Saturday, 28 May 2016

Rogue in Vogue

Everybodies talkin' about leaving the EU -cept to me EU means Extended Universe which is kinda silly -Brexit sounds like a kind of biscuit that gives you the shits -think I'll stay in a Galaxy Far Far Away as you do.
First glimpse of new Rogue One poster dig Jyns goggles - I wonder if the set up with this movie is mentioned in the radio drama back in 70's

Antilles looks like John Wayne lol but there's loads of backstory in the original NPR show -written by Brian Daly -
I did read this Han Solo book as a lad I was sad to hear he died so young...and I'm  surprised nobodies attemped a Toprawa mod map(to my knowledge) -I hope that's the planet we see in the trailers-perhaps this Solo films they have planned  will have elements of Brian's novels.
A few photoshop renderings of some Star Warriors -I have to remind myself these days that I can do this sort of thang.

One I did for a old schoolmates son-which reminds me gotta create a Superhero or Heroine for another friend I -have messed about with Saints Row 4 to come up with designs(Superheroes aint my forte but so far I've come up with "Superchap!"  I'll post a few pics later in the week)pity my time is taken up by  routine . Life hasn't been the same since last autumn.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

The Mandalorian Seven-A Old Threat-Part 1

 I promised to myself  to complete the first part of  this four part script on May the Fourth  -not sure I'll get to illustrate it(really does take time and dedication -something I can't spare at this point in time but story itself has been keeping me up a night as new ideas filter into my noggin - but if Iwas to illustrate it I'd  be inspired mainly by Ralph McQaurrie and Al Williamson the  definite Star Wars artists -here's my Al vid  slideshow  I made sometime ago
and the magic of Ralph I remember seeing his artwork on modeling kit boxes as a kid and been blown away -still am he'sthe mackdaddy Ralph's worldliveson forever-mind you I remember everytime a Stormtrooper finnished a sentence they'd have a little click -bought the dvd boxset lately andthat seems to have vannished -pity I' liked that made them more like automaton's -naturally been a Boba Fett fan he had to be driving force -I was thinking about The Good The Bad and The Ugly when I wrote this-Ben been the Good , Fett the bad and McGrrr the ugly (more about McGrrrr in a second..but yeah Fettybob had to be him because..
McGrrrr is of course the EU's inclussion of the original humanoid Jabba the Hutt -I remember seeing the actor in Private Shultz big Irish Guy Declan Mulholland so he had to be my Eli Wallach for this tale Ben Kenobi appears to in this story -an older Alec Guinness Kenobi rather than Ewan although I could hear both voices when I was writing this-I had to get him off world -when he was disguised as a Bounty Hunter in The Clone Wars series I thought that was a smart move so in this story he reprieves his deception in order to hook up with Fett without been noticed by Imperials and people hunting him Luke also appears he had to really but I didn't want a force ghost looking out for him (something that has been explored in novels)but rather find an excuse to get him offworld so Ben could keep an eye on him(although he may not turn out altogeher successful at this as story moves along) then it came to me -this particular story takes place two years before "A New Hope" Luke would of turned 18 -kinda of special hitting that age (well at least in Blighty ) so thought that a intergalactic jolly boys day out was in order-Luke been a huge fan of Max Rebo would be a good excuse-so as a treat Uncle Owen treats his Nephew (plus Biggs and Camie) to see Max on his homeworld tour (had to get that funky blue elephant into this story somehow lol)besides he only went to Jabba's Palace in original trilogy to check out Max's latest jams lotsof cameos in story won't go into big detail -hopefully they'll be surprises -some characters may need explaining as they have a rich history essentially this is a sequel to Bounty Hunter the Jango Fett game -forty or so years later
Also supporting cast come from theBlood Lines stories for Dark Horse-I liked the fact Boba had a private life a young Dad whose relationship soured gives him more dimenson -not keen so much on him having so much facetime in those comics although toned it down in the second seriesbut for the art alone these comics are worth reading
Warrant Officer Sheckil(must stop spelling name wrong lol) the other role that Jeremy portrays also plays an important role in this story (as well as his Bounty Hunter brother)
anyway without further ado my latest script....

Page 1:
Starry back drop with  the legendary lines..

Long Ago in a Galaxy Far Far Away..

Page 2:
Episode IV
An Old Threat.
As completion of The Death Star draws to conclusion , more than ever does the  shroud of darkness descend to extinguish any remnants of the Old Republic.Whilst the resistance to the evil Galactic Empire is small it is sparse and effective  none more so  than a band of guerrilla fighters. known as the Mandalorian Protectors.

The  Emperor frustrated with  the stalemate bought upon by the shock-troop tactics of Tobbi Dala and Fenn Shysa  has  employed the services of  fellow Mandalorian  mercenaries  known as the Death Watch to aide in the capture of the outlaws.

In a desperate bid to escape the pursuit of nefarious bounty hunter Boba Fett -fugitive pirate Opun Mcgrrrr  and his band have  hijacked a freighter now en route to one of Mandalore's orbiting moons Corncordia .As the  ship comes under heavy bombardment  his crew face a grueling choice.

Page 3:

Frame 1:
The cargo freighter  noses down towards the green moon of  Concordia   -chased down by the smaller but deadlier Slave 1 - Fett's ship unleashes a number of  laser bolts from it's tail guns at the burning  cruiser .

Pirate:"We all know how relentless Fett is Skipper - least we might stand a chance if  we let him board-he's only one man!"

Frame 2:
The laser blasts rip through the corridors of  the  "Beleaguered Glory " causing explosions and mayhem for the passengers of the ship -the large and shaggy attired pirate turns to his  shipmate shuddering as the  sparks tear thorough the walls .

Opun Mcgrrrr:" Unthinkable - the Hutt want's me dead this time-you don't escape his clutches twice."

Frame 3:
Boba Fett  at his pilot seat - surveys the damage he's inflicted on the cargo ship - rather than his usual familiar green and red iron helmet he's wearing the blue and grey helmet seen in  his cartoon debut and the Droids series.-

Boba Fett:"You're no use to me alive McGrrrr  do the honorable thing and I will spare your crew"

Frame 4:
Fetts' voice can be  heard over the whole ships intercom where McGrrrr's hired mercenaries
suddenly halt  in there tracks  as they gather around their leader.

Boba Fett:"One more proton torpedo will settle it-unless you co-operate I will offer a quarter  my fee to the pirate who slays McGrrrrr."

Pirate 1:" A quarter ?  Fett's real stingy !

Pirate 2:"..But he ain't cheap!..  I'm in."

Pirate 3:"Jabba must want you real bad boss":

Frame 5:
Boba Fett:"You have Five Seconds before I blow you out of the sky"

Close up of McGrrrrr as it seems his hired guns have now all turned on him .Blasters trained on him front and back .

Opun McGrrrrr:"Ulp!"

Frame 6:
Exterior of "The Beleaguered Glory" as Slave One circles the critically damaged craft .

Boba Fett:"Five..."

Opun McGrrrrr:" Lets not be rash now fella's - think of the cargo on this ship's priceless"

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Frame 7:

Close up of Opun -looking very sweaty as the blaster muzzles draw closer to his skull.

Pirate :"And you're not!"

Boba Fett:"Four"

Frame  8:

View of  Opun's boots and the pirates that  have gathered around him. a flashing silvery ball bounces to the ground over their feet.


Boba Fett: "Three" 

Opun McGrrrr:"You're throwing away a fortune-I'll pay you triple - quadru.."

Frame 9:

Slave One motions in for the kill... We can make out the Bounty Hunter in the cockpit

Boba Fett: "Two".

Pirate:" ...A  Thermal Detonator"

Frame 10:

The blurred figure of Opun  is sent flying by a familiar iron helmeted figure-the bounty hunter Rako Hardeen  as the pirates open fire accidently blasting each other in all directions.
Boba Fett:"One...":

Frame  11:
 Close up of one of  the pirates as he picks up the non activated grenade  around him laser beams and fellow crewmen falling and dying  amongst the chaos that Fett and the  silver ball has created..

 Pirate:"Hey it's a dud!"

Frame 12:
Close up of  Fett's helmet full frontal view.

Boba Fett:"Zero!".

Page 5.

Frame 13:
Slave One  sets off a volley of proton  torpedoes .
Frame 14:
Big Panel -as  huge explosions erupt throughout the "Beleaguered Glory" Slave One has rendered   the much larger bulk cruiser beyond repair  but as all this destruction  is  at hand - an escape pod is jettisoned  and begins it's trajectory to the moon's surface.

Frame 15:
Side view of Fett as he realizes that  the escape capsule is descending rapidly towards  Concordia

Boba Fett:"Blast!"

Frame 16:

Forward view of the escape capsule - in the background the burning cruiser and the  elephantine silhouette of Slave One as  it revs it's engines in pursuit of the pod.

Opun McGrrrr:"Once again I can't thank you enough.. first you break me out of Jabba's palace and now this..."

Frame 17:
Opun McGrrrrr arms  outstreached as he clutches to two handles on the wall but he is euphoric-once again  he has cheated death thanks to the quick thinking of his guardian angel-Bounty Hunter Rako Hardeen - close up of Rako's mask.

Rako Hardeen:"You can pay me later-first off we have to deal with Fett"

 Page 6:


The burning cruiser through the lenses of micro binoculars

Warrant Officer Sheckil:"You should take a look at this Dono "

Frame 18:

The imperial officer lowers his binoculars  he sits astride a giant dinosaur type lizard-much like the kind seen in The Search Begins-behind him also  astride a giant lizard is his twin brother  Dono Sheckil -although both are identical the two couldn't be more differently attired   -Warrant Officer Boru Sheckil in his clean grey overalls and black cap - whilst  Dono Sheckil  in his blood red  and green weapon covered armor the kind favored by the Death Watch .Whilst Boru is clean cut , prim and proper  as you'd expect from a imperial naval officer -Dono is unkempt and scruffy looking and battle-scarred .

Dono Sheckil:"That's some fireworks- we should send a salvage team up there. "

Warrant Officer Sheckil:"We'll have to close the deal with  General Bast before you can do anything on this rock "

Frame 19:

 The twins skirt the mountainous  landscape of Concordia  rear view of the big lizards and their riders against the backdrop of the night sky.

Dono Sheckil:" Well you're the  middleman Boru -I just hope you skills in liason have improved since your spell in the academy- Toffax  is less tolerant of whitehats than me"
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Frame 20:

Slave 1 flying downward through the Concordia clouds towards the moons surface.

Boba Fett:"Teychenne what is it?"

Frame 21:
Boba glares down at monitor on dashboard of his ship-Teychenne Fetts Zeltron  informer appears on screen.

Teychenne:"Conner and I have entered the grounds - no  resistance.."

Boba Fett : "How's that?"

Frame 23:
Medium shot of  Teychenne and Connor in Imperial base long dead Clonetroopers  and officers carpet the floor -you can tell it's been sometime as Stormtroopers wear markings that haven't been worn within 18  years ) Conner  looks curious
Teychenne:" Seems like the local garrisson have been out  of action for some time.."

Frame 24:
Close up of fried Clonetrooper helmet off burnt skull amongst the clutter of imperial bodies
Teychenne:"Light Sabre marks  lots of severed limbs "

Frame 25: Chin view portrait of Fett as he pilots ship.

Boba Fett:"Could be Jedi, could be Bando Gorra!"

Boba Fett:"At least this  confirms my suspicions .."

Frame 26:
Slave 1 rear view as it breaks through clouds and into the mountains as the  pod meteors it's way downwards across the night sky.

Boba Fett" Listen-you must leave now-I want you  alive - I will contact you once this job is done"

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Frame 27:

The inside of the inside of the escape pod as it crashes on the surface of Concordia -Opun and Rako are send flying  downwards as the room tilts sideways.


Frame 28:

The Pod settles Opun flat on his ass  addresses the stunned Rako

Opun McGrrrr:" You ok boss?"

Rako  Hardeen:" So much for happy landings .. "

Frame 29:
Rako Scrambles  to feet and grabs blaster heads towards escape pods exit-Opun stumbles to rise up.
Rako Hardeen"We've got move if I know Fett.."

