Comics Should Be Good Mailbag for 12/17

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Comics Should Be Good Mailbag for 12/17

Here is the latest installment of a weekly reader interactive segment on the blog, where I answer reader-submitted e-mails to (and also post other e-mails that I receive).


Matt D. opens up the mailbag with a question about DC’s editorial structure, or more specifically, what exactly is it that “Creative Executive” Ivan Cohen does?

Well, Matt, I can’t say that I know.

Anyone out there know exactly what Ivan Cohens’ job description would be?

Reader joshschr thought it would be a good idea if I posted the quick guide to putting html code into your comments, and he’s probably right, so here it is!

Okay, obviously you do and then with these letters and words for the effect.

b for bold
i for italics
del for strikethrough
blockquote for quotes

Josh also wanted to know the code to make “pipe” links – you know, like having the word “link” be a clickable link rather than posting the full address in the comment.

I’ll gladly tell you folks, but I don’t believe it is something you will be able to remember offhand. But if you can, it is:

The word you want to be the link – with the second having a / at the beginning (and no spaces, of course).

Josh followed with some complimentary words about the site – thanks for that, Josh!

John Seavey has another new non-comic book related Storytelling Engine piece up at his blog, which you can find here. This week, the Storytelling Engine is Soap, the classic late 70s TV series.

J to the AAP wrote in with a fun link to British politicians making superhero references in Parliament.

Check it out here.

David S. wrote in to talk about some recent praise that NBM (which had quite a good year for comic product in 2008 – They did Little Nothings, which was on my Top 10 Comics of 2008 list, and I would probably have The Lindbergh Child as an Honorable Mention, and perhaps more NBM products – I’d have to think) has received in the mainstream media:

• The Wall Street Journal is running a feature on David B., creator of NBM Publishing’s new NOCTURNAL CONSPIRACIES: NINETEEN DREAMS. The WSJ piece, which quotes the artist on the 35-year process that went into making the book, is part of a wave of mainstream-media news on
NBM’s publications.

• New York magazine has named Veronique Tanaka’s love story METRONOME to its list of 2008’s Top 10 graphic novels.

• The New York Times recommends Dirk Schwieger’s MORESUKINE: UPLOADED WEEKLY FROM TOKYO in its annual guide to the best gift books for the holidays.

• School Library Journal has placed Marc-Antoine Mathieu’s THE MUSEUM VAULTS on its list of 2008’s Best Adult Books for High-School Students.

• Publishers Weekly lists Rick Geary’s A TREASURY OF 20TH CENTURY MURDER: THE LINDBERGH CHILD among its Best Books of the Year.


Reader Jonathan wants to know:

What was the first retcon in a comic book?

Boy, fine question, Jonathan, and man, there are a LOT of possible answers, because back in the Golden Age, stories were retconned often.

For instance, Action Comics #1 has a totally different origin for Superman’s powers than was later established.

But the FIRST one?

That’s tough.

I’m sure there are earlier ones, but for now, I’m going with Batman…I believe it is #4, but in either event, sometime around then (which would be 1940), where there is an editor’s note saying “The Batman never carries nor kills with a gun!” while Batman used AND killed with a gun just three issues earlier.

Beat late 1940 people for an earlier retcon, people!!

My old pal Eric asked me about good books about the history of comics in the 1970s and early 80s. It is an interesting point to note that yeah, most good comic book history books gloss over that time period.

So I am going with The Comic Book Heroes by Gerard Jones and Will Jacobs as the best book covering comic book history in the 70s and 80s. The most recent edition (originally it came out in 1986) was 1996, so it should do you fine.

It’s not too pricey, either (although I do believe it is currently out of print – the original can be had VERY cheap, and since that was 1986 – it works just as well as a 1996 book for the history of the 70s).


Gary Butler wrote in to note my pal Michael’s article was published in the latest issue of Driven magazine. You can read it on – page 18.

That’s it for this week!

Good e-mails, folks! Send more e-mails!

If you do, be sure to send me an e-mail to with the subject heading “Mailbag” if you want to be included in next week’s mailbag!