Monday, May 11, 2015

The O.C. Behind The Scenes: Adam Brody Real Life Comic Creator!


During the O.C. Season 2 we meet up with some new faces. One of which are Zach Stevens which initially plays Summer's new over the summer love interest. Seth becomes very jealous but miraculously they become friends due to their love of comic books.



During Seth's comic book club, a spark is created between Zach, Seth and Ryan (sorta) to create their very own graphic novel called "Atomic County". Atomic county is a satire comic book based off the characters in the newport/OC world. We later find out that Zach chooses the comic book and meeting George Lucas over Summer and the rest is history (spoiler alert).



Fast forward to Jan 2007 when the O.C. was in its final year, a brand new comic book cames out on the scene called "Red Menace". This comic book was apparently written by Adam Brody along with Danny Bilson (Summer Roberts, Rachel Bilson's father) and Paul Demeo. 

Here is the plot summary with spoilers from wikipedia: 

"At one of the House of Un-American Activities Committee trials, a hero named "The Eagle" unmasks himself as World War II veteran Steve Tremaine. The Committee uses his war time friendship with Ivan "The Bear" Petrovich, a hero to the Soviet Union to brand him as a communist and bans him from being the Eagle. By the next day, every newspaper calls him "Red Menace."

Despite the government's banning of his vigilantism, The Eagle continues to sneak out at night and fight crime. He keeps in touch with his old friend Petrovich as well. Unknowingly, Tremaine leads a group of anti-communist extremists to Petrovich's location after they listen in on a conversation between the two. Petrovich is then brutally murdered by the men. Upon hearing the news, Tremaine is driven to a deep depression that leads him to heavy drinking for a period of more than three weeks. At a scuffle with some men at a bar over Tremaine's alleged communist sympathies, Tremaine is introduced to a young superhero called the Gray Falcon who fights crime, inspired by The Eagle's efforts."


So there we have it, far off from Atomic County but never the less very cool. This is art imitating life as Adam Brody crosses his Seth Cohen character into real life. I'm assuming this was a huge bonding move for Adam and Danny Bilson although Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson broke up in 2006. The comic book had a 6 issue mini run and can be readily found on eBay.


Where to find: Season 2 Episode 2 "The Way We Were"