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"EARHART"
by Josh Barbee (jershblergee@yahoo.com)

Rated: PG-13   Genre: Action/Adventure   User Review:
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The first issue of a comic book depicting what happened to Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan after they vanished over the Pacific. Not proper comic script format, but you get the idea.


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"EARHART"

EXT. PAGE 1 - DAY
                                                            
PANEL ONE:
                                                            
Blackness.
                                                            
                       CAPTION
1937
                                                            
PANEL TWO:
                                                            
Blackness.
                                                            
                       CAPTION
"KHAQQ calling Itasca. We are
running north and south..."
                                                            
PANEL THREE:
                                                            
Blackness. (no dialogue)
                                                            
PANEL FOUR:
                                                            
Blackness.
                                                            
                       CAPTION
"Everything okay."
                                                            
 
EXT. PAGE 2 - DAY
                                                            
PANEL ONE:
                                                            
Pure white. (no dialogue)
                                                            
PANEL TWO:
                                                            
Pure white.
                                                            
                       (NOISE) (off panel)
(RADIO STATIC)
                                                            
PANEL THREE:
                                                            
The eye of a woman lying on her side stares ahead with
perplexed curiosity. Snow falls past her blue iris; bits of
snow get stuck in her eyelashes.
                                                            
                       (NOISE) (off panel)
(STATIC CONTINUES)
                                                            

2.

PANEL FOUR:
                                                            
The woman sits up in the snow. Aviator goggles dangle around
her neck. Her short, Auburn-red hair blows in the heavy
winds. This is AMELIA EARHART.
                                                            
                       (NOISE) (off panel)
(STATIC CONTINUES)
                                                            
PANEL FIVE:
                                                            
Amelia wipes clumps of snow from her face.
                                                            
                       (NOISE) (off panel)
(STATIC CONTINUES)
                                                            
PANEL SIX:
                                                            
Amelia spots a section of her leather cap held down under a
mound of snow next to her.
                                                            
 
EXT. PAGE 3 - DAY
                                                            
PANEL ONE:
                                                            
Amelia retrieves her leather cap.
                                                            
                       (NOISE) (off panel)
(STATIC CONTINUES)
                                                            
PANEL TWO:
                                                            
Amelia stands, stuffing the cap into a pocket of her bomber
jacket.
                                                            
                       (NOISE) (off panel)
(STATIC CONTINUES)
                                                            
PANEL THREE:
                                                            
Amelia looks around, buttoning the top button of her jacket.
                                                            
                       (NOISE) (off panel)
(STATIC CONTINUES)
                                                            
                       AMELIA
Fred?
                                                            
PANEL FOUR:
                                                            
                       (NOISE) (off panel)
(STATIC CONTINUES)
                                                            

3.

Amelia walks through the wind and snow towards the RADIO
STATIC, unable to see more than a foot in front of her in
this blizzard.
                                                            
PANEL FIVE:
                                                            
                       (NOISE) (off panel)
(STATIC CONTINUES)
                                                            
Amelia nearly steps off of a cliff.
                                                            
PANEL SIX:
                                                            
Amelia pulls herself back, her eyes wide with fear, as she
stares down the cliffside.
                                                            
                       (NOISE) (off panel)
(STATIC CONTINUES)
                                                            
 
EXT. PAGE 4/PAGE 5 - DAY
                                                            
(SPLASH PAGE)

Amelia Earhart is standing at the edge of a cliff, as she
stands atop a snowy mountain.

More mountains surround her.

On the other side of the chasm, a downed Lockheed 10 Electra
airplane lies in the snow.

What looks to be another person lies buried in the snow near
the tail of the plane.
                                                            
                       AMELIA
What the devil?
                                                            
                       (NOISE)
(RADIO STATIC EMITS FROM THE
DOWNED PLAN)
                                                            
---------------CHAPTER ONE: EARHART ATTACK------------------
                                                            
 
EXT. PAGE 6 - DAY
                                                            
PANEL ONE:
                                                            
FRED NOONAN lies conscious in the snow near the tail of the
plane.
                                                            

4.

