Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #172

STATUS: False.

When I first was asked about this a few years ago (soon after beginning the column), I dismissed it out of hand.

Then I was asked about it some time later by a different person.

Then later, by a different person.

Finally, just the other day, a reader asked me about it, and you know what, while it is silly, I guess I might as well address it - but rather than really addressing it, I will address the fallacy that is at the heart of the question.

Anyhow, the other week, reader Chris asked:

This is one that's interested me for years, and has been both confirmed and denied by a few different people, concerns Michael Golden. He vanished from comics for a while during the eighties and nineties, and I've heard that the reason for this is that he allegedly killed a man who was having an affair with his wife, and went on the run. Further to this, the victim was a corrupt policeman! It seems bizarre and improbable, but I've been assured by a few people that it's true.

I have not actually posed this question to Mr. Golden, but I can tell you its not true because of the fallacy that is at the heart of the question, and that is really why I'm answering it, because while you don't need me to tell you that Michael Golden did not kill a man and then go on the lam for a number of years, what DOES "need" to be stated is that Michael Golden has never STOPPED drawing comic books.

I see it often, too - "Michael Golden returning to comics," etc.

It has never happened, because Golden has never actually LEFT comics.

To demonstrate, Michael Golden began drawing comic books in the late 70s. In 1979, he began doing Micronauts for Marvel. Here, then, is one comic book work from Michael Golden for every year from 1979 to 2008 (the 1999 cover is by Cary Nord - Golden only did interior work that year):

So while Mr. Golden can officially debunk the "killed a corrupt cop" story, I'm glad to debunk the notion that Michael Golden has ever stopped doing comic books.

Like Golden said himself in an interview last year at Newsarama:

Newsarama: A lot of people from your generation are having trouble breaking back into comics, have you encountered any trouble like that?

(Michael's agent) Renee Witterstaetter: I don't think Michael was ever out.

Golden: Yeah, I was going to give some snide remark about explaining the context of your question because there's been no difficulty breaking back in because I don't think I was ever really out or conversely, I wasn't in enough to where it was relevant whether I was coming or going. [laughs] I always have done my own thing no matter if it is comics or otherwise.

So, yeah, that's about that.

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