Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Five Star Comments

One of the great things about comic books of the 1960s and '70s was the letters page. Well, Five Star Comics is planning to have a letters page, too, and it's called Five Star Comments. In order to have a letters page, though, we have to have letters. That's why we're inviting everyone to send questions, comments, and suggestions. There are three ways to reach us (unless you're planning to hand deliver your letter or pass us a note at a convention). First, by email:

Next, by leaving a comment on this blog:

And last, the old-fashioned way, by Golden Age mail:

Five Star Comments
c/o Larry Blake
69306 State Route 124
Reedsville, OH 45772

We're eagerly awaiting your letters, notes, messages, and comments, so don't pass up this chance to make your name immortal. Write to Five Star Comics today!

Copyright 2011 Five Star Comics

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Five Star Comics #1

Five Star Comics #1 is ready at last! After months of preparation, Five Star Comics is in print, featuring five stories, each with its own Golden Age hero.

Moth Man!
The book starts off with a tale in which Moth Man the Golden Age character meets Mothman the paranormal creature. Find out how Mothman gained entrance to our world by reading "Moth Man Meets Mothman" by Terence Hanley!

Silver Streak!
Next, Silver Streak returns to the comics where he crosses paths with his own great-granddaughter, a new heroine called Missile. Together they go up against King Chronos. Read "Yesterday and Today" by Larry Blake!

Marvel Maid!
Marvel Maid is up next in a story in which she must face a threat to our very own Earth. She's not alone, for two small boys and even Albert Einstein are on hand to help. Find out what happens in "Agent of Doom" by Terence Hanley!

Flip Falcon!
Flip Falcon makes his first appearance in the comics in almost seventy years in "Flip Falcon in the Fourth Dimension". In this timeless tale, written by Jordan Lowe and drawn by Gary Gibeaut, Flip runs into a mad scientist and his demonic minions from another dimension. Read the full story in Five Star Comics.

Cave Girl!
Finally, Cave Girl, inhabitant of the forgotten Dawn Lands, sets out on an odyssey to rescue a helpless baby from his kidnapper. On her journey, she must avoid all the perils of a land populated with dinosaurs and even more monstrous creatures. You'll discover how it all turns out by reading "Cave Girl" by Larry Blake, Gary Gibeaut, and Terence Hanley!

Five Star Comics #1!

Five stories filling 37 pages--and no ads--plus a full-color cover and a preview of The Black Bat by Matt Marshall, on sale beginning Saturday, September 17, 2011, at The Mothman Festival in Point Pleasant, West Virginia!

Five Star Comics cover art copyright 2011 Terence E. Hanley
Text copyright 2011 Five Star Comics

Five Star Comics at the Mothman Festival!

The first issue of Five Star Comics will make its debut at the Tenth Annual Mothman Festival in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, this coming weekend, September 17 and 18, 2011. Five Star Creators Larry Blake, Gary Gibeaut, Terence Hanley, and Matt Marshall will be on hand, offering the book for sale at their tables along with their own merchandise, including stickers, posters, coloring books, and original art. The Mothman Festival takes place on the streets of downtown Point Pleasant, home of the original Mothman. Admission is free and so is the fun. Although Mothman events begin on the evening of Friday, September 16, vendors won't set up until Saturday morning. The festival goes on all weekend. For more information, see the Mothman Festival website at:

Text copyright 2011 Five Star Comics
Art copyright 2009, 2011 Terence E. Hanley

Cave Girl Comes to Five Star Comics!

Cave Girl, denizen of Gardner Fox and Frank Frazetta's Dawn Lands, is the newest addition to Five Star Comics #1! Our Cave Girl story arrived at the last minute, scripted, penciled, lettered, and inked just two weeks ago in a marathon artists' jam session spread out over two days. You'll find art by Larry Blake, Gary Gibeaut, and Terence Hanley in the story, called appropriately enough "Cave Girl!" Look for it this week in the first issue of Five Star Comics!

Text copyright 2011 Five Star Comics
Story copyright 2011 Terence E. Hanley
Art copyright 2011 Larry Blake, Gary Gibeaut, and Terence Hanley

Marvel Maid in Five Star Comics!

Marvel Maid, a one-shot Golden Age superheroine, is back after six decades and starring in her own story in Five Star Comics! The story also features two little helpers, as well as Albert Einstein himself. Also, in cameo appearances, look for Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten. Five Star Comics #1, out this week!

Text copyright 2011 Five Star Comics
Story and art copyright 2011 Terence E. Hanley

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Five Star Cover!

Here it is, your first look at the cover of. . .

Five Star Comics #1!

Five Characters!
Moth Man! Silver Streak! Marvel Maid! Flip Falcon! Cave Girl!

Five Creators!
Larry Blake, Gary Gibeaut, Terence Hanley, Jordan Lowe, Matt Marshall

Five Stars!

Five Star Comics logo and stars copyright 2011 Larry Blake and Gary Gibeaut
Five Star Comics main cover art copyright 2011 Terence E. Hanley
Text copyright 2011 Five Star Comics

Five Star Creators-Matt Marshall

Not Just an Artist but an Author, Too

Matt Marshall has been interested in comics and illustration since he was a kid. Over the past few years, he has created three Mothman poster designs for the annual Mothman Festival in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Matt is also the author and illustrator of a Mothman novel, End of Tomorrows, published in 2010. You can order the book straight from its publisher, Publish America.  

As a Five Star creator, Matt is working on two stories based on a pulp fiction character from the 1930s and '40s. His work is unique, like nothing you have seen in the comics lately. The first of Matt's two stories will appear in the second issue of Five Star Comics, due out in time for the Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo (S.P.A.C.E.) in Columbus, Ohio, April 21 and 22, 2012.

Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to Matt Marshall and his family. Matt's mother, Donna Rae Marshall, passed away last week and was laid to rest this week.

Art copyright 2011 Matt Marshall
Text copyright 2011 Five Star Comics