                       (NOISE)
      (from plane)
(RADIO STATIC)
                                                            
PANEL TWO:
                                                            
Blood seeps through Fred's pant leg.
                                                            
                       (NOISE)
      (from plane)
(STATIC CONTINUES)
                                                            
                       AMELIA (off panel)
Fred?
                                                            
PANEL THREE:
                                                            
Fred looks off to the side, alert.
                                                            
                       (NOISE) (off panel)
(STATIC CONTINUES)
                                                            
PANEL FOUR:
                                                            
Fred spots the figure of a woman through the blizzard.
                                                            
                       (NOISE) (off panel)
(STATIC CONTINUES)
                                                            
                       FRED
Amelia? Is that you?
                                                            
PANEL FIVE:
                                                            
Amelia appears, wearing her goggles over her eyes and her
leather cap strapped tightly on her head.
                                                            
                       (NOISE) (off panel)
(STATIC CONTINUES)
                                                            
                       FRED (off panel)
Thank God, Amelia!
                                                            
PANEL SIX:
                                                            
Amelia kneels down down next to Fred, looking at his wounded
leg.
                                                            
                       (NOISE)
      (from plane)
(STATIC CONTINUES)
                                                            

5.

                       AMELIA
You're bleeding.
                                                            
                       FRED
It's fine. Just a scratch.
                                                            
 
EXT. PAGE 7 - DAY
                                                            
PANEL ONE:
                                                            
Fred grabs Amelia by her collar and pulls her close. A look
of concern plasters his face.
                                                            
                       (NOISE) (off panel)
(STATIC CONTINUES)
                                                            
                       FRED
Amelia, please, for the love of
God!
                                                            
PANEL TWO:
                                                            
Now Amelia looks concerned, even through her goggles.
                                                            
                       AMELIA
What, Fred? What is it?
                                                            
                       FRED
Turn off that damn radio!
                                                            
PANEL THREE:
                                                            
                       (NOISE) (off panel)
(STATIC CONTINUES)
                                                            
Amelia smiles at him.
                                                            
PANEL FOUR:
                                                            
Amelia stand behind Fred, who sits up now. She crooks her
elbows under Fred's arms.
                                                            
                       (NOISE)
      (from plane)
(STATIC CONTINUES)
                                                            
                       AMELIA
I'm going to pull you up on the
count of three. Ready? 1, 2...
                                                            
 

6.

INT. PAGE 8 - DAY
                                                            
PANEL ONE:
                                                            
A radio dial is changed to channel 3.
                                                            
PANEL TWO:
                                                            
Amelia holds the radio receiver to her mouth.

Fred sits up against the side of the plane behind her.
                                                            
                       AMELIA
      (into receiver)
KHAQQ calling Itasca. This is
Amelia Earhart. Copy?
                                                            
PANEL THREE:
                                                            
Fred pulls up his pant leg to examine his wound.
                                                            
                       AMELIA (off panel)
KHAQQ to Itasca, do you copy?
                                                            
                       FRED
You've run the dial three times
over already. Ain't nobody out
there. Take a breather, will ya?
                                                            
PANEL FOUR:
                                                            
Amelia turns back to look at Fred.
                                                            
                       AMELIA
Christ, Fred, that's the biggest
"scratch" I'VE ever seen.
                                                            
PANEL FIVE:
                                                            
Amelia picks up a nearby first aid kit.

Fred winces as he rolls his pant leg above his knee.
                                                            
PANEL SIX:
                                                            
Amelia kneels down in front of Fred, removing cotton balls
and rubbing alcohol from the open first aid kit by her feet.
                                                            
                       AMELIA
What do we do now?
                                                            

7.

                       FRED
Help me set my leg and we can hike
down this mountain. Try to find
help before we freeze or starve to
death.
                                                            
 
INT. PAGE 9 - DAY
                                                            
PANEL ONE:
                                                            
Fred cringes as Amelia touches the alcohol-soaked cotton
ball to his wound.

