For the three biggest comic geeks I know

April 18, 2008 at 4:28 pm 2 comments

This is by Mark Steyn, one of my favourite pundits/critics/bloggers and a helluva good, snappy writer.  He’s by and large a conservative writer (Marc, don’t go cowering in the corner), but he writes a MEAN film review or obituary, for some pretty unlikely people.  I found this and instantly thought of Marc, Paul and Joe, so here you are guys.

It’s a piece he did recently for MacLeans about Jack Kirby.  I’ll give you guys an excerpt, and then you can check out the link:

In his heyday he never got the media profiles a Salman Rushdie or Michael Ondaatje does …. He lived modestly in Irvine, Calif., and sat on “an old, straightback kitchen chair parked in front of the crummiest old drawing table you ever saw” creating characters who sold a zillion comic books, were spun off onto Saturday morning cartoons and prime-time live action shows and eventually blockbuster feature films. He ought to have died the wealthiest guy in Irvine. Instead, his widow had to beseech Marvel Comics for a modest pension sufficient to cover her mortgage, groceries and medical bills.

Some pretty good stuff.  Find the whole thing here.  And Joe, check out for some kickass political commentary.  He updates pretty regularly.

Peter! You kinky fucker, you.


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You’re a mean old daddy, but you’re outta sight Old Ironsides

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  • 1. Joe  |  April 18, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    I love Mark Steyn. I miss my subscription to Macleans quite a bit, and he was one of the reasons for it.

    Also, Kirby rules.

    Lastly, thanks Steve!

  • 2. Marc  |  April 18, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    There’s a fucking epidemic of creative people from back then who are living like paupers in spite of creating some of the most influential and last characters ever. The guys who created Superman for instance both never saw a dime for a character that may in fact be on more merchandise then fucking Mickey Mouse. These things have been getting rectified over the last couple years but still, Kirby created characters that will out live all of us, our kids and our kids kids and if his wife is really living like that it’s a fucking crime.


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