are a superstitious, cowardly lot
I must be a creature of the night; black,
I shall become
the Substitute Letters Editor!"
I read not only the 2 part Mark Waid interview, from the Archives, but also the Devin Grayson interview, from the current issue. Both were excellent.
I had the great opportunity of meeting Mark Waid at Richmond Comix, in Richmond, Virginia back in May, I think it was. I got there before he did, and stayed until the end. Mr. Waid was gracious the entire time. If any of your readers have the opportunity to meet him, tell them to do it!
There were two instances that stuck out to me no, three:
1) he signed three of my books (personalized to me- thank you, Mr. Waid) including a personal affirmation I asked him to include.
2) He drew us into a discussion about Superman, and though he was first incredulous at my suggestion that Supes pick up Firestorm's unused villains ("Like who?!") I think I gave him pause at the suggestions of Killer Frost, Multiplex ("Yeah, but not with that name. 'Multiplex' makes him sound like he's a movie theatre.") and the Hyenas (he raised an eyebrow, in that "Well maybe" look, at my suggestion that they would be a challenge, since their power is magically produced). That was a huge boost to my ego/confidence/whatever ya wanna call it.
3) I asked if I could ask him a question about Devin Grayson (girlfriend and fellow writer). He briefly tensed, though he tried (graciously, as ever) to not show it, and said, "Yeah, sure." When the question turned out to be about comics she might want to write, in conneciton with "The Titans," he relaxed back to normal, and graciously gave me some input.
Maybe this wasn't such a huge moment, but I was watching him like a hawk, the entire time he was there, and for myself, I felt that this reaction (or lack thereof- however you want to look at it) gave me tremendous insight into an aspect of Mark Waid I wasn't intentionally looking for. Overall, I would have to say that it increased my respect for the man, as I only really know his writing, not him personally.
Thanks for an interview that let me remember a meeting with a professional, whose work I look at for inspiration. This isn't just ass-kissing, but I truly think that Mr. Waid is one of a handful of writers in the industry (yeah, yeah- "what industry?" I know) who are raising the bar on the standards of good writing.
Thank you, Mr. Waid, and thank you, Fanzing.
Dear Mr. Mark "the Shark" Gillins,
I was perusing the Fanzing archives and read your SUPERB piece, "The Death of Superman: A Writer's Escape," in Issue #21. AWESOME job at carefully illustrating how this single event (Superman's Death) has instrinsically reshaped the entire DC Universe and significantly impacted the members of that Universe.
Just writing to to report some misinformation in the article about Quality Comics heroes.
First of all, Tor the Magic Master, as he was called in the Golden Age, did in fact speak backwards during his Golden Age appearances. In my collection, I had at one time an issue of Crack Comics in which Tor appeared, and he was clearly talking backwards to work his magic.
Second, The Raven, who appeard in the Spider Widow stories in Feature Comics, was a male hero, not a heroine. I have the three issues in which Phantom Lady appears, and Raven is clearly a man. In the case of Phantom Lady, the origin story you give was created by the fine folks at DC Comics, not by Quality.
Finally, in the timeline. In 1978, the Martha Roberts who clears Doll Man of murder charges is the Martha Roberts of Earth-1 (this was back in those wacky Parallel Earth days), not the Martha Roberts of Earth-X, who appeared as Doll Girl and died before the Fighters came to Earth-1.
Other than that, I'm impressed with the amount of work that went into this article.
I have a Giant Superman annual -- Silver Anniversary issue-1938-1963. Featuring the greatest Superman stories published during the last 25 years. #7, summer of 1963 issue in near mint condition -- and was wondering what it is worth. I have a stack of about 20 more also. I was wondering if you guys have any idea on the value of this magazine and if there is a web page where I can find out about the others.If you could, E-mail me back.
Thanks a lot,
Thanks for all the hard work and great product this year. As someone who has no writing or drawing skills, I appreciate the extensive time and effort that is put into the Fanzing to make it so exceptional. Happy new year to the whole Fanzing staff.
I'd like to extend a big "You're welcome!" from everyone here at Fanzing, Andy! It's always nice to hear that readers enjoy Fanzing as much as we enjoy creating it! But, if you thought last year was good, it's a pretty safe bet that this year will be even better!
Well, that's all the letters for now, but be sure to come back next Fanzing for more; "same Bat-time, same Bat-channel!"
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