Frame: 30 :
The pod door shunts open-revealing the Concordia landscape and in the not too far distance the sillohette of Slave 1 touching down

Rako Hardeen"He's already a step ahead of us"

Frame 31:
Fett descends from steps of craft -blaster rifle cradled in arms

Rako Hardeen" time to shake a leg McGrrrr"

Frame 32
Back view of Fett as he casually strides towards the crashed escape pod in distance-
Rako pushes the mass that is Opun McGrrr away from the wreck.

Rako Hardeen:"It's down to me to slow him down.

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 Frame 33:
Rako aims his laser rifle its long mussle penetrates the panel borders..

Rako Hardeen:" Just one more step..."

Frame 34:

Fetts Feet come to halt on the Concordia sands..

Frame 35

Side view of  Rako  long rifle pointed towards Boba.

Rako"Wise move-now drop the blaster"

Frame 36:
Extreme close up of  Fetts T shaped visor

Boba Fett:"I know you..but you're dead?"

Frame 37:

Fetts rifle falls nearby to his feet .

Rako :"very much the rest.. remove your gauntlets"

Frame 38:
Opun's mouth is ajar as his jog for freedom comes to abrupt halt as he catches sight at approching riders ! we see Rako and Boba's standoff further in the distance


Page 10.

Frame 39:
Large Panel as Slavers on lizard-back  charge , Opun stumbles in their wake -Slavers -in appearence much like how they appear in "The Search Begins" with a  bit of Deathwatch /Maul influence here and there -big lizards they ride also look fierce , riders either brandish swords or staffs ofsome kind .

Slave Rider:"Oya!""
lettering:"Mandolorian  for "Let's Hunt!"


Frame 40
Hardeen is distracted by the fat pirates yelps and breifly takes his eyes from his rifles sights..
Opun"They're gonna kill me..."

Frame 41:
Fett unleashes a blast from his wrist rockets...

Frame 42: The missles impact  sends the Hardeen flying  his iron mask torn off by the explosion

Frame 43:

Fett stands over  the now unmasked Hardeen we see him from behind -but Fett gets a full glimpse of his bounty hunter rivals true identity now reunited with his  trusty blaster he points it the stunned Hardeen...
Boba  Fett:" You..? "

Page 11.
Frame 44:
Close up of Obi Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness-as it's only two years before A New Hope)  He tries to reason  with  the bounty hunter by using his particular brand of Jedi mind trickery.
Ben Kenobi:" We'll discuss this later -we've got to deal with those Slavers"

Frame 45:
Boba helps Ben to his feet -they are heavilly outnumbered by the raiding party -but the odds  are now stacked more in Fett's favour with a Jedi as an ally..for now at least..
Boba Fett:"right old man"

Frame 46
Kenobi now on his feet ignites his blue lightsabre  Fett downs a lizard-rider.

Ben Kenobi:"You want Opun and the Bando Gora we'll have to cooperate!"

Frame 47:
A Slaver rides away from the battle  with  Opun strapped down to his saddle rear view of lizard galloping away a look of horror from the space pirate ...


Frame 48:
Obi Wan force pushes away a number of slavers whilst wielding lighsabre in his sword hand , Fett is midair flame projector raining fire on another group of slavers.

Boba Fett:"McGrrrrr''s getting away..."

Ben Kenobi: "I've placed a tracking device on his person -best we deal with the matter at hand"
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Frame 49:
The Beleagured Glory crippled by Slave 1's assualt hangs inanimate in space-An Imperial Shuttle
with Tie Fighter escort  approaches the stricken cargo ship- rear view of the Imperial craft.
a speechbubble appears from Imperial Shuttle

Dono Sheckill:" Attenttion all hands of The Beleaurred Glory-we have come to assist you -please remain calm , as a boarding party will soon be despatched.

a speech bubble appears from The Glory..

Owen Lars"Blast it Luke it's looks like we'll never reach Orto "

Frame 50:
Owen Lars -Luke Skywalker, Biggs Darklighter , Camie and Fixer  congregate around the ships lounge area .Amongst other passengers

Owen Lars :" They'll strip this ship of all contreband before thinking about  repairing anything-don't look like we'll be seeing the Rebo band this or any other season son"

Luke Skywalker" Just to get off world is more than enough Uncle Owen -any idea what happened earlier on?"

Frame 51:

Owen Lars:" Must of had  something to do with that Pirate business earlier on -at least  we're in safe hands what with the Imperials now involved"

Frame 52:
Sheckill ,his brother Dono now masked and a Strormtrooper squad  enter the freighter cruiser as the boarding party gains permission  to  board.

Captain Drebb:" Welcome aboard Warrant Officer -as you can see we've had quite a journey"

Frame 53:

Drebb approachs the Imperial Officer - he looks geniunely pleased to see Sheckill  -side view of Imperials and Drebb

Boru Sheckill:"I take it your craft was under attack -We'll see if we can get you spaceworthy again Cap'n "

Frame 54:
Same view only  Drebb is blown away by a laserblast  coming from the right side of the panel -

Captain Drebb:"Errrrghhh!!!"

As this happens Dono and some of the better trained Stormtroopers swing into action- his brother though is caught by the suddeness of ths event  having no combat experience it is the first time he has seen anyone gunned down let alone so cold bloodliedly in the back.

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Frame 55

Stormtroopers Dono and Warrant Officer Buro Sheckill front view  of them opening fire laser bolts screech through the ships  corridors..

Buro Sheckill: "Blast Them!"

Frame 56:

A Nikto and  two other pirates react with there blasters  as one of there motley crew is also sent reeling from a well  placed laser bolt
Nikto:"  This Ships ours Whitehats!"

Frame  57:
Toffax's fortress against the  Concordian landscape - a heavilly defended fortification at that-

General Bast:" You're chucking in this fatman into  the bargain Toffax?"

Frame 58:

Toffax in full Death Watch slaver armour(see McQuarries original Fett designs mix it up with Death Watch motif's) has  McGrrrr by the scruff of the neck (his furry vest now gone) Toffax  is a big guy ,somewhere between Vader and Chewies height - General Bast is much like how he appears in a New Hope - whilst standing next to him in a orange flight-suit .

General Bast:"Well we do need someone on Trash Compactor duties -with a bit of discipline I'm sure he'd fit  the bill"

Frame 59:
Toffax  turns his attention to the blonde guy in the flight suit -Fenn Shysha.- behind his visor he glares at his fellow Mandalorian.

Toffax:"And what of our genuine Mandalorian Protector here..."
General Bast:" Lord Vader especially wants custody of this traitor -I think we've had a good day's business eh?"

Frame 60:
Stormtroopers frog march the two prisoners up a Imperial shuttles ramp .As Bast bids the giant Slaver farewell:

Toffax :" Where are you taking these scum anyhow?"

General Bast:"I'm afraid that's classified information - but in due time you'll know.It's been a  pleasure doing business again"

Frame 61:

Silhouette of Basts Imperial Shuttle lifting off against the Concordia sky  Toffax walks away head down cast.


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Frame 62:

 Back on Kohlma .. the dead moon where Teychenne and Conner are investegating in the background we can make out  Sintas Vel and her daughter Ailyn walking among  a platform  to the front of the panel we can make out the familiar shape of a Mandalorian helmet -this one having to once belong to Montross Jango Fett's rival  and former comrade.
 Sintas: Vel:"Hey Conner looks like we've found Montross well his bones at least"
Conner:" Macabre Vacation   huh?"
Frame 63:

Sintas picks up the helmet and glances  into the black visor .

Sintas:"Why Bo can't let  the past  be the past.."

Conner:"Well officially you and Ailyn are on Concord Dawn awaiting my safe return ..if he even suspects you're here I'm dead."
Frame 64
Sintas bends over to inspect Montrosses Rocket pack  while Ailyn  looks over ..

Sintas"Don't tempt fate -gahh this place is so dead"

Conner :" We're leaving soon .. take what you can and meet us back at the ship.."
 Frame 65:
Aerial view  we can make out the long shape of a electrostaff  protruding from some rocks pointing diagnolly towards Sinta's who now standing strapson  the bounty hunters jet pack to her back

Sintas:"Be with you in half a parsec.. just found a way off this rock.

Frame 66:
Circular inset panel-a ringed beam (much like the one thatgot Leia in a New Hope  )rings out of the end of the long staff-


The ringed beam hits it's target catching Sinta's totally unaware in the background we can make out Aiylen  as she screams...

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Frame 68:

From the  rocks leap two figures firstly the familiar form of Boushh the original Boushh rather than Leia in disguise so he's very much alive here the other figure is a young man in smuggler,garb  with light brown hair

Jodo Kast: "Good shooting Boushh .. we bagged one- better deal with the little one..."

Frame 69:

Sinta' unconscious body sprawled out on the platform.. Boussh checks to see if she's out cold- Jodo on the other hand runs to a small hole in the wall-which Ailylen would have no trouble squeezing thorough  but a dead end to a full grown adult

Jodo Kast:"Hey that womp rats ran out on us..."

Frame 70:
 Boushh- produces a silver globe-excatly like the one Leia produced years later in front of Jabba
-a thermal detonator
Boushh :*Here ..pest control!"

Frame 71:
The grenade bounces against the  hard stone ground...
Jodo Kast:"Hey!..."

Frame 72:
The ball vanishes into the hole.


Frame 73:

Jodo is livid at his partner  he pulls his blaster towards the Ubese Bounty Hunter ..

Jodo Kast:"Now that's just harsh .. that was a youngling  I should..."

Boushh:" You can try..."

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Frame 74:

Boushh swings his electo-staff/sniper rifle disarming Jodo  at lightning speed -Jodo's blaster flies out of his has hand as  electric sparks race around his arm .

Frame 75:

Jodo on his knees -the slight figure of Boussh stares down at him - in front of the crouching Kast is Montross mandalorion helmet ..Boussh points towards it.

Boussh:"But you will fail - don't let emotion get in the way of a good haul"

Frame 76:

Jodo picks up the antique helmet

Jodo :" We'll talk about this later.. should fetch a hefty price this armour"

Frame 77:
Boushh fireman lifts Sintas over his shoulder  whilst the now armoured and Jet Packed Jodo fastens his new acquirred chest plate .

Boussh:" We'll take the girl back to Lemo and Sanda -they'll have questions to ask...

Jodo Kast:" Hey what do you know.. a perfect fit!"

Frame 78:

The two Bounty Hunters and their captive venture further down cave -rear view

Boussh:" You're "all helmet no head" Jodo an old Mando saying -we'll sell it to someone worthy of that armor"

Jodo Kast:" I do feel more like a Bounty Hunter in this get up  - I must try it out"

Frame 79:

As the pair of mercenaries dissapear further down the catacoombs-Ailyn head pops out of  the  crack that  Boussh hurled the themal detonator - having avoided the explosion although her face is sooted with the blast of the explosion something catches her eye which avoided Jodo's glance.

Boussh:" Be it  at your peril, after this salvage I'm doing a job for Black Sun - not for the soft hearted"

Frame 80:

Ailyn  examines  Montrosse's duel heavy blaster pistols among the long dead bounty hunters bones.that Jodo had missed .

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Frame 81:

The  battle onboard "The Beleagured Glory" rages on  in the ships corridors Stormtroopers are either struck down by laser fire or dishing it out -  Dono and Buro fight their corner -Dono has wrist  arm streached out much like Boba would .

Buro Sheckill :" It's no use we'll have to retreat and send re-inforcements"
Dono Sheckill:" Never say die brother -I have something up my sleeve"

Frame 82:

View from Dono's wrist rocket as he shoots green toxins towards the wildly firing pirates - the wrist rockets have a sickly green  smoke emanating  from them.

Dono Sheckill:" Observe.."

Frame 83:
The projectiles hit the  ground -creating a green fog that surrounds the pirates..

Frame 84:

... who all of sudden crash to the ships deck-a powerful knockout gas...

Frame 85:
Dono lowers wrist Buro is impressed

Buro Sheckill:" Riot Gas ?"

Dono Sheckill:" Yep-very handy when it comes  to capturing slaves un-harmed-works on any  species"

Frame 86:
Back in the ships  bar a pirate has blaster to Lukes head guns are trailed on the other passengers too"
One of the bandits yells into a inter-com

Pirate:" Listen up Imperial scum - we've got hostages in here - so I suggest some good old fashioned diplomacy or you'll have a massacre on your hands"

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Frame 87:

Buro and Dono discuss the situation as they  listen to the pirates demands
Pirate:"And you don't want that-may generate  sympathy for your Rebel friends"
Buro:" I'll do the sweet talking here-how much of that stuff  have you got"

Frame  88:
Dono draws back his cloak to reveal a whole bandola of green tubes  -
Dono Sheckill:"Plenty"
Buro Sheckill:"Excellent -I have a idea .."

