Standing Up For Superheroes (April 2001)
by Tim O'Shea
Tim O'Shea is a 33-year old desktop publisher/senior online news editor for The Comic Reader and a regular contributor to CBEM
who lives in Atlanta with his wife and son. Tim, who has been reading
comic books on a weekly basis since 1977, thinks he's the only rabid
comic book fan who intends never to attend a convention.
Anyway, I get to the end of the tale and
read the letter column: "I just finished reading issue #192 of Justice
League of America. Stunning. This month's tale was the best of all my
DCs I picked up. Centering around one member of the group (Red Tornado)
and at the same time involving the other heroes was an excellent idea.
Even though there were 25 pages, I thought that my reading ended too
soon. Red Tornado has fast become one of my favorite heroes. It is
about time that he starts acting like the hero I know he can be. As for
the art, what can I say? Welcome back, George. Your pencils have been
missed (although Buckler did a very admirable job in your absence).
Besides being my favorite artist, you draw the best Red Tornado this
side of the border (and the other side, too!) Todd McFarlane - Calgary, Alberta, Canada"
I love finding gems like this. I wonder
where good old Red ranks now? This is unfair to dredge up a letter from
almost 20 years ago. What I wrote in 1981 I would not want to see
published today. But I only employ this example to prove a strange
point about myself.
Odds are Todd McFarlane has not read a
DC/Marvel superhero comic book in a very looong time. Lawsuits,
merchandising and traveling with Mark McGuire's (home run) balls is the
kind of stuff that occupies his days at this point in his life. I don't
begrudge him this, I'm happy that company-owned books and characters
are beneath him now, as the characters he creates can make him more of
a profit then the income he was cheated out of when he did not own the
characters. Whatever. I've never been able to read Spawn myself, but
I'm glad enough people can that Todd can pay his bills and then some.
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