Thanks to everyone for the positive feedback on last week’s Bob Hall article. Mr. Hall also read and enjoyed it. If you get a chance, go to my Something Valiant Facebook page and sign the petition for Mr. Hall to write a Shadowman mini-series or maybe a regular series. If we get enough signatures, it will be sent to the Valiant offices. I think it would be great to see what Mr. Hall can do with the current Shadowman character. If you missed last week’s article here on Valiant Central, what are you waiting for? Go read it!

Now, did you get last weeks cryptic and very hard to decipher hint for this weeks article? It was so hard, I believe someone guessed it within 5 minutes of the article being published. Darn you, Julian! The answer is, of course, writer extraordinaire, Fred Van Lente! He has definitely left his mark on the dynamic brother duo of Archer and Armstrong. He was one of the trusted writers to help resurrect Valiant and Archer and Armstrong from the ashes in the summer of 2012, making them both relevant again in the comic book industry, plus, he is currently cranking out another “timeless” Valiant piece titled, Timewalker (#1 currently on sale). Great job, Mr. Van Lente.

To take a cue from legendary American Top 40 Host Casey Kasem: “As the number’s get smaller, the hits get bigger.” Rest in Peace, Mr. Kasem. Here are Fred Van Lente’s Top 5 Valiant Moments Countdown!

  1. The train fight sequence in Delinquents #3 — this was something that left James Asmus and I howling in laughter when we came up with it on Skype, and Kano brought it to life better than I could have imagine.
  2. The introduction of the new Geomancer, Kay McHenry (A&A #6) — one of my favorite stories ever, and one of my favorite origins I’ve ever written.
  3. Ivar meets Neela for the first time in Timewalker #1 — This was the scene I used to sell Warren on the project, and it stayed pretty much the same from verbal pitch to on the page. That almost never happens!
  4. The story “The 3000 Year Binge” in A&A #15, where Ivar takes Armstrong out to drown his sorrows for losing Archer throughout history.
  5. “The Epic of Gilgamesh” from A&A #0, one of my favorite done-in-ones and a great exploration of the three brothers’ different characters.

And there you have it, straight from Fred Van Lente himself. Thank you so much, Mr. Van Lente for sharing these with me and the Valiant fans.

Now, for next week’s clue: “No, it’s not a sandwich, it’s a comic book!” And remember, if you’re going to read something, read Something Valiant!

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