THOUGHTS AT THREE A.M.|
by editor I forgot my name
Bill Wiist just sent me a package of Detective Comics issues (I collect them for the Elongated Man appearances, as I'm the biggest fan of that character and run the only website devoted to him, "Dibny Dirt "). Detective #376 has a letter in the lettercolumn from some dopey kid in California who loudly proclaimed that if writers John Brunner and Gardner Fox weren't the same person, he'd leave the country. Not only did the editors tell him in no uncertain terms that they were two separate people and he should get his passport ready, but loudmouthed grump and national treasure Harlan Ellison wrote in a few issues later to layer insult after insult upon the letterhack for slighting his friend John Brunner.
The letterhack's name was Mark Evanier!
I LOVE finding out that great comic writers were once rabid (and sometimes a bit foot-in-mouth) comic book fans themselves. It gives me hope.
Well, Tangent week is here once again. That makes it an even year's worth of skip weeks which have met with only mixed enthusiasm. We've had two "Tangent" weeks, plus "New Year's Evil" and "Girl Frenzy." My local comic shop has been trying to get rid of the copies of all these titles for month after month!
Here's what I don't get: doesn't DC have a ton of unused characters? Couldn't these weeks be used as one-shots for characters who could actually go on to their own titles? Of course, it is nice to see a company doing something just for fun, but it would be even better to combine the fun with some actual marketing smarts.
Here are several ideas for "Skip Week" Themes:
This column is © 1998 Michael Hutchison.