The Atomic Thunderbolt revived!

TJ Comics is proud to announce the long-awaited return of the greatest one-hit wonder in all of comics – The Atomic Thunderbolt!

IPPY Award winning writer Kevin Powers teams up with talented newcomer Matt Gaudio and colorist Donna Gregory to revive this classic Golden Age hero.

The atomic age hero made his first and only appearance in “The Atomic Thunderbolt #1” in 1946. Featured in two stories – one detailing the character’s origin and the other in a slapstick tale with two aloof scientists – The Atomic Thunderbolt disappeared and was never seen again in mainstream comics.

In the 70 years since his initial publication by the Regor Company, The Atomic Thunderbolt has achieved a cult status among Golden Age and Public Domain superhero enthusiasts.

One of the more unique aspects of character is the year he was created. Following the debut of Superman in “Action Comics #1” in June 1938, every publisher under the sun created characters like the Man of Steel in an attempt to capture that same lightning in a bottle – especially during World War II. Some of those characters have endured, while others have faded into obscurity. The Atomic Thunderbolt came after the height of the early-1940s superhero craze. The war was over, the Cold War had yet to begin and many superhero comics had begun to cease publication while the precursors of Marvel and DC continued to evolve.

This summer/fall, TJ Comics will release a brand new “The Atomic Thunderbolt #1” that continues the story of the original and sets the stage for further adventures. The sensational first issue will contain 30 fully colored pages of story bringing the titular hero back to life. In addition to the standard cover by series artist Matt Gaudio, TJ Comics will debut its first series of variant covers for this first issue including a re-mastered version of the original, a variant by the incredible Lord Mesa and more!

Following the release of the first issue, TJ Comics will follow the success of “Patriot-1” and “The Argonauts” and launch a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to produce an all-new, original story entitled: “Whatever Happened to The Atomic Thunderbolt?” The story will pick up following the events of the first issue and reveal what really happened to not only The Atomic Thunderbolt, but many other superheroes of the era. Each chapter will be broken into four issues, digitally released, before being collected into one edition that includes the first issue.

Although the story will stand alone, it will also serve as a precursor to TJ Comics’ ExtraOrdinary superhero universe. The campaign will feature an exclusive variant of the first issue as well as a number of other exclusive rewards and incentives.

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Patriot-1 Available Now





Written/Created by: Kevin Powers
Art by: Dexter Wee
Colors by: Donna Gregory
Full color, 202 pages
Delta Force Operator Ken Baker is the lone survivor of an attack in Afghanistan. Upon escaping captivity, he finds himself embroiled in a conspiracy that results in a team from the CIA’s Special Activities Division seeking his help to unravel the mystery of Operation Quisling.

Lies, deception and betrayals leave Baker wondering what he fights for and who he can really trust. As the war in Afghanistan has all but ended, the conspiracy soon reveals a new and bigger threat, one that prompts Baker to make a unique statement in super-heroic fashion.

Features character files and alternate cover gallery.


2015 IPPY Award Winner: Graphic Novel – Drama/Documentaty

Patriot-1 has all the elements of a summer blockbuster – big explosions, major fights, even a romance. But in the way it’s grounded in the real world and the thoughtful way it builds characters, events and action, this fun graphic novel delivers something more memorable than that. – COMICS BULLETIN

[Patriot-1] is a tense, gripping thriller filled with visceral action and a very well rounded cast. At times it reminded me of what I’ve been missing in a military action comic since the end of Andy Diggle and Jock’s The Losers (which turned into a flick that also featured that Captain guy). GOD HATES GEEKS

Outstanding graphic novel in every way. Well written, intelligent, great clear art. Can’t wait to read the next story with these characters. – Allen (Amazon review)


Catching up with Shard’s Lesson

TJ Comics’ first story of our webseries Presents is well underway. The first story, Shard’s Lesson tell a tale outside of the main Argonauts title and presents a focused look at Shard, offering insight into what makes him tick, the perfect supplement to The Argonauts.

Updated every Monday and Thursday at 12 Noon, Presents: Shard’s Lesson is a quick way to escape the woes of the week and step into an alternate world!

Read Shard’s Lesson now!

Mack Turner: Slayer of the Dead Returns With a New Look!

Following an unfortunate delay, Mack Turner: Slayer of the Dead returns this summer with issue #4! The issue picks up right where issue #3 left off with Mack apparently suffering his demise after General Horn ordered the destruction of a zombie-infested school.

Finally, Mack and company return with new artist Chandra Kelly. Chandra is a very talented artist who brings a new style to the series, while retaining the same spirit as original artist Israel Gonzalez.

Series creator and TJ Comics publisher Kevin Powers found Kelly’s art amongst submissions for The Argonauts.

“Israel and I were in the process of searching for someone to assist him with the series,” Powers said. “Either way, we were faced with more delays and that was something I wanted to avoid. It’s a pitfall of creator-owned books, but when I saw Chandra’s submission, Israel and I agreed he could take over the series.”

Gonzalez remains part of the Mack Turner team and will continue to provide stunning covers and serves as the title’s art director. Time constraints and opportunities he could not pass on resulted in his relinquishment of regular art duties. Gonzalez offered his blessings to Kelly saying, “The style is a great fit and reminds me of Carlo Barberi.”

Kelly will remain on the title until it’s conclusion. For more, visit the official Mack Turner page!

Keith Dallas in IDW’s Ghostbusters Omnibus

IDW Publishing has released their September 2012 solicitations featuring the Ghostbusters Omnibus which includes a tale co-written by The Argonauts creator Keith Dallas.

In 2010, Dallas and co-writer Jim Beard teamed up with Josh Howard and took the Ghostbusters to comic-con. The one-shot was met with a great deal of critical acclaim and is currently difficult to come across in standalone form.

Of his one-shot titled “Con-Volution,” Dallas told, “”What a thrill to see ‘Con-Volution’ collected in an Omnibus! Jim, Josh and I seriously had too much fun collaborating on that story! Talk about a group of characters that write themselves, the Ghostbusters are it!”

The full solicitation can be seen here:

Ghostbusters Omnibus
Keith Champagne, Scott Lobdell, Dara Naraghi, Keith Dallas & Jim Beard, Peter David, James Eatock, Rob Williams (w) • Tom Nguyen, Ilias Kyriazis, Salgood Sam, Josh Howard, Dan Schoening, & Diego Jourdan (a) • Nick Runge (c)
Get ready GHOSTBUSTERS fans, because three complete tales are collected here in the Ghostbusters Omnibus! Including “Displaced Aggression,” “The Other Side,” and “Haunted Hollidays,” you’ll see Peter, Ray, Egon, and Winston travel across time, venture to hell, and celebrate the holidays as only the Ghostbusters can.
TPB • FC • $24.99 • 280 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN 978-1-61377-441-0

Bullet points:
    • 3 Full length graphic novels in one volume!


The book is available for pre-order on Amazon. Check out The Argonauts page for more by Keith Dallas.