During a single year of the not-great Harding presidency, four great cartoonists came into the world. Two of those 1922-born men died recently -- "The Family Circus" creator Bil Keane in November and the Joker creator (some say co-creator) Jerry Robinson in December.
We can't pretend that cross-racial misidentification isn't a problem in criminal cases. False witness testimony is the greatest cause of wrongful convictions nationwide. Mostly, the mistaken witness was white and the suspect was black.
I like holding a comic in my hands, I like the smell. I like having a huge box of them to browse through. I like having a huge bookshelf of comics that people can browse and open and inspect. I like to lend people books.
Contrary to what has been claimed by various reviewers, "The Someday Funnies" was not 40 years in the making, though it is true that four decades elapsed between the time I undertook the project and the time the book finally saw the light of day.
Taken with a sense of disbelief, superheroes live in a world of constant danger. A day off is always just out of reach. Even a day at the beach brings up bad memories of a Sandman/Hydroman team-up. And the Waynes couldn't even enjoy a quiet night at the theater.