Frame 89
The moon of  Concordia Toffax speaks to one lieutenants  who is looking though some microbinoculars.

Toffax:" What is it?"

Frame 90:

The view through the micro-binoculars reveals a  man riding one the giant lizards we saw earlier carrying a long rifle heading directly towards Toffaxes fortress..

Frame 91:
The slaver lowers the binoculars and asks the warlord..

Slaver:"Rider approaching -not one of ours shall I notify the cannon crew "

Frame 92:
Toffaxes visor extreme close up
Toffax:"No not yet -lets see what he has to say -then blast him sky high"

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Frame 93:
The Imperial Shuttle  that  is carrying Fenn and McGrrrr is coming out of hyperspace

Pilot:"Grand Moff Tarkin  would like a word when we board General"

General Bast:"Very Good Captain -inform the guards to deliver the prisoners to detention block AA-45 -"

Frame 94:
Inside the  cell compartment of the shuttle  Fenn and Mcgrrr  under heavy guard  
McGrrrr:" Any idea where they're taking us Fenn?"

Fenn Shysha:" Your guess is as good as mine -least you don't have Vader to contend with"

 Frame 95:
The Shuttle  comes out of hypherspace front view-

Imperial Officer:"Stop yakking you two-believe you me fatman..."

Frame 96:
Big picture of shuttle approaching The Death Star in all it's glory

Imperial Officer:"..You've got your work cut for you -an awful amount of sanitation ha ha"

Pilot:" This is Shuttle ST107 code clearence amber  permission to..."

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Frame 97:
All of a sudden  the shuttles interior  is shook up by a tremendous thud the prison guards and prisoners alike are thrown left and right
 Pilot : "Alert! Alert! we are under attack !"

Frame 98:

Large  image of Mandalorian Cruiser unleashing  a squadron of fighters -(a mixture of  craft seen in Rebels & the Clone Wars )some of which are concerntating there fire upon the fleeing shuttle

Pilots:"Sheilds won't hold we'll have depend of The Death Stars defenses"

General Bast:" Whoevers attacking is either insane or suicidal "

Frame 99:

The shuttle  now heavilly crippled and lopsided  enters the Death Stars massive hangers as two fighters pursue others aren't so successful as they are blasted into scrap by imperial gunners

Pilots :"Hold onto your seat General ...."

Frame 100:
The Shuttle crashlands sideways into the hanger causing much damage along the way

Lettering:" Skkraaachhh!"

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Frame 101 :
Kohlma  view of the dead moon .

Lemo:"We're moving as fast as we can your highness just loading the final artifacts onboard"

Frame 102:

The flight hanger of the  Bando Gora a large Correlian freighter is been loaded  with various  crates and items scavanged from the surface of the moon

Princess Leia:" I'm on the clock here Lemo - I have to leave Dantooine by sunrise "

Frame 103:

Lemo and Sanda talking to big computer screen on the monitor a Princess Leia complete with double bun hairstyle lots of activity in background as Lemo and Sanda's gang members move gear up ships gangway.Whilst what appears to be imperial pilots walking around the hanger-these are defectors who are heading to Dantoine to join up with the rebel alliance

Sanda:" My brother is a man of his word your highness we'll see you at the compound in a few hours

Frame 104
two of Lemo and Sanda's gang  march alongside  a block  of carbonite which a young woman is encased - this catches Leia's eye on themonitor screen...

Princess Leia :"Who is she? she's beautiful..."

Frame 105
Sanda bends down to inspect the form emerging from the carbonite -the grey form  just  motionless like a statue -devoid of life
Sanda :"A relic , guess it belonged to previous tenant here-before he ran off in a hurry-"
Princess  Leia:" You don't realise that's a living being in  there.?"

Frame 106:
Boushh  carrying Sintas over his shoulder and Jodo arrive  as Leia  is talking to the twins.

Princess Leia:" I'll have my people thaw her out -inhumane keeping her as a ornament"
Lemo:"Guess that puts  the price up  heh"

Frame 107:
Leia is furious she scoulds the pirates

Princess Leia:"We'll agree a price for the defectors and scrap but she's not up for negotiation -we are not slavers"
Frame 108:
Sanda spots the  stunned body of Sinta's laying  down at Boushh feet and points down to her
Sanda's :"And  just who is she?"

Boushh:"No idea...she was nosing around so I set for stun she should be awake soon-I  notified Fegz squad  they'll deal with any others"

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Frame 109:
Boba Fett  in cockpit of Slave One  as he  recieves a message from  Kohlma-we can make out landscape of Concordia speeding by in the distance .

Boba Fett:" What is it  Teychenne -didn't I tell you to get off that rock?"

Teychenne:" We've uncovered some important data -we're sending it  to you now..."

Frame 110:

Teychene and Connor in a com link room Teychenne hunched over desk
 Teychene:" It concerns a Count Dooku  -your father worked for him -seems like this would where he'd come to unwind"

Frame 111:
All of a sudden the desk explodes as a laserblast strikes Teychenne is sent flying from the impact - Connor is suddenly jolted into action going for his blaster

Frame 112

Fegz and two more  of his compadres  enter the com link room  smoke from recent blast  escapes from the muzzle of Fegz blaster .

Fegz:"Intruders !Set for Kill"

Frame 113:
Fegz and his fellow pirates   recieve three ruthless laser bolts in the back although we don't see yet who issued them
 Frame 114:
Aiyleen stands over the three dead pirates wielding Montroses duel blasters -she is no stranger to dealing with lowlifes

Connor:"Aiyleen?.. but where's Mummy?"

Frame 115:

Aiyleen drags Connor by her little hand owards the catacoombs -Teychenne gazes back in a state of ponderance-the Zeltron looks worried

Aiyleen:" In the big hanger-with more of these sleemo's  we must hurry -through here"

Teychenne"I just hope Fett got that Intel .."

Page 23:
Frame 116:
Concordia- Toffaxes fortess The slaver stands beetween two big gun turrets  dead centre in fact and holds aloft McGrrrr's vest to the forefont is Ben Kenobi astride lizard steed -back view . Rako's helmet again fixed to  his head  as he continues his ruse his rifle on his back
Teychenne:" I fear we may have more than just pirates and slavers to contend  with"

Toffax:"You're looking for this Bounty Hunter or rather the man that dared to wear  this flea ridden rag "

Frame 117:

Close up side view of Rako'mask as Ben tries to use a old Jedi mind trick to obtain information

Toffax:"I'm no stranger to homing devices -I have my handmaidens sew them into my slaves fatigues in case any go astray"
 Ben Kenobi" You will tell me where he went"

Frame 118:"
Toffax stares down towards the disguised  Jedi big guns still pointed at him .

Toffax:"Half way across the galaxy by now under imperial employment-sold him off to General Bast - I'm afraid you're too late "

Frame 119:

View from gun turrets red with sights homed in on Ben and the Lizard he is astride.

Toffax:" Y'know I haven't heard from my dawn patrol lately - you didn't run into them perchance?"

Frame 120:
The twin   gun boxes are blown into smithereens  as Slave One roars  over the fort  heavy cannons making mincemeat out of Toffaxes fortification-the slaver warlord also collapases as the bricks powder away beneath him give way from the impact of the attack


Frame 121:

Toffax hits the rocky Concordia  surface- the blow of such a fall is cushioned by his heavy armour ...we an make out  a blurry silohuette of Ben and his dragon.


Ben Kenobi:"As a matter of fact we did  as it happens"

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Frame 122:
Toffax halfway on his feet grabs a nasty looking device in his mits similar to a lightsabre  with a red button just asking to be pressed

Toffax:" The Laser Lasher  for you upstart !"

Frame 123:
The tubular device -physically removes itself from Toffaxes hand his fingers can't keep hold of the  weapon.
Ben Kenobi:"uh uh"

Frame 124:
Kenobi snatches the Lase Whip  midair  with ease.

Ben Kenobi:"Magnetic gloves-a must have for any aspiring Bounty Hunter"

Frame 125:

Toffax flat on his  ass, can only watch  as the stranger on the lizard ignites the "laser lasher" in one had whilst pointing a blaster pistol in the other-in the distance we  can make out Slave One making procedures to land  .

Ben Kenobi:" hmm these  seem to come along since my day - nice modifications! .- perhaps you need to talk my associate-and come to some kind of arrangement"

Frame 126:
Concordia space -The Beleagured Glory inactive smoke and sparks emanate around  the damaged ship... within the ship two Stormtroopers  have come across illegal  substances  within the cargo bay

Stormtrooper 1:" Death Sticks  I thought those things were made extinct decades ago"

Frame 127:
The Two  Stormtroopers are wearing special breathing apparatus as standard helmets would  still knock out a normal trooper  - there's still a faint green mist all around the ship -various Imperials inspect the merchandise that  was to be smuggled -until now in the cargo hold

Stormtrooper 2:"Me too -that's a big haul too -could be promotions all round for this one"

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Frame 128:
A Stormtrooper with a shoulder pad  signifying rank over the two  in previous panel addresses  his two squad mates

Stormtrooper Seargent:" You two Warrent Officer Sheckill requires your assistance in the lounge "

Frame 129:
The two Troopers walk from the cargo hold into the ships corridors

Stormtrooper 1:"Got to hand it  to Shecky -smart move filling the air supply with that riot gas"

Stormtrooper 2:"That was his slaver scum of a brother, mind you minimal casualties  is always a good thing -TK 7904 wasn't so lucky though"

Frame 130:

Rear view of  Troopers as they stroll down corridor

Stormtrooper:1 "Yeah I heard droid got him-not  that  theres any clankers left onboard now"

Stormtrooper 2 "We sure did see to that"

Frame 131:

Sheckill in Oxygen mask meets the two Stormtroopers at the entrance to the lounge the haze of green is strongest in this area

Sheckill:"Glad you could make it over need as many men to carry the  unconcious back too the shuttle "

Stormtrooper 2:"Very good sir"

Frame 132:"

Stormtrooper 1 looks down at  Owen Lars snoring away -very much out for the count .

Stormtrooper 1:"Begging your pardon sir but not everyones a Pirate  here-this guy looks like a farmer"

Frame 133:
Warrent Officer Sheckill sneers through oxygen mask(much likethe one Leia and Han wore inside the asteroid when dealing with mynocks so we can see his eyes and expression

Warrent Officer Sheckill:" Doesn't matter we can't go by looks here -everyone could be guilty here"

Frame 134:
Stormtrooper One  carrying Lukes limp body through the lounge door Trooper 2 tries to get Biggs Darklighter to his feet whilst Buro and Sheckil pick up  Owen amongst all the zonked out passengers and pirates"

Warrent Officer Sheckill:" Toffax and General Bast will have a field day when they see how many slaves we've apprehended  today"

End of Part 1 .

Part 2
 "The Big Thaw".
Updated-I'd better mention the other members of supporting cast are where they fit it in - first up Lemo and Sanda -the two pirates ramshacking the dead moon -who first appeared in Star Wars #79 "The Big Con" from 1983-read this originally when I was 11-thought they were cool vllians (Lemo is that a nod to Lemmy?)excellent landspeeder chase towards the climax not much about them on the web but did find review of issue 79 -Nathan makes a mistake here that's not Sanda the green skinned chick but a gang member who goes mad with the blaster -but anyway thought they'd make interesting adversaries-I do love the 80's stories (well when they're weLl written and drawn- I'll have to complete colouring the first few pages of Death in the City of Bone in the next few days) Lando in his disguise reminded me of this Billly Ocean video and a bit of Prince too- very Jabba's Palace influenced. When I was writing this it hit me rather than having generic pirate henchmen why not set up other known characters- Jodo been one of them who I first saw in a PS1 game, then read about in Tales of the Bounty Hunters and Twins Engines of Destruction - lovethe Clint noises lol - I felt Boushh would make a appearence here too -I imagine the original Boushh would of known his martial arts going by his slight build -not sure he'd look like how he's depicted in these paintings under the mask though -I'd rather that stayed a mystery Had to feature General Bast - General here rather than Chief Bast (as story is set b4 his promotion) -Johnny Briggs Dad I think he was in Eastenders for a while too -Leslie Schofield

Sunday, 1 May 2016


 The Avengers story I wrote a few years ago -Avengers as in John Steed and  not to be confused with  popular marvel comics  characters - I watched every episode binging on boxsets although by the end not sure I hit the right notes -very few Dr Keel episodes exist so it was hard to get a grasp of Ian Hendrys character -almost who's  Bond like by the finale not sure it was very Avengy lol -still but Hendry would of made a great JB after Connery - I love Avengerland  I would like it carry it kicking and screaming into the 21st Century-whilst thoroughly staying within the time frame of 1962-69  -heres my first attempt creating a mock trailer for a Avengers computer game  using SaintsRow 2 and the Third -not sure Igot the likenesses but had to do it as it was a idea squatting on my brain much like the following script  the Emma and Tara  trailers will appear at end of post.

