John Packer Proposal 2008
December 8, 2008
Based on our email conversation awhile ago, I'm sending
you my proposal for the Mighty Crusaders which you can host on your website.
I want to give you a little background along with it.
Please post this along with the proposal.
This proposal is not the original that I sent to
Archie, which was returned unread. There are a few changes. This is,
though, the proposal I would have re-submitted once they requested it based
on my query, which was to go to them before all the current events
Some of the changes:
Firstly, in the original proposal I used D.E.M.O.N.
instead of P.E.R.I.L. for the first two stories. I changed that for two
main reasons. One, PERIL had more longevity than DEMON, which was
introduced and defeated all in one issue of the Mighty Crusaders; and two,
considering the civilian identity of the Dark Commander PERIL made much more
Originally I was going to have the Crusaders
headquarters changed to an island in the Shrewsbury (N.J.) River. I opted
instead to the new location in New York State, just north of New York City,
on an estate owned by Walter Blane Whitney (son of the original Wizard).
The location would be one that the Archie people would be somewhat familiar
with since their offices are not too far away in Mamaroneck. Additionally,
the Tarrytown location encompasses the Sleepy Hollow of legend, and I
thought some of the Crusaders meeting the Headless Horseman might make a
good back-up story in one of the issues.
Also not in the original was the part about A.R.C.H.I.E.,
the Crusader's computer system.
I also had not sent any story ideas along. Plus, I
think the original proposal was all contained on one page; this one being
End of changes.
I could not find anywhere in any of the Archie super
hero books a definition of the acronym T.R.I.U.M.P.H., so I made one up, as
you'll see in the proposal.
Now, Archie might not have gone for the fan-based
artist idea, probably opting instead for a well-known to attract readers. I
think, though, possibly opening up back-up stories to up-and-comings, or
those not so well known would be a good idea.
With this proposal I had also intended to send some
story ideas, which I've attached. Now, the stories were main stories only,
back up stories would be supplied by others, or I would do them later. This
was just to show Archie that I had story ideas that could carry the series;
that I was thinking ahead.
I also am sending you (though I was not planning on
sending it to Archie), a list of series titles (basically teasers for me)
for five years worth of stories. And also, I am sending the query I was
sending to Victor Gorelick. It is dated January 2008. I was delaying
sending it because I was revising my proposal. I was just about to change
the date and send things off, when the news came about Michael Silberkleit's
death and the licensing of the characters to DC. Under my signature I had
all of my contact information, which I've left off because I don't want it
all over the internet. I've also included a page with the villain teams
that appear in the series. I've also taken my contact information off of my
As you can see I put a lot of thought into this. I
don't know for how long DC has the characters licensed, but I doubt that any
of these characters will ever have their own series with Archie again. I
have thought of querying DC, but some unknown, such as I, would probably not
even get to square one. Besides these ideas – the concept and handling of
the characters – are not compatible with DC's current editorial policies.
I've been going back and forth with one character's
name – Sonik. I've been thinking of changing it to Decibel or Pulse or
something similar so that there would not be any confusion with the
hedgehog. Well, all of that could have been worked out before press time,
I'm sure, if Archie ever went with the series.
I also have proposals for some of the individual
characters, which, if you'd like, I can send you as well.