A collection of interesting quotes from this week:
“Kirby’s covers brilliantly serve a single purpose: to catch the eye and suck the reader in so that they want to read the comic. This is the basic, fundamental purpose of the comics cover, and in Kirby’s hands it was a tool that saved Marