About the Author
Gary Martin’s career as a freelance comic book artist spans over twenty years. He’s worked for all the major companies, including Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, and Disney, and on such titles as, Spider-man, X-men, Batman, Star Wars, and Mickey Mouse. Gary is best known for his popular how-to books entitled, "The Art of Comic Book Inking". Recently, Gary wrote a comic book series called "The Moth", which he co-created with artist Steve Rude.
Sergio Cariello paid his way through school with his drawing ability. In addition to working on popular characters from Marvel and DC Comics, he taught at the acclaimed Joe Kubert School of Cartoons and Graphic Art.
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The Raiders of Joppa
By Gary Martin Zondervan
Copyright © 2008 Gary Martin
All right reserved.
ANCIENT PALESTINE IN THE PHILISTINE CITY OF ASHKELON, APPROXIMATELY ONE THOUSAND SIXTY YEARS BEFORE THE BIRTH OF CHRIST.
DON'T MAKE ME LAUGH! MY FATHER'S STRONGER!
NO WAY! MY FATHER'S STRONGER! HE COULD EASILY BEAT UP YOUR FATHER!
WELL, SO WHAT? SO CAN MY MOTHER!
WELL MY DEAR ... OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES ...
OUR SON SPEAKS THE TRUTH!
HA HA HA!
THIS REMINDS ME OF A TALE CONCERNING THE AFTERLIFE. AFTER MEN DIE, THEY MUST STAND BEFORE DAGON AND GIVE AN ACCOUNTING OF THEIR DEEDS.
THE MEN ARE DIVIDED INTO TWO LINES. THE FIRST IS OF MEN THAT WERE DOMINATED BY THEIR WIVES ALL THE DAYS OF THEIR MARRIAGE. THIS LINE IS LONG, AND STRETCHES TO ETERNITY.
"THE SECOND LINE IS OF MEN THAT WERE THE HEADS OF THEIR HOUSEHOLD, AND THESE MEN DOMINATED THEIR WIVES. THIS LINE HAS ONLY THREE MEN.
"THE MEN IN THE LONG LINE WHO WEREDOMINATED WANTED TO KNOW HOW THE THREE MEN WERE ABLE TO DOMINATE THEIR WIVES, AND SO THEY ASKED THE BRAVE MEN THEIR SECRET.
"THE THREE MEN LOOKED EMBARRASSED, AND DID NOT ANSWER.
"FINALLY, ONE MAN SPEAKS UP AND SAYS, 'THERE IS NO SECRET. OUR WIVES TOLD US TO STAND HERE!'"
HA HA HA!
WHAT WAS THAT?
THAT SCREAM CAME FROM THE TOWN CENTER!
KEEP THE CHILDREN INSIDE!
LOOK! THAT CRAZED BRUTE IS SLAUGHTERING OUR NEIGHBORS!
YOU'LL PAY FOR THIS, FIEND!
YOU DARE COME INTO OUR PEACEFUL TOWN AND-
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