Friday, December 1, 2017

Revive! Legendary Hero!

I’ve written before about how Skull Kaiser evolved into Jav Holson and the Approaching Infinity series, but wanted to devote a little more time and space to the Skeleton General in his first incarnation. Part of my reason for doing this is to sort of close the loop on the idea I had so long ago. It all started with a now-defunct website at and an attempted hoax to pass Skeleton General Skull Kaiser off as an actual rubber-monster-of-the-week Japanese TV show. The hoax is/was a bust, but for posterity’s sake, it would be nice to give the “series” a (hopefully) lasting presence on the internet.

Starting this month, I’m going to start posting an episode (summary) a day until I get through all of the original content written between 2000 and 2002. These summaries went through various revisions over time—like giving characters actual names and not just superhero names—even while the website was up (until 2003, I think), but what will follow (or precede, depending on when you read this) is the very first iteration of what ultimately became Approaching Infinity.

What you’ll notice—and what I realized when I decided to write an actual novel—is that I’d started in the middle of the story, with what ended up being Approaching Infinity Book 5. Of course, to tell a proper story, I needed to go back and start at the beginning. In hindsight, I’m really glad I didn’t give up with such a monumental task still ahead of me. The story needed to be told. Or at least, I needed to tell it.

Before continuing, though, a couple of disclaimers:
  1. The title of this blog entry was stolen/borrowed from the first episode of Saint Seiya, whose episode titling aesthetic I tried to reproduce for Skeleton General Skull Kaiser.

  2. The picture of Skull Kaiser, which will grace each episode post, was stolen/borrowed (and later doctored) from a cosplayer’s awesome Wahhaman costume, which can be found here.

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