The Avengers-The Defectors
Page 1:
Frame 1:
The Avengers logo 1962-63 style length ways  across.
Frame 2:
Lengthway view of Glienicker Bridge  Winter 1963.Nightime
One-Ten: “Alas Frauline Stern we must part here along the bridge of spies, I cannot say it’s been a pleasure.”

Frame 3:
Again Lengthways Panel
One -Ten , The Avengers spy chief has a gun pointed at the back of Hilda Stern, female assassin and valuable member of the Intercrime organisation,  Her hands are raised. In the distance we can make out an American jeep and two soldiers , one a gunner the other a driver.. been  such a harsh winter One-Ten is in his winter coat ,scarf  and hat, Hilda is wearing a Gestapo like black trenchcoat , very much the ice maiden.
Hilda Stern:”I have no value in your game, my organisation have no political motive , why hand me over to the Stasi “
One-Ten:”You can’t fool me dear I’m an old hand.. move along”
Frame 4:
Lengthways Panel
On the eastern side of the bridge the soviet spy chief  Adeen-Desyat (One-Ten in Russian)also has a prisoner to hand over except his hands are tied and he has a sack over his head ,the prisoner wears a brown dirty  trenchcoat somewhat too thin for the wintery climate .In the distance we can see a big Soviet army truck.
Adeen-Desyat:”I believe your boss man has blessed us with his presence, punctuality has always been one his great strengths”
Prisoner:”gahh get this thing off my head “
Frame 5:
The Russian unties the prisoners hand he too has a strange looking small arm pointed at his captive
Adeen-Desyat:”Let me untie your hands first, we cannot return to the imperialist west in bondage can we Doctor?”
Frame 6:
Lengthways panel:
The sack headed man as soon as hands are free pushes the big Russian away and runs across the bridge and makes a run for it..

Adeen-Desyat:”Mother of Kazan!”
Prisoner:” One Ten! It’s a trap!”
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Frame 7:
Back view of the running man the sack flying off his head  as he dashes towards  One –Ten  ,Hilda and the G.I’s in the Jeep
Prisoner:”Get Off the Bridge”(Shouting)
Frame 8:
Three Red army troops appear from the back of the truck , Rifles with telescopic sights pointing , with  strange tubular attachments on the guns muzzle , like  silencers. Adeen –Desyat  with  his odd looking pistol raised he also raises his voice.
Adeen –Desyat:”Prepare to Fire!”
 Frame 9:
One-Ten with a cold look in his eye arm around Hilda’s neck gun to her head.. Hilda looks afraid.
One- Ten:”Utter Shambles “
Frame 10:
GI at jeeps gun swerves into action and driver also goes for his pistol.
Gunner: ”Tarnations!”
Frame 11:
Again view of Jeep except both the driver and gunner are struck by two projectiles not bullets but darts with feathery trips (tranquilizers ).
Frame 12:
The Prisoner leaps to the edge of the bridge as the red army troops fire towards him in the middle of the bridge we see One-Ten and Hilda who are also in the line of fire.
Frame 13:
Both One-Ten and Hilda are now struck by the darts,lunging backwards from the impact  the spy chief isn’t given a chance to let off a shot.
Frame 14:
Adeen-Desyat  motions with his pistol as his troops rush towards  the bodies and The Jeep.
Adeen-Desyat:”Secure the Prisoners”.
Page 3:
Frame 15:
Hanging from the bridges girders the trench-coated prisoner we are yet to get a decent visual of his face .
Above him the soldiers  follow Adeen -Desyats  orders.
Soldier:”But what of Keel? He’s disappeared !”
Frame 16:
Adeen –Desyat  supervises  the troops as they lift the unconscious bodies from the bridge, eastwards.
Adeen Desyat:”We’ve no time we must evacuate area immediately there must be no trace of our been here.. As for Doctor Keel..”

Frame 17:
Doctor David Keel clings for dear life underneath the bridge  . trapped between the freezing waters of the Havel and certain death above.
Adeen-Desyat:”He’s served his purpose , with have our prize “
Frame 18:
Title  “The Defectors” in white over a close up of Keels determined face .
Frame 19:
Close up of photograph of Che Guavare ,Cathy Gale and Fidel Castro , arms around each other like best buddies on holiday , the photo is obviously taken in Santiago after the fall of the Batista’s reign.
John Steed:”Radiant as ever Mrs Gale, although I can’t say the same about your compadres here, both  in dire need of a trip to the barbers.

Frame 20:
Side view of John Steed, bowler hat crowning his head, chatting away to Catherine Gale , who is sporting a oriental style top profile view of her as she responds to Steeds comments , the  photo of the threesome is frame  on the wall. It is clear to the reader that the two are in a art gallery.
Cathy Gale:”It’s quite obvious that you think I’m hanging up my dirty laundry for the world to see, and I’m none too proud, but it’s an episode  in my life.. an important episode.”
John Steed:”In our line of work my dear, it unwise to court controversy savvy? I can actually feel the prying eyes around this room. “

Page 4:
Frame 21:
Both Steed and Gale walk away from photograph to reveal small gallery is full of visitors young and old viewing Cathy’s photography  exhibition. Various large blow ups of Cathy’s greatest works so far hang on the walls of The Cork Street gallery.
Cathy Gale:” Good! It will provoke a reaction and attention , as  I keep telling you Steed  I can’t pay the rent on air alone”.
John Steed:”But it’s the kind of attention you want  , your escapades in Cuba aren’t  going to generate much sympathy with my colleges  or for that matter Joe Public either”
Cathy Gale ”You know  at the time I fought for what was right , and  what was humanely  decent-but I  realise now I was naive ..”

Frame 22:
Close up of Steed , jovial – he has one over on Mrs Gale at least he feels  he has.
John Steed:”Revolution –to quote your man up their no bed of roses ..”

Frame 23:
Cathy Gale close up shoots Steed a frosty glare
Cathy Gale:”..revolution is a struggle between  the future and the past “.. and sometimes Steed talking to you in those clothes ,  I know precisely  what he meant.. but rest assured he’s no friend of mine”

Frame 24:
Back view of Cathy hands on hips , Steed clutches his umbrella , as he prepares to leave.
John Steed:”Anyhow word of warning , be careful, as I know you are .. fight your corner”
Cathy Gale:”You’re going?”
John  Steed:”Yes as it happens  doctor s in fact”
Frame 25:
Steed  gestures a wave goodbye tips hat with umbrella , Cathy  pulls a curious expression and posture. In background various gallery visitors .
Cathy Gale:” Bit late in the night  for a check up , anything the matter”
John  Steed:” aha except not me my doctored friend has  just back from Europe he’s picked up  a nasty cold .. thought  I’d drop by some grapes the poor thing.”
Frame 26:
Steed pulls open gallery door a walks briskly  into the  dark London streets ,
John Steed:” I’ll pop around in the morning –Hasta  luego!”
Page 5:
Frame 27:
Two figures  standing by one of Gales huge  portraits of  some Kenyan Children , both look shifty somewhat in their American style suits, and hats , the older of the two Agent Frey looking very much the CIA man that he is , the slightly younger American, Agent MacGuffin   is wide eyed and taking it all in , both are somewhat baffled by the  English art scene , they kind of stick out like sore thumbs but try not to draw much attention  to themselves .
Agent MacGuffin:”You reckon that’s her old man?”
Agent Frey ”Hard to tell these Limeys sure are peculiar !”
Frame 28:
The two agents look towards Cathy (who’s chatting to a group of friends) and towards the Cuban poster.
Agent Frey:” One things for sure she sure knows  Castro..she’s definitely  our gal”
Agent MacGuffin:”Shall we spring on her now sir”
Frame 29:
Agent Frey taps on his bulbous nose .. he’s been in the Central Intelligence Agency  for a long while now.
Agent Frey:”Best we tail her MacGuffin , too public here ..”
Frame 30:
Cathy Gale chatting with friends close up.. Frey and Macguffin  watch in the distance of the art gallery.
Agent Frey:”The way I see it , this Mrs Catherine Gale can either be  a great asset or terrible burden , you’re  a street man you know the score.”
Frame 31:
A London street , Steed is  at the front door of a doctors surgery he speaks into doors phone. The name Doctor Martin King is visible on a sign on the wall.
John Steed:” Hello Carol it’s me  Steed!”
Frame 32:
Carol Wilson now Doctor Kings receptionist welcomes her old friend through the doorway , Steed graciously raises his bowler and grins the Steed grin.
Carol Wilson:” My goodness it’s been an age , my your looking well”
John Steed:” Thank you my dear, It’s all been business and pleasure , the reason for my absence  .. how’s  the patient ?”
Carol Wilson:”He’s  stuffed up with the flu – Doctor Kings with him now.. seeing you might liven him up”
Frame 33:
Steed  inspects the surgery , it’s much like it was when Keel was the GP ,give or take a few items a photo of King and Wilson is on the desk. Although it’s been almost two years since he last frequented the room It’s like Steed hasn’t been away.
John Steed:” Congratulations are in order, when’s the big day?”
Carol Wilson ”Oh you heard about our engagement , the end of June , Martins booked some time off “
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Frame 34:
Doctor King at Keels be side , Steed pops his head around the door , Keel looks worse for wear, in his pyjamas .
John Steed:”Doctor Keel I presume?”
Dr David Keel:” If you want to *cough!* catch your death  Steed  you’ve come to the right place!”
Frame 35.
Close up of Keel
Dr David Keel:”They’ve got  One-Ten..not sure he’s dead though..i found a dart –a  doping agent , after they left.”
Frame 36:
Close up of Steed a quizzical look written on his face.
John Steed:”A dart?”
Dr David Keel:”I gave it to Martin to examine ”
Frame 37:
Steed  hand on chin ponders Doctor King interjects
Doctor Martin King:” One Ten would be more valuable to the Soviets alive.. makes sense they’d use such a method ”
John Steed:” And they carted him away like livestock..ohh he won’t like that!”
Frame 38:
Profile view of Steed eyes downwards
John Steed:”This whole defection thing with Stern, was a ploy , they fed false information and instructed One-Ten that they’d only make the exchange if he was present , Stern and I daresay you Doc  were mere pawns in the game.”

Frame 39:
Keel rises from bed he points towards Steed.
Doctor David Keel:”So what we going to do .. I just can’t sit here and feel sorry for myself”
Frame 40:
Steed produces a bunch of grapes which he hands to his sick friend.
John Steed ”Maybe you’d like some grapes to go with your wrath..we’ll  think of something, Martin and I will get to work on this at the crack of dawn”
  Frame 41:
Steed about to disembark from the sickroom places bowler on head , Keel about to eat grape but lets out a great sneeze  side view of the Doctor.
John Steed:”Bon Appetite “
Doctor David Keel:” Actchoo!”
Page 7:
Frame 42:
Night in London , Mrs Gale walks down street hands in pockets of leather trenchcoat  it is a cold night.On her head a brown leather cap in the far distance the  familiar shapes of Agent Frey and MacGuffin , who are sneakily following her.
Agent Frey:” Looks like she’s heading for the subway train station , we’ll split up there”
Agent MacGuffin”I hear they’re testing a fully automatic train here ... no driver ? what next ?planes that fly themselves?”
Frame 43:
Cathy Approach’s Green Park  station .. totally unaware of  her stalkers . who continue  their dialogue  behind her.
Agent Frey:”Or robotic  access agents  if we blow this one .. keep your eye on the honey pot and your mind on the job.”
Frame 44:
Bleak and desolate , empty but for a lone Teddy boy unlit cigarette to mouth , Cathy  waits for the last  train back .
Frame 45:
The Ted notices Cathy and yells over to her
Teddyboy:”Scuse me Darlin’ have you got a light?”
Frame 46:
Cathy produces a lighter ignites a flame to spark up the youngsters  cigarette.
Teddyboy :”Much Obliged..”
Frame 47:
Out of the shadows leap out two more Teds brandishing knifes it’s an ambush .. the Ted with the cigarette cool as you like(this is routine behaviour to him) continues...
Teddyboy:”Think we’ll  ‘ave your purse too luv!”
Page 8:
Frame 48:
MacGuffin and Frey on station stairs they hear the scuffle below on the platform
Agent Frey:”Sounds like trouble!”
Agent MacGuffin:”Well I’m a sucker for damsels in distress Eddie .. I’m going in..”
Agent Frey:”Your funeral kid .. just stay in character!”

