Thursday, July 21, 2016

Alan Moore's Very Nice Reply

Have you ever sent a letter to a comics creator? I have and so has Joshua.

A couple of years back a well-read nine-year-old named Joshua wrote Alan Moore to say that he felt Mr. Moore's Swamp Thing and Watchmen and other comics stories proved him to be "the best author in human history." Joshua's letter and Alan Moore's wonderfully warm reply were both published online yesterday. Is it possible that those letters have been viewed one million times in the first 24 hours of their posting? Not sure about that but it is a fact that Alan Moore's daughter wrote in today with word of her dad's reaction. I think you'll enjoy reading all of these nice things, over here.

And me? It's been a few decades but, back in the 1970s, I wrote to some of my favorite artists. Maybe you're ready to see again the replies I received from Walter Simonson and Curt Swan and Kurt Schaffenberger. Oh, and one publisher: William M. Gaines.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Art Spiegleman and Maus on Jeopardy

Two days ago on Jeopardy, under the category of Mouse in the House, the $2000 clue read by Alex Trebek was "In 1992 he won a Special Pulitzer for "Maus", his graphic novel about the Holocaust."

The first contestant to ring in answered "Who is Art Spielman?" and was incorrect. A second contestant answered "Who is Art Spiegle?" and was incorrect. The third contestant didn't respond.

I was impressed with how close those two attempts were. It's clear that comics are on the minds of more adult Americans now than was the case just a few decades ago. Hooray for comics!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Jack Kirby on the Cover!

Have you seen Michael Allred's cover to the newly-released Silver Surfer #5? Take a look to the left of the cover's logo and there is Mr. Jack Kirby!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Supermen of Metropolis

Metropolis, Illinois hosts a weekend-long Superman Festival every June and I wrote in the past about how I applied to be the official Superman of the Festival a decade or so back. I don't write about the Fest every year because there's usually nothing to report. But. When I saw the above photo I knew I had to pass it on. What a great picture!

Wait, there's more. Over here you can watch a video that was taken inside The Super Museum of Metropolis.

One more tasty tidbit? You'll enjoy seeing this little blog post one more time.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Seeing Sound like Daredevil Does

There is a gent who has investigated the possibility of photographing sound, akin to the manner in which Matt Murdoch senses things that he cannot see. The author-investigator does even reference Daredevil in his write-up, which I encourage you to take a look at over here.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016


Yesterday while I was driving through the Chicago Loop on the Dan Ryan Expressway, SUPGRL in a red Kia switched lanes into my lane. Right in front of me without giving any notice! In the vernacular, she Cut Me Off. Don't worry, there was no incident and I have now recovered from that one's lapse in politeness.

But of course I (like you) wonder whether SUPGRL is aquainted with SUPADAN...

Saturday, June 25, 2016

I Am The Lizard

Curt Connors was a nice guy, right? White lab coat, professorial, personable. It was the serum he took that made him villainous and transformed him into The Lizard.

I received a promotion a few days ago. I have religiously visited Atlas Comics every week for the past 10 or 15 years but it was just this past Thursday that my initiation ritual was completed. Proprietor John (The Dread Dormammu) and his henchman Angelo (The Red Skull) divulged that I would hereafter be designated as The Lizard. No longer a plebeian customer, they have elevated me to the elite level of customer-with-designation. Of course I am honored to be deemed worthy of the mantle of a character created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko for 1963's classic Amazing Spider-Man #6!

Yes, Curt Connors and I are a couple of nice guys, but then we take The Serum. Beware Spider-Man, for I am The Lizard!

Not the World's Finest S

This week over on ebay I'm selling World's Finest Comics #18 from 1945. Great year, fun comic, Golden Age, what's not to like? I'm so glad you asked!

Look up above at the S in the cover's logo. Not in World's or in Finest, look at the S in Comics. Ouch, right? Akin to a needle in the eye, wouldn't you say? As an upside down and backwards 2 it wouldn't be so offensive but, as an S, it is the worst.

It's only a very slight bit different from the two S's that precede it in the logo's top tier yet it is jarringly atrociously ugly. This illustrates why an editor is crucial in the production of a comic book. The letterer of that S knew it was bad (how could he not?) but maybe he was in a hurry or maybe he felt it wasn't so bad that it needed re-drawing. I hold the editor responsible for not hauling the letterer into the office and saying "Your S assaulted my eye and I need you to fix it right this minute while I go put on a patch."

Amazingly that exact logo survived through World's Finest #33, but then a welcome improvement arrived with the 34th issue.