CAPTAIN HAZZARD HEADS TO AUDIO!
|Cover Art: Mark Maddox|
CAPTAIN HAZZARD AUDIO BOOK
Airship 27 Productions & Dynamic Ram Audio are thrilled to announced the release of the first ever Captain Hazzard adventure, “Python Men of the Lost City,” as an audio book recorded by actor Joe Stofko.
In 2006 six, writer Ron Fortier realized a personal dream when he re-wrote the original pulp classic known amongst fans because it only produced one issue. Although released under the house name of Chester Hawks, it is believed that pulp veteran Paul Chadwick was the true author of this Doc Savage want-to-be.
“Finding a facsimile reprint copy years go,” explains Fortier, “I was instantly enamored with the characters, especially Hazzard. I could also see why the book failed. Chadwick, better known for his Secret Agent X exploits, wasn’t at all comfortable with high adventure and the book is filled with plot holes galore.” Fortier sat down, re-wrote the entire book and republished it via Ron Hanna’s Wild Cat Books. It became an instant hit amongst the pulp community. “I would challenge pulp fans to read the original and then my re-write,” Fortier chuckles. “The response I received from those who did this was overwhelmingly positive. Enough so that I started writing new Captain Hazzard novels.”
Later, Fortier and his partner, Art Director Rob Davis, parted ways with Wild Cat Books to start their own publishing imprint, Airship 27 Productions and quickly produced new editions of the book. Earlier this year, Airship 27 joined forces with Dynamic Ram Audio headed by Sound Engineer Chris Barnes. One of the titles chosen to bring to audio life was of course, “Catpain Hazzard – Python Men of the Lost City.” The audio files run approximately four and a half hours. There are plans to do CD versions in the coming months and make them available at various cons.
Fortier had high praise for Joe Stofko’s reading. “Joe’s a professional actor and does a lot of theater. His reading is full of passion and drama with a hint of the fun. That’s what I loved the most while listening to the tapes. Joe brings the story to life with his reading and adds a completely different dimension to the experience. No one could have done a better job with this.”