Jaime Hernandez: Madonna and Child (2008 commission)
CAR CRASH! Romance comics have plenty of drama, action and thrills… when they’re by Kirby! This panel is from the lead story of Young Romance #10 (MAR-APR 1949), with the unlikely title, “This Man I Loved Was a Mama’s Boy!”
GROTH: There’s no dearth of writers. You can’t throw a fucking rock without hitting a comics critic.
SPURGEON: Are you happy with the level of discourse? Has the writing improved across the board?
GROTH: There are some good writers about comics. Probably proportionally… I mean, proportionally we were doing pretty well in The Comics Journal. I don’t know what you think.
SPURGEON: I never read it. [laughter]
GROTH: Didn’t you read it when you copy-edited it?
SPURGEON: No, not really. I think it’s fairly obvious when you read those issues I wasn’t reading it when I copy-edited it.
GROTH: Is this the current policy at The Comics Reporter?
SPURGEON: It’s worse, because I’m pretty much the only writer.
GROTH: You don’t read that, either.
SPURGEON: I prefer it that way.
Tom Savini sighting! Local restaurant - sat across from our table. I could overhear him talking about Spider-Man 2. Something about the scene with the subway train. He was acting it out a little and making his friends laugh. It was definitely surreal, haha. He looked super sharp. The whole time I was sitting there I kept thinking of Dawn of The Dead. Like he was going to get up out of his seat and go wild. Pittsburgh!
Golden year. 2009, Fumetto. Left to right: Frank Santoro, Lauren Weinstein, Dan Nadel, C.F., Yuichi Yokoyama
Classic Steve Ditko cover to This Magazine is Haunted #12, published by Charlton Comics, July 1957.