ORIGINS OF STEVEN W. WARLOCK
AND HIS FRIENDS
In my early years I
wanted to be a cartoonist. I would draw many favorite characters I
saw on TV at the age of six or seven and read comics from Harvey,
Charlton and Archie.
day while watching Bewitched and I Dream Of Jeannie back to back at
My Cousin Edna's apartment in The Bronx, New York (God rest her soul)
I came up with an idea for a character who originally was going to be
a Magician's son named Steven The Magic Kid. I suppose I called him
that because of the many Harvey books that featured titles such as
Wendy The Good Little Witch and Richie Rich The Poor Little Rich Boy.
Since he knew magic from his father and he was a kid. I named him
thus. Naturally I modeled him after myself. ;)
premise was that he lived in the same Harvey Universe that Casper and
Wendy did. He was for all intents and purposes a nice guy who was
ostracized from society like Casper simply for being who he was.
alter ego originally wore a number on his shirt to show how old he
was and had black pants and shoes. It was easy to draw his legs and
feet in the same color because I didn't know how to draw proper shoes
at the time. The numbered shirt was inspired by a minor Peanuts
character who was only known as Five because he told Charlie Brown
his father became morose and hysterical over the preponderance of
numbers in people's lives so he changed all of his family's names to
numbers. It was his way of giving in.
physical features were influenced by Harvey Comics artist Warren
Kremer who did most of the cover art for The Richie Rich and Casper
Books in The 60's into The Early 90's as well as the interiors. The
rim of his glasses is a straight line going around his head and style
of hair was always slanted like an inverted buzzcut. Like Mickey
Mouse's ears they always stayed in place every time he turns to the
left, right, front, back and sideways. That pretty much gave me the
idea to make him a rebel like Hot Stuff The Little Devil and
years I kept changing the wardrobe "The Magic Kid" owned to
give him more personality. He wore summer shorts and shoes like
Richie Rich as well as Turtleneck sweatshirts and sweaters. Now he
wears blue long pants with a combination of turtleneck sweaters
mostly in red. Sometimes he wears a bow tie.
later the influence of Bewitched crept in more prominently and he
became a warlock with traits from Samatha's Mother Endora and her
Uncle Arthur. Fleshing Steven out more as a dynamic character he lost
the numbered shirts to reflect that he was more than just a kid. He
was much older than he looked. He was thousands of years old and knew
far more than anyone else let on.
Adopted Sister Marybeth (Bless her soul) suggested that he was born
as a supernatural being from the start when the first Cave Dwellers
existed on Earth. Unlike the Cro Magnum specics he exelled in
intellegience beyond his years. From there I created an origin story
about his life which is loosely based on my young life in The 70's.
STEVEN W WARLOCK'S ORIGINS
Mother who was mortal married The First Witch Doctor who was an
ancestor of Doctor Bombay and a year later he was born. However the
family unit was short lived because he was pretty much the third
wheel in her life being smitten by her husband far more than
nurturing her flesh and blood. One morning he woke up and they left
him behind. It was a shock to his psyche and he resented his Mom's
departure for years. From that day he swore he would never get too
close to anyone again. Though on occasion he lets his soft heart
loose when a moment of Injustice happens to the victim.With
that trauma he went off on his own existing through the centuries
having adventures and creating History which is not documented in any
History Books by Mortals. During
The Salem Witch Trials he was always one step ahead of The Witch
Hunters. Defending the humans who were falsely persecuted for being
too smart for their own good. He found them fascinating as well as
frustrating for their contradictionary nature. Of course a lot could be said for
his own brethen on The Other Side which was a lot of worse by comparsion.Steven
also knew that most human beings could not fathom the dual nature of
spells as there were sometimes consequences to making wishes that
were out of his league to conjure up. Even he knows magic doesn't
always solve everything except for those who would use it for their
own selfish hubris. He
discovered alternate universes while traveling through the vaccum of
the space time continuum and found many versions of his supernatural
and human allies. As a multiple entity he exists in all worlds as
well.Steven can be
very generous when he wants to be like Uncle Scrooge. It doesn't take
much to please him but anyone crossing him over a slight he WILL and
CAN make certain the antagonist doesn't do anything to make the
situation happen again. He'll zap them to unpleasant places such as
Mount Everest for an hour until they either give up or see a solution
to fix the problem. He will not compromise his way of life for
no patience for anyone who blows him off for something that's more important
to them - especially if it pertains to strenouous work. To Steven nothing is
worse than watching friends burn the candle at both ends to have it
backfire on them tenfold. He learned this the hard way after memorizing a
very powerful spell that left him without the ability to ddo magic for six months. It taught
him to use his wits and cunning to evade The Witch Hunters in Old Salem.
was created in 1976 more or less and is based on my best friend
Franky Seward Collera. Much of his traits comes from my pal with a
slight difference. The name as you can guess is a combination of his
own nickname and The Groovy Goolies version of Frankenstein the
monster. He is something of a narcccist by his own admission but also
very obtuse. He was intially suppose to be of alien lineage since his
pointed ears were like Mr Spock from Star Trek. This was changed to
him being a vampire like Dracula. He wears a red cape and much of the
blue garb worn by The Count himself.
features are clearly much like my friend. Scruffy tousled hair with a
insipid looking goofy face.