Frame 49:
Cathy has the smoking Teddyboy in what looks like a very agonising arm lock the Ted yelps
The other teds back off slightly still brandishing knifes
Teddyboy:”Just back off will ya ! She’ll break me arm “
Frame  50:
Agent MacGuffin rushes towards the ruffians on the platform , the two knife wielding Teds turn their attention to him
Cathy releases the weakened mugger to the ground  as she hears the Americans voice, the mugger is drained off all his energy.
Agent MacGuffin:”Hey you punks  leave her alone!”
Frame 51:
MacGuffin  slugs one of the Teds knocking blade out of his hand –Cathy grabs the other  and is about to hurl him into a wall

Frame 52:
Which she does .. the tube train rapidly approaches the platform as the Ted strikes the wall.
Announcer:” The next train on platform C  calling at Oxford Circus, Warren Street and Euston!”
Frame 53:
The Tube Trains doors open as the carriages grind to a halt.. MacGuffin calls over to Cathy to board the train , As she fixes hair after her fight . Two of the Teds lay flat out on the platform in distance you can just make out Agent Frey about to board train further down platform.
Agent  MacGuffin:”Hey Lady!”
Page  9:
Frame 54:
Cathy  puts on her cap as she boards the train. The doors  halfway shutting  as she does.
Cathy Gale:”Thank you ever so much”

Frame 55:
MacGuffin standing inside train tilts hat back  , and  grins , he’s impressed with what he just saw he’s also impressed by Cathy’s looks,
Agent MacGuffin:” Ahh it was nothing used to box in the army.. but wow you .. was that Ju-Jitsu ?”
Cathy Gale:” As it happens yes .. I study Judo.. haven’t  I seen you before tonight ...?”
Frame 56:
MacGuffin  close up
Agent McGuffin:” Yeah I was at your exhibition , you’re a woman of many talents it seems”
Frame 57:
Close up of Cathy  also smiling.
Cathy Gale:” Thank you ,The exhibition really was my friend Steed’s Idea , I ‘m an anthropologist  I found recording my subjects  helped with that too”
Frame 58:
Lengthways shot of tube carriage , various other passengers on train take up the seats  as the two secret agents chat away.
Agent MacGuffin:” So this Steed guy he’s like a svengalli  type”
Cathy Gale:”You could say that .. what line of business are you in Mr..”
Agent MacGuffin:” Call me Charley ,, I’m with an agency, do they say talent spotter over here?”
Frame 59:
Agent Frey moving up the carriage   mumbles under his breath as he spots the two talking.
Agent Frey:”Ahh heck he’s hitting on her”
Cathy Gale:”Really where are you based New York?”
Agent MacGuffin ”Virginia “
Frame 60:
Doctor Kings Surgery  Steed examines some paperwork , Doctor King and his fiancĂ©  stand in background.
John Steed:”Seems like the only lead we have is these tranquiliser darts, you’d imagine an animal tranquiliser would kill a man?”
Doctor  Martin King:”I made a study of the dart Keel retrieved – seems like this is experimental  tranquiliser , a prototype , I Imagine  intended for crowd control “
Frame 61:
Steed still in chair looks over to Dr King  to ask him a question.
John  Steed:” Very nasty, how about the drug itself?”
Doctor Martin King:” Seems to be a very subtle cocktail of various sedatives used on pigs  and other livestock.”
Frame 63:
Close up of Doctor King
Doctor Martin King:”.. the weight of the dart and it’s contents  are vital they’d have to correspond with their targets body weight otherwise you’d kill the intended victim..or drive them insane.”
John Steed:”It makes one assume this abduction was planned well in advance.. right down to information  about  One-Ten’s  last visit to a “speak your weight machine”.
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Frame 64:
Steed lifts up the dart closes one eye to examine the projectile .. King and Carol seem unaware that Keel has made it out of his sick bed and  has opened the door into the surgery.
John Steed:”I imagine it would of taken about two of these things to knock out One Ten , the Old Bulldog! heh heh ”
Frame 65:
Keel announces his presence   to the others in the room..standing in his pyjamas  he makes a shocking revelation .
Doctor David Keel:”No Steed!..  it just  took one dart .. you see it was  I who  made them.”
Frame 66:
Camden Town Station
Along with the splash of Passengers exiting the station gates we see Cathy and MacGuffin .. not far behind them trying to look anonymous Agent Frey. Ticket guard at exit.
Cathy Gale:” it’s very kind of you to walk me home Charley “
Agent MacGuffin ”Well I know you’re a big girl  now after that bother  at the station –but I’m trying real hard to be a gentleman”
Frame 67:
View from Agent  Freys  perspective  who’s amongst the crowd of commuters a few  steps behind Gale and MacGuffin who hands over his ticket to guard.
Cathy Gale:”I can make you a nightcap Steed has my cabinet drowning in brandy – one glass won’t hurt... it’s the leastI  I can do”
Agent  Mac Guffin:”Sure...You’ve twisted my arm “
Agent Frey:” Oh brother!”

Frame 68: Macguffin hails a  London Taxi as it  pulls by.
MacGuffin:” Taxi”
Frame 69:
Cathy and MacGuffin take the  back seat , view from cabbies perspective
Cab Driver:” Where too?”
Cathy Gale”14 Primrose Hill”

Page 11:
Frame 70:
As the black cab drives away into the night , Agent Frey opens door of a lighter coloured Taxi door holding a wad of bank notes as he does. 
Agent Frey:”Follow that Cab”
Cabbie:”Yes Guv!”
Frame 71:
The black cab comes to a halt as it’s reached it’s destination. Cathy stands on pavement as MacGuffin  leans over to driver.
Agent  MacGuffin:”It’s alright Cathy I’ll pay for this.”
Frame 72:
Cathy opens front door  to flats. MacGuffin  looks  pleased with himself (his investigating seems to be paying off)
Cathy Gale:”I only moved in here a month or two ago.. all mod cons I hope you’ll like it”
Frame  73:
As Cathy opens door , a Dalmatian leaps up to greet Cathy .. she wasn’t expecting  the dog.
Cathy Gale:” Goodness Freckles what you doing out of your basket?”
Frame 74:
Cathy has her arms full with the over excited spotty dog , glad to see her mistress.
Cathy Gale:”Down girl!.. just up the stairs second door”

Frame 75:
MacGuffin makes his way up the stairs  as Cathy tries to calm the dog down ..
 Agent MacGuffin: “You usually let your dog out in the hallway must play havoc with the other residents?”
Frame 76:
Freys Cab arrives outside Cathys flat..
Taxi Driver:” This is it”
Agent Frey:”Thank you driver”
Frame 77:
As  MacGuffin walks up the staircase  Cathy calls up to him
Cathy Gale ”No.. she should be  indoors.. oh my..”
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Frame 78:
Side view of  MacGuffin  looking downwards  .. he  seems unsure of Mrs Gale all of a sudden.
Cathy Gale:”I think I’ve been burgled !”
Frame 79:
Reaction  shot of Frey standing out on street.. as he hears a loud gunshot emanating from Cathy’s flat.
Frame  80:
At  Cathy’s front door at top of stairs stands a figure similarly dressed as Cathy is now .. long black leather coat , she has same colouration of hair and similar hairstyle too.. but her face is obscured by the lighting.. she carries a  tiny firearm.. in fact Cathy’s very own Garter gun. Smoke escaping from muzzle.
Frame 81:
Frey bursts through front door ..

Agent Frey:”MacGuffin!”
Frame 82:
A look of horror can be read from Cathy’s expression as she discovers what lies on her staircase
Frame 83:
Close up of Charley MacGuffin having been a victim of a headshot wound lies dead on the stair carpet.
Frame 84:
Title Panel
The Avengers –End of Act 1

The Avengers-The Defectors -Act 2
Page 1:
Frame 1: Title -Original style font from series signalling the start of act two -big panel taking up three quarters of the page.
Standing on a top of a staircase is mousey blonde woman wielding a small smoking beratta , in a large black leather trench coat, she grins a wide evil grin.The lighting is bad but we can make out her features.
Below her victim C.I.A Agent Charley McGuffin with a gaping gunshot wound to his skull  lies fallen on the stairs profile view of Cathy Gales face in shock as she was only just talking with Charley seconds before-she recognises the woman at the top of the stairs an old nemesis...

Cathy Gale:
"Stern!...Hilda Stern!"

Frame 2:
Stern dashes down the stairs shoving Mrs Gale out of the way in the process .. usually Gale would of stopped her but in her state of confusion and the fact Stern is  carrying a pistol Stern seizes the moment.

Hilda Stern:
" Dummkopf!"

Frame 3:
"Freckles" the dalmatian has leapt upon Agent Frey in all the confusion.The noise gunshot has driven the poor dog berserk .

Agent Frey:
"Hey down boy! easy now!"

Frame 4:
Whilst the American is trying to evade the dog Hilda makes her way through the open front door  into the night.

Page 2:
Frame 5:
Cathy Gale clambers to her feet hat knocked off in the scuffle , knowing fully well she must capture Stern.

Frame 6:
But as Cathy rises to her feet she is met by another gun wielding figure who now has shaken the dog -back view of Cathy front view of Frey.
Agent Frey:
"Ok Mata Hari  I gotcha !"

Frame 7:
Front view of taxi cab driver who's  had a good night ..his last fair Frey had left him a very generous tip ,he counts his money , although he's just heard a gunshot he's nonplussed about it... he's had many dodgy cab fairs before- in the background we can make out Stern running towards taxi quickly pursued by Freckles who may or may not know it's Stern or her Mistress Cathy.

"Crazy Yank!"
Hilda Stern:
"Dumm Hund!"

Frame 8:
Stern converses with the driver at his window

Hilda Stern
:"Heathrow airport driver and step on it"

Frame 9:
Back view of taxi as door opens and Stern and Freckles enter
" Make sure your dog doesn't mess up my seats only just got them cleaned"

Frame 10:

As the cab drives off down the street - Frey and Gale stand out on the street. Frey still has gun pointed at her , he is fuming .. Cathy gazes towards the disappearing car.
Agent Frey:
"I'll see you get the chair for this Commie ! Chuck was a good man, one of the best in all my years!"

Cathy Gale:
"Then you should be chasing down that taxi - I didn't do this"
 Agent Frey:
"No way sister - I've seen the company you keep , your holiday snaps try explaining them and Chucks killing down at the embassy "

Page 3:

Frame 11:
Outside shot of Doctor Kings surgery , still night time.

"So let me get this straight you been aiding the Russians in their biological warfare program?I can't believe my ears"

Frame 12
Dr David Keel sits in his pyjamas fighting back against his influenza , he looks moody as he tries to explain to his former partner his part in a Soviet plot. Steed is standing and looks sternly down at the doctor.

Dr David Keel:
"Not so much the Russians but the East Germans  , they've set up a laboratory which conducts studies into Steroid research- a Super Soldier program"
John Steed:
"So once you crossed the Iron Curtain  you jumped at the chance to work on this project c'mon Doc doesn't at all sound like you at all"
Frame 13:
Side view of Doctor Keels head  cup of hot soup steaming in hand.
Doctor David Keel:
"Not quite; initially  One Ten had sent me out there to observe what was going on in the plant - see if they were making any progress in the field.."
Frame 14:
Aerial view of the surgery - back view of Doctor Keel in chair with cuppa soup , front view of Steed.
 John Steed:
Doctor David Keel:"
"Well no in fact they'd made little or no progress , but as a Doctor and a scientist I pursued and made use of the facilities they provided and made giant  leaps forward.. for the first time in a long time I was happy"

Doctor David Keel:
" My assistant Elizaveta  was a great help in my studies and we soon married and I wanted to stay and complete my research"

Frame 15:
Side view of Steeds head smirking.

