Here's the latest installment of a weekly reader interactive segment on the blog, where I answer reader-submitted e-mails to email@example.com (and other e-mails that don't require responses).
Reader Dan K. wished to pass on the article about President Elect Obama that I'm sure a few of you have seen where it states as one of the facts you might not know about the man...
• He collects Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comics
Reader Keith S. wrote in to ask:
Who were the writer/artists responsible for those Hostess ads that appeared in the Marvel/DC books in the 80's? I'm sure it varied, but was there any big name talent working on these one page wonders?
Great question, Keith!
I know Bob Rozakis wrote a bunch of the DC ones, and some of the artists who worked on them include such luminaries as Curt Swan, Ross Andru and John Romita.
Beyond that, I'm afraid I do not know.
Anyone out there able to help us here?_________________________________________
Reader Stephane S. came up with another stumper:
Where did the trope of "intense telepathy brings on nosebleeds" come from? It's been appearing in coming regularly for years now, and strikes me as the sort of thing which might have originated there... or maybe some kind of 80s Sci-Fi movie. Any thoughts?
I admittedly do not have the slightest idea.
Anyone have any clue?
One thing I CAN do, though, to make your question not totally in vain, is link you to Polite Scott's awesome website, Polite Dissent, where he does a weekly feature about nosebleeds in comics.
First, here is Scott's primer on nosebleeds.
Next, here is a link to his nosebleed category, where every week he gives us good readers "Your Weekend Moment of Psychic Nosebleed Zen."_________________________________________
Nice publicist David sent along a note about Jonathan Baylis' new comic collection, So Buttons.
Here is a sample (click here to check out Baylis' website, and click on the image to enlarge).
Reader Jonathan S. wrote in with some interesting links to Canadian comic book history.
The first one can be found here.
The second one can be found here.
Reader Jerry wrote in to ask:
In the mid 1970s, DC went an entire year without publishing any new JLA stories. Justice League of America #109 came out with a Jan-Feb 1974 cover date. The next seven issues, #110-116, reprints two or three stories per issue, with each issue billed as 100 pages for 60 cents. The next new issue of Justice League of America is #117, with a cover date of April 1975.
I don't ever recall reading a reason why this occurred. I know X-Men went to reprint status for issues #67-93, but that was mainly done so as to not lose the title spot with the distribution company, which I believe at the time was owned by DC. I can't imagine DC would need to follow the same steps as Marvel did. And a very quick search has not turned up anything online explaining why this occurred.
Any insight you could share or track down? Thanks!
Well, Jerry, I'm afraid my answer is going to be a bit of a let down.
You see, those issues were not all-reprint issues.
Each of those issues you mentioned had one new story along with the reprints.
#116 was one of the first Justice League comics I ever bought as a kid, so I definitely knew THAT one had a new story in it, at least! :)_________________________________________
Nice publicist Margot wrote in to drop a line about a really neat interactive chat with Hellboy II director Guillermo Del Toro next Thursday, November 23rd!
To participate, all users need to do is log into www.UniversalHiDef.com and then enter the "Director's Chat" under my account to enter up to 3 questions for the Director to answer. Then connect your Blu-rayâ„¢ player to the Internet and chat with Guillermo Del Toro on November 23rd!
Hmmm...so wait, you need a Blu-ray player? I guess that's less cool. _________________________________________
I believe that's it for this week!
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Another week of good e-mails - keep it up!