by Chaim Mattis Keller
This has been a good two months for letters. Let's begin with comments on our August issue...
From: Gary A. Valenzuela
Subject: DC Seinfeld! Bravo! Bravisimo!
Ok, I'm writing this my congratulations to Michael Rees, because he has made a story that make me laugh so hard. And it was a delight to read, because he has captured the essence of every character in his work, those from the DCU and those from the SU (Seinfeld universe).
Michael Rees, deserves a great ongoing attention from me, because I have no doubt that his next work(s) will be as good written like the one I'm praising now.
Oh, and I will conserve this story in printed form, so when I want some good laughs, I can decide between watching my tapes of Seinfeld or reading again your magnificent work...
Thanks again Michel Rees
Gary A. Valenzuela
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*** Supergirl (Kara Zor-El)
*** Christmas With The Superheroes #2 (Dec 1989)
So...I think we know who you'd vote for to win this writing challenge, don't we?
Here's some comments on our Wonder Woman theme...
Subject: Wonderful WW
Long time, no see. I enjoyed your WW article so much I thought I'd pass it along to RK. If you hear of an A-bomb detonation in Westchester County, figure he's read the piece.
Yes. The period from 1959-66 was indeed "innocent fun" and the characters, from Multiple Man to Mr. Genie to Wonder Tot, were magical. I, too, would love to see a collection of those stories but can do without the Stalinist revisionism so dear to the hearts of the movers and shakers in movies and comics.
Thanks, again, for bringing back all those wonderful memories.
PS Would have joined the Forum but couldn't figure out how to add my two cents worth.
The forum can be used for feedback such as yours, too, Robin! Hope to see you there soon!
Subject: Wonder Woman/Duke of Deception, Crimson Avenger as First 20th Century Costumed Hero
Vis a vis Duke: It would be interesting to see how the other Wonder Woman villains (e.g. Cheetah, Doctor Psycho) weathered the transition to the Silver Age/1960's. After all, Wonder Woman was one of the few charachters left during the 1950's. Although, like Superman, the rogue's gallery is not as strong as the Batman rogues gallery.
Did the Clock come before the Crimson Avenger? Starman#17 indicates he existed in the DCU, though he is now a public domain character.
I tried to look up the Clock in some of my usual reference source, but I can't find a definitive answer to your question, so I'm throwing it to the general readership. Can any of you out there tell us the date of the Clock's first appearance?
Looks like we put one over on some of our readers, eh?...
From: Paul Dunning
Subject: Tintin and Batman in The Clown Prince
I've just read your review of Tintin and Batman in The Clown Prince . Could you send me the ISBN for this book as I would like to get hold of a copy?
All the best
From: Immo Wemmel
Subject: the clown prince
How can I buy this book by Ruppert Griffin and art Matthew Minnich, probably a pastiche-parodie with Tintin and Batman.
Our editor, Michael Hutchison, responds:
Tintin and Batman in The Clown Prince: Sorry, guys. That was from Fanzing's April Fools issue. It doesn't actually exist.
Perhaps we should make it more obvious in some way. Maybe a disclaimer at the end?
I guess it's to Rupe's credit that he made it sound so realistic.
From: Adrián Gómez
Subject: The Intervention
David Schock's "The Intervention" is a very moving piece, reflecting both the dispair that one feels at the loss of a loved one, as well as the shock from an unexpected death. It is a heartfelt moment that gives a human dimension to Superman's cycle in Kingdom Come. Altough I understand that his hardening was necessary in order for the original plot to proceed, one wishes for an alternate end in which the Man of Steel is allowed to mourn and heal.
Adrián Gómez Reyes
P.S. You might want to spellcheck the story at least one more time :-)
Our editor, Michael Hutchison, replies:
I understand that there may be some typos left in the story. I assure you that editor David R. Black goes above and beyond in editing the stories. Let's just say that there are very well-paid spell-checkers who don't work as hard as Mr. Black when it comes to some of the submissions he gets.
This article still continues to generate interest...
