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BLOGGIN’ AIN’T A WALK IN THE PARK
It was bound to happen. I’m surprised that it didn’t happen sooner. I made a whopper of a mistake. Not the kind of mistake that would make anyone mad, just the kind of mistake that makes me look stupid. In my post a few days ago, regarding Peter David, I said something about the fact that he and I had never worked together. This was not the truth, as both Mark and Kara pointed out in the comments section.
Even though it had slipped my memory, I had published six issues of work by Peter David. I’ve got no excuses. I’ve got no explanation. Peter wrote six issues of Jim Starlin’s Dreadstar (part of the Bravura imprint) which featured art by the phenomenal Ernie Colón. I don’t know why this didn’t come to mind when I was writing the story about Peter, my daughter and the TV show Space Cases.
I don’t know if Peter and Ernie are owed an apology, but I know that my fanatical readers are … so … I’m sorry. This is the reason that almost all of my posts here end with the caveat, “That’s my version of the story.” It is a way for me to acknowledge that my memory isn’t perfect and even if I remember it clearly, others memory of exactly the same situation may be different.
I encourage all of my readers to do exactly what Kara and Mark did. If you catch me in an error, point it out. It is more important to get it right than for me to be right.
FANATIC QUIZ QUESTION ANSWER FROM LAST WEEK
What do Rocket Raccoon #1 (of 4), Cloak and Dagger #1 (of 4), and Jack of Hearts #1 (of 4) have in common? My answer: writer BILL MANTLO. Bill Mantlo as the writer/creator of all these characters as well as the writer of each of these mini-series. From 1974 to 1988, Bill Mantlo was one of comics most prolific writers, mostly at Marvel Comics, where he started in the production department. While his first credit was as a colorist, his first writing assignment came when editor Tony Isabella was in a deadline jam on the black-and-white magazine The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu. Mantlo quickly scripted a Sons of the Tiger story for (then) newcomer George Pérez.
As part of Marvel’s goal to stop using reprint material when creators got behind on their deadlines (remember the disappointment of buying a new comic and discovering reprint material inside due to the “dreaded deadline doom?”) Mantlo picked up a number of assignments to create stand-alone fill-in issues. Mantlo’s resume includes an issue or two on nearly every title that Marvel published at the time.
In addition to creating Rocket Raccoon in the pages of Incredible Hulk and Cloak and Dagger in the pages of Spectacular Spider-Man, his creations Jack of Hearts and White Tiger (reportedly the first Puerto Rican superhero) were launched in the pages of Deadly Hands of Kung Fu magazine. He also was the regular writer on licensed properties Rom: Spaceknight and Micronauts, creating enough positive fan support that drove both series to long healthy runs. Mantlo also worked on high visibility mainstream Marvel titles with distinguished runs on Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Spectacular Spider-Man and Marvel Team-Up.
By 1988, Bill was finishing his law degree and doing less and less comic book work. In 1992, Bill Mantlo has hit by car while rollerblading. Not wearing a helmet, Mantlo suffered severe head trama from which he has never fully recovered. You can check out more details at Wikipedia HERE, but an even better summary of his career can be found HERE.
FANATIC QUIZ QUESTION OF THE WEEK
I had so much fun with this last group of “what do we have in common” pieces of art that I’ve decided to do it again. Okay, Fanatics, pay attention ! ! !
Check out the four pieces of artwork above and let me know what you think they have in common. There may be more than one answer, but there is only ONE correct answer … and it is the one I’m thinking of. So essentially this is a “mind reading” quiz of the week.
FANATIC BLOG OF THE WEEK
One click and you’ll see that this is exactly the kind of blog that I love to refer, honor and adore here at Funny Book Fanatic. Generous artwork, behind the scenes stories, interior pages and all dedicated to the retro/nostalgia that made me pursue a career in comics with a dogged determination that haunts me to this day. Prepare your eyeballs, this blog is big and loud, especially the full-page header that will fill your computer screen (and featuring cool superhero art by John Buscema). These are hard-workin’ bloggers. Lloyd Smith (and his friend Jonathan Gilbert) has six blogs hosted at Blogger™ alone. Only a couple of weeks ago, on his Red Lion Publications blog, Lloyd and Jonathan announced the establishment of a new publishing enterprise and started soliciting for art and lettering submissions. Yep, that means that Mr. Gilbert is no longer working as writer/editor at CE Publishing Group.
SANDS THROUGH THE BLACK WIDOW HOURGLASS
A few weeks ago I raved about Marvel’s decision to have Emily Blunt play Natasha Romanoff, The Black Widow, in the upcoming Iron Man II movie. As I mentioned, my daughter and I had been debating it for months and even though we were both Blunt fans, it hadn’t occured to us … but once it had, the casting seemed perfect.
Now, it seems that Blunt may have a conflict with her commitment to the Gulliver’s Travels movie, which may prevent her participation with Favreau and Downey on ol’ Shellhead’s second movie. Shame, shame. Probably not the level of the DougRay Scott tragedy (if you don’t know this one … you can ask me to explain it … or you can look it up), but certainly unfortunate. Then came the news about the wrong-headed choice to replace Blunt … the beautiful, talented and COMPLETELY WRONG Scarlett Johansson.
Johansson is wrong in so many ways. When they were suggested to me, I thought that both Hilary Swank and Jennifer Garner were bad choices (even though I like both actresses quite a lot). Both of them would have been superior choices to the soft, weak and completely un-threatening Johansson. Next to Johansson, even Gwyneth Paltrow (who plays Pepper Potts) seems like a bad-ass.
On the drive to Lake Havasu, I was getting my regular Howard Stern/Sirius Radio fix and the guest on the show was Eliza Dushku (formerly of Buffy and Tru Calling, now of Fox’s Dollhouse). She was talking at length about how she had been working on her Russian and she thought she was perfect to play the Black Widow. I love Eliza, but she isn’t right either.
Without Blunt, I don’t see any REALLY great choices on the horizon. Perhaps if we put our fanatic heads together, we can come up with the perfect alternative. Too bad Famke Janssen was already Jean Grey, wouldn’t she make a great Natasha?
IF SCARLETT JOHANSSON IS WRONG, WHO WOULD BE PERFECT TO PLAY THE BLACK WIDOW?? Jennifer Connelly? Courtney Cox? Lena Headey? Rosemarie DeWitt? Alexa Davalos?
MUST NOT BE TRUE, OTHERWISE THE COMIC SITES WOULD BE ALL OVER THIS RUMOR
Clint “Hawkeye” Barton to appear in Iron Man II movie
There is a rumor about Hawkeye showing up with the Black Widow in a number of places on the internet (including the unofficial Iron Man 2 movie blog), most of them dating back to the middle of December. Another site has a discussion from mid-January. It all seems to start with rumor reports from either Latino Review or CinemaBlend.com. While the casting of The Black Widow has been a subject of much discussion, the casting of Hawkeye hasn’t been mentioned by anyone. So either the rumor isn’t true or the part hasn’t been cast yet.
My vote for Hawkeye: either Nathan Fillian (if they make him Tony’s age) or Ryan Gosling (if they make him approximately the same age as Natasha). I’ve seen people suggesting Jason Statham and Clive Owen … and those people are just wrong.
— Dave Olbrich (DWO) Thurs. Feb. 19, 2009