Sunday, January 30, 2011

SHERLOCK HOLMES: The Crossovers Casebook

It's official!

I contributed a special revision of my mystery/adventure "Sherlock Holmes in the Lost World" for SHERLOCK HOLMES: The Crossovers Casebook, Edited by Howard Hopkins. Published by Moonstone.

Other authors in this exciting anthology include: Matthew Baugh, Win Scott Eckert, Larry Engle, Martin Gately, Joe Gentile, Barbara Hambly, Kevin Van Hook, Howard Hopkins, Will Murray, Don Roff, and Chris Sequeira.

Cover by Timothy Lantz.

On sale this June.

Sherlock Holmes in the Lost World © Martin Powell

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Return of the Dinosaurs

Ever since I was a little kid hunting my first fossils on my cousins' farm in Kentucky, prehistoric creatures, and dinosaurs in particular, have always been my special passion and obsession.
I really need to write more dinosaur stories this year, and American history artist David Geister will be my partner on such a project. More info as this develops.

Check out Dave's amazing website:
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Artwork © David Geister

Monday, January 24, 2011

My new Facebook "Fan Page"

After much hesitation and trepidation, I finally have a Martin Powell Fan Page on Facebook.
Please join and visit for a while!!/pages/Martin-Powell-Writer/184319781588362

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A New Epic Adventure with Pablo Marcos!

There's not much I can say about this yet, but I'm so excited about it I just had to post a sneak peek.

You're looking at preliminary material for Ramses the Hawk, a brand new super-hero adventure in the grand tradition of Tarzan and Doc Savage, which the legendary Pablo Marcos and I are currently developing. This is a special project Pablo has had simmering for quite a while, and I'm very honored that he's invited me to be a part of it.

Although I've been very lucky throughout my long career, allowed to write for famous characters like Superman, Batman, The Phantom, The Spider, The Avenger, Sherlock Holmes and many more, nothing compares to the thrill of creating something that you will own and creatively control yourself.

And so, from its roots in the mysterious and ancient past--the action furiously explodes into our own 21st century!

More to come...!
Ramses the Hawk © Pablo Marcos
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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Happy Birthday Mom

Yesterday would have have been my mother's 83 birthday.

It's tough to accept that she's been gone from us since November 2001. Very often I still expect to pick up the phone to get a quick recipe, or point out something on TV that she would've liked to see. Oh, sorry if this distinctive green is hard to read, but it was Mom's favorite color.

Mom's encyclopedic knowledge of our greatly extended family never ceased to amaze me. She knew the full names and birth-dates of every aunt, uncle, and cousin. Not that there wasn't an occasional mystery about my mom. For instance, she always called my cousin Kay by the name of "Kay Frances." I always heard her say that while I was (sort of ) growing up. The puzzle is, that "Frances" is not Kay's middle name!

So, Thelma Jean Belew Powell retains a pinch of enigma to mix with her photographic memory and exceedingly kind and loving nature. She was also stubborn and strong-willed and didn't seem to be afraid of anything. Through her long illnesses she always displayed remarkable bravery.

Mom encouraged my imagination and would return with a comic book for me every time she and Dad went to the drugstore. We even watched Dark Shadows together, after I got home from elementary school. She always believed hard work could accomplish anything, and taught me never to give up. Everyone seems to have loved her.

I sure did. And I still do. More than ever.

Sure do miss you, Mom.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

First Book Contracts of 2011!

I'm extremely happy to be signing multiple book contracts, with an exciting new publisher, starring this old friend of mine who has loyally been at my side through thick and thin, for more than twenty years.
More news soon!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

A Holmesian Holiday

Today, January 6th, has long been celebrated by literary scholars and mystery fans as the traditional birthday of one of the most famous characters ever created and the greatest detective in fiction. He has had a profound, wondrous impact upon my career and on my life.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Sherlock Holmes.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

First New Published Book of 2011!

This evening the UPS guy dropped off a package containing comp copies of my first new published book of the year,
The Elves and the Shoemaker.

A very nice surprise. I had almost forgotten about this one, written by me, illustrated by Pedro Rodriguez, and published by Stone Arch Books.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Preview of THE SPIDER # 2

Here's the first sneak-peek of 2011--featuring a few pages from THE SPIDER # 2, "Reign of the Thunder King."

The story is illustrated by the fantastic Hannibal King (fresh from our successful collaboration on The Phantom Unmasked mini-series) and written by me.

It will be colored by the amazingly versatile Jay Piscopo, and the brilliantly atmospheric cover was painted by Dan Brereton.

Published in Spring 2011 by Moonstone.

Please ask your local comic book shop to reserve your copy today!

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