My apologies to Kron Man.
Kron man is not Superman, Iron Man, Bat Man, Wonder Woman, The Greatest American Hero, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Captain America, Thor, Spiderman, Hellboy, Captain Planet, Spawn, Star-Lord, Luke Cage, Colossus, Deadpool, Kitty Pryde, Daredevil, Human Torch, Cyclops, The Green Lantern, Jesse Custer, Dani Moonstar, Shuri, Catwoman, Black Lightning, Isis, Elastigirl, Aquaman, Spawn, Rogue, Ant-Man, Captain Marvel, Storm, Jean Grey, The Wasp, Supergirl, Namor the Sub-Mariner, Dr. Manhattan, Jessica Jones, Wolverine, Goku, Daredevil, The Flash, Blade, Professor X, Miss America, Green Arrow, Powerpuff Girls, Cyclops, The Hulk, Dr. Strange, Black Widow, The Punisher… Yikes.
What the hell? Who started all this superhero blather? Here in the United States, it all began on June 30, 1938. Credit: Writer Joe Siegel and artist Joe Shuster in the comic book- Action Comics #1. And here it is:
Siegel’s story from 1933-“The Reign of the Superman” illustrated by Shuster was published by these guys in a Sci Fi magazine. The villain’s telepathy drives the story. Siegel upgraded superman as the name implies: SUPERMAN who arrived from far away in the universe. Then SUPERMAN became a comic strip and thus begins the parade of superheroes.
What about the gods? Think about it. They did all sorts of super things each with its own schtick. Don’t think so? Stay out of the way of thunderbolts (Zeus) Mercury? Put Mercury in the Olympics. Take the goddess Venus, the goddess of love, beauty, and seduction. I’ll leave it at that. They all have specific character traits and the idea of beings associated with great powers and heroes started very early. Joseph Campbell lectures on the Homeric Legends.
Paul Bunyan: This guy was huge.
Think about what I alluded to about schtick. All the superheroes have their gig. Which is good because it gives the character a raison d’être. No Google translator here. Reason of being. It’s all mapped out for the adventure.
Kron Man: Mega Human Good Guy. This series relies on locality in the way the TV Superman of the 1950’s was set in Metropolis and Batman in Gotham City. Kron man is set in Camden Bay, New York.
Of course, there is always an adversary. Yup. Overcoming evil. Batman had a whole host of characters he confronted both in the TV series and the movies. Superman had the local hoods on TV and in the movies, Lex Luther had a prominent adversarial role.
Kron Man in the first novel has an arch enemy, Junior Janus is a sleaze, a thief, a liar and will to do anything to advance his own interests.
Batman-Robin, Superman-Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen
The first season of Luke Cage Jessica Jones-a sidekick/love interest in Cage.
My sidekick is more like Sam Beckett’s nutcase rear admiral Albert “Al” Calavicci. Randy Kron is a mechanic, just out of the service, an average guy like Ralph in Greatest American Hero. (Robert Culp was great as a sidekick) Kron’s sidekick is an unethical chiseler named Eddie Conover. Kron develops a love interest as the novel progresses and has the stable character (his sister Julie)- all adjusting to his new identity. So Kron man is more TV than it is comic book.
Ralph has the alien suit which is hilarious. When I wrote Kron I researched abductions and wanted his body altered by the shadow aliens.
Inside my head:
I first envisioned Kron (unnamed at the time) while shopping at a Colorado Boulevard, two level mall in Pasadena, California. (Now the The Paseo) What if a superhero could simply fly from the first level and around the vaulted ceiling? You never know what the heck is going on inside my head.
What about the SCI FI?
Well Randy Kron can friggin’ fly! Eddie finds this out right away and of course tries to exploit it. Kron man can survive incredible power. The other prominent piece of SCI FI is Kron Man’s residence. He realizes he wants to use his prodigious power for good, always an admirable trait. That’s the deal with Kron Man...
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