Saturday, July 7, 2018


Just discovered that I haven't been receiving email notifications about comments for quite some time, so if you've posted a comment to the blog and haven't received a reply, it's because I wasn't aware of the comment.

I'm going to dig in and try to find and answer as many comments as I can in the coming week.  Please be patient and accept my apologies.  I love interacting with the folks that post here and do my best to answer every comment posted.

Stay tuned!


  1. Well, Dematteis, I hope you noticed the issue after you thought, "I haven't seen anything from that jerk who has been bugging me since the Amazon days. I don't suppose I could be so lucky that..."

    And yes, the question HAS been answered, what would an Ingmar Bergman Flash look like:


    1. Perfection! But where's the scene where Flash plays chess with death?

    2. That is obviously sequel, that comes out after the Crisis on Infinite Earth movie.

      Come on Dematteis, isn't it obvious? I mean come on, franchise.


  2. Now Dematteis, I'm going to throw a crazy idea at you. The Marvel revolution worked for the same reason Star Trek worked. It shared the same paradigm.

    Now, I know what you are thinking, "Obviously, that goes without saying, but I have no idea what you mean by that."

    Okay, like Star Trek, early Marvel are both a larger group centered around three people.

    Marvel - Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditcko
    Star Trek - Kirk, Bones, McCoy

    Both represent the mind and whole human experience.

    Kirby and Ditko, are diametrically opposed, just like Spock and Bones. Ditko was cool and private, Kirby warm and inviting. Ditko-conservative, Kirby-liberal.

    They even match up more than that. Like Bones, Kirby is emotion. Like Spock, Ditko promoted reason.

    In the middle, Stan Lee. Kirk. He is the charisma. The face. The ham. The one who connects with people. The one who moderates, and can balance ether partner's extremes

    Lee is also the one you would most expect to find with a green woman.

    It may even go further than that.

    I once saw character examination of Kirk. It implied that in the episode where Kirk is separated into two beings, one good and one evil, it is from his own experience how they take shape.

    Evil Kirk is decisive, good Kirk struggles to make a call. According to this person, it is because when Kirk was young he saw many people starve, due to the choices of a leader. Therefore in his subconscious he views such actions as potentially corrupting.

    Lee may have had something similar. HE watched Atlas almost die, under his control. All while they just chased fads, as one selection of books among many.

    Could this be why Lee was so hard-pushing in a Marvel style? A Marvel voice? Taht he believed that lack of distinction of a recognizable personalioty would lead to ruin/

    How the Hell do I know. DOn't ask me, despite my offers Stan lee is not my best friend... yet.

    Both groups are also surrounded by talented, important people, that fall by the way side in conversation. Don Heck is Chekhov.

    Am I right about any of this? Probably not. But I managed to kill some precious, precious time writing it.


    P.S. Can't you now see Jack Kirby saying "DAMMIT! STAN! I'm an artist, not a cobbler!"

    1. I will wait patiently for your Star Trek-Marvel book of essays.

      And I'm only half-joking, because it's...uh...fascinating.

    2. Well, that will be a long wait, because that is the only one I have.

      Except, for how "Plato's Step-Children" is a parable for the fate of E.C. comics.


    3. I suppose you could also argue that there is some correlation between "Mirror, Mirror" being the most remembered Star Trek episode, and the majority of remembered supervillians being an aspect of the hero gone wrong or to an d extreme, or being the complete inverse.

      Just look at Spider-Man and Batman's rogues gallery.

      And isn't the Red Skull just patriotism placed in the wrong group, and dialed up without personal values to mediate?

      Perhaps a meditation onhow man is always his own worst enemy, and we most hate what we see or fear in ourselves.

      They say the first thing you notice and compliment or criticize of a person is what you are most insecure about in yourself.

      Lex Luthor represents both. HE is both the inverse of Superman, being that he is distrustful of other species while Superman lives among one.

      But he is also similar to Superman in that they are both powered by there natural abilities, it is just in how they shoes to use them.

      Much like how the majority of Superman elseworlds tales hinge on him being raised by someone else, Lex and Supes difference is a separation of parental environments.


    4. I think everyone is fascinated by the "road not taken" aspect of these kinds of stories, Jack, which is why they have so much resonance for us. "What if my life had taken THAT turn...?"

      Also, the most remembered episode of TOS is "City on the Edge of Forever." But I love "Mirror Mirror," too!

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    1. I'd still be wondering where the comments are if not for you, Douglas!