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THOUGHTS AT THREE A.M.
by editor I forgot my name

I met Dan Jurgens recently. Finally, I get to meet a real comic book writer/artist. What's funny is that there wasn't really a big line of people waiting to talk to him.

You see, this was Micro Con '98 in Minneapolis, and Dan and Gordon Purcell (who was sitting next to Dan) are both residents of the Twin Cities. Most comic fans in the area have already seen Dan Jurgens at previous cons or hanging around at the College of Comic Book Knowledge or in numerous other comic shops. So there sits the man who has been at the helm of Superman for most of the last decade, and he's getting the random visit from a passerby! Wow! Perfect! That means I get to talk to him.

Now, what the hell do I say to him?

No idea. Absolute blank. I'm also like this with women.

I finally approached him and mentioned that I'm the guy who recently ran a contest based on his advice. He seemed to mull this over. I added that he probably gets a lot of e-mail; he agreed, but vaguely remembered seeing an e-mail from me a couple months ago. I'd bought a copy of All-Star Squadron which featured an early pinup by him (back when he was billed as the artist on Sun Devils, to give you an idea of how long ago this was) and he readily signed it. I then came to the stunning realization that I should have created the certificate that Bill Wiist won for that same contest; I could have had it signed by Dan Jurgens! Curse me for a fool!

Dan seems to be a very nice guy, which explains why he continues to live in the Midwest. As I watched, a kid (had to be about 13) showed Dan his work and Dan encouraged him to keep trying to get into the industry.

So, I emerged from my first meeting with a comic book pro with the right amount of casualness, as though to say, "I'm going to be in the business very soon, so I'm not going to slobber."

Foshay Tower

Now that I actually live in the Twin Cities, Dan Jurgens' depiction of the destruction of the Foshay Tower is much more significant. Too bad Booster Gold didn't stay in Minneapolis.

As I write this, "Girl Frenzy" week has come and gone. Does anyone find it odd that, with the many, many underused heroines owned by DC (as highlighted in the second issue of Fanzing; you can read that article in our Archives ), Girl Frenzy focused on:

  • Superman's non-powered wife.
  • A heroine who hasn't been active for several years, so they have to show a story from before she was crippled.
  • A heroine whose history is so screwed up that she has to remember an earlier time when she had powers.
  • A villain
  • A team of villains
  • A new character whose story really focuses on three boys
  • A minor character, now dead, who doesn't even behave as she did in the one story she had before. (For those of you who didn't read JLA #5, Tomorrow Woman never knew she was a weapon. She certainly wouldn't have said things like, "Let me kill them!")

A few of these efforts were satisfactory, but it seems to me that DC could have used this week as a chance to highlight characters who otherwise won't get attention, such as Firehawk, Vixen, Fire (we should probably refer to her as Green Flame again), Nightshade, Power Girl, Zatanna, Jesse Quick, Huntress…and if you're going to showcase dead people, why not do a story on fan-favorite Ice?

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