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🎶 in a world of pure exsanguination 🎶 (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 19 November 2018 14:57 (ten months ago) link

I am quite willing to bet that you can find an online discussion of great writers of comics where all of these names are unironically mentioned.

My mother set great store by that microwave oven! (Old Lunch), Monday, 19 November 2018 14:59 (ten months ago) link

"jeph loeb is a great writer" - About 200 results (0.41 seconds)

My mother set great store by that microwave oven! (Old Lunch), Monday, 19 November 2018 15:01 (ten months ago) link

"chuck austen is a great writer" - 1 result

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 19 November 2018 17:03 (ten months ago) link

lol

My mother set great store by that microwave oven! (Old Lunch), Monday, 19 November 2018 17:03 (ten months ago) link

("Some results may have been removed under data protection law")

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 19 November 2018 17:04 (ten months ago) link

Ward otm

I think the bar is generally really low as far as actual writing talent goes, and writing specifically for comics, when the writer is not also an artist, is hard to judge due to the end result being highly contingent on some quantifiable writer/artist synergy

the worst of the medium is the lazy assholes who don't even bother to have distinctive voices for characters with the assumption that the characters will look recognizably different on the page, though

mh, Monday, 19 November 2018 17:14 (ten months ago) link

Steve Englehart in the 1970s.

I hear you've been having trouble with pigs and ponies. (WmC), Monday, 19 November 2018 17:17 (ten months ago) link

I think it's easier to tell when a good writer is paired with a bad artist - Grant Morrison and Kieron Gillen have both been stuck with some shockers but produced good comics nonetheless.

On the other hand, even Virginia Woolf couldn't produce a good comic with Philip Tan.

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 19 November 2018 17:35 (ten months ago) link

is this thread for naming good writers of comics or good cartoonists, because nobody is naming the former

can RAG please clarify, and then if it's the former we delete all the posts except for one that says Alan Moore, Rene Goscinny and Harvey Kurtzman

Bing The Mighty Seat (sic), Monday, 19 November 2018 18:36 (ten months ago) link

I feel like there are a lot of people who have worked nearly exclusively as comics writers that have a mastery of the form and have worked well with a handful of artist to great effect, but they're underrated or buried under a lot of hack work that they've churned out for major publishers

otoh there are a handful of people who are reasonable at hack work and have had consistent employment in the industry (and nearly exclusively in the part that counts as an "industry") that have a couple books worth reading and a bunch of stuff that's completely disposable and forgettable

mh, Monday, 19 November 2018 19:10 (ten months ago) link

I should really be naming names but I'm instinctively reticent to attach myself to positive value judgments and should get over that!

mh, Monday, 19 November 2018 19:11 (ten months ago) link

There is that scene in American Splendor where Crumb looks at Pekar's manic stick figures and goes, "oh this is really good! let me draw this"

Philip Nunez, Monday, 19 November 2018 22:43 (ten months ago) link

Pekar was not a good writer of comics, some of the comics he wrote were good

Bing The Mighty Seat (sic), Monday, 19 November 2018 22:50 (ten months ago) link

Itt sic will tell u why u r rong

i believe that (s)he is sincere (forksclovetofu), Monday, 19 November 2018 22:56 (ten months ago) link

not interested

I hear you've been having trouble with pigs and ponies. (WmC), Monday, 19 November 2018 22:59 (ten months ago) link

was not a good writer of comics, some of the comics he wrote were good

think this goes for most of the names I was thinking of throwing out tbh. Like, I think Chaykin's writing for the initial 14-issue run of American Flagg is incredible, but then there's all the other stuff he's written.

Οὖτις, Monday, 19 November 2018 23:05 (ten months ago) link

he’s the Stan Lee of navel-gazing autobio

his comics were sometimes good when a cartoonist who knew how to tell stories would put a visual story on the page, and it would be printed with Pekar’s words in the balloons

(so, for eg, Crumb or Moore could make a Pekar script of stick figures talking into a compelling page; if you’ve got Gary Dumm drawing Pekar going somewhere and doing something, the best you’re going to get is a Gary Dumm page)

Bing The Mighty Seat (sic), Monday, 19 November 2018 23:06 (ten months ago) link

xpost! sorry WmC, don’t read that

Bing The Mighty Seat (sic), Monday, 19 November 2018 23:07 (ten months ago) link

I think Pekar's writing (in his prime) was really great, but I'm not to spend time arguing whether or not it qualifies as great "comic" writing. It's sort of in another category.

