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POWERNAUT 1969!

PART 3

THE SECRET OF HYPER-PLANET PIPER!

Greeting

Hello, Readers!

This series *still* speaks for itself.

(signed) Scott Eiler for Powernaut Comics, it might nearly be 1970 now.

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CRASH!

Hyper-Planet Piper!

Bonus Section: 2005 Reprint Commentary from Steven Oliver Samuels (S.O.S.)! Hyper-Planet Piper

We can't be sure what sort of orbital mechanics even exist around Hypergaard, let alone how planets come into being there. But we have as testimony from the Hyper-Piper that a fully-formed planet came to existence during the lifetime of his observers, particularly the Racer Girl of Hypergaard. By *her* own testimony she is a young member of her species. So I conclude it's possible that planets form spontaneously in Hypergaard. The only question is, what makes that happen? All I can say is, there must be some incredible energy involved, probably from what is a practical point-source - otherwise the energy would diffuse throughout their hyper-universe.

Now To Your Hyper-Slave Duties!

Ask the War Criminal Captives!

But You Never Married.

Bonus Section: 2005 Reprint Commentary from Steven Oliver Samuels (S.O.S.)! The Other Rescuers

Paula Power obviously had Stonewater Smith and myself to rescue her. But between the time I learned of a need for a rescue and the time we launched it, I didn't have time to consider who else might be missing, or who would be interested in recovering them.

  • Marian Wolcott was on disability leave from work, and her nearest living relative was a sister who lived across the country from her. Basically, no one knew Marian was gone.
  • Jeffrey Goldblatt and Stephanie Brock each had parents, who dutifully went through channels to report the mysterious abductions. This led to some police notices but little effective action. However, this also led to some tabloid news reports, which apparently got the self-styled Powernaut's attention.
  • Wyatt Ferguson, it seems, is a relative of the Secret Commando from World War 2! The Commando and I fought on different fronts, he in Italy and I in France; we never met. But apparently he retained his vigor throughout the 1960s at least, and quite likely into 2004 (http://www.eilertech.com/stories/2004/crockery.htm).
  • Lastly, Giulia Moretti (later Julie Wolcott) was the daughter of one Louis Moretti, immigrant "businessman" of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mr. Moretti was well-informed on the entire situation, and had contacts with freelance "enforcers". He was even able to coordinate with the Secret Commando! Perhaps they'd met in Italy. Before we were quite able to resolve the situation, they had their own rescue attempt going. But it's unfortunate how their efforts collided with ours, especially with Power Patrol support staff incapacitated due to the previous incident in our lab.

The End of Powernaut 1969!

Bonus Section: 2005 Reprint Commentary from Steven Oliver Samuels (S.O.S.)! Afterword

The comic series includes some conjecture on what happened to the real Powernaut after 1966. I don't have enough information to comment on that. All I can say is, I never saw him again.

I have to wonder how this situation would have resolved itself if the self-styled Powernaut had not intervened. The comic strips admit that our Power Patrol was already on the trail of the kidnapper, and other interested parties were about to make contact with us. They'd heard of our teleportal technology, which was key to the mission even with this Powernaut around. I like to think that if the rest of us had all had time to plan and equip a proper rescue mission, we would have enjoyed at least as great a success, and possibly even determined the fate of the real Powernaut.

Still, the Powernaut of 1969 was experienced at detecting and handling superhuman power, and a master at coping with impromptu situations and resolving them on his own terms. And whatever his reasons, he stood in for the real Powernaut at the Power Patrol's time of need. In those ways at least, he had the characteristics of a true Powernaut.


Author's Notes:

The reference to "Let It Be" might seem anachronistic in 1969, since the song was released in 1970. However, Paul McCartney might have had an early version or the song floating around - or he might have swiped it from the Powernaut instead of vice versa. Yay, Powernaut!

As an artist, I finally figured out some 1960s art effects like what I grew up with, plus how not to abuse them like 2005 or even 1979 artists might be tempted to, plus a better color scheme than what I used before. That may be why Powernaut 1969 is in-universe a cult classic. I like to think that later in-universe writers slowly reintroduced its characters to later comics, like practically every reboot ever. I like to think Jim Starlin was reading too, because those things which Li'l Wyatt wears in P69 are suspiciously like Infinity Gems. 8{D>

Powernaut strip 2011 #16 (SHAJAM vs. Leo, Pirate, Vampire, King) set a record for Headcount in a single Powernaut strip: 32. Powernaut 1969 #18 ties it. Powernaut 1969 #19 smashes it at 39. I blame infants and crowd scenes, much as I do for stress in real life. Heh.

I've left myself some plot threads to follow up on. For one thing, Wyatt will probably react poorly when he reads some of S.O.S.'s commentary in 2005. For another... How come we always see Wyatt's *very secretive* grandpa, but seldom Wyatt's father? Could that father be... no, not the Hyper-Piper, merely under the influence of Asperger's Syndrome? I'm not saying *my* father was, but its presence in the bloodline would explain some things in both my life and Wyatt's.

My publication plan is always subject to change just for the fun of it, but I've just updated it. I've identified 33 stories I wish to complete before I start Powernaut 2012. As of when I complete Powernaut 1969, I will reach 17 stories, just past the halfway point. When the Third International Powernaut Comics Year completes in December 2014, I will be in the middle of the 18th. Yay.

(signed) Scott Eiler, 9 October 2014.


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