SEMI-REGULAR MUSINGS FROM THE SEMI-REGULAR MIND OF WRITER J.M. DeMATTEIS
If it makes you feel a sense of superiority over folks...As you may, but probably don't recall, a few months a go a lent my Kraven's Last Hunt trade to a friend who loved Batman (and Joker) more than any other character in comics... I don't hold it against her.I did this becuase she had said 'Going Sane' as one of my favorite Batman's stories was a good choice.A week or two again she came to me and asked for my Marvel Masterworks vol. 1, which she now has with her.So, you may be the path to someone discovering Stan Lee's writing. This might finally be what gets that guy some recognition, someone knowing his name.Interestingly, I asked if she really wanted to start at the beginning, since I personally think Ditko stuff was good, but Romita is when it started cooking with gas.She then said "So, Stan Lee didn't really do much then?" I then told her he wrote 110 issues, plus annuals, two spec. Spider-man magazines, Amazing Fantasy 15, and then scripted the newspaper strip for 23 years.Based on her face, I don't think she thought it possible. If I had told her about the lengthy runs on Thor, F.F. and decent sized number of issues of Daredevil and Dr. Strange... and the thoughtful Silver Surfer (mostly concurrently) her brain may have exploded. Jack P.S. I don't know if this has much barring on things, but Kraven's Last Hunt came out in July and August 1987 (right after Spidey's June wedding) and The Killing Joke in March 1988.
That's really interesting...because they were definitely working on KILLING JOKE when I pitched the Batman story. Guess it took a while to get it out.Yeah, I think this Stan Lee kid has promise. He's got an interesting take on these characters.
We can only hope one day someone besides the most diehard fo the diehard comic fans know about Stan Lee. Doubt it will ever happen though, but a man can dream.As for Killing Joke, The answer may be lie in that Moore's Swamp Thing run didn't end until July 1987. He may not have wanted to have too much on his writing plate.Also Brian Bolland does tend to take a while to get his very detailed art to his liking.Not ot mention, 1986-89 were the immediate developments after Crisis on Infinite Earths. A lot of books were coming out, and DC was just starting to get back on its feet. Editorial may have pushed it on the back burner. Still, this is all speculation. If you were told that in 1986, or earlier, that does seem like a long gap.I'll just blame the Irish.Jack
I can only assume that the story was being discussed/developed in '86...but delayed for one of the reasons you mention. Or perhaps I hallucinated the whole thing...?
Or... and stay with me here... someone at DC, editor, publisher, random advocate, it doesn't matter...saw teh greater good.As a batman story, it probably just would have been another dark story in 1986/87. The tone had been growing darker, so good or not it may not have had the same pop, especially since Frank Miller beat everyone to the punch a year earlier.However, as Spider-man it would really bang-up, as the kids say... maybe... probably not.In doing so would solidify the the idea of the Spider-Marriage in people's minds.But why would DC help Marvel, because they knew at some point the Marvel Cinematic Universe would come to be and be one of the few things keeping the comic industry as a whole from ceasing publication.Without a big event like a marriage, Spider-man would have spun his wheels, and become stagnate. Marvel's flagship character falling into entropy earlier than it did, and with out the hope fr the the marriage... well, who would finance films from that company.Brilliant really. It is the simplicity that makes it all so beautiful, well, that and how down to Earth.Jack
Yes, that's probably it. : )But, seriously, as I've said many times before, stories have lives and timings all their own. That story knew exactly where, and how, it had to land, even if I was completely clueless.
The Story undoubtedly knew best, as we got not one but two classic stories (and two of your personal best). I do wonder if there's an alternate universe where the Wonder Man story was greenlit and he rose to cultural prominence as a result, perhaps getting his own MCU film in Phase Two. But I have trouble imagining that Wonder Man could ever connect with audiences on the same level as Peter Parker--or really, that any character could--so I'm personally glad to have gotten the universe we did...--David
I think the Wonder Man story, as I envisioned it, would have been excellent. But without an iconic character like Spidey at the center...and without glorious artwork from Zeck and McLeod...I don't think it would have risen to KLH levels.
No doubt it would have been great, but KLH is a high bar to cross! And I have a bit of a personal bias for Peter Parker, my favorite fictional character. So I can easily see how putting him front and center gave the story its beating heart and soul, especially when you factor in the Pete/MJ marriage as its emotional core. The timing couldn't have been better. I think Jack is absolutely right that the marriage re-invigorated the books and KLH solidified its potential. The scene where MJ tosses the remote and Peter webs it...heartfelt entrances don't get any better than that, do they? (Spoiler alert, they don't.)I am curious, have you ever thought of re-configuring the Wonder Man/ Grim Hunter story? There's a lot of interesting sci-fi dynamics to explore with that family... --David
I have no clue what Wonder Man's current status is. I'm sure things have changed considerably in the past thirty or so years! That said, if Marvel invited me to do it, I'd certainly consider it and ponder a way to make it work.
I'm not aware of Wonder Man's current situation, either. Grim Reaper showed up in Tom King's VISION maxi-series a while back because of Wonder Man's shared brain-wave connection with Vision and that's about as current as my knowledge is. But I'd read a Wonder Man story if it had your name on it.--David
Bless you, my son. : )
Go answer you question Dematteis, yes... sort of. Jim Starlin and Rob Tyler (lead vocalist of MC5) are both from Berkley Michigan, so you could argue there is a connection between Starlin's Cosmic Marvel and punk music, but it is tangential at best.Yes, both had some anger and anti-authoritative views behind them, but I am not sure you can draw a line as think as you want.Though, I do like the idea of saying Starlin was one of the founders of punk rock comics.More importantly, a year ago today, one of... if not THE greatest comic book creators of all time died. I humbly offer these links in his honor.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1N9TIvIEnpAhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSiyxvlv_-ghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUbPPeGM9Go(scroll down a small bit here)https://comicbook.com/marvel/2018/11/14/stephen-colbert-late-show-tribute-stan-lee/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKc2TxOSgAgGod Speed...sir. I only hope you knew how much you meant to so many.Jack
I just finished reading my pal Danny Fingeroth's new bio, STAN LEE: A MARVELOUS LIFE, Jack, and it's a wonderful look at Stan's life and times. I think you'll enjoy it.We still miss you, Stan, and always will.