A folded map lies near Fred's hand.
                                                            
                       AMELIA
Grab the map. See if you can find
out where we are while I get this
cleaned up.
                                                            
PANEL TWO:
                                                            
Fred unfolds a map.
                                                            
                       FRED
We're off course. Don't need a map
to tell us that. Unless you
remember flying through a snow
storm and into a mountain?
                                                            
                       AMELIA (off panel)
Last thing I remember is flying
over water through clear skies.
                                                            
                       FRED
Same here. Last I checked the time
it was closing on nine in the
morning.
                                                            
PANEL THREE:
                                                            
Amelia wraps gauze around Fred's leg.
                                                            
                       AMELIA
That sounds about right.
                                                            
PANEL FOUR:
                                                            
Fred stares out a plane window to clearing skies and a
setting sun.
                                                            

8.

                       FRED
Then why is the sun setting?
                                                            
PANEL FIVE:
                                                            
Amelia continues to set the leg.
                                                            
                       AMELIA
We must have been unconscious
longer than we thought.
                                                            
                       FRED (off panel)
What I want to know is...
                                                            
PANEL SIX:
                                                            
A bird's eye view of the plane reveals what appears to be a
polar bear approaching it.
                                                            
                       FRED (cont'd)
      (from plane)
How in the world did we wind up
outside in the snow?
                                                            
 
INT. PAGE 10 - DAY
                                                            
PANEL ONE:
                                                            
Amelia stands, looking down at Fred's leg.
                                                            
                       AMELIA
There. That should hold for now.
As for us in the snow? Not sure
how that happened. Maybe we
attempted a trek upon landing and
just...forgot.
                                                            
                       FRED
Both of us? Highly unli--!
                                                            
PANEL TWO:
                                                            
A large white paw CRASHES in through the window.

Startled, Fred and Amelia both pull away from it.
                                                            
PANEL THREE:
                                                            
Amelia sits back against the opposite wall of the plane,
staring with fear at the snarling face of a polar bear
staring at her through the busted plane window.
                                                            

9.

PANEL FOUR:
                                                            
The bear GROWLS at her. Its eyes are pure black, but seems
to be full of blood.

Blood stains the bear's white fur around it snout and claws.

Something about it's face just doesn't look right.
                                                            
PANEL FIVE:
                                                            
Fred sits up from the floor, wide-eyed at the sight of the
bear.
                                                            
                       FRED
Jesus! Where the hell did that
come from?
                                                            
PANEL SIX:
                                                            
Amelia reaches over for the open first aid kit.
                                                            
 
INT. PAGE 11 - DAY
                                                            
PANEL ONE:
                                                            
Amelia pulls her hand back from the first aid kit, holding a
pair of scissors.
                                                            
PANEL TWO:
                                                            
Amelia sticks the scissors deep into the bear's paw.

The bear HOWLS in pain.
                                                            
PANEL THREE:
                                                            
The bear turns to retreat.
                                                            
PANEL FOUR:
                                                            
Amelia stands watching the bear become more distant through
the window.
                                                            
                       AMELIA
It's retreating.
                                                            
                       FRED
Well, I wasn't too keen on that
one bit. Did you see its eyes?
                                                            

10.

PANELS FIVE & SIX:
                                                            
Amelia helps Fred to his feet.

Through the window, the bear has turned back to face them.
                                                            
                       AMELIA
It didn't look like any kind of
hungry I'd ever seen.
                                                            
The bear is closer now.

