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Assault – Thief to Hero Webcomic page 1

This story has a long and sometimes boring backstory as to how it came about. Firstly, the main character started off as something of Iron Man if he had stolen all the technology instead of inventing it himself.

His name came from a list I made at the Washington, Illinois Main Library. I remember it distinctly even though it was almost a quarter century ago. I needed some new superheroes for an upcoming role playing game, and I grabbed a thesaurus as this was well before the internet, and looked up the word “fight.” In the lists of synonyms and antonyms, I found some interesting words, and made a list of the ones I thought would make some good superhero names. Assault was one of them.

The reason I did some character creation that way was I preferred the simpler names for heroes, following the KISS rule: Keep It Simple, Stupid. I also combined some here and there for some team names, and the Circus-13 Universe was born, but it wasn’t called that back then.

At one time I liked the name of Excalibur Comics, and a former friend gave me a small trinket of a sword stuck in a stone which I still have today. Then it became *shudder* Whispering Lion Comics. I still don’t know what made me decide on that name, but I am glad it didn’t last long.

Eventually I had a conversation with someone who mentioned some of my “juggling” abilities with certain storylines and characters and said I belong in a circus. Add to that a recent conversation I had had with another friend about the number 13 and they just fell together.

Ten plus years later and the name is becoming known in certain areas, mostly for < ahref="" target="_blank">audio drama, but recently for the comics that actually inspired them.

Art by Josh Allar
Letters and editing by Jay Goldberg
Written by Timm Gillick

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