Didn't Fingeroth also write "Superman On the Couch?" And swear vengeance against the old god Xlthan, who uses the crimsons moons his harbinger, and devastates worlds?Or was he the one who worked with Kerouac to stop lovecraftian cult?Jack
Yes, Jack, Danny did indeed write the fascinating SUPERMAN ON THE COUCH. The other stuff? I don't think so. That may have been Willie Lumpkin.
Well, if it makes you feel any better, there actually is a book where Jack Kerouac takes on Cthulhu's minions. It is called "Move Under Ground."Kerouac was not dependent on Mr, Fingeroth to get motivated.Superman on the Couch was fascinating. I especially enjoyed looking into why some people may gravitate towards some characters.Does he have a degree in psychology?Jack
No. He's just a deep-thinking kinda guy with a deep love of comics.
So... are you saying he is one of the aliens from the Star Trek episode 'The Menagerie'/the pilot?I don't know Dematteis, that is pretty out there. I'm going to need some proof.Jack
You should see the veins in his head move when he's telepathically communicating with me. It's amazing!
Then, perhaps you never read the book, but rather he made you believe you did. AND made you believe he didn't help the Beat Genertion take on the Dark Dreaming God, CTHULHU.Perhaps you are on a planet far from Earth living the world he created for you. Comic books probably don't exist, nor Stan Lee. Does he really seem like a person who could have been real?Speaking of mind powers, I saw Doctor Sleep. It was pretty good.Jack
Life is but a dream...
Merrily. merrily. merrily.Jack
Man, those deep-thinking kinda guys with a deep love of comics are the worst. They're like, "Clearly there is some truth to Kraven's 'the Spider' construct because Peter shares thematic concerns over its nature in spite of the two having never discussed it openly" and I'm all, "Did you read the part where Kraven ate spiders? That was wild! Do you think he got indigestion?" --David
You're too deep fit me, David!
Spiders would not cause indigestion. They, along with most insects, tend to be fairly easy on digestion. I learned that from Ripley's Believe it or not museum.However, if we are going to ask those kinds of questions, I have one... in Captain America: Civil War, why didn't Steve just call the ACLU?Not only were the accords incredibly unconstitutional (violating freedom of speech, search and seizure laws, and basic civil rights), he was being unlawfully detained.the U.N. is not a law making organization. The Accords would have to be ratified by each individual country, which there would not have been to to do...and again, the U.S. probably would not.Whether you think they are a good idea or not, Iron Man and SHIELD were acting entirely outside of the law. The exact thing they said they wanted to reign.Before you say ticket sales would be too low, I think that would be a way better movie.A secret organization, that had already been shown to be infiltrated by HYDRA, being revealed to be just as bad. A Billionaire with deep government ties, saying one thing and doing the complete opposite while forcing others to pay for his mistakes, being forced to face his actions.It could be like All the President's Men, but for superheroes. That is the essential problem with the F.F. joining the MCU. Robert Downey jr. did a great job, but he was already basically Doctor Doom.In Endgame, when he comes back from Earth, he was not only delusional that his little satellite could have stopped the infinity gems (I refuse to say stones), but also complained that people were too concerned about their rights. That is Dr. Doom all over... just without Reed Richards.Great performance though. Really, top notch.Jack.Seriously, if you are on the fence about seeing doctor Sleep, I say do so.
While I am spouting unpopular truths, I might as well make the most of is.Exile on Main Street is better than The White Album!Now, I flee to the woods.Jack
I'll check it out once it's available for streaming. Takes a lot to get me to the movies these days.Have to go now. Time for breakfast: Cheerios with a sprinkling of spiders. Delicious! : )
As for that EXILES ON MAIN STREET comment: You hare now and forever banned from this page!Well, no, you're not. We're all allowed to have different opinions. But not too often, okay? : )
Dematteis, that is disgusting. Why would you have Cheerios, when you could have Honey Nut Cheerios?You don't have to tell me about not going to the movies. I very rarely go. Yes that is probably killing movies, or at least transforming them into a big budget or nothing industry... but I don't really care.See it, or don't. It is your life. There is so much negativity about everything, I have simply begun trying to promote what I like to counter act the over wehlming tide.The choice is ultimately yours, and effects me very little.While we are on the subject of promotion, the Simpsons Halloween Special from 1994, with the Shining parody, is pretty good as well.Jack
Don't remember it...but I was a loyal SIMPSONS watcher back then, so I'm sure I saw it.
Well do you remember this...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAf_tMxc2RAor thishttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6Xr8vkuFZA\or thishttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_p_FHTV2RSA\Heh, heh, heh.... 90s Simpsons. So many laughs.Jack
Such great stuff. "Mr. Snrub"? Love it.
You are going to think I am nuts, but I think Snrub may be a classic character in disguise.The only problem is that the only character with mustaches are Lou the Cop, Ned Flanders, and Apu, all of whom have no reason to support the Nuclear power plant.I'm probably just over analyzing a new character that didn't take off.Jack
You and your crazy theories!