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Jul 29 08 5:16 PM
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One thing you have to say about Mike Sekowsky - he was not a man to run from a confrontation. It probably led to unhealthy conflicts behind the scenes, and
maybe his eventual demise as editor, but it sure made for entertaining letter columns. In issue #189's LC, Mike devotes most of it to a mano-a-mano with a
rather condescending missive from Tom Tanner. Mr. Tanner made some valid points, amidst some inflammatory rhetoric such as calling I-Ching a
"retarded-looking sidekick" (!!), but Sekowsky rebutted him pretty effectively:
Just 2 house ads this time around - this ad was for the first "Wanted" collection (DC Special #8), a super-villain themed collection that
must have sold quite well, as DC eventually spun off the concept into a separate ongoing title:
"Danger around the World" was the theme for this giant Batman #223:
Next: We wrap up this installment with a peek at reaction to the Cyber story and a look ahead to volume 3!
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Written by Mike Sekowsky and Dennis O'Neil; Art by Mike Sekowsky, Dick Giordano, Dick Dillin and others; Cover by Mike Sekowsky and Dick
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DC may have to get permission from Fritz Leiber's estate in order to reprint the two issues co-starring Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser (#201 and #202).
If they do, I imagine any licensing fee would have to be fairly small for DC to be interested in reprinting them.
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and read it as soon as I arrived home. Some thoughts/comments/questions:
1. So "Them" are lesbians, right? That's part of what's represented by the code word "weird." And of course, the lesbians are a
threat to both civilization and children -- and of course are also sadists. So did "Them" -- er, they -- ever show up again?
2. The Lois Lane story was a snooze. Frankly, so was the B&B story (which I had read in the Showcase Presents volume). Brave & Bold seemed so
disconnected from DC continuity (as did Lois Lane, for that matter: Lois -- and the world -- found out Wonder Woman's identity and that she had lost her
powers, because it was a magazine cover story?!?); in prior issues of JLA, both Wonder Woman and Batman knew each other's identities. And Batman racing a
car for Wayne? Stupid storytelling. I would have preferred to see the Morgana story from Supergirl's Adventure series; at least in that story there is a
little bit of occult sadism to link thematically to the WW storyline.
3. Wonder Woman and her new man du jur sneak into Red China in makeup, only to help an entire (well, entire except for those who were slaughtered) escape
downriver on steamboat? Didn't I see that movie with John Wayne and Lauren Bacall, Blood Alley? And a MIG wouldn't blow up a steamship? And Her
Majesty's government is going to seize Diana's passport but then give her 24 hours to leave Hong Kong? And she didn't contact any of her old Army
Intelligence friends? Curiouser and curiouser.
4. Looking forward to more volumes!
1. I don't think "Them" was an issue of Sekowsky feeling threatened by lesbians - I just think that, like most of his contemporaries at DC,
he was less than comfortable with the entire "Woodstock generation". If you look at his mod stories, his youths are a motley assortment of runaways,
roughnecks, sexual predators, drug addicts and assorted dabblers in the occult. And no, I don't think "Top Hat" and company ever showed up
2. I'm with you on the Lois story, but I'm not as down on the B&B tale. Yes, Bruce was totally out of place (what the heck was he doing in a
European car race to begin with?), but as a mod WW tale I thought it worked. I'm guessing that Sekowsky had planned all along to do a racecar story with
Di, and when Boltinoff came calling, he took it down from his shelf and inserted Batman into the story.
3. Yeah - Sekowsky was definitely guilty of "borrowing" plots from old films. He'd do it again in the take-off of "Prisoner of
Zenda" in #194.
4. Yup - bring on volume 3!
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Are you doing the Reader's Digest versions of your posts now? Thank You!!!I prefer it to the normal 20 pages of repetitious posts.
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