A couple of oldies but goodies. Who remembers Power Boost gloves? And "Huey, Louie, and Duey"?? With more than three decades of professional art in various fields behind Comic Company A/Comici studios, you can be sure there would be hits, but some not so hot stuff...and some in between. I think the early incarnation of "Justice Direct", which appeared in a magazine for one of the first companies I helped start, Comico, had (and has, we will be reviving it ) a good quality and potential. It was an in-betweener. I had to bridge the gap betweeen some other really far out characters that were being done in the book in what I can say, very diplomatically, was "graphically challenged". Now I'm sure you can pick out individual panels in my story that were a little weak, but I was the only one drawing anything professionally and getting paid for it, as I was drafted into DC's penciller intern program at the time. (This was before books assigned to me like Infinity Inc) I was trying to get the others to listen about correcting some blatent layout and rendering mistakes. However, that being said, I must state that the other characters in the book, as characters and stories, were really top notch, and I hope the boys will do good with them. I just wish they had let me do the layouts.

Vince Argondezzi

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Veteran Super Heroes find new life
Source: Comic Company A
The Next Man, a comic book by writer Roger Mc Kenzie (Hulk, Ghost Rider) and Vince Argondezzi
( RacerX, Speed Racer, Cosmos' Commandoes) revive the story of the most traumatic post war syndrome of all...

The Next Man is the story of David Boyd, an American soldier and hero. Super hero.More than
25 years have elapsed since David Boyd, Boonie, Doctor Cross, and a host of other characters first graced
the pages of comics.Now these characters are being revived, in print and soon to be online.
The nowadays commonplace subjects like Euthinasia, and the aftermath of the Vietnam war were not
talked about too much in the mid eighties in comics. Roger Mc Kenzie and Vince Argondezzi brought the
eclectic Next Man to the independent comics realm in the those heady days, and in doing so, opened up the
subject matter to these and many other issues, in quite a dramatic fashion. It's where the award winning
writer, Mc Kenzie, of the Hulk, Captain America and Ghost Writer, and cartoonist/commercial artist/
illustrator Argondezzi, later to lend his skills to the majors also, brought about a cacophony of racing
motorcycles, government agents,computers, and secret projects into a thoughtful and introspective romp
into the Unknown.
"In the light of America's more recent military conflicts, these storylines and concepts are more important
than ever," Argondezzi states. "The super hero has always been a fantastic vehicle, an excellent metaphor
for the super heroic efforts and problems that our men and women in the military services have to deal with
every day, in war, and after these battles are consumated. Rog and I have used Next Man as an analogy for
the journey of these brave folks. It is by their sacrifices and determination that we as artists and free people
are given the privilege of exploring the future; it's only through the freedom that they graciously secure for
us, can that future and it's positive possibilities also be secure."
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page from Next man #3 (tm (c)McKenzie/Argondezzi)
NEXT MAN page  7 vol 1 issue 1
NEXT MAN PRODUCED BY ROGER MC KENZIE and VINCE ARGONDEZZI

Next Man page 7:  pencils : Vince Argondezzi inks : Bill Anderson colors : Kurt Mausert
logo and typography: Vince Argondezzi lettering: Carrie Speigle, Phil LaSorda


This is the Next Man  volume 1, created by Roger and me for the old publisher Comico,well before it collapsed after I left, in the eighties. As a co-founder, publisher and contributor of Comico and several independents, you'd think I could have avoided some of the production and political pitfalls that the book and the publishers encountered. The Next Man holds up well, however, and you can see in all it's glory, full size here. The book had some room for improvement, especially the early isues; however, I'm glad to see the continuing and growing following thru the years with this property. For instance, if you look at these newer versions, while nice, more quirks will be corrected for the trade paperbacks. As I have stated before, this version, by no means a complete remaster or reconditioning, and upcoming editions of re-released work, will show an entire new generation of readers some of the fun I attempted to bring to Comico, 
an early look into my independent and pre-majors comics work, and serve as an indicator of things to come.

Vince Argondezzi

Next Man tm (c) McKenzie/Argondezzi

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Who says monsters don't need love and affection? The dynamic between Jade and Grundy always seemed to strain Infinity Inc, but you couldn't deny that Jade really felt sorry for him. These characters were always a strong foundation structure, and held a lot of potential.

This page is from issue 47, right before the beginning of the Millenium saga. As you may remember, I started switching back to 6-8 panels per page around the time of  this issue, maybe a little earlier. Even though this was a DC book, Roy would send page to page synopsis' with no laid out preferences, ala Marvel style.
 
And how about those inks!? My man Tony Dezuniga with the crow quill!! I pack a lot of detail into my pencils, and I am glad when an inker carries it over.

Vince Argondezzi

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Wow, a face only a mother could love!

In between  assignments like Young All Stars and Infinity, and my medical and commercial art, I like to find other favorites for the studio to do, like Speed Racer, and in this case, the stint I did tight layouts for on Now's Racer X.  I liked most of the inking, but I think the last couple of issues were inked in house, or rushed. This issue, I think # 3, was inked superbly by Brian Thomas, and it turned out to become a nice homage to the old Kirby Ayers Atlas books. Me and writer Steve Sullivan  didn't get to pick inkers, but we lucked out a few times, with this issue, and with inkers like Rich Rankin and John Dell III.

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Vince Argondezzi pencils/ Brian Thomas inks