Are we purposefully avoiding obvious/old Big 2 stalwarts like Claremont, Michelinie, Nocenti, Gruenwald, etc.?

my guitar friend wants his money (morrisp), Monday, 19 November 2018 23:09 (ten months ago) link

Claremont is a terrible writer.

Οὖτις, Monday, 19 November 2018 23:11 (ten months ago) link

yeah, I said it.

Οὖτις, Monday, 19 November 2018 23:11 (ten months ago) link

He kept me reading all that crazy soap-opera shit for years! I wasn't doing it for Marc Silvestri's pencils... :P

my guitar friend wants his money (morrisp), Monday, 19 November 2018 23:12 (ten months ago) link

yeah I'm not saying Pekar sucks

Bing The Mighty Seat (sic), Monday, 19 November 2018 23:12 (ten months ago) link

I don't make many qualitative distinctions based on height of brow, so for my money 'good' and 'entertaining' are both worthy (if nebulous) yardsticks. I'd say Claremont is favored more by the latter measurement.

My mother set great store by that microwave oven! (Old Lunch), Monday, 19 November 2018 23:28 (ten months ago) link

I mean let's be real here: I obviously love Marvel to bits but I would face an uphill slog in trying to argue that many of their writers past or present hit the level of 'genuinely good'.

My mother set great store by that microwave oven! (Old Lunch), Monday, 19 November 2018 23:32 (ten months ago) link

That's the thing with the original question -- is "genuine writer" supposed to mean they transcend the limitations of the piddling, juvenile medium, or something?

my guitar friend wants his money (morrisp), Monday, 19 November 2018 23:35 (ten months ago) link

I think I don't find Claremont entertaining because the underlying ideas (space pirates, 18th century costume romance, Legion of Superheroes ripoff, Alien ripoff, etc.) are actually really bad, and the only thing holding them together is this never-ending soap opera cycle of storylines/character arcs that never have any resolution.

Οὖτις, Monday, 19 November 2018 23:37 (ten months ago) link

You don't find hours of diversion in the tragic saga of a humorless dude in a love triangle w/two redheads?

my guitar friend wants his money (morrisp), Monday, 19 November 2018 23:42 (ten months ago) link

I think the LSH comparison is actually interesting -- b/c while I'm much more of a Legion fan than an X-Men fan, I think Claremont handled the demands of managing a big cast of characters (and their respective characterizations) much better than Levitz/Giffen did at their peak.

my guitar friend wants his money (morrisp), Monday, 19 November 2018 23:45 (ten months ago) link

(There were probably somewhat fewer X-Men/X-allies than Legionnaires, but still.)

my guitar friend wants his money (morrisp), Monday, 19 November 2018 23:46 (ten months ago) link

Dude, there are 4,261,278,912 X-characters, r u mad

My mother set great store by that microwave oven! (Old Lunch), Monday, 19 November 2018 23:48 (ten months ago) link

All I'm sayin' is, I recently read thru huge chunks of prime Levitz/Giffen "Legion" in collected form (I love that shit) -- but I couldn't tell ya "Imra" from "Ayla" from "Shady" from "PG."

my guitar friend wants his money (morrisp), Monday, 19 November 2018 23:53 (ten months ago) link

I didn't mean to imply that X-Men was a ripoff of LSH, I was referring to this very blatant ripoff of LSH: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_Guard_(comics) (which yes is just a minor blip in the X-Men mythos but it still is not a good idea)

altho I probably do prefer LSH to X-Men just because the ideas are still goofy but it's all (mostly) done in a spirit of "fun" scifi with few attempts at realism, emotional or otherwise. It's mostly a dumb space opera and it knows it.

Οὖτις, Monday, 19 November 2018 23:56 (ten months ago) link

thread made me think of Bill Messner-Loebs, whose work -especially in Journey - really blew me away, and a little reading suggested he's having a pretty hard time of it.
http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/one-armed-comic-book-artist-worked-on-wonder-woman-now-homeless-in-michigan
https://www.gofundme.com/billmessnerloebs
https://www.tcj.com/baron-and-messner-loebs-flash/2/

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 19 November 2018 23:57 (ten months ago) link

oof jesus wtf

Οὖτις, Monday, 19 November 2018 23:58 (ten months ago) link

much better than Levitz/Giffen did at their peak

Giffen's a unique proposition as a writer - nearly everything he's written solo is actively bad, but whenever he's written with someone else, he's raised their quality far higher than they could ever achieve on their own. (Even when he's so aggressive a collaborator that he'd, for example, give Levitz pages where someone dead for decades turned up alive in the last panel. And Levitz wouldn't pull rank as publisher OR writer and ask for changes!)

