Welcome to the latest installment of your breath of snark free air!
Steve Gerber commemorative edition.
GREAT THINGS ABOUT COMICS
I was going to write some lovely things here about how awesome Steve Gerber was as a comic creator, but then I recalled that Greg Hatcher did a piece on the blog about Gerber that even Steve Gerber himself was touched by, so I figure it makes more sense to link you to Greg's words.
Here is Greg on Steve, "Trapped In A Friday He Never Made!"
For myself, I will just add that Gerber's legacy, to me, was as a writer who always sought out the weirdness of the universe, but only as an expression of human nature itself, and the strange complexities that make up humanity, so that a comic about a talking duck could be one of the most human stories ever told in comics.
Steve Gerber will be missed.
COVER THEME GAME
As always, here is the game. I show three covers. They all have something in common, whether it be a character, a trait all three characters share, locale, creator, SOMEthing. And it isn't something obvious like "They all have prices!" "They all have logos!" "They all feature a man!" etc.
In addition, please note that you must have some familiarity with comic book history to correctly guess these comics. You cannot guess the connective theme just by looking at the covers solely, you must have some knowledge beyond just the covers.
A cool point to the first person to figure it out!
SNARK FREE CHALLENGE
What is Steve Gerber's greatest comic creation?
GERBER COVER GALLERY
Here are some covers of classic Gerber comic runs, to show you how versatile the man was, and how much of an impact he had on comics....
STEVE GERBER TRIBUTE
A nice thing about the comic blogosphere is that Steve Gerber really seemed to get his due when the blogosphere came about. Before then, it seemed like Gerber was short changed a bit, in the credit department.
Perhaps the most significant tribute to Gerber came from plok's multi-blogger tribute to Steve Gerber, "Seven Soldiers of Steve."
Here are links to each of the pieces...
* II. The Final Disconnect
* III. Location, Location, Location
* IV. YJ's Progress
* V. Epilogue Part One
* VI. Epilogue: The Sequels
* VII. Matt Is Not Coming Back
* VIII. Two Earth-Clotted Hands
* IX. The Astronauts' Tale
* XI. Goodbye To All That
* XII. Recognition
* XIII. Something Like Democracy
* XIV. Kill This Duck
* XV. Unconclusion
* XVI. The Supercontext
A great tribute to a great writer.
That's it for this installment of Snark Free Corner.
RIP, Steve Gerber.