Red Kelso

WHAT IF THERE WAS A MAN who maybe… just maybe, inspired a generation of fictional heroes? The Great Gatsby? Clark Savage Jr.? Even Pete Townshend’s deaf, dumb and blind boy Tommy? Could this one man have assisted in the design of long-distance aircraft — being the contemporary of Hughes, Lindberg and Earhart? As a child in Germany, could this same man have been abducted by the notorious child murderer portrayed in Fritz Lang’s noir masterpiece “M”? Could this man’s later exploits on a lost island be the basis for the cinema classic “King Kong”?

This is the premise behind the adventures of Ulysses ‘Red’ Kelso. Character driven stories told in the grand adventure tradition of Eisner, Toth, Hergé and Crane, but presented to the reader with a modern sensibility and clean line style.

Epic encounters with prehistoric monsters would be matched with cold-hearted mob warfare on the streets of Prohibition New York. Imagine Crane’s Captain Easy meeting Bernet’s Torpedo or Toth’s Bravo for Adventure trapped in a James Ellroy novel or Alfred Hitchcock’s take on Eisner’s The Spirit… this is Red Kelso’s world: tough, funny and unpredictably dangerous!

With a supporting cast of characters drawn from the rich well of personalities involved in the early days of aviation, movies and politics — as well as fictional characters and themes from some of the great adventure masterpieces of Conan Doyle, Verne, Howard and Burroughs— the stories will be aimed at a broad market consisting of comic readers, book lovers and movie goers. In fact, grand adventure lovers of all ages.


Red Kelso

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