19th Century Steven ran into a vampire human named Frankiestein
Dragul who like him was an outcast from Society (More specifically
The Vampire Guild) for being born to a mortal as well.
after leaving their Warlock son behind, Steven's mother was
infatuated by a a vampire and gave birth to a half breed by him.
Because he didn't drink blood like the other vampires he was looked
upon unfavorably by The Guild and was forced to leave The tribe to
protect his Mother and Father's reputation.
wanted to learn magic from him so he took him on as a student with
mixed results as he managed to bungle every incantation taught to
him. It would be years later that he would learn that his pupil was
his half brother. As charming as it was Steven grudgingly accepted
the responsibility to take care of him till the day their Mother
returned - if she ever choose to come back at all. Like Steven he
also had alternate versions of himself as well.
cloak is also an interdimension portal.
also has a talent for being a tinker inventing unusual things in his
spare time. Frankie made a time machine and when he tested it himself
his mind was fractured in an electrical accident that sent him
briefly into a tiny wormhole that caused him to see things from the
future. This incident resulted in him having fits of unconscious
black outs and saying snatches of things he overheard through tv and
has two pets his Vampire Bat Birdy and his Ghost Dog Dr Ghostpepper.
They are rivals for Frankiestein's affections.
major handicap is he assumes everyone understands The Off The Wall relationship
he and his Brother share. It's a mental crutch he uses when he can't speak
ZIPP AND ZAPP: SPACE
One of my favorite TV
series in The 70's was a sitcom known as SOAP that was essentially a
satire on Daytime Soap Operas which have been around since The 60's.
Susan Harris created the show along Thomas And Paul Junger Witt at a
time when Television was going through a lot of changes socially and
politically. Much of its humor was rather baudy and controversial and
derived from the tumulous times when everyone and their fifth cousins
wanted greater independence outside of the confines that had been set
up by The TV Networks that mainly had a lot of Cookie Cutter
Most soap operas
before that pretty much dealt with the typical daily secret lives of
people going through one crisis after another. Back then most of
these shows were pretty basic in terms of what audiences perceived as
something that only happened in rural areas where there was no
running water. It took a show like SOAP to break down the barriers of
what life was really like just about everywhere - or at least an
I credit my Brother
Frankie for turning me on to the show and the way I looked at life
from there on after. I identified with Burt Campbell for always
perserving even when the odds were always against him and his family
as much as The Very Wealthy Eccentric Tates. I held a fondness for
Jessica Tate for her naive but well meaning thoughtfulness in trying
to find the best in others even when it sometimes backfired on her.
It was the story arc
of Burt Campbell being captured by Aliens from Outer Space that gave
me the inspiration of Zipp and Zapp who in The Steven W Warlock And
Friends universe had been the ones who captured Burt for that
"joyride" all those years ago. They were also friends of
Mork From Ork as well.
My take of The TV
Series which in my mind was animated they had to be cuter than their
live action counterparts were. Giving them the Hanna Barbera
treatment made it possible for me to flesh them out more. They wore
jumpsuits that were given to them on Ork when they went on a supply
run to the planet. Their skin was a lighter shade of green and to
differeniate them I gave them very few hairs on their mostly bald
heads. Zipp has three while Zapp has four.
ZIPP AND ZAPP ORIGINS
Zipp and Zapp were once part of a
scientific team exploring the universe looking for experiments to toy around
with for their own amusement. They had assumed what they were doing was for a
noble cause for their planet. They captured an Earth merchant 4,000 years ago
but didn't have the heart to do anything bad to him. He became their tour guide
to his world and in exchange he taught them his language and they did the same.
They invented a new dance form that was called Disco long before the Earthlings
adapted it for their own.
One particular visit to The "Sleepy" Town of Dunn's
River CT in 1978 yielded a very unique earthling who was in the middle of a
crisis and they wanted to keep him around too. It was decided that Zipp would be
the one to go down to Earth to experience life on The Wild Side. He took on the
guise of the man was held prisoner so he wouldn't make anyone suspicous of his
true intent. He enjoyed it so much that he almost didn't want to return back. It
took their second captor to convince him to give him back his life for his own
The Exploration Unit was decommisioned shortly after this event
and Zipp and Zapp took the job of being Space Couriers for other worlds and
galaxies including Earth. They grow tired of this task and decided to plant
their roots on Earth to atone for the misdeeds done in the name of Science.
They made their home in a sleepy little community called
Inspiration Valley secluded in the mountains of Colorado. They etched out a good
life for themselves by dabbling in everything the town had to offer. Zipp And
Zapp started a business taking Freelance work wherever they find it on Earth and
in Outer Space.
Zipp is a very pragmatic alien who graduated from Mars U in less
than 800 years. He majored in Science, Philosophy and Electronics in one
whole day then went to ace other courses including poetry and writing and the
arts. Between him and his partner he was the smartest of both of them.
His one weakness though is for the ladies in any galaxy or
universe. Intelligent as he is he shows no self control when it comes to them.
Zipp is a modest alien who finds beauty in everything and
everyone. He was quick to acclimate himself to the new enviornment as it
reminded him of the planet he came from with his pal Zapp. Zapp also did as
If he has one weakness it would be for food. He
especially loves Pizza. The Exterrrestial thinks it's far better than the slop
he and his buddy had back on their old home planet.