Sam Glanzman means a lot to me. He was an early influence on my visual thinking and has become an honored friend. He’s still around and still doing great stuff after an amazing 76 years (!!!) of writing and drawing comic books.
The latest chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will open on Friday November 4; Doctor Strange, Master of the Mystic Arts, Sorcerer Supreme and wielder of both the Eye of Agamotto and the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak, brings magic to the previously science-based world of Marvel movies. My favorite thing about Strange is the idea that he’s the guy in the guard tower. He is the one that keeps Earth safe from all the weird psychedelic hell-demons trying to infiltrate our reality and do Bad Stuff. The strip really cooks when it’s about the clash between our normal everyday world and the nameless things lurking in the next dimension over.
We’d like to take a moment to introduce the proprietors of the Atomic Junk Shop. You may know some of us from other venues, but in case you don’t, here is a brief run-down (in alphabetical order):
Welcome to the Atomic Junk Shop! Think of us as the bookshop owner that can trace the history of a genre, a record shop clerk that can point out the influences of your favorite bands, the person at the comic store register that can tell you all about the run of comics that you’re sure to love based on what’s in your pull box. Basically, we’re here to discuss anything that a teacher or librarian used to frown upon, or a jock would give you a wedgie for liking, or that your parents would tsk tsk with disapproval for your interest in it.