both series were published by Dark Angel
Now, after several years, and continued interest from the film
and video arena Simmons is launching a 3-tier plan to bring his
hero back to the public. The first is the launching of a web site
where frantic fans and curious consumers can find all things Blackjack.
will launch Monday, June 13, 2011!
it continues to grow the web site will have more artwork, interviews,
great stories, and inside information on current Blackjack activities.
two is a full-blown fundraiser on Kickstarter.com starting June
20th. This is a campaign to help published an 80 page anthology
containing artwork by industry super talents Eric Battle, Steve
Ellis, and Shawn Atkinson.
three will be the debut of a brand NEW series of Blackjack action
adventure tales, with amazing art by John Jennings, and Christian
N. St. Pierre, starting in late summer.
there you have it! Light the flares, notify high command, and
send out your runners!