Another year has come and gone. They tend to do that. Its called passing time.

You can’t stop it. You can only learn from it and relive it. As more time passes the edges of those memories get a little frayed. When that happens you tend to remember more the feelings of the time than the events. Sometimes our minds gloss over the bad parts and embellish the better ones. That’s just what we do.

Some of you out there make New Year’s resolutions to motivate yourself to a level and life you wish to achieve. That’s good. The way I look at it, whatever it takes, amigo.

As far as the comic book business goes I hope it thrives. It’s where I make my living and get part of my pleasure in life. I’m selfish that way.

I’d love to see mainstream comics get a little more diverse in their storytelling. Less events, and more on characters. If events are the top floor of the building then you better make damn sure that the characters are of a strong foundation. If not, the building will crumble.

I’d like to see publishers get to know who their readers/consumers really are and what they want. There needs to be a little less of “This is what we like in the office” and a little more of “What are the readers interested in and how can we haul in all those untapped readers in the world?”

I’d love to see less of the snarky, smart-ass comments on the internet and forums. I promise you none of those posters would ever say any of that face to face with each other or the people they’re throwing venom at. It’s one thing to have a discussion, it’s just plain childish to spit nasty remarks at each other like on a grade school playground. Those kids always got their butts whupped at my school.

Most of all I’d like to see you, the readers, get your money’s worth out of comic books. When you pay $3.00-$4.00 for the average comic book, I’d like you to see you get some solid entertainment out of it. That doesn’t mean that a comic should take 20 minutes to read. That does NOT make for a good comic. That’s what novels, TV shows and movies are for. We can’t lose track that there is an art and craft to doing monthly comic books and being a marathon is not a part of that. A good comic is not judged by how many words it has or how long it takes to read it. It’s what emotions it brings out and how it captures your eyes.

I hope 2007 is the best year of your life. I hope you and your loved ones keep their health and never lose track that things can always be worse. I remind myself of that every day.

Most of us are here reading Busted Knuckles because we enjoy pop culture in our lives. We just need to remember that it’s a part of our lives and not the whole ball of yarn.

I look forward to throwing more words at you in 2007.I sure hope you come around to catch em’.

Happy New Year, Knuckleheads!


Busted Knuckles Babe Of The Week

Megan Fox
– actress


In 2007 you’ll see Megan Fox on your pop culture radar in the upcoming movie Transformers. Transformers of the same fame as the toys, cartoons and comic books. She’s a lovely little thing that will get some screen time when she learns that Transformers are robots in disguise. Let’s hope she doesn’t wear much of a disguise in the movie.


Busted Knuckles Manly Cover Of The Week

Star Spangled War #135
DC Comics, 1967. Cover art by Russ Heath.

This cover takes Clint Eastwood’s two new movies Flags Of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima and tosses in The Land That Time Forgot to make it really interesting.

As you know, I am a huge fan of the “Army Men vs Dinosaurs” theme that ran in Star Spangled Wars Stories throughout the 1960s. It was brilliant then and still is today. The only thing that would be as much fun would be Cowboys vs. Dinosaurs. I may still do that yet!

“Save My Life And Kill Me” is a great story with some of the best Russ Heath art you will ever see. Possibly the best art in comics. I loved this book so much that back when I was a kid in 6th grade I bought two copies of this. One to read and one to have when I wore the first one out. I still have the second issue and it is as beautiful as it was the day I bought it in 1967 at the Tradewell Supermarket.

This issue is a classic. That’s why it’s the Busted Knuckles Manly Cover Of The Week.


The Roundup

Christmas was good to me this year. Far better than I deserved. Me and the family had a great time and all was right in West Virginia.

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the manly highlights:

  • Christmas Eve was spent at my youngest son, Nick’s house watching my Chicago Bears beat the Detroit Lions. My best friend Ray Crabtree and his son Clay came over. We cooked out and had Brats, hot dogs, chips and beer. At half time, Crab and I took the boys on in a little street football. The young turks beat us by three touchdowns. I clutched my chest a few times and Crab had to ice down his knee that night. Old age ain’t pretty.
  • A Christmas Eve feast at my brother Gig’s house. Many family and friends paraded in and out as the evening passed. There was more football on TV. He also caught me napping by evening’s end. Again, old age ain’t pretty.


    Christmas Kicked My Ass

  • Middle son, Brad came in from his snowboarding in Utah for the holidays. Oldest son, Dana and his wife Andrea were here as was Nick and my long-suffering current wife, Beth. We all gathered here at the ranch for Christmas morning. The gift opening went on for hours as the dogs attacked wads of gift-wrapping that was tossed aside.

Each year I take delight in finding items of torment to put in the stockings of the boys. Last year there were Barbie Princess crowns that I made em’ wear. This year I chose some really fruity masks that really made them wish they were cashing in on my will now.


Brad-Nick-Dana In Christmas Torment


Nick’s Girlfriend, Jordan, Nick and my Saintly Mother choking him.

I hauled in lots of good stuff. Two of the most manly items were sent to me from regular Knuckleheads Jason Willey, Tom Pritchard and Jeremiah Hoover. Jason sent me a beautiful movie poster from the WE ARE MARSHALL movie. Tom sent me a Chicago Bears 16 ounce hammer. Complete with pebble leather and laced handle. Hoover sent me the manliest book ever made, Men’s Adventure Magazines. A huge book with the history and covers to all the greatest real man magazines of the 40s,50s, 60s and 70s. This is a year’s worth of fine eye candy. I also got books, DVD sets (Chyenne The First Season, Justice League Unlimited, The Marshal and much more.) Billy Tucci sent me the Tombstone movie poster signed by Kurt Russell, Sam Elliott, Val Kilmer and Bill Paxton. Needless to say you could hear a beer cap drop when that one was opened.

Christmas day was spent at my Mom’s house where she gave orders and had us eat until our bellies ballooned to abnormal sizes. She got a camera security system for the outside of her house. I’m sure that’ll become her new favorite reality show. I forced everyone to watch the two video shorts that I made in 1990 and 1991 where I starred as Beau LaDuke-Real Man and fought off a crazed Elvis impersonator as well as a super powered ape on top of a building. (More on this gem another time.)

That evening the whole family went to see the WE ARE MARSHALL movie. It was great and once again I recommend you to go see it. Not only will you see a wonderful true story based on the tragic plane crash of the Marshall University football team and how the school and town rebuilt itself, but you’ll also get to see where I went to college and my hometown.

The rest of the holiday has been spent catching up and resting. (That old age thing again.) Tonight we are having a birthday dinner and send off party here at the ranch for Brad. He turns 28. Tomorrow he and his girlfriend, Kaci head back to Utah for more snowboarding.

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and again, I hope your 2007 is the best ever. I look forward to hanging out with you another year so make sure you check in here every week.

Happy New Year, mi amigos!

Beau Smith
The Flying Fist Ranch
P.O. Box 706
Ceredo, WV. 25507
www.flyingfistranch.com
beau@flyingfistranch.com


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About The Author

Beau Smith

Beau Smith is a writer for Comics Bulletin