Bing The Mighty Seat (sic), Tuesday, 20 November 2018 00:20 (ten months ago) link

Yeah, those two were really on fire... one of those volumes (I think "The Great Darkness"?) has an appendix illustrating how by the final issues, they were working with the barest of script outlines for those huge, complex stories, and had developed a sort of innate understanding of what each other wanted.

my guitar friend wants his money (morrisp), Tuesday, 20 November 2018 00:42 (ten months ago) link

give Levitz pages where someone dead for decades turned up alive in the last panel.

Did he steal this from Kirby or Munoz?

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 20 November 2018 09:01 (ten months ago) link

Peter Milligan, despite some huge inconsistency, is a genuinely good writer IMO. I read a Batman story by him a few years ago, and it's one of the few instances where I immediately thought "I have GOT to read more by this guy!" I prefer 80s and 90s Milligan to most of his (more famous) peers.

Giffen's a unique proposition as a writer - nearly everything he's written solo is actively bad

I loved The Heckler!

Duane Barry, Tuesday, 20 November 2018 11:06 (ten months ago) link

Yeah, I thought of Milligan but, as you mention, he's all over the goddamn. place. His highs are quite high, though.

My mother set great store by that microwave oven! (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 20 November 2018 11:14 (ten months ago) link

Writing good comics does not prevent one from writing bad ones. There are no only good comic writers.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 20 November 2018 13:23 (ten months ago) link

I guess the question could be phrased as 'which comics writers have demonstrated that they are capable of genuinely good work?' Because, yeah, I struggle even thinking of an acclaimed novelist with an unblemished track record.

'Rock Me (I'm a Dais)' (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 20 November 2018 13:26 (ten months ago) link

Did he steal this from Kirby or Munoz?

ha ha, Ward you love jazz, right? how can you stay mad at someone for forty years for playing sax for a while because they liked Art Pepper, and then playing some quotes from Miles on a few gigs in 1985?

"Giffen's a unique proposition as a writer - nearly everything he's written solo is actively bad"

I loved The Heckler!

The Heckler was written with the Bierbaums. (Trencher was solo, if you're thinking of that?)

Bing The Mighty Seat (sic), Tuesday, 20 November 2018 16:40 (ten months ago) link

i feel like there's someone brilliant from the eclipse/first comics boom era that I'm forgetting

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Tuesday, 20 November 2018 16:49 (ten months ago) link

i mean loebs from that batch, definitely

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Tuesday, 20 November 2018 16:49 (ten months ago) link

20 years ago dave sim would be a popular answer itt

sign up for my waterless urinals webinar (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 20 November 2018 16:52 (ten months ago) link

I almost posted Sim earlier but yeah it's... complicated

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 20 November 2018 16:55 (ten months ago) link

speaking of other writers I think are p great but whose politics are mostly loathsome, there's Mike Baron

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 20 November 2018 16:55 (ten months ago) link

Plots/Structures/Characters/Settings etc in Asterix all come from Goscinny/Uderzo.

also, the comic. Bell and Hockridge wrote some jokes over the top of a comic that already existed.

Herge said similarly complimentary things about the English language versions of the Tintin albums (translated by Leslie Lonsdale-Cooper and Michael Turner) but you can be damm sure he wouldn't have recognised them or credited them as writers.

Herge didn't even credit the artists!

"how can you stay mad at someone for forty years for playing sax for a while because they liked Art Pepper, and then playing some quotes from Miles on a few gigs in 1985?"

LOL nice try sic, but c'mon - Giffen profited from the work and imagination of another artist without any kind of acknowledgement (until he was caught swiping panel after panel after panel) - really don't see the difference between him and Stan Lee here.

I'm not familiar with his work before he started half-writing it, but my impression of the Kirby period is that he was influenced by Kirby body language (certainly he was the only Marvel artist ever to be so) and stuck Starlin faces over the top, not that he was ripping Kirby panels.

