Michael Vance

(Writer - Forbidden Adventures, The History of the American Comics Group; Straw Men; Angel of Death; The Adventures of Captain Nemo; Holiday Out; Bloodtide)

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Michael Vance


Michael Vance was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was first published in "The Professor’s Story Hour" chapbook at the age of eleven. He has been published in dozens of magazines and as a syndicated columnist and cartoonist in over 500 newspapers. His history book, Forbidden Adventure, The History of the American Comics Group, has been called a “benchmark in comics history”. It was reprinted in Alter Ego magazine #s 61 & 62.

His magazine work has been published in seven countries, and includes articles for Starlog, Jack & Jill and Star Trek, The Next Generation.

He briefly ghosted the internationally syndicated comic strip, Alley Oop, and created and wrote his own strip for five years called Holiday Out that was reprinted as a comic book. Vance also wrote comic book titles including Straw Men, Angel of Death, The Adventures of Captain Nemo, Holiday Out and Bloodtide. Artists with whom he has worked include, Wayne Truman, Richard “Grass” Green, and Dave (Alley Oop) Graue.

His work has appeared in several comic book anthologies, and he is listed in two reference works, the Who’s Who of American Comic Books and Comic Book Superstars.

His thirty short stories about a fictional town called “Light’s End” have been published in numerous magazines. They have also been recorded by legendary actor William (Murder She Wrote) Windom. One of these stories was nominated for the international 2004 SLF Fountain Award for Best Short Story.

These short stories were the foundation for a trilogy of novels published by Airship 27: Weird Horror Tales, Weird Horror Tales: The Feasting, and Weird Horror Tales: Light's End.

With novelists Mel Fox and R.A. Jones, he co-wrote Global Star, a tabloid in a world where werewolves and babies born with bowling balls in their stomachs are reality.

He co-wrote The Equation, a suspense-thriller about the impending financial collapse of America, with R. A. Jones. His Christian SF novel, The Thief of Two Worlds, . was published in 2014. A sequel, All In Color for a Time, . was published in 2015, as was Snake: Nest of Vipers. Airship 27 also published Vance's novel, Young Nemo and the Black Knights about Jules Vern's Captain Nemo as a young man of eighteen years of age.

In 2016, the crime novel, Motor City Manhunt, written with R. A. Jones was published. Vance’s weekly comics review column, Suspended Animation, was continuously published for more than twenty years in fanzines, newspapers, and on over eighty websites. At its peak, it was read by approximately 4,000,000 readers a year. It was the longest, continuously published, comics review column in the world.

In his career, he worked in newspapers for twenty-two years as an editor, writer and advertising manager, creating three successful newspaper magazines. He also worked as an advertising copy writer, journalist, novelist, historian, graphic designer, in public relations, as a grant writer, cartoonist and columnist.

Vance also created the Oklahoma Cartoonists Collection housed in the Toy and Action Figure Museum in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, and was a keynote speaker at the “Uncanny Adventures of Okie Cartoonists” exhibit at the Oklahoma Historical Museum in Oklahoma City. He is a Christian.