rocket steed

  • What she says: I'm fine.
  • What she means: When there's varmints need a catching, and youngins need a savin on my rocket steed I race across the stars! For I've sworn by the burrs of my astro-spurrs, to right the outlaw wrongs on maaars - yes he rights the outlaw wrooongs, on maaaars! Oh the hyper cattle's humming and the marjun's savage drummin are as beautiful as comet bugs in jars. Oh Iiiiiiii'm from Earth, but I right the outlaw wrongs, on Maars. Yes he rights the outlaw wrooongs on maaaars! On the plains of the red planet I uphold the la-o-wah and I do it with a pair of robot fists. POW! Evil extermination I have faced for my robot rogues they hardly ever miss. And I reckon I'll be ridin in the name of truth and justice for as long as I can count the shootin stars, for I've sworn by the burrs of my astro-spurrs to right the outlaw wrongs, on maaars! Yes he rights the outlaw wroooongs on maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaars! And I'm from Earth.

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So I started doing this in February but I procrastinated a lot until last week when I finally finished it. At the panel before the show I offered to give it to whoever in the cast/crew wanted it, but instead they all signed it and gave it back to me to keep. Enjoy!!

Front Row: Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars

Second Row: Felton, Frank Doyle, Sadie Doyle, Donna Henderson, Michelle (Baby) Henderson, Dave Henderson, Ginny West, Pemily Stalwark

Third Row: The Troubleshooter, Barkeep, The Red Plains Rider, Banjo Bindlestuff, Gummy, Amelia Earhart, Jefferson Reid, Dolores County

Back Row: Phillip Fathom, Captain Laserbeam, Croach the Tracker, Mercury (Sparks’ Rocket Steed), Cactoid Jim, Jib Janeen, K of the Cosmos

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Thrilling Adventure Hour Presents: Sparks Nevada: Marshall on Mars #1

Kids, shine your astro-spurs and don your robot fists ‘cause its time for…Thrilling Adventure Hour Presents: Sparks Nevada: Marshall on Mars #1!

Justice rides his rocket steed across the crimson plains and into the debut issue of Ben Acker and Ben Blacker’s adaptation of their beloved live show and podcast. Sparks Nevada: Marshall on Mars is one of the favorite ongoing stories featured on the The Thrilling Adventure Hour, a stage show recorded before a live audience and styled off of old-time radio. It’s a space western about a lawman dealing with robots, aliens, and emotional unavailability with a delightfully colorful cast. As a fan of the podcast, I’ve been eagerly awaiting reading about Sparks catching varmints and saving youngins since the new series was announced, and I was not disappointed in the least.

It’s a different experience having visuals for characters who were only voices before, but those voices remain clearly intact due to Acker and Blacker’s writing. Between Sparks’ muttered asides and his banter with Croach the Tracker and other familiar faces, it feels more like the actors are reading along than just me reading by my lonesome. This issue explores the story of the Widow Johnson, the origin of Croach’s onus to Sparks, and Sparks’ ever-present lady troubles. If you’re a fan of the stage show already, you’re going to recognize bits that were mentioned in episodes but are being fleshed out now; if you’re not a fan, then congratulations, you’re going to be.

This isn’t the first time The Thrilling Adventure Hour has been in comic form. Archaia released a collection featuring a cartoony, albeit slightly grittier, look to Sparks a while back. The art in this looks like something I’d want in an animated series, with a decidedly boyish and younger Sparks. I can’t wait to see how more of the characters are portrayed in upcoming issues, and how well they translate into visual instead of aural storytelling. Not to mention Sparks isn’t the only one getting his own book; Beyond Belief, another favorite, is coming out with its own #1 next month.

Sparks Nevada promises to live up to its name of being a thrilling adventure. Be sure to pick it up and help Sparks right the outlaw wrongs because he’s…from Earth, and now he’s…in a comic.

[Read Sparks Nevada: Marshall on Mars #1 on comiXology]

Jen Keith is a Digital Editor at comiXology, comic artist, music addict, and reckons she’s…from Earth too.