Avengers #239 (January 1984 - though it was on the stands in Sept 1983). I miss those carefree days of Assistant Editor’s Month. I don’t think I knew who David Letterman was until this issue came out.
Fantastic: From the First, No Family is “Traditional” #FF #comics
Today a friend who is a huge Billy Joel fan is having a karaoke birthday party, so I went looking for a Billy Joel song I’d like to do. For me Billy Joel occupies a strange musical territory. He has a lot of cheesy-ass music and some songs I really really hate (basically everything from An Innocent Man on), but there is no doubting that he wrote some damn good songs in his heyday, and this is one of them. Back in the day I used to often end my DJ sets with this song, capping off what was mostly hip-hop, soul and disco with a dash of reggae or dancehall.
Something that strikes me about Billy Joel is that a lot of his music expresses an anomic disatisfaction with the complacent middle-class values that being an uncritical fan of his music represents to me - but maybe that’s just the irony of rock n’ roll.
In the video Joel seems to be doing his best Mick Jagger impression, which is funny because according to legend the song was inspired by an evening spent with Mick and Bianca Jagger.
If you ever get a chance to you should read Chuck Klosterman’s essay on Billy Joel in Sex, Drugs & Cocoa Puffs. It’s great.
Do-Or-Die Hawkeye… Erm… Bed-Stuy #comics #Hawkeye #bedstuy
Biographical Prince Comic from the San Diego Reader: http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/mar/22/42433/
“I AM A MAN!” Machine Man, Robot Desire and Racial Assimilation
I have long had a thing for anthropomorphic robots. Except for my very favorite robot of all-time,…
MARY JANE: I wish I had it all together like you do, Carol. Sometimes I feel so…out of it.
CAROL: I think once you decide what it is you want, nothing will stop you M.J.
MARY JANE: Yeah. I guess. But that’s the hard part.
CAROL: Behind that flighty facade, you’ve got a first class mind. You’ll find yourself, believe me.
MARY JANE: How about you, Carol? How’d you find yourself?
Ms. Marvel vol I #2 (Feb 1977). Writer: Gerry Conway. Penciller: John Buscema.
In the early days of Carol’s magazine career, Mary Jane — who’s been following her writing — seeks her out for friendship and advice. Carol has her “brainless party girl” mask rumbled right from the start, and recognizes a kindred spirit. Sadly, this mentorship wasn’t long to be: it only lasted the first three issues of a 23-issue run, and to the best of my knowledge hasn’t been acknowledged since, even after Carol befriended Peter in more recent years.
It’s a natural consequence of serialized, multi-author narratives that relationships get lost to attrition. Dropped subplots, creative transitions, changing tastes and characterizations all do their best to erode character history almost as fast as it accretes. This holds true whether you’re talking about Spider- or Demolition Man, but women characters seem to have it rougher across the board, especially for relationships with other women. They don’t have as many of their own titles and those that do get created rarely last as long, for starters. There’s also the fact that the industry remains dominated by male writers, many of whom don’t write relationships between women with the same nuance as they do relationships involving men, nor prioritize them as highly.
Segueing from the Spider-Verse, probably my favorite thing about Kelly Sue DeConnick’s current run on Captain Marvel is that so much of the story hinges on interaction between women: women who are friends with a history, women who’ve just met, women who are mentors and who learn from each other, women who are friendly rivals and women who are adversaries. It’s a delight to read, though a slightly bittersweet one. I shouldn’t be this happy to find a mainstream superhero comic in which the emotional lives of women are so richly textured; it shouldn’t be so uncommon. I’m glad it’s here, though, and I plan to keep supporting it with my wallet as long as it lasts.
And hey, if there’s ever an issue where Carol and her friends go clubbing, I know which new nightclub I’d like them to check out.
Speaking of the Beatles…
I love George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” According to the stories, Harrison having Clapton do the solo had the added benefit that his presence…