And the Munoz rips sit extremely different in context 33 years later, having seen many instances of Giffen first taking on another style and then adapting it to his own ends (eg keeping shadowy faces through a couple of styles after Munoz, taking on a fine-lined Maguire-esque approach to faces on the Invasion fill-in, then rebuilding his entire structure of body language around those blocky heads by The Magic Wars [and then dumping that style and inventing an entirely new one in two months before 5YL!]). Out of hundreds of panels he did in the Munoz style, directly quoting 8 or so of them doesn't bother me overmuch. It's 1985! Half the best records out are made of huge actual samples of other records. Plus at the same time he was working on ways of arranging panels and panel-to-panel flow that had nothing to do with Munoz' storytelling.

Denying it once was nagl, fessing up immediately after that and continuing to give shine to Munoz and apologies to the entire world for decades afterwards has surely earned him your slightly-reduced enmity.

Bing The Mighty Seat (sic), Thursday, 22 November 2018 19:28 (ten months ago) link

I wish the Magic Wars stuff was collected, doesn’t seem to be(?); so I haven’t read the end of the Baxter series (and the end of “true”/classic LSH, as far as I’m concerned).

my guitar friend wants his money (morrisp), Thursday, 22 November 2018 22:33 (ten months ago) link

(5YL also hasn’t been collected, and probably should be, for historical interest — but I don’t think it’s aged very well.)

my guitar friend wants his money (morrisp), Thursday, 22 November 2018 22:37 (ten months ago) link

All of it's on Comixology.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 22 November 2018 22:49 (ten months ago) link

Cool, maybe I’ll check it out next time they run a promotion or something.

my guitar friend wants his money (morrisp), Thursday, 22 November 2018 23:48 (ten months ago) link

I think they're $1.99 an issue. I've never seen them on sale but fingers crossed.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 23 November 2018 00:43 (nine months ago) link

Huh, that does seem more economical (on a per-issue basis) than the collections themselves, when they exist (I think the Magic Wars arc itself is only 4 issues, but there are a lot of issues prior to that I’d like to go through).

my guitar friend wants his money (morrisp), Friday, 23 November 2018 01:37 (nine months ago) link

afaik only the first 5 out of 63 issues of the Baxter series were collected? It’s probably still cheaper to buy on paper than digital even today (I bought the Tales Of newsprint reprints in the ‘90s when I caught up during 5YL)

There are for sure some reallly fallow periods when Giffen’s not on the book, but it all pays off (yeah, he’s back a year or so before Magic Wars) & Levitz is good at keeping the soap churning.

Bing The Mighty Seat (sic), Friday, 23 November 2018 08:51 (nine months ago) link

afaik only the first 5 out of 63 issues of the Baxter series were collected?

I thought so too, but searched last night and apparently there’s one more (collecting #7-12): http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Legion_of_Super-Heroes:_The_More_Things_Change

I think Giffen’s mostly absent from that arc.

That still leaves 51 issues of the Baxter series floating out there; maybe I will try to track them down on paper (my preferred format); make it a 2019 hobby.

my guitar friend wants his money (morrisp), Friday, 23 November 2018 15:21 (nine months ago) link

Bell and Hockridge wrote some jokes over the top of a comic that already existed.

that is a pretty insulting summary of their work!

Chuck_Tatum, Friday, 23 November 2018 16:18 (nine months ago) link

counterpoint: it is mindbogglingly insulting to Goscinny et Uderzo to suggest otherwise

Bing The Mighty Seat (sic), Friday, 23 November 2018 16:42 (nine months ago) link

I'm going to put aside the matter of Thief Giffen as I don't think sic and I are ever going to reach much accord on that and agree very strongly with him on this. Chuck, you seem to be claiming writerly privileges for Bell and Hockridge that would not be given to any other translator, afaik. I mean, don't all translators create their own approximations and variations of linguistic puns, local jokes, character names etc - that's the job of a translator!

Ward Fowler, Friday, 23 November 2018 16:58 (nine months ago) link

is "genuine writer" supposed to mean they transcend the limitations of the piddling, juvenile medium, or something?

