SEMI-REGULAR MUSINGS FROM THE SEMI-REGULAR MIND OF WRITER J.M. DeMATTEIS
I had an interesting chat with the fine folks from the Previously On X-Men podcast, discussing Iceman, X-Factor, creative collaboration, the value of great lettering, and other fun things. You can listen below. Enjoy!
Well Dematteis, it is Canada Day. So in that spirit, remember as a man who works in comics primarily, you owe that career to a...Canadian.Superman co-creator Joe Shuster was born, and grew to adolescence in Toronto. I don't think it is any great argument that comics have survived this long because of superheroes, or that superheroes exist because for Superman.Every dollar you have made in comics, every story you had published in a funny book, every friend you made in the halls of DC OR Marvel is owed partially to a son of The Great White North.Canada...a country worth thinking about from time to time. JackP.S. A Canadian also invented peanut butter, and that is pretty neat.
Superman and peanut butter? Not a bad legacy for a country!
Well, half of Superman.Canada is also responsible for the pacemaker, insulin, walkie-talkies, and believe it or not...the light bulb. It is true. Canadian inventors Henry Woodward and Matthew Evans invented a functioning light bulb before Edison.Still...peanut butter, pretty neat.Jack
Dematteis, I was watching your favorite TV show from the 70s last night, Kolchak the Night Stalker. It got me thinking. They keep having to make it so VIncenzo, who was in Las Vegas and Seattle with him as well, doesn't believe him. Fair enough, since Kolchak is in the field and Tony is not you just need camera incidentsHowever, a few years ago I was reading a new Marvel comic, and someone was disbelieving they saw a vampire in New York. Even ignoring Dracula literally existing in that universe, that is kind of weird right?What is more realistic a guy disbelieving tales of a vampire like you or I would in the real world...Well, like I would...or a guy thinking anything is possible because a midtown skyscraper where a man turned rock creature lived had a space god show up to devour the Earth with a silver guy on a surfboard along for the ride.There you go Dematteis, a Zen riddle for the Marvel Age. All because of your beloved Carl Kolchak.Jack
My memory is that I loved the two Kolchak movies, but was never enamored of the TV series. They should have done two or three movies a year. But bringing out the monsters week to week is a bit much.And, yes, in a world full of superheroes, gods, and monsters...being skeptical about vampires is a stretch. That said, you need that to keep the awe and mystery in the stories.I think it was Jim Shooter who once talked about always keeping that awe alive. Yes, the people of Marvel New York see superheroes every day, but that sense of wonder should never be lost