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What If?

Today:

Greg Hunter talks to cartoonist Caitlin Skaalrud (Houses of the Holy)

Elsewhere:

Lauren Weinstein posted one of the best short stories I've seen since, well, her last post earlier this year. Lauren's on a roll, and good on our pal Nicole Rudick for publishing this amazing piece of art at the Paris Review.

Phoebe Gloeckner is having another well-deserved moment in the sun, via the film adaptation of her masterpiece The Diary of a Teenage Girl.

Ines Estrada calls attention to this book she co-edited about Mexican zines, a topic about which I know nothing. The book looks great. Gimme!

Here's are two questions for the peanut gallery which will do nothing for my reputation:

1) Does anyone remember which issue of the Fantastic Four opened with a splash of The Thing making/admiring an anchovy pizza? Here's a free idea for all your movie execs: A solo Thing movie in which he roams around "New Brooklyn", raging against micro brews and condo developments! Furious about pour-over coffee! Take it, it's yours.

2) Remember What If? Who has a favorite What If issue? What a funny premise for a comic that I took so seriously as a kid. I wish it still existed, but for ALL comics (What If Louis Riel was Immortal? What if Chunky Rice was a Wolf?) and that Daniel Clowes wrote them ALL and Rick Altergott drew them ALL. Dream team! Youth! Happiness!


13 Responses to What If?

  1. Matt Seneca says:

    Rob Liefeld’s “What if Wolverine was an agent of Shield” is supreme, at least until we get Chris Ware’s “What if Chris Ware was a member of Glo Gang”

  2. Chris Mautner says:

    I think What If was the only series I had a full run of as a kid.

  3. Dan Nadel says:

    First of all, I want to thank Matt Seneca for being brave enough to step up to the plate here. But I’m confused: Is that Liefeld What If real? I thought What If stopped in the late 80s?

  4. Dan Nadel says:

    It’s possible that What If was a training ground for all great comics critics!

  5. Tucker Stone says:

    What It Conan the Barbarian Were Stranded In The 20th Century.

    second favorite

    What If Wolverine was Lord of the Vampires

  6. Oliver_C says:

    What if ‘What If’ writer George Caragonne had never accepted a job at Penthouse Comix?

  7. Robert Boyd says:

    I liked the “What If the Avengers Never Were” because of the Gil Kane art that looked like it was inked with a flair pen (which I loved).

  8. Bertram says:

    What if Gary Groth had accepted that job offer from Marvel in the late ’70s?

  9. Jon says:

    What If… Wolverine Had Beaten the Hulk? I saw that when I was a kid and reacted, “Wait, so Hulk beat Wolverine? I must find this!”

  10. There was more than one volume. The Liefeld thing is for real, true believer.

    For me, #1 of the second volume: What If the Avengers Lost the [truly terrible cross-over] Evolutionary War? [Answer: everyone gets macrocephalic and floats off into space as part of the Uni-Mind from Kirby’s Eternals, except for Daredevil who just mopes around instead]

  11. Bertram says:

    I remember that one! God that was awful…the dominant personality in the Uni-Mind was –can you guess? WOLVERINE and when it/they take out Galactus, his tiny disembodied face sheds a tear…

  12. Pacific Standard Simon says:

    What If… Forbush Man Was Marvel’s Most Popular Character Of All Time?

  13. That Thing comic was a Two In One I can’t remember the exact issue. They still do What Ifs? At MArvel. The difference is that they are terrible.

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