Saturday, August 16, 2014

Time Warriors: An Idea Whose Time Didn't Come.

   In the summer of 1991 I had two jobs. I was writing a Chinese Kung-Fu comic book called Drunken Fist and at night I was teaching karate. Most days I had a lot of free time, and I was looking around for something else I could write as work for hire. I knew a lot about martial arts and a lot about guns and knives so it occurred to me that maybe I could write some Men's Adventure books. You know, The Executioner, Able Team, that kind of thing. So I began reading a lot of the Gold Eagle titles to see how it was done and ended up getting hooked on Mack Bolan, Stony Man, etc. Gold Eagle was trying a lot of titles at the time so there was plenty to choose from.
   One series, or rather mini-series seemed to be tailor made for me. It was called TIME WARRIORS, and it teamed a modern day Mercenary named Black Jack Hogan and a barbarian warrior from pre-history named Brom. The two were mystically linked somehow and would be called to each other's time when they were needed, so Brom would come to the present when Blackjack was in danger and vice versa. Great concept, eh?
   Except I didn't like the writing. The books were credited to a David North, but I don't know if that was a real guy or a house name. Gold Eagle used a lot of house names. I bought all three books in the mini series and tried to read them but they just didn't work for me. Apparently they didn't work for many other people either as Time Warriors never became a regular series.
   So why did I think of this twenty three year old series suddenly? The usual thing. Digging through some boxes of books and I found one of the paperbacks. No idea why I saved it. I haven't come across the other two, so it probably just got past me when I moved in 2004. I'll put it aside for the next Friends of the Library book sale. For the Time Warriors, time has run out.


James Reasoner said...

I remember these, thought it was a pretty good idea, and had all three of them at one time. Never read any of them, though. I believe David North was the author's real name. He also wrote a few of the Able Team novels for Gold Eagle.

Charles R. Rutledge said...

I thought the concept was great. If I remember correctly, all three came out at the see time rather than month to month.

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