Two Eras Collide in AHOY Comics' Dragonfly & Dragonflyman

 
AHOY Comics' Dragonfly & Dragonflyman Volume 1 is the prequel to The Wrong Earth and collects all five issues of Dragonfly and Dragonflyman, plus the 2019 AHOY Free Comic Book Day story.

Tuesday, June 16, is National Dragonflyman Day in America, the time each year that people commemorate and celebrate the iconic series, which has captivated readers now for 91 weeks.

To celebrate we had a chance to talk with writer Tom Peyer about the new series from AHOY Comics!

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Diamond: Dragonfly & Dragonflyman is a prequel to The Wrong Earth. So the main characters are on their "right" earths in this series?
 
Tom Peyer: They are! It takes place before they were swapped in The Wrong Earth, so we get to see how they functioned in their right surroundings; how they interacted with the authorities and criminals; and most of all, the contrasting ways they treated their kid sidekicks.

Diamond: Tell us the differences between Dragonfly & Dragonflyman and how they fight crime?

Tom Peyer: Dragonflyman of Earth-Alpha is an old-fashioned, upstanding, clean-living, mask-wearing crime-fighter. He lives by the old Comics Code, which ensured that his stories would portray nothing that the most strait-laced parents wouldn't want their young child to see. Dragonfly, of Earth-Omega, is an ultraviolent vigilante out for revenge on sadistic criminals and corrupt authorities. His passions include self-pity, pyrotechnics, and vodka. It's hard to remember, but they are literally the same person raised in very different societies.

Diamond: And their sidekick Stinger has two versions?

Tom Peyer: Yes. Here's where you really see the effects of their environments. The Earth-Alpha Stinger is enthusiastic, obedient, open to learning. The Earth-Omega Stinger... isn't. But it's not his fault, as you'll see.

Diamond: The big bad they face is Devil-Man, who is on both Earth-Alpha and Earth-Omega. Double trouble?
 
Tom Peyer: The two incarnations of Devil Man fight our heroes by amplifying their worst impulses. And in the case of Dragonflyman, who doesn't have any bad impulses, he invents one.

Diamond: You've done a great job weaving two different eras of superhero comics together in this series. How hard was that to do and keep it fun?

Tom Peyer: It was mostly fun. The only hard part was keeping everything straight in The Wrong Earth. I'd start to plot a scene on one of the earths and I'd catch myself putting the wrong hero there.

Diamond: Finally, tell us why we should pick up Dragonfly & Dragonflyman, Vol. 1?

Tom Peyer: I hope you get a laugh out of it. If you're fond of superhero archetypes, I hope these characters feel like good company. And most of all, this being 2020, I hope Dragonfly & Dragonflyman brings you some escape and relief.


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