John Steed:
" aha  I take it once you met this Elizaveta you've gone down with a case of the red flu  "

Frame 16:
Front view of Keel blowing his nose .. Dr King approaches phone as it rings in the background

Doctor David Keel:" That's not funny.. she's been held at the compound must get bac...attchhooo!"

Doctor Martin King:
" The Phone!.. who at this hour!"

Frame 17:
Doctor King lifts earpiece to head and receives call
Doctor King:
"Doctor Kings Surgery..speaking!.. uh? I'll just get him!"

Frame 18:
Steed picks up the phone.
John Steed:
"Caruthas -.. Pardon? .. We'll  be right there."

Frame 19:
Steed picks up his brolly and lifts hat towards head  and gestures to King
John Steed:
" That was One-Six  there's been an incident you better come with me Martin"

Page 4:
Frame 20:
Outside the American embassy Westminster  Eagle clearly visible atop of the three year old structure  .. sky is turning colour as night progresses .
Agent Frey:
" One more time Mrs Gale .. why did you shoot Charley McGuffin down in cold blood"
Frame 21:
Agent Frey and two American Military Police Men frogmarch  Mrs Gale across the splendid blue carpet of the embassy , she is handcuffed and  is considerably smaller than the three men escorting her . Been very late at night the place is almost empty except for guards and various members of staff.

Cathy Gale:
"I'm afraid you're barking up the wrong tree Mr Frey- you're allowing a known felon abscond the country as we speak"

Frame 22:
Frey leers down at Gale who  fixes a steely glare back at the C.I.A operative.

Agent Frey:
"I don't think so little lady , once we find ourselves a dark private room in this hotel me and the boys are gonna beat that Marxist claptrap out of you forever"

Cathy Gale:
" And I'll see you in court Field Operative Frey"

Frame 23:
The trio walk down one the embassy's corridors-back view.
Agent Frey:
"You're on U.S owned soil now,move it pinko!"

Frame 24:
The street outside Cathy's flat .Blue Police lights from the cars and ambulance sirens brighten up the pavement . There are barriers towards the doorway and a line of Policemen blocking the crime scene from the public's prying eyes .King and Steed  shuffle there way towards the commotion.

Doctor King:
"Not sure it was wise to leave Keel alone with Carol "

John Steed:
"She's known him longer than either of us and I trust him -I don't think he's been brainwashed by the sounds of things-besides it's Cathy's welfare is whats concerning me now "

Frame 25:
Steed gestures to one of the Policemen standing by the doorway
John Steed:
"May I inquire what on earths going on here Constable?"
"There's been a shooting sir ,some poor fellows copped it"

Frame 26:

Steed turns to King hand over mouth.
John Steed:"Good Lord! .."

Frame 27:
Steed reverses and addresses the policeman again.
John Steed:
"That's terrible ,you see I was to take my furry friend for a early morning stroll lives in one of these flats , "
" There was no dog on the scene sir , we would of taken it away"
John Steed:
" Thank you Constable , I hope you find the culprit".

Page 5:
Frame 28:
Steed and King stand by a vintage 1930's Lagonda , Steeds Car looking pensive
John Steed:"
Well at least we know Cathy , wasn't the victim.. and Freckles has gone astray-that's it.. c'mon we may still have a chance!"

Frame 29:
Two Large Doors guarded by the two military policemen-close up of there helmeted expressionless faces, a speech bubble appears from one of the door panels.
Agent Frey:
"Don't fight it ya commie witch-you're ours now!"

Frame 30:
The room is dark except for a small lamp directed at Gale who is maneuvered herself to a far corner.Her hands are still cuffed . Frey , now with jacket removed . in a short sleeved shirt , hat is also gone revealing a balding head(I was thinking of Karl Malden when  I came up with his character) whilst positioning light with one hand in his other he's produced a rather nasty looking syringe.

Agent Frey:
"You see we at the agency have been trying out all kinds of  new truth serums -but we need test monkeys
you my dear fit the bill to a  T."

Frame 31:
Same Panel as Frame 29-except for slight hint of a shadow approaching the silhouette of a man,

Agent: Frey:
"This sedative is just an appetizer , meant to loosen you up a little.."

Frame 32:
Close up of Frey (a demented sadistic grin on his face ) and the syringe which escapes the panel borders so it looks like it's heading directly toward the reader.
Agent Frey:
"After this we'll try out a few doses of lysergic acid diethylamide "

Frame 33:
Same as Panel 29-but now silhouette has taken human form a stout white hatted man in a black suit the M.P's don't blink an eye as he approach's the door.

Agent Frey:
"They say it opens up all kinds of doors to the mind  -but I just want you to spew up the truth!"

Page 6:
Frame 34:
The white hatted gent  swings open the doors and pulls a wonderful expression of shock and disgust eyes bulging ..
Agent Frey:

Cathy Gale:
"Good Morning Charles, glad you could make it!"

Frame 35:
Cathy has the C.I.A man in a stranglehold with the cuffs, he's losing the struggle, Cathy grins an aggressive grin as he struggles.

:"If you would most kindly release him please Mrs Gale"

Frame 36:
Cathy slams Frey to the ground , Charles looks skyward as he surveys the room..
Cathy Gale:
"With pleasure!"
"Sloppy work Douglas ,She's one of ours ..the real killer is en-route out of the country "

Frame 37:
One of the M.P's unlocks Cathy's handcuffs , she looks at her freed hands, meanwhile Charles is addressing Frey slumped down on the ground.
"Call yourself an intelligence agent? No thanks to you an enemy agent  is on the loose"
Cathy Gale:
"How do you know all this?"
Frame 38:
Cathy sprints out the door listening to Charles answer as she does..
"Seems like the suspect has kidnapped your dog  -it's heading towards Heathrow at nearly 70 miles per hour, Steeds tracing the animals collar signal as we speak."
"Good dog ! I'm going to need a bike.. a fast one."
Page 7:
Frame 39:
A phone kiosk Heathrow Airport Hilda Stern is making an international call , we also catch a glimpse of Freckles scratching behind her.

Hilda Stern:
"Nein ! but she's behind bars where she belongs.."
Phone:"And what of Keel?"

Frame 40:
East Germany- A Secret Laboratory exterior, gun towers can be seen so the place is more like a fortress.

Hilda Stern:
"That's your problem Herr Kommissar , I'm severing all links with  your organization unless you
treble my salary "
 "That is not negotiable Frau Stern-unless you bring the doctor back to me alive"
Frame 41:
Adeen-Desyat the Soviet equivalent of One-Ten. Sits at his big wooden desk  clutching phone to ear a bust of Lenin on the desk as well as various dossiers , behind him a large painting of Joseph Stalin .The Kommissar is a hard liner.
Hilda Stern:
"There go the pips .. can reverse the charges accursed phone..."
 Adeen -Desyat:
" Wherever you plan to fly off to wary we have eyes everywhere ..."

Frame 42:
Hilda at Kiosk as line fades out and goes dead
Adeen Desyat:
"Spasibo Frauline Ster..***"
Hilda Stern:" Ach! need more change"
Frame 43:
Adeen -Desyat:'s office side view of  his profile A young tall blonde woman in a labcoat is present looking very much like Elisabeth Shepherd . guarding the doors are two NVA soldiers standing very still in their distinctive helmets,
Adeen -Desyat:
"Terrible woman.. I just hope you have bought me better news Doctor Keel"
Doctor Elizaveta Keel:
"Da Kommisar , quite wonderful news in fact, One-Ten's resiliency to the new serums seems to be wearing off he's named various locations of agents operating in the Balkans"

Frame 44:
Adeen-Desyat at desk rear view of Elizaveta
Adeen -Desyat:
"Good, Once Operation Mayday commences you are to leave for England  and recover your husband -  I can rely on you to tie up any lose ends"

Page 8:
 Frame 45:
Steed and Doctor King on the motorway heading towards the airport, Doctor King is unsure about the capabilities of Steeds mode of transport.
Doctor King:
" You sure this relic can make it over to Heathrow  in one piece"
Frame  46:
Side view of car built into the dash board is a radar  with a white blip signifying Freckles the dog. just visible to the right hand of the panel is a motorcycle wheel.
John Steed:
"This ladies made it to John O'Groats and back  mark my words a fine piece of motor engineering"

Frame 47:
Same Panel almost-except the bike is  clearer in view to the right -Steed and Dr King continue talking
John Steed:
"We must be getting closer the blip on monitor is growing by the second"

Frame 48:
The bike and its rider a familiar shape in a black and white helmet speeds to the left hand side of the panel ,Steed responds to the bikes horn tooting by raising his bowler"


John Steed:
"Ahh good morning Mrs Gale!"

Frame 49:
Again almost same panel as  the others except King has perplexed look on his face and Steed at the wheel also looks somewhat confused. The bike has now sped past the Lagonda and we see the hind wheel vanish to the left hand side of the panel.

Doctor King:
" That was Cathy wasn't it?"
John Steed:
Frame 50:
Front view of Lagonda .
Doctor King:
"Then who's got the dog?"..
Page 9:
Frame 51:
Hilda Stern drags Freckles towards a information desk the dog struggles to sit still.

Hilda Stern:
"That's it Hund! if you don't stop following me around ,I will have to take drastic actions!"

Frame 52:
Hilda arrives at an information desk a plump stoic man sits behind it.
Hilda Stern:
"I need to take this animal to quarantine , could you give me the directions!"
Desk Clerk:
"Is this your Pet?"
Frame 53:
Close up of Freckles ears slightly raised and a look of recognition as she hears a familiar voice.
Hilda Stern:
"No ..I  mean yes "
John Steed:"Freckles! it is you old girl!"

Frame 54:
The Dog runs off towards the familiar umbrella wielding bowler hatted shape .. back view .

Desk Clerk:
"You'll need to sign a few documents"
John Steed:
"Come to Daddy!"
Frame 55:
Hilda suddenly turns to see Steed and Doctor King reunited with the dalmatian a small pointed muzzle protruding from her trenchcoat sleeve .
Desk Clerk:
"One Minute Madame"
Frame 56:
Cathy suddenly springs from behind the assassin and gives her an almighty powerful  karate chop to the back of the neck.

Frame 57:
Hilda lies flat out unconscious in a crumpled heap , Cathy's Garter gun dislodged from her hand , view of Cathys boots as she stares down at her adversary.
Cathy Gale:
"Round Three to  me Frauline Stern!.."
Page 10:
Frame 58:
Large panel , Doctor King lies dead from a gunshot to the heart from the garter gun Hilda was brandishing earlier, Steed is on his knees eyes welling up with tears - he is naturally devastated  Freckles too is upset nose facing downward.

John Steed:" I'm afraid it seems rain has stopped play Mrs Gale "

Frame 59:
Aerial view of  the scene with Doctor King sprawled out on the ground Cathy walking toward Steed and Freckles-in silence.Over the airport tannoy's announcements are still been made.
"The  flight to Berlin -at Terminal One is about to depart"

Frame 60:
Passengers  walking up an airstair of a Lufthansa aircraft.. typical tourists one wearing an unusally patterned hat like a checker board and a brown trench coat.

Frame 61:
The man in the hat sneezes and covers nose with a handkerchief  as he walks by  air hostess who is there to greet him

Air Hostess:" Welcome Aboard Sir"

Man "Haachuuu!"

Frame 62:
Close up of the man with hat his face is clearer to see now after blowing nose to reveal that is Doctor Keel.

Air Hostess:"Sounds like you have a nasty cold there sir "

Doctor Keel:" I'll be fine mam, I'm a doctor"

Page 11:
Frame 63:

A rain soaked graveyard , the sky is crying as Vicar lays Doctor Martin King to his final resting place .
amongt the mourners (most of who are sheltering from the rain with umbrellas ) are John Steed, Cathy Gale , members of the doctors immediate family including his younger sister Tara (she'd be about 13 or 14 here with longer hair)and his fiancee Carol Wilson, also seen among the mourners is Mother, Charles and One- Six. The pallbears lower The doctors coffin as the Vicar utters the words.

Vicar:"God Almighty our brother Martin Luke King and we commit his body to the ground..."