Fred is upright.
                                                            
                       FRED
Maybe we should wait a while
before stepping outside.
                                                            
                       AMELIA
Read my mind.
                                                            
PANEL SEVEN:
                                                            
Outside of the plane, the polar bear rams it head against
the plane's tail with tremendous force.
                                                            
 
INT. PAGE 12 - DAY
                                                            
PANEL ONE:
                                                            
Amelia and Fred are knocked off balance.
                                                            
PANEL TWO:
                                                            
The bear backs up as the plane rotates slightly, its tail
hanging over a sloped edge.
                                                            
PANEL THREE:
                                                            
The nose of the plane tilts upwards...
                                                            
PANEL FOUR:
                                                            
The plane slides down the sloped mountainside tail first.
                                                            
PANEL FIVE:
                                                            
                       AMELIA
Grab a hold of something!
                                                            

11.

Amelia reaches out for the passenger's seat.

Fred reaches for a metal bar.
                                                            
PANEL SIX:
                                                            
The plane slides down the mountain.
                                                            
 
INT. PAGE 13: - DAY
                                                            
PANEL ONE:
                                                            
Amelia hugs the seat tight.

Fred uses the bench to pull himself closer to her.
                                                            
                       FRED
Get in the harness!
                                                            
PANEL TWO:
                                                            
Amelia climbs into the passenger's seat.

Fred has climbed his way to the front, holding the pilot's
seat tight.
                                                            
PANEL THREE:
                                                            
Amelia grabs Fred's hand.
                                                            
PANEL FOUR:
                                                            
Fred plops down into the pilot's seat.

Amelia buckles her harness.
                                                            
PANEL FIVE:
                                                            
Fred buckles his harness.
                                                            
PANEL SIX:
                                                            
Amelia and Fred look into the concerned eyes of one another.
                                                            
PANEL SEVEN:
                                                            
Their hands clutch tight.
                                                            
 

12.

INT. PAGE 14 - DAY
                                                            
(SPLASH PAGE)

The tail and a wing of the plane break off as it falls down
the mountain into complete darkness.
                                                            
 
INT. PAGE 15 - DAY
                                                            
(SPLASH PAGE)

Completely black page.
                                                            
                       CAPTION (AMELIA)
"KHAQQ calling Itasca."
                                                            
                       CAPTION (AMELIA)
"We are running north and
south..."
                                                            
                       CAPTION (FRED)
"Everything okay?"
                                                            
 
INT. PAGE 16 - DAY
                                                            
PANEL ONE:
                                                            
The Lockheed 10 Electra flies perfectly undamaged through
the sky over the Pacific Ocean.
                                                            
                       CAPTION (FRED)
"Amelia?"
                                                            
PANEL TWO:
                                                            
Amelia's eyes open.
                                                            
PANEL THREE:
                                                            
Amelia lies slumped forward in the crashed plane.

Scrapes and bruises cover her face and hands.

In the background, Fred removes his harnesses.
                                                            
                       FRED (cont'd)
Are you okay?
                                                            
PANEL FOUR:
                                                            
Amelia leans back in her seat, looking at Fred.
                                                            

13.

                       AMELIA
Yeah. Everything okay.
                                                            
PANEL FIVE:
                                                            
Fred helps Amelia unfasten her harness.
                                                            
                       AMELIA
Bumpy ride.
                                                            
                       FRED
You'll never catch me in a pilot's
seat again.
                                                            
 
EXT. PAGE 17 - NIGHT
                                                            
PANEL ONE:
                                                            
The plane door is kicked open.
                                                            
PANEL TWO:
                                                            
Fred stands on the outside of the plane, helping Amelia
down.
                                                            
PANEL THREE:
                                                            
Fred and Amelia stand outside the plane in the snow.

It's dark out.

Around them is a darkened, seemingly abandoned little town.
                                                            
                       FRED
Think we woke the neighbors?
                                                            
                       AMELIA
Let's go find out.
                                                            
PANEL FOUR:
                                                            
With Fred's arm over her shoulder, Amelia guides them both
to the nearest front door.
                                                            
PANEL FIVE:
                                                            
Amelia knocks at the door.
                                                            
PANEL SIX:
                                                            

14.

Fred holds himself up against the building.

