- This has been around for a few weeks but, in case you haven't read it yet, Gary Groth has a rather scathing piece on Jim Shooter's attempts at re-writing comics history. More specifically, his place in it. It's a bit long, but worth the read. It was the Kirby art fight of the mid-1980s that really got me interested in the creators originally, so I remember much of what was talked about at the time and my recollections definitely line up with Groth's. Despite his sometimes off-putting tone, his version is decidedly more accurate than Shooter's. I might add, though, that his final question, "Has anyone falsified a moment in comics history more persistently than Jim Shooter?" might be answered with "Stan Lee" and/or "Bob Kane."
- This was actually posted before the Independence Day holiday, but Danny uploaded the most unusual image with a patriotic theme that I've ever seen in a Marvel comic.
- If you've read this blog for any length of time, you'll know I've got an interest in comic fandom, so I have to point out this Call For Papers (CFP) for a special issue of Transformative Works and Cultures that will focus on "Appropriating, Interpreting, and Transforming Comic Books." The deadline for submission is April 1, 2012. I'm already noodling what I might want to write up to send them.