Junot Diaz and Edwidge Danticat discussing what they want for the holidays in the December 2nd, 2013 issue of New York Magazine
So hyped that Danticat loves Dazzler. I’m kind of tempted to send her my collection, but I won’t… She can read this though:
A sixteen-page bonus insert Marvel’s Guide to Collecting Comics - included in Amazing Spider-Man #234 (November 1982).
There is a lot of goodness in this very strange and simplified look at collecting comics. No Bronze Age for one… and the quaint idea that collecting comics can lead to riches.
Text by Mark Burbey
Editor: Mike Friedrich
The burning of comic books in the name of upholding “moral decency”, in the wake of the obscenity trials surrounding frederic wertham’s book, “seduction of the innocent”.Wrong.
This photo is from Binghamton, NY 1948 - six years before Seduction of the Innocent was published. And I am not sure which “obscenity trials” this refers to - Do you mean the Senate hearings on juvenile delinquency?
There had been “moral panics” about the influence of comics before Wertham’s book.
Bernie and Hyman’s interracial friendship - bonds reinforced through their love of a good superhero punch-up, unaware that their bus driver is really the Jackal! (from Amazing Spider-Man #147 (August 1975)
Rereading the first major story arc in DeConnick’s series I also came to appreciate her attempt to write Ms./Captain Marvel into a revisionist feminist text. It struck me as a laudable attempt to make manifest the purported feminist subtext of the character.
Marcus casually explaining to Carol Danvers (aka Ms. Marvel) how he coerced and eventually manipulated her into “consenting” to being raped.
The key bit: “Finally, after relative weeks of [pampering her and giving her gifts]—and, admittedly, with a subtle boost from Immortus’ machines—you became mine.”
This was all part of a bizarre plan to have her give birth to him when she returned to Earth, allowing him to go there as well. When he is “born” there, he quickly grows to adulthood, and then he and Carol go off to “live happily ever after” (with her rapist/child) and her former teammates just congratulate the happy couple!
(from Avengers #200 - Oct 1980 - Drawn by George Perez w/writing credit shared by Perez, Jim Shooter, Bob Layton, David Micheline).
A definite low point in Marvel Comics (you can read more about it here), but thankfully a far cry from the revisionist feminist vision of Ms. Marvel-turned-Captain Marvel written by Kelly Sue DeConnick in 2012-13. Look for a post on DeConnick’s run on The Middle Spaces tomorrow, “‘Let’s Rewrite Some History’: Captain Marvel & Feminist Revisionism”
The original Spider-Woman!
Spidey Super Stories #11, August 1975
Winslow Mortimer and Jean Thomas
I wonder if Marvel ever considered reviving this character when it was scrambling to create a Spider-Woman to protect its copyright.
This version of Spider-Woman NEEDS to come back!
"Rock On" by David Essex is probably one of my all-time favorite songs. While it was a song I recognized from frequent radio play growing up…“Drive” by R.E.M. off of 1992’s Automatic for the People is a song in the same vein.
I was re-reading Fantastic Four #286 (Jan 1986) for the first time in many many years (since it was first published?) after a discussion of Phoenix developed in the comments on my post on She-Hulk as Meta-Comic over at The Hooded Utilitarian and came across these panels, which clearly is John Byrne commenting Jim Shooter’s editorial oversight.
I’ve been slowly going through Dan Slott’s run on She-Hulk in order to write about for The Middle Spaces, but having found these panels, I was reminded of “Marvel’s Illuminati – Responsible for both Jay-Z’s Success and the Infinity Gems" and my thesis the behavior and attitudes of the so-called "top flight" Marvel heroes is no longer distinguishable from the villains of previous eras.
Click on the image for a larger version… (from She-Hulk vol 2. #18 - 2007)
She-Hulk/Jennifer Walters says, “Oh my god. You don’t see it, do you? A tin-plated tyrant… who thinks he knows more… than everyone else… remaking the world in his own image. . , You know who that is? That’s not Iron Man, Tony! That’s Doctor Doom!”
Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends. (1982)
Definitely my favorite cartoon of the time (though I really loved Battle of the Planets at the time, too). I thought it was so cool they included the X-Men.