Frame 64:

The Casket is lowered into it's grave.

"Earth To Earth, Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust..."

Frame 65:
Close up of a crying Carol Tara clutches her for support.

"The Lord Bless him and keep him, The Lord  make his face shine upon him and be gracious unto him.."

Frame 66:
Coffin has now disappeared below now-the Vicar finnishes.

"and give him peace .Amen"

Frame 67:
A C.I.A Interrogation station somewhere in England , Hilda Stern is  strapped upright to a  table -Agent Frey's torture rack in a stark darkened room . Frey scuttles his hands over various torture devices , hammers , wrenches ,wires and syringes .
Agent Frey:
" It's your Funeral ."

Frame 68:
But Frey opts for the power drill ,  Sterns eyes widen as she see's what he's picked up.

Agent Frey:
"Two Allied agents dead by your hand... the Limey well I can't speak for him , but I think Chuck would of wanted this..."
Frame  69:
Frey Points drill directly at  Hildas skull.
Agent Frey:
"You see we go way back Hungary 56, Cuba 61, Indo China last year.. I can tell you we were a team"

Page  12:
Frame 70:
Frey turns his back on Hilda and inspects his drill.
Hilda Stern:
"What if I tell you about Operation May Day "
Agent Frey: "You can "Sprechen"  to your hearts desire .."
 Frame 71:
Frey  turns to the rack again  .. back to reader.
"You're going to die  anyhow"

Frame 72:
A rifle butt crashes into the back of Freys skull taking him totally off guard.

Frame 73:
Steed  and Gale in the rainy graveyard , most of the mourners have left. Steed is upset.
John Steed:
"You go ahead Mrs Gale, I don't think I'll be welcome at the wake, I could of prevented all this."
Cathy Gale:" Actually I wanted to give you this "
 Frame 74:
Gale hands Steed a slip of paper.
Cathy Gale:
"Carol handed me this earlier, she said Keel was adamant you got it."
Frame 75:
Steed reads the scrap of paper Gale peers to see what it is.
Cathy Gale:
"What does it say?"

John Steed:
"It's a map of where One-Ten is been held.

Frame 76:
Classic John Steed and Cathy Gale defiant pose as the duo head away from the graveside.
 John Steed:
" Hope your passports up to date looks like  we're in for a jaunt to the German Democratic Republic "

Frame 77:
The unconscious body of Agent Frey lies on its back in the detention centre. Hilda Stern is now free from her restraints liberated by what appears to be an British RAF Officer - who seems to be a dead ringer for a younger John Steed
Hilda Stern:"So you do have eyes everywhere the Kommisar is a man true to his word"

RAF Officer:
" Operation May Day is imminent and Frau Stern we're needed!
Frame 78:
End of Act 2  Title Panel.

 Frame 0: Act Three -Still of Act Two Graphics from  a original Series 2 or 3  episode.
Frame 1:
The Secret base where Hilda Stern was to be tortured -The RAF Officer who bares a uncanny resemblance to a young Patrick Macnee  gazes ahead Hilda now loose stares down at the now out for the count C.I.A Agent Frey.

Hilda Stern:"Schwein... I'll..."
RAF:" I know what you're thinking.. but no .. it's not how I operate..leave him"

Frame 2:
The Steed like airman chucks the hitwoman a flight helmet which she catches  .. she is all agape  she can't understand why her rescuer is one of her mortal enemies.
Hilda Stern:" Your's..?"
RAF Officer:"oh it's all intentional -get into these togs it's your ticket out of here"
Frame 3:
Stern clambers into a flight suit much like the one pilot s wearing
RAF Officer:"All will become clear once you rendezvous with Keller.

Frame 4:
Hilda now with pilot helmet on obscuring  her face and flight suit  and Officer who carries helmet walk down long corridor -
RAF Pilot:"Just get in the back seat- and I'll brief you once we  are midair -can't really talk now- "

Frame 5:A telephone rings in Freys torture  room , he rubs head as he recovers from been pistol whipped

Frey:"Oh my aching head..."

Frame 6:
Frey lifts the receiver close up of his head talking on the phone.

Frey:" Frey Speaking..uhuh...when?"
Frey:" Immediately ...Thank you  sir..."

Frey: "It will be real honour sir,,,"

Page 2:

 Frame 7:

Morderberg "Murderers Mountains!  Barracks of the Volkspolizei Bereitschaft (A para military riot police unit) lots of activity marching - prisoners made to stare blankly into wall for hours on end .Whilst an NVA Officer barks at them at the top of his shrill voice.
Amongst all this clockwork militarism you can make out Doctor Keel sheltering by a wall unseen  by the uniformed men.  A young  trooper  walks down a darkened arch unaware he's passed Keel .
Frame 8.
The young recruit walks through archway assault rifle  strapped to his shoulder totally unaware of the shadowy figure creeping behind him(Keel)
Frame 9:
Keel lunges on VPB man with a syringe stabbing it into his neck the lad dozes off almost instantly
Doctor Keel:"Gute Nacht!"

Frame 10:
In the shadows Keel tries on  VPB's recruits uniform as he lays asleep undressed
Doctor Keel:"Guess I need to lay off the frankfurters -it'll have to do."

Frame 11:
Keel places cap on head and heads  towards a sentry box.(not sure what view yet from behind-all depends on photo stock)

Frame 12.
The Sentry box is actually a flight of stairs which leads to a underground bunker-the disguised Keel clambers down the stairwell.

Page 3:
Page 13:
A Hawker Kestral cuts through the clouds at supersonic speed  the  prototype contains the RAF Pilot and Hilda Stern.

RAF Pilot:" I'm testing out a new cloaking device designed by Knight Electronics -actually it's my fiancees innovation  , she's a bit  of a whizz kid when it comes to pretty much anything"

Frame 14:
Side view of cockpit of plane Pilot continues chatting away.
RAF Pilot:"The device can make any aircraft undectable to radar and missile systems- very effective I must say-thing is I'd consider myself somewhat of a enterprising young buck-that's why you have a microfilm of the device tucked safely away in that flightsuit of yours"

Frame 15:
The jet begins it's landing maneuver view from above the plane and runway.

RAF Pilot:"Emma will drive you over to Keller once we land I've told her you are a NATO observer - but she's completely in dark about all this saavy?
Hilda Stern:"Jahowl!"

Frame 16:
Emma Knight stands by her white Elan Lotus as she watches the Kestral touchdown on the runway tarmac - (obviously this is Emma Peel we all know and love but before she took her vows and before she encountered John Steed)

RAF Pilot:"Top Hole-when you see Keller pass him this message Wotto!"
Hilda  Stern :"Wotto?"
RAF:" He'll understand".

Page 4:

Frame 17: Up above the East Berlin landscape a small balloon with the Union Jack emblazoned all over it floats high above.
Cathy Gale:"Really Steed you can take this eccentric behaviour  a bit too far"

Frame 18:
Steed pours himself another rather large brandy into a rather large sherry glass -Cathy arms folded faces in opposite direction of the balloon basket.

John Steed"Nonsense , another brandy before we cast anchor?"
Cathy Gale:" No thank you , I'm quite air sick as it  is."

Frame 19:
Steed stretches out arms puffs out stomach as if to inhale the wind -Cathy reduces the gas on the burner .
John Steed:"Such a great tonic to life the breeze... you really should try it some time my dear"
Cathy Gale:" The signals becoming more apparent - One -Tens somewhere within these co-ordinates"

Frame 20:
The balloon descends lower we get a a view from the ground as heavily armed East German border guards converge around the  bubble shaped flag .

John Steed:" You know those lab coat boys have excelled themselves  once again- this brings me back to '43-actually I recognise where we are  from here,"
Cathy Gale" Lets hope your powers of  negotiation  are as keen as your observational "

Frame 21:
The balloons basket is almost on ground level now. Cathy raises hands whilst  Steed raises his glass to his captors -the border guards are all around the balloon their superior officer  points his handgun directly at Steed.
Stasi Officer: "Raus aus dem Balloon Englander!"
John Steed:" We're here for the Zeppelin convention -I do hope we made the right turning?"

Page 5:
Frame 22:
Keel walks through dungeon corridors -undetected  as he's in  GDR uniform

Frame 26:
Something all of a sudden catches his attention.Close up look of slight dismay written on his face.

GI: "Was ist mit Jackie?"

Frame 27:
Two G.I's and a guard chat in fluent german , the GI's don't exactly look like prisoners-quite the opposite as the are also carrying there weapons quite freely - Keel stands in distance quite dumbfounded
GI 2: "Nein nein,aber ich kann laufen mit  ihr ha ha"

Frame 28:
A silencer gun muzzle presses against the side of Keels head .his eyes dart sidewards to see...

Eliza Keel:"Cat got you tongue Davy?"

Frame 29:
Eliza , Keels new wife , dressed in red leathers and head scarf much like how Elisabeth Shepherd is in her promo photos for Emma Peel  silencer ready to blow spouses head off., she smiles a wide grin.
Eliza Keel:" I was going to fetch you myself -but you've saved me the effort "

Frame 30:
A guard and one of the G.I's  now also raise weapons towards David Keel , his wife lowers her weapon.The Doctor raises hands.
Eliza Keel:" Show our comrade his new living quarters"
David  Keel:"Judas wept."
Page 6:

Frame 31:
Emma Knights Lotus Elan roars down the motorway , in the passenger seat beside her sits Hilda Stern .

 Emma Knight: "Peter's such a angel , not sure where I'd be without him"

Hilda Stern:"I'm sure you'd survive , you seem  most independent "

Emma Knight:" Well you know how it is , to be young and in love"

Frame 32:
Close up of the front seat of car wind blowing through the girls hair.
Hilda Stern:" oh they never seem to stay around for me- you are most fortunate to meet such a dashing fellow".
Emma Knight:"We're to be wed next month , they say love is blind but my eyes are wide open like never before.."
Frame 33:
The white lotus has now reached the capital passing London Taxi's and Buses  the two continue their conversation.
Hilda Stern:"Surely a woman of your ambition - marriage may slow you down? your so young "
Emma Knight:" Pete's not old fashioned as he looks  -well not yet - he allows me to breath - quite exhilarating in comparison to the past disasters I've courted"

Frame 34:
The Lotus parks at a side street  Bald man sporting a  mustache and what seems to be a addiction to Vicks stick inhaler stands by a door waiting -this is Keller( Warren Mitchell).

Keller:"wooohoo Hilda .. it's me Keller!"

Emma Knight:" This is the address "

Frame 35:
Keller graciously steps aside as Hilda climbs out of passenger seat. Emma  introduces herself to Keller.

Keller:" You  must be...?
Emma Knight: "Emma..."

Frame 36:
Hilda side glances steely at Keller she can  sense that he's not  quite right in the head.
Keller with vicks stick shoved halfway up one of his nostril - side view of Emma  at dashbord.

Keller: "ah yes of course the squadron leader has told me so much about you - kettles boiled your most welcome to.."

Emma Knight:"Sadly I can't Daddy want's me at a board meeting pronto, but another time Peter  says  he has business to discuss with you -I may as well tag along too".

Frame 37:
Keller and Hilda standing on street watch the lotus zip off down the street-rear view .

Keller:"Charming lady it's  too bad she's going to be replaced."
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 Frame 38:
Large panel
The same stairwell that Doctor Keel  walked down earlier different angle as you get a better view of what's below  , bolted dungeon doors  Eins Zehn paces the room Bonaparte style ,
Steed and Gale are  escorted by the officer that caught them earlier and two helmeted GDR troopers
Steed gazes around the bunker trying to take it all in.

John Steed:" hmm - not a bad refurbishment job- t'was a two star accommodation , I guess the bombing didn't exactly help but thanks to German .. let me rephrase that East German ingenuity  I'd say I'd knock it up to three stars"

Eins Zhen:" You would make an excellent travel writer Mr Steed I can provide you means to visit many gulags from here to Manchuria"

Frame 39:"
Steed Profile facing Eins Zhen's profile  face to face eye to eye.

John Steed :" Intriguing proposal  how's the old boy holding up?"
Eins Zhen:" his tenacity and fortitude  is much to be admired.. but after  the events today it will not matter "

Frame 40:
The spy master points at Cathy who  stares back in complete horror.
Eins Zehn:" Take this girl to One Tens cell and shoot her ".
Cathy Gale:"I beg your pardon?"

