Now, are you in for a treat! Bashful BARRY PEARL, one
of the men behind-the-scenes on the recent TASCHEN book on
MARVEL (and who supplies many of the scans for Rascally ROY
THOMAS's ALTER-EGO mag) has generously consented to write
a guest-post for this here Blog of mine. That'll give you a rest from
reading about me prattling on about myself. So, without further
ado, let's see what interesting stuff Barry has for us.
Don’t think that, to early Marvel, the 'superheroes' were
their respective staff tended to work under just one editor. Mort
Weisinger edited the 'Superman Family' of magazines; Jack
Schiff edited the 'Batman Family' and Julius Schwartz edit-
ed The Flash, Green Lantern and JLA, amongst others. They
generally didn't share writers, artists, or ideas, so a Martian in a
Superman comic would look different to one in a Green
30 comics a month and each editor was responsible for around half
a dozen of them. Most of DC's comics were published six to eight
times a year, with extra mags during the summer to give circulation
a boost. That usually gave a creative team 45 to 60 days to com-
plete an entire comic. The monthlies, Action, Detective and
Adventure Comics, had fillers, giving the artists more time
to finish the main stories.
them. Kanigher also wrote the origin of the Silver Age Flash
and is famous for his work on Wonder Woman.
the comics: superhero, romance, war and westerns. Stan also
from the 1940s, and appeared in the Silver Age first in a western
months before he met The Fantastic Four? Below is the
TGK's cover , along with an unpublished one for the FF.
he had many of his teenage characters graduate High School
started this trend in Patsy and Hedy, who graduated High School
in issue #95 in 1964. A little later, The X-Men would, too, and
soon Peter Parker also received his diploma. In all three strips
this was a big event, but Stan liked to give the appearance
of change without really changing anything.
is doing in Peter’s science classes, is a mystery. And blonde
Liz Allen is 'exchanged' for blonde Gwen Stacy.
in the same building and he's still their only teacher in what is,
effectively, 'College'. As I said, this is not really change, but
merely the illusion of change.
And it all started in the Romance mags.
Thanks once again to Barry, and I'm sure all Criv-ites
will join me in hoping that Barry's cat, KIRBY, who has
been ill recently, will be back to his normal self soon.