Thunder and Bolt Return

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On November 23, Roy and Dann Thomas's electric father-and-son superhero team will return at last in a full-color trade paperback edition from Heroic Publishing, collecting the first five issues of the classic series. The 144-page volume, "Captain Thunder and Blue Bolt: The Beginning," will retail at $14.99, and feature chapter introductions by Roy Thomas.

In twelve issues published in the late 1980s and early 1990s, CAPTAIN THUNDER AND BLUE BOLT began the story of a lightning-powered hero who had twelve years earlier been driven into hiding by falsified evidence of treason, and credible threats against his family. During the course of those twelve issues, with his similarly-powered son, Blue Bolt, at his side, Captain Thunder embarked on a quest to clear his name and deal with the secret threat of the self-styled "Merchants of Menace" who had driven him into retirement in the first place.

CAPTAIN THUNDER AND BLUE BOLT was a comic book well ahead of its time, anticipating by more than a decade the emphasis that has lately been placed on the personal conflicts and consequences that having extraordinary powers and abilities might bring to someone who lives in the real world. With well-crafted stories by the husband-and-wife team of Roy and Dann Thomas, and topnotch artwork mostly by Dell Barras and E. R. Cruz, CAPTAIN THUNDER AND BLUE BOLT was one of the highlights of Heroic Publishing's initial line-up of superhero titles, under the Hero Comics imprint in 1986-7.

"Captain Thunder and Blue Bolt: The Beginning" is the first of two full-color trade volumes intended to introduce the characters to a new generation of comic book fans, and pave the way for a new series of CT&BB adventures tentatively scheduled to begin in the summer of 2006. A preview of Dell Barras's cover for the trade paperback can be found on Heroic Publishing's Captain Thunder website, at www.heroicpub.com/thunder.


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