Frame 41:

The officer and a guard tug Cathy down the dungeon corridors to be executed . Steed watches on helplessly as he too has an automatic weapon trained on him.
John Steed:"No take me instead"
Eins Zehn:"Now Now Mr are far too valuable - but her nothing more than hired muscle"

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Frame 42:
At the other side of the tunnel Doctor Keel and  Eliza discuss there future  or rather the lack of it.
The Two GI's still have guns pointed at the Doctor.
Doctor Keel:" I've stumbled upon a real nest of vipers this time"
Eliza Keel:"  I wanted to say goodbye David"

Frame 43:
The Doctor turns in aghast  towards his second wife
Doctor Keel:" Goodbye? so you're going to execute me?.. just terrific"
Eliza Keel:" Nyet Nyet.. it's me darling"

Frame 44:
Eliza runs her gloved hand tenderly across Keels cheek .her eyes are soft ,tearful.
Eliza Keel:" I'm nothing more than a test subject an experiment"
Frame 45:
The Prison escort come to cell door , Eliza removes headscarf to reveal long flowing golden hair and draws closer to Keel.
Eliza Keel:" I had no choice .. one day soon perhaps you will understand"

Frame 46: Another GI  exits the unbolted door smiling at his comrades the Keels exchange meaningful glances
GI 3: "Unglaublich!"

Frame 47:: The  cell door swings wider open to reveal a man in a lab coat sitting on the prison bed in his hands a strange silver metal helmet with black slits for eyes and mouth .. the doctor resembles the actor  Ray McAnally- Arcos in a future episode "They Keep Killing Steed"

Eliza  reluctantly enters the room looking back one last time at her husband
Arcos:" Are you ready Doctor Keel?"
Eliza Keel: "Da!"

Frame 48:
 The  metal helmet half covers Eliza's face you just see her chin and lips
Eliza Keel:"Goodbye Comrade Davy."
Frame 49:
The door slams shut and a AK47 prods into David Keels back  you can see the anger swelling in his face the "G.I" barks
GI: "Raus!"

Page 9:
 Frame 49:
At the other end of the corridor Mrs Gale and her guards are alerted to sounds of  further down the dungeon a  guard at the other side of the corridor  starts yelling..


Frame  50:
Keel rushes down tunnel , wielding Eliza's silenced machine pistol  in the distance we can make out the shadows of the  G.I's obscured by  smoke  they stagger  confused in all directions.
view from Cathys perspective Guard in front of her now distracted raises his weapon at the doctor.

Frame 51:
 Cathy takes the opportunity  to disarm the guard with a Judo throw...Keel is running directly towards her
Cathy  Gale:"Ahh Butterfingers!"

Frame 52:
Keel takes out Cathy's other guards with the machine pistol Cathy points Ak47 in there direction as they fall.
Cathy Gale:"Doctor Keel I presume.."
Doctor Keel:"  We need to get to the lab .. shoot those barrels."

Frame 53: Cathy lets the kalashnikov sing the barrels form a huge explosion blowing out the side wall.

Frame 54:
At the mouth of the gaping hole she's created  the pair stare into a immaculate whiteness that is a secret laboratory .Keel produces a smoke grenade canister
Cathy Gale:"Voila!"
Doctor Keel:"One Ten should be in here I'll slow these goose steppers down  you  go and fetch him ."

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Frame 55:
With all the commotion  going on in the tunnel  klaxxons are blaring  and lights are buzzing- GDR troops head towards the action  -Eins Zehn is shouting and pointing, directing his tr.oops down the underground dungeon-Steed leans on a big search light  which is lighting the the corridors.

Eins Zehn:"The Prisoners are escaping- shoot them on sight:

Frame 56:
Everything goes totally black .

Eins Zehn: "Was zum Teufel?"

Guard 1:"Im Dunkel?"
Guard 2:"Was ist  los?"

Frame 57:
Someone in the panic lets off there a machine gun  sparks fly around the darkened room  bullets rebounding against walls -we can make out steed has made it to top of the  makeshift stairs.
Guard 1: "Achtung Achtung!

Frame 58:  Steed climbs out of sentry box on all fours.(I may do these next few panels in silhouette )
Eins Zehn :"Stopping firing  Kurt you'll kill us all"

Frame 59:
Steed takes a brisk walk away from the  sentry box casually lobbing a circular object  behind him.
Eins Zehn :"He's turned off the lights -you two get up the stairs."
John Steed:"Well I guess I won't be needing this anymore"
Frame 60: Steed some distance  away from sentry box  comes to halt and looks upwards
in the far distance the Sentry box explodes.
Guard 1
Guard 2:

John Steed :"Onwards and Upwards"

Frame 60:
Keels holding back GDR troops with Cathy's Ak47  teeth gritted smoke everywhere.
Doctor Keel:" Any luck with 1-10 yet Cathy?"

Frame 61:" A Scientist that Cathy has at gunpoint  is at the big steel door
Cathy Gale:"As a matter of fact yes-he should be behind this door"

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Frame 62:
The  big steel door  swings open- we get a shocked reaction on Cathy's face and the scientist.- red lighting the inside of the cell..
Cathy Gale:"Good Heavens!"
Frame 63: Above shot of Cathy in brainwashing cell One-Ten is strapped to a hospital bed wires connected to his head -staring blankly  the room is filled with communist propaganda -video screens of Stalin at May day parades , The  Soviet flag flying over the Reichstag- Laika the dog  -Yuri Gagarin -Mao -the room is wall to wall soviet propaganda 24/7.
Cathy :Its me Cathy -we've come to take you home sir-
One-Ten:"Wuh? Huh? Uhh!...
Frame 64:
Side view of One Ten-this old warhorse isn't done yet he glares at a smiling Cathy and barks.
Cathy:" Get me a gun-and out of this ridiculous rig up.. chop chop!"
Frame 65:
Aerial shot of Union Jack Balloon descending towards three running figures as the rush out big steel doors pursued by lightly green uniformed soldiers.
John Steed:"That must be them.. time to collect my little castaways...hey Cathy its me Steed!
Frame 66: Cathy looks up and smiles the background just in a vest and slacks takes aim with a  PPSH 41 (Ruski Tommy Gun )Doctor Keel is running too.

John Steed:"I say above you..."
Cathy Gale:"

Frame 67:Union  Jack balloon descends lower front view Steed throws over a ladder out of the basket.
One Ten and Cathy scramble for the rope ladder- but Keel comes to a halt and faces reader.
John Steed:" Better let One Ten up first-age before beauty!"
Doctor Keel: "That basket will  never hold four of us - I'll slow them down ..
Frame 68:
View from balloon as we see another smoke canister  thrown in the GDR troops direction  we see One Ten climbing up rope ladder with Cathy close behind him .
 John Steed:"Good thinking Doc..come along you two."

Frame 69:
One Ten is in basket but he's still grumpy-he gestures to Steeds Bowler, we get a close up of Cathy's backside as she pulls her self over the basket- we can also see tracer bullets cut across  in the night sky.
One-Ten: "Don't you think we should lighten the load a little  eh Steed?"

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Frame 70.
Through the smoke Eins Zehn  stumbles across the grass dangerously close to Doctor Keel  totally unaware of his presence 
Eins Zehn's uniform is all ripped from Steeds Grenade but he is very much in the world of the living if not a touch delirious .
Eins Zehn:"Fee Fee Fii Fo Fum , I smell the blood of a .."
Frame 71:
Steeds Iron bowler hat just lands on Eins Zehn's head  knocking him out like a cartoon - Doctor Keel just runs away from the smoke. .

Frame 72:
The balloon is now up in the sky flying over West Berlin -
One -Ten :" Sorry about the hat old boy-but we'd never of made it I know how much that weighs?"
Cathy Gale:"Begging your pardon sir any idea what was going on back there.. I saw G.I's fighting alongside those Red Guards. "

Frame 73:
West Berlin  the streets are filled with people it's the 26th of July 1963 and Kennedy is making his famous speech -amongst his security is Agent Frey who sneers at the president
In the distance up in the clouds we can see the balloon .
John F Kennedy :"Ich Bin Ein Berliner"

One Ten :"From what I gather they've developed a face changing device those Americans you saw weren't Americans they were to be exchanged with President especially invited to see the exchange"

Steed:"Ahh I see the motive ..assassination - I hope Keels alright."

Frame 74:
Keel hand on chin stares in empty cell at the metal mask that they placed on his wife.
Frame 75:
A Lufthansa Jet mid flight high in the sky .
Frame 76:
Emma Knight -or rather Mrs Keel now face changed to look exactly like a young Diana Rigg sitting next to Arcos both sip champagne first class flight

 Arcos:"Another  Mrs Keel"
Eliza Keel:"I don't see why not Arcos".
 Frame 77:
End Credits with Black and White Silhouettes in original show:

Starring:Patrick Macnee ,Honor Blackman Ian Hendry ,
(I could continue cast on the final page)

Next "A Knights Tale"

All written as directions for me to illustrate-then I hit on the grande idea of using stills of the actual actors and  placing them in the setting if I could find the actual  places -I had a stab at it but not sure it worked out
here's the opening scene-I was going to feature Elvis as one of the G.I's  on the bridge
Did work on a second page then photoshop started acting funny  not sure I'll ever have the time to carry  on with this  seeing as  I'm very much a fulltime carer now - but I did make a start on follow up story which dealt more with  Emma Peel (Knight ) as it was before she got married and  her eventual meeting with  Honey West (may continue wrting this  story someday) but did do a trickle of pages before I closed Rumble  blog so this is a premiere lol

Steed and  Mrs Gale #2-  A  Knights Tale
                                Act 1:
Panel 1: The Avengers Logo (circa 1962/63)

Panel 2:

London Airport Heathrow ,July 1963 -A woman closely resembling Diana Rigg dressed head to toe in red leathers , sporting fashionable sunglasses waits for her luggage on a conveyor belt  to arrive , behind her a shifty looking man in a suit and a black polar neck- looking much like Ray McNally-this is mad genius Arcos- whilst the lady in red is Eliza Keel-Dr Keels estranged wife in Emma Knight guise, off panel a speech bubble appears.

Henry Burke: "This emergency meeting , couldn't happen at a worse time for you Miss Knight.

Panel 3:
Miss Knight(The future Emma Peel) dressed in 1963 fashionable attire-so looking quite different  to what you'd expect and her travelling companion Henry Burke (A more spruced up  than usual Harry H Corbett) walk by Keel and Arcos .
Emma Knight:"Oh I don't know Henry- could be a perfect oppotunity to show Daddy and Peter that I can handle myself  just as well on the international stage"

Panel 4:

Mrs Keel acts unconcerned her suitcase has arrived  but Arcos -glares at the two passers- by wide eyed(he's done a very good job replicating Emma) who have now moved to the left hand side of the panel seemingly oblivious to  the two eastern agents.

Henry Burke:"That may be so , but America's a awfully dangerous place-gun crazy by all accounts ..and I for one want to be there for your big day "
Emma Knight:" We'll be off the plane into  a car straight to the meeting -then back here tommorow-  like clockwork dear Henry"

Panel 5:
Henry and Emma carry on there chatter as they head for their flight

Eliza and Arcos also walk away from the conveyor belt carrying their cases .

Henry Burke:"Lets hope so.. 'ere you sure you haven't got a long lost sister?"
Emma: Knight "  Not to my knowledge -why pray tell?"

Arcos:"Remarkable  quite astonishing-don't you think?

Eliza Keel:" Da -a good likeness- Squadron Leader Peel provided you with all the righr references- "

Panel 6:
Emma and Henry turn around only to see  the conveyor belt as  Keel and Arcos are out off sight

Henry Burke:"Thought that woman in red we just passed  was a dead ringer for you your ladyship"

Emma Knight:" You haven't been raiding Daddies cellar again? naughty naughty.."

Got as far as page one -but who knows I would like to continue Emma's adventure in the U.S.A  at some point (perhaps I ignored the golden rule of  just setting story in the UK -but in the early episodes  Steed Keel King and Gale would go abroad  so  why not?-they are secret agents -that's what they do lol)

ok round  off with two more Avengers Row videos -homemade with a crappy camera- glad you can upload stuff directly from ps4 now and OBS (although I can't get it work just yet)- Another script is on the way for my Star Wars story I've been typing away at " A Old Threat" hopefully I'll post part 1 on The Fourth of  May