― my guitar friend wants his money (morrisp), Monday, November 19, 2018 11:35 PM

It mostly means that many comic fans are untrustworthy and "amazing" tends to mean just being distinctly better than most comics you read. I don't trust my memory of what I thought was amazing years ago because my standards were mostly based on reading certain kinds of comics.

As a teenage comic fan I liked Bruce Jones a great deal and at his best he was possibly very good, but a lot of that affection probably came from subject matter, approach, that he worked mostly with the best artists (he was good at drawing too) and the fact that he wasn't in the harrowingly shit cringetastic "hip" mode of a lot of the comics that were popular in the 00s. Bruce Jones wrote quite a number of novels so I'm curious to try them someday.

There were quite a few writers I liked just because they gave me a break from things I didn't like. Sometimes it's like how I feel about Jean Rollin in films: I respect him for what he's NOT doing more than thinking he's particularly great. Will Eisner is kinda like this, obviously great drawings/compositions and his writing goes down easy, but the tales are instantly forgettable.

I used to hear a lot of respect for writers like John Stanley and Carl Barks but it might be a similar thing. No idea, I don't think I've ever read Barks.

I've seen quite a few discerning readers rate Kazuo Koike as some sort of genius, probably uneven.

Chuck Tatum says "But at the same time, he's not a gateway drug and he's not a "comics for people who don't like comics" writer."

I thought Gaiman a textbook example of both. There's lots of people who only seem to read Sandman and the related titles.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 23 November 2018 18:57 (nine months ago) link

I'm pretty sure there's plenty of writers of books and comics who have only done very good work, but they tend to have smaller bodies of work.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 23 November 2018 18:59 (nine months ago) link

john stanley was a genuinely great writer who wrote terrific dialogue and clever plots, he is def worth checking out

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Friday, 23 November 2018 19:49 (nine months ago) link

Some people also really rate Hector German Oesterheld but I haven't sampled yet.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 23 November 2018 20:12 (nine months ago) link

Thief Giffen

:D :D

I think Giffen’s mostly absent from that arc.

yeah, he dropped out as penciller after issue #2, and altogether after #5

--

Chuck, try this as an illustration of why I'm disagreeing: with any English-language volume of Asterix, take away any of the captions that refer to the scenario, plot or setting; remove any of the dialogue that illustrates or depends upon characterisation, or that advances the plot; then get rid of all of the drawings, the colour, and the panel borders. What's left is a comic originated by Anthea Bell and Derek Hockridge.

Bing The Mighty Seat (sic), Friday, 23 November 2018 21:50 (nine months ago) link

the good funny bits

mark s, Friday, 23 November 2018 22:07 (nine months ago) link

Will Eisner is kinda like this, obviously great drawings/compositions and his writing goes down easy, but the tales are instantly forgettable

loads of the late 1940s Spirits he wrote himself are absolutely crackerjack on "plotting or concepts. " nearly everything after the 1950s is absolute waste in both writing and compositions.

I thought Gaiman a textbook example of both

yah

Now that RAG has clarified that he does mean cartoonists, not just writer-only ppl, some genuinely good writers:

George Herriman
Frank King
Elzie Segar
Walt Kelly
Charles Schulz
Bill Watterson
Georges Remi
Rene Goscinny
Harvey Kurtzman
John Stanley
Carl Barks
Jules Feiffer
Robert Crumb
Bill Griffith
Shary Flenniken
Dori Seda
Justin Green
Claire Bretecher
Phoebe Gloeckner
Gahan Wilson
Tove Jansson
Gregory Gallant
Jaime Hernandez
Gilbert Hernandez
Franklin C. Ware
Chester Brown
Jim Woodring
Peter Bagge
Dan Clowes
Eddie Campbell
Roger Langridge
Simon Hanselmann
Kevin Huizenga
Dash Shaw
Jacques Tardi
Tim Hensley
Lewis Trondheim
Ho Che Anderson
Sammy Harkham
Michael DeForge
Lisa Hanawalt
Jason Shiga
Peter Blegvad
Emily Carroll
Kate Beaton
Julia Gforer
Alan Moore
Olivia Jaimes

Bing The Mighty Seat (sic), Friday, 23 November 2018 22:35 (nine months ago) link

yeah, he dropped out as penciller after issue #2, and altogether after #5

Looks like he did a little penciling in #11: http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Legion_of_Super-Heroes_Vol_3_11

I ordered a “Like New” copy of this collection for $15, looking forward to it.

