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Sullivan's Sluggers is a Horror Comic Book by Mark Andrew Smith.

Casey Sullivan was once a baseball legend. But that all changed at the 1976 World Series, when a ball he caught dropped from his hand. Now, he's a jaded, washed-up Alcoholic whom his hometown despises, and coach to the Dragons.

When his team gets invited to play a game in some small town, he takes it, expecting it to be just another game. However, at the seventh inning stretch, the sun goes down, and the team discovers that the invitation was a trap so he and his team could be eaten alive by the town's monstrous inhabitants.

Now, the team needs to fight their way through a town of flesh-eating monsters and escape with their lives.

The comic was funded on Kickstarter on June 16th, 2012. It was released on January 8th, 2013.


Sullivan's Sluggers contains examples of:

  • The Alcoholic: Casey Sullivan.
  • Alliterative Title: Sullivan's Sluggers.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Duncan considered Casey and his team his childhood heroes. Now he's a member of the team.
  • Bar Brawl: Casey ends up getting his team involved in one following an altercation with someone who was insulting him.
  • Batter Up!: Since they're a baseball team, of course Sullivan and his team mainly use baseball bats against the monsters.
  • Chainsaw Good: The bus driver wields a chainsaw against the monsters while protecting Casey and his team.
  • Creepy Basement: Casey and Smith search the basement of a farmhouse, and discover it's full of rotting corpses of previous victims of the townsfolk.
  • Destination Defenestration: During the above-mentioned Bar Brawl, a couple of people (one of them being a member of Casey's team) end up thrown through a window.
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  • Dwindling Party: Members of the main cast get picked off over the course of the comic, until only Smith, Duncan, Cornell, and The Slugger remain.
  • Funny Afro: Cornell has one.
  • Grievous Bottley Harm: When someone in a bar insults Casey a little too much, Casey responds by breaking a bottle on his face.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: A few examples. One guy in the bleachers gets bitten in half by a monster, and Casey and Smith find the upper half of a cheerleader's corpse in the above-mentioned Creepy Basement.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Casey stays behind while the rest of the team leaves in Smith's car to kill George Malice. He does so by plugging a stick of dynamite into a gasoline truck, which he then shoots, causing it to blow up.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Cornell shoplifts a katana from a convenience store. It becomes his main weapon against the monsters.
  • Never My Fault: Casey maintains that the reason he failed to catch that ball in '76 was because someone put Vaseline on his glove as a prank.
  • Pummeling the Corpse: The survivors of Caseys team spend a good fifteen minutes attacking the corpse of George Malice to make sure it's dead.
  • "Pop!" Goes the Human: McKee is killed when he's grabbed by Malice, who squeezes him until he bursts.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When the citizens of Malice reveal themselves as monsters, one of Casey's team, Speedy Joe, legs it out of there.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: Casey finds a shotgun mounted over a fireplace in the farmhouse he and half his team search for anything to defend themselves. He is immediately drawn to it.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: Malice, the town Casey and his team come to is one where the townspeople become flesh-eating monsters after sundown. This is because, many years ago the townsfolk killed a rich black man and his family by sealing them in their home, and burning it to the ground. They then lynched all but one black witness, and when the story got out, hosted a Kangaroo Court to escape from justice. The local preacher, angry at the townsfolk for their actions, condemned them. He then got lynched to death, and with his final breath, cursed the townsfolk to become monsters whenever the sun goes down.


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