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edy, a pictorial tonic to relieve the awesome affliction that threatens
us all, the endlessly spreading virus of too much reality in a world
that is losing its legends, a world that has lost its heroes."
reality" has finally infected the media which was originally created to
provide an escape from it. Or, if you prefer, to offer relievement from
BACK TO REALITY
about comics having "too much reality". He wrote, "Which would
you rather watch, a James Bond movie or Crossroads?" I would
watch James Bond.
much reality has finally infected the media which was originally
created to provide an escape from it, " he wrote. Very silly. If I
wanted laughable comics I would buy them. But I don't, I buy
comics to think about what I am reading. I buy my comics for
the Duck"? Take peter Parker, student at a university. The death
of Gwen Stacy shook him, but he soon got out of it.. His friendships
and hardships with Mary Jane Watson. His super-hero career does
not affect him in any way.
read "Funny" comics or read comics filled with signs of reality.
Think it over again. You might feel differently.
it was published or not. Going by his response to my James Bond
comparison, it seems plain that he didn't quite get what I was saying.
In fact, I'm far from convinced that he quite got what he was saying
either, as his logic lacks cohesion, based, as it is, on a misunder-
standing of my basic point.
Looking at my letter all these years later, I can only wonder why
I used an obsolete word like 'relievement' instead of 'relief', but apart
from that (and using the word 'media' instead of 'medium'), it wasn't
too bad, considering. So, how do I wrap this up? Ah, I know...
"Make Mine Marvel!"
UPDATE: Since first posting this, I've now acquired a
replacement copy of the actual issue. It's like holding a little piece
of history in my hands, which helps roll back the years to 1977 as if
it were only a couple or so years back. Incidentally, I now realise why
the photocopy of my letter was so faded - the letter itself as printed
in the comic wasn't too sharp to begin with. Still good to have the
'original' back in my possession 'though.