Amelia stands in front of the door.
                                                            
                       AMELIA
Hello?
                                                            
 
EXT. PAGE 18: - NIGHT
                                                            
PANEL ONE:
                                                            
Fred impatiently bangs on the door with the bottom of his
fist.
                                                            
                       FRED
Hey! We've got a plane crash out
here!
                                                            
PANEL TWO:
                                                            
Amelia stares through a dark window by the door.
                                                            
                       AMELIA
Nobody home.
                                                            
                       FRED
This place looks deader than a
fried chicken.
                                                            
PANEL THREE:
                                                            
Amelia steps out into the snowy road between buildings and
spots the silhouette of a MAN in the distance.
                                                            
                       AMELIA
      (to man)
You there! Please help!
                                                            
PANEL FOUR:
                                                            
The silhouette looks in Amelia's direction.

Amelia runs toward it.
                                                            
                       AMELIA (cont'd)
My friend, he needs medical--
                                                            
PANEL FIVE:
                                                            
Amelia gets close enough to see the man's decaying face and
blankly-staring, blood-filled eyes.
                                                            

15.

PANEL SIX:
                                                            
Amelia gasps in terror.
                                                            
 
EXT. PAGE 19 - NIGHT
                                                            
PANEL ONE:
                                                            
Amelia runs from the pursuing creature.
                                                            
PANEL TWO:
                                                            
Fred spots the man tackle Amelia to the ground.
                                                            
PANEL THREE:
                                                            
The man opens his mouth to bite down on Amelia as Amelia
SCREAMS.

Fred stands at attention, watching from the distance.
                                                            
                       FRED
Hey!
                                                            
PANEL FOUR:
                                                            
The man looks up at Fred.
                                                            
                       FRED
Get away from her!
                                                            
PANEL FIVE:
                                                            
The man spots the blood soaking through the gauze around
Fred's wounded leg.
                                                            
PANEL SIX:
                                                            
The man gets off of Amelia and runs toward Fred.
                                                            
                       AMELIA
Run!
                                                            
PANEL SEVEN:
                                                            
Fred's backs away as he notices the man's dead eyes getting
closer.
                                                            
 
EXT. PAGE 20 - NIGHT
                                                            

16.

PANEL ONE:
                                                            
An arrow flies through the air.
                                                            
PANEL TWO:
                                                            
The arrow sticks into the man's head. The force of the
impact sends him crashing through the window next to him.
                                                            
PANEL THREE:
                                                            
Fred stares in awe at the man's legs dangling out of the
broken window.
                                                            
PANEL FOUR:
                                                            
Amelia gets back to her feet.

There is a YOUNG MAN standing behind her.
                                                            
PANEL FIVE:
                                                            
Fred look at Amelia.
                                                            
                       FRED
Look out!
                                                            
PANEL SIX:
                                                            
The young man grabs Amelia, holding a knife to her throat.
                                                            
 
EXT. PAGE 21 - NIGHT
                                                            
PANEL ONE:
                                                            
Fred reaches into the broken window.
                                                            
PANEL TWO:
                                                            
Fred removes his hand, holding the bloody arrow, anger in
his eyes now.
                                                            
PANEL THREE:
                                                            
Fred approaches Amelia and the young man.
                                                            
                       YOUNG MAN
      (to Fred)
Don't come any closer!
                                                            
                       FRED
You hurt her, I'll kill ya!
                                                            

17.

PANEL FOUR:
                                                            
Fred is startled by a second arrow hitting the house a
fraction of an inch from his nose.
                                                            
PANEL FIVE:
                                                            
Amelia and Fred look in the direction the arrow came from.
                                                            
 
EXT. PAGE 22 - NIGHT
                                                            
(SPLASH PAGE)

A RAVAGED MAN stands atop the Lockheed 10 Electra, holding a
bow and arrow.

He aims the arrow at Fred.
                                                            
                       RAVAGED MAN
The boy said "don't move".
                                                            
TO BE CONTINUED...
                                                            


THE END


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