my guitar friend wants his money (morrisp), Friday, 23 November 2018 22:40 (nine months ago) link

(I actually have #10 on my shelf already; it’s one of the few LSH comics I picked up as a kid: http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Legion_of_Super-Heroes_Vol_3_10)

my guitar friend wants his money (morrisp), Friday, 23 November 2018 22:49 (nine months ago) link

Reading up a little more, perhaps I should just stop at #18 (the Crisis crossover issue),
as I understand that everything afterward is now apocryphal/non-canon... (lol)

my guitar friend wants his money (morrisp), Saturday, 24 November 2018 04:31 (nine months ago) link

pretty sure I have linked morris to this before but if you want to record your readalong: The Legion Of Super Heroes: Classic Or Dud?

Bing The Mighty Seat (sic), Saturday, 24 November 2018 19:17 (nine months ago) link

Thanks, sic (and sorry to sidetrack yet another thread with Cliff Claven–esque LSH ramblings, if that’s what I’ve done here...)

my guitar friend wants his money (morrisp), Sunday, 25 November 2018 05:02 (nine months ago) link

I mean, don't all translators create their own approximations and variations of linguistic puns, local jokes, character names etc - that's the job of a translator!

This is fair! I guess what makes me want to stand up for Bell is that the jokes and puns in her translations are (in UK culture, at least) as iconic and essential contributions to the book as Goscinny's or Uderzo's - although, of course, as Sic notes, her contribution wouldn't exist without their previous work.

That's not to take away from G & U, more to acknowledge that a simple "translated by..." note never seems like enough recognition to me.

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 26 November 2018 15:33 (nine months ago) link

I think we're all agreed that Bell and Hockridge were exceptional translators, and that Asterix was an especially tricky text to translate well.

But when I was a kid, getting into Asterix, most of the puns - and all of the classical allusions - soared right over my head. I was responding to the slapstick, the characters, the energy of Uderzo's drawing, the structural precision of Goscinny's plotting.

I think it's interesting that all of that witty wordplay is absent from Goscinny's Lucky Luke scripts - apparently because Morris simply didn't care for puns.

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 27 November 2018 09:53 (nine months ago) link

Speaking of Munoz, what about Sampayo as a writer?

john stanley was a genuinely great writer who wrote terrific dialogue and clever plots, he is def worth checking out

Yeah, I got one of the old Another Rainbow sets a decade ago and was amazed at how good he was, especially since the structure was so formulaic. I would roll my eyes every time there was yet another "Lulu babysits Alvin and tells him a tale" story and then by the end of each one be like "Wow, that was great!"

Iou Kuroda is a good writer, but his best work (the eggplant themed Nasu series, and his short stories) hasn't been officially translated.

Agree on Trondheim. Lapinot has great dialogue and situations. Burned out on Sfar (he's reeeeeally hated by a lot of French readers on an almost-visceral level - not sure why).

Late 70s-early 80s Bill Griffith is incredible - the Rousseau bio, the Claude Funston wet dreams one, Griffith's Observatory. Peter Bagge once said that Griffith may have been the best cartoonist on earth in that period and I'm tempted to agree.

Yoshiharu Tsuge of course.

gjoon1, Saturday, 1 December 2018 00:10 (nine months ago) link

I quite like that early 60s John Stanley horror story about the hand coming from the sewers, it was allowed to be a bit grimmer because the publisher (Dell?) was one of the few to escape the comics code. I never seen any of those other stories from that era. I think he only did a few of them.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 1 December 2018 13:35 (nine months ago) link

Bagge otm re pre-syndicate Griffith

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Saturday, 1 December 2018 17:24 (nine months ago) link

just finished the most recent issues of Piskor's X-Men recap (which is fun in its silliness) and man this really cemented my opinion upthread re: Claremont and his terrible ideas. Had forgotten the whole yakuza/ninja plotline but you can throw that on the trash heap with the Alien ripoff, space pirates, 18thc. costume drama, etc.

Οὖτις, Monday, 3 December 2018 23:36 (nine months ago) link

Hard mild-mannered disagree

Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 23:58 (nine months ago) link

I have no good reasons but I love the Alien ripoff and also the idea that 80s teenagers spent the decade following Claremont's wackadoo idiosyncrasies and fetishes like they were the Talmud or something

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 00:00 (nine months ago) link


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