An unplanned and prolonged visit to the ER on a neighbor’s behalf (nothing serious) means that there’s a pretty good chance I missed something this morning. So please forgive me that.
This morning, we are reposting the 1999 Comics Journal interview with the late Sheldon Moldoff (most well-known for his work on Batman) conducted by Steve Ringgenberg. Here’s an excerpt:
No, I never had any story credit or anything on it. Everything is Bob Kane. And I say it would have been nice, if at some point, he would have said, “Shelly, I’m really famous now and it’s time to say thanks to a couple of people.” Jerry Robinson, other people, give us a word of thanks. It would have made him a bigger person. It wouldn’t have hurt him any to say, “These people helped me.”
Also, this morning, it looks like Joe McCulloch has finally gone insane, using his weekly guide to new comics to write a nearly book-length treatise on a 1980 issue of Métal Hurlant. It’s a good kind of insane, though, featuring his thoughts on Pratt, Chaland, and Druillet, among others.
And Jesse Pearson reviews Kingdom Come, J.G. Ballard’s final novel, just published for the first time in the United States.
Elsewhere, my confrère Dan Nadel finally broke down
and started a Tumblr. If you like a good rant, ask Ray Sohn his thoughts on Tumblr some time.
As has been noted many places, a new small batch of Penguin Graphic Classics covers has been released. Mike Mignola’s cover for Heart of Darkness is getting the most attention. It’s a striking image, and Mignola is a master, but something about it sits wrong to me—it’s too cartoonish an image of evil when compared to the horrors of the novella. It may work better in person, though. Ross MacDonald’s cover for Robert Graves’s Greek Myths (a truly great book) is amusing, but bugs me if only because it furthers the idiotic notion that superheroes are our modern mythology. I know, I know, it’s a joke.
I’m not familiar with Hannah Eaton’s work, but this preview/interview over at Forbidden Planet blog looks promising.