Former comic industry professional Irene Vartanoff, who was a staffer at both Marvel and DC back in the 1970s/early 1980s, penned two light-hearted super-hero novels: Temporary Superheroine and its sequel.
The convoluted history of the various Captains Marvel (and their knockoffs) is probably the subject of more urban legends and misunderstandings than probably any other segment of comics history. Throw in the widespread confusion over the difference between copyright and trademark, and it’s a pretty deep swamp. Let’s go wading!
I had some thoughts that I was going to write in the comments, but then I figured it would be too long. And yep, it’s a long one. Strap in, everyone!
We lost Russ Heath today. He passed peacefully at age 91. If you don’t know his work, do yourself a favor and look him up. He was one of the best comic artists of his generation, specializing in WWII and western comics. Aside from his enviable talent, Russ was quite the character. He was cranky but in a fun curmudgeonly way, always quick with a (usually off-color) joke, but with pretty strong opinions about comics and a lot of other things. Today we say goodbye.
Toxic Fandom: The Saga Continues I’ve spoken earlier regarding toxic fandom, specifically those who fall under the banner of Comicsgate; a gathering of supposed fans who have consistently demonstrated a …
I wanted to do a small tribute to Steve Ditko, and I thought, I kind of already did one a few years ago, so why don’t I just use some of that work? And away we go!
I was reminded of WIR recently and thought it was high time somebody documented the origin of the term and site, at least somewhat beyond the bare-bones detail to be found at Wikipedia. As it happens, I know pretty much all the people who were involved in the site, and was present during some of the early discussion, so I invited them to participate in an online roundtable discussion.