Twittering Away the Day

Oh it's been busy here.

On the site today:

*Dustin Harbin's suddenly, semi-controversial reportage about the Doug Wright Awards returns with Day 4.

*More Canada! More! Jeet Heer's new column is online and it's about Paying for It. Deal with it! We're not giving up until we set a record for the most coverage on any web site about a comic book about prostitution. Stay with us, people!

In related news, cartoonist Sammy Harkham took some time away from the telephone to do some tweeting about Paying for It. Here's my favorite part, but really, there's so much more. Some people can tweet. I'm not one of them, but Sammy has found a higher calling here. A real kibbitzer, this guy.

In non-Canadian news, here are a couple of very interesting things:

-Here's a conversation about repro techniques in the new Buz Sawyer book between writer Joakim Gunnarsson and the book's editor, Rick Norwood. This is a good peek behind the curtain about how decisions are made in relation to the material available. (via JT)

-Over at Vice, Nicholas Gazin has posted another good column, including brief interviews with Peter Bagge and, uh, yours truly. And he's gone weekly. Beware!

-And finally, this is an incredibly well researched article (thanks, SH) about Orrin C. Evans, a writer and publisher who was responsible for the first African-American comic book, All-Negro Comics. Completely new, fresh territory mined here:

All Negro Comics # 1 is a good read. More thought went into the stories than I can briefly recap. Ace Harlem works as a detective story, the dialog is realistic and the incidentals of the story, the root doctor and the juke box playing ‘Open the Door Richard’ reflect the culture of the creators, as do Sugarfoot and Hep Chicks. Lion Man, a character surprisingly like Lee and Kirby’s Black Panther, is a well thought out concept, born with a secret laboratory and a pesky junior sidekick and ready for some good ol pulpy jungle action. The book reads and looks pretty much the same as a Fox, Iger or Chesler book of the same time period.

Go check it out.

Oh, and does anyone have a copy of this? Seriously. I didn't know existed until Sean Howe pointed it out.


4 Responses to Twittering Away the Day

  1. dave hartley says:

    I assume the Harvey Kurtzman/Jack Davis video is the one up on YouTube in four parts.
    Part one here :

  2. Bill Kartalopoulos says:

    Yeah, I have that DVD. Stan keeps trying to “rib” Kurtzman, who is obviously very ill.

  3. patrick ford says:

    Harvey Kurtzman described working from Stan Lee’s scripts at Timely(Marvel) in the 50’s as:

    “The worst year of my life.”

    Kurtzman based his great story “The Man in the Gray Flannel Executive Suite” on his time working for Goodman, and Stan Lee in the 50’s:

    Kurtzman met his wife Adele who was Stan Lee’s girl Friday in the early 50’s while working for Timely.
    Kurtzman’s Goodman character is named Lucifer Schlock.
    If the story has a core of truth, Goodman/Schlock wouldn’t fire an editor. Instead he would try to make them quit by subjecting them to humiliation, marginalizing them, and taking away their staff. This is exactly what was happening to Stan in the late 50’s. According to Lee’s brother Larry (and many other sources) by 1958 the movable office wall system employed by Timely had boxed Lee into an alcove. Lee was a one man office without a staff, doing his own paste-ups.
    In Kurtzman’s story Lucifer Schlock drives a long-time editor to suicide. When the editor takes his own life by leaping out a window Schlock calls his secretary.

    LS: Mr. Eolith has just jumped out the window. Notify the proper authorities immediately.

    Miss Verifax :l’ll notify the police, and the hospital is there anything else?

    LS: What about the accounting department!!! You don’t think I’m going to keep a dead man on payroll! First things first Miss Verifax!

    Of course in real life Jack Kirby came walking in almost at the moment Stan was ready to jump.

    Jack Kirby: They were moving out the furniture.

    Dick Ayers: Things started to get really bad in 1958. One day when I went in Stan looked at me and said, “Gee whiz, my uncle goes by and he doesn’t even say hello to me.” He meant Martin Goodman. And he proceeds to tell me, “You know, it’s like a sinking ship and we’re the rats, and we’ve got to get off.” When I told Stan I was going to work for the post office, he said, “Before you do that let me send you something that you”ll ink.”

  4. These came out in VHS close to 20 years ago, I bought a discounted pack (which included the Kurtzman-Davis tape) from Bud Plant several years ago.

    There’s also a Bob Kane one with a couple of funny moments: one when Kane shows his obvious discomfort at being asked by Stan Lee to draw something for the public (he eventually manages to do a Batman sketch), and another in which Kane starts fuming at Jerry Robinson and his claims of having created the Joker.

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