Pinning Portugal

Why can’t super-villains cooperate? Find out today in “Pinning Portugal” in Caped: An Anthology of Superhero Tales.

Flying Man

This story was a lot of fun to write. It started as a (losing) entry for the Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Photo Contest, but just wouldn’t fit into 250 words.
Plus you get 17 more tales of between-the-panels super-heroics.

  • “And Introducing the Scarlet Scrapper” by Leonard Apa: A Golden Age tale of an actor who hates playing a superhero on the radio but discovers a new role awaiting him.
  • “Sovereign’s Last Hurrah” David Court: In a retirement home, elderly super-villains scheme to return an item of power to their greatest enemy.
  • “RIGHTMAN! Loses the Faith” Gary Cuba: Being a superhero is what you make of it, and what you can make from it.
  • “Dax and the Red Eyes” Adrienne Dellwo: Dax’s disability prevents him from telling anyone about his brother using powers to hurt people.
  • “Dum Dum” Leod D. Fitz: Some super-villains are geniuses, and others are simply well-trained.
  • “Light Therapy” Che Gilson: Being a sidekick is a thankless job.
  • “When Fukayna Danced Her Libraries” Jake Johnson: Eventually even superheroes need to step away from the job.
  • “Super Frenemies” Stephen Kotowych: A group of super-powered children take on the neighborhood bully with surprising results.
  • “The Faces of the Wind” Laura Lamoreaux: After World War II, the country no longer needed superheroes, leaving the heroes with difficult decisions.
  • “Capacity Crowds” Paul McMahon: He wants to be a real superhero, but can’t seem to find a villain to match him.
  • “Heart of the Matter” Robert J. Mendenhall: Cameron’s powers are preventing the medical treatment that may save his life.
  • “Ebony Boneshaft, Secret Superhero” Wendy Qualls: She didn’t mean to discover Ebony Boneshaft’s secret identity, and when she did, it caused no end of trouble for her.
  • “Eye of the Beholder” Dave Ring: Being seen as the object of everyone’s desire is a poor way to live life.
  • “I Am Hathor” Aaron Michael Ritchey & Jason Henry Evans: Balancing superheroics and motherhood is a difficult dance for Hathor.
  • “The Romulus Proposition” Tim Rohr: When the mighty have fallen, it’s probably because they were pushed.
  • “Saul, Again” Eric Rosenfield: A time traveler takes a circuitous, long-term approach to facing a dangerous villain.
  • “Damn the Dark, Damn the Light” K. H. Vaughan: There’s a fine line between heroism and nihilism and sooner or later everyone crosses it.


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