Subject: SAVE THE COMICS BOOK INDUSTRY
All you say is most likely true, but the fact remains that a lot of the material is either set to attract the superhero nazi crowd, the manudo turn around five kid market, a phantom audience or just done to 1] keep someone's job,2]make the talent happy,3]do something different from the last six guys on the material-which part of the professional creators ongoing I do not copy, I am original, I am a genius pissing/dick measuring contest that a lot get into with living or dead creators on same or simular material,4]people doing anything just to keep working or working on material that they loved as a kid.
What we need is people as smart or smarter than Stan Lee, Martin Goodman and Roy Thomas. You will find this at the big two, in the last 20 years and may not in the next. The only guy beside myself is maybe the people at Dark Horse or Crossgen. Pass it on or not.
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Old business from our war issue from the same reader...
Not being an expert on the comic, all I can say is people like WWII. With popularity of that war, Hollywood cranked tons of the Duke, Mitchum, and other pictures. The Longest Day-an inspiration to Sgt.Rock, Combat-the series starring Sgt.Saunders and King Company, and much else. I think Robert Mitchums role inspired Rocks look anyway. And Saunders may be the inspiration for Sgt.Nick Fury-even if Kirby was not qualified to draw his likeness, he kind of got a simular face, As Kanigher,even he created lots of stuff, if you tried to read his Korak stuff, you are not getting Burroughs or anything close. His Korak wandered as aimlessly as most bad TV shows. Mindless retreads, badly handled that made the series as dumb as Logan's Run was years ago.
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Thanks for your insights!
This fiction story from our most recent issue received some high praise...
Subject: A Matter of Vengeance
Just wanted to drop a note to say terriffic story. You seemed to really get a good handle on the personalities of Dick, Babs and especially Jim Gordon.
Keep up the good work!
Subject: Nightwing - matter of Vengeance
WOW! Who needs to see the drawings with the images you make us see in our own heads! Great story and sub plot with Babs. I look forward to more. Thanks.
Subject: Arena - feedback
Excuse me but you seem to be missing several chapters of Arena by Linda Thackeray. 8 through 11 specifically. Are they archived somewhere else?
"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." (W.B.Yeats)
Oops! Click right here to see what you're missing. We'll have to tell our archive guy to fix that page. Readers, we do appreciate your bringing errors to our attention!
Subject: Re: Rupert Griffin's article...
...which can be summed up in three words:
Whine, whine, whine.
Thank you, good night.
And your opinion on the matter is...?
Subject: I am so sorry about your loss.
Michael Hutchison wrote:
There's the terrorist attack. Then I return to find out that Chuck Dixon is leaving DC Comics, which is hardly as important but is sad nonetheless. And then my grandmother died...which should be a sad event, but she hadn't been "around" for a decade due to Alzheimer's disease. It's sad, but in many ways she has been gone for years
I don't know if I should write this, it could open wounds, just barely beginning to knit.
My grandmother also had Alzheimer's and died the Friday before, we had her funeral Monday and then the attack Tuesday.
I know exactly where you are coming from.
There aren't any good words to say, that iI know of. But, if she was like my Grandmother, I know she loved you with all her heart, even more so now, that she remembers again.
Yours in mourning,
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Thank you for sharing that with us, Cliff. That's a beuatiful perspective on what can only be considered a horrible way to lose someone.
From: Lee Hollifield
Subject: Supergirl in the UK
I am a huge (now please forgive me) Supergirl fan and I live in England UK, and I'm writing in the hope that you will be able to tell me if and when 'Supergirl' will be released in Britain on a DVD of any form. No-one here seems to know some I'm hoping that you can shed some light. A Re-release on video in this country would also be gratefully accepted.
Thank you for taking time to read this.
It seems to be available on DVD from Amazon.com, who ship to Britain. However, it does seem that only Region 1 encoding is available. As for a VHS version, this is available from Amazon.com as well. If you have any further questions to ask, you might try contacting Anchor Bay Entertainment, who released the above versions.
From: m andre
Subject: I need your help finding a picture I saw in your site.
Not too long ago I saw a picture of Mighty Endowed and YJ on the beach.
Where is it?
And that wraps up the lettercol for this issue. Don't forget to vote for Fanzing in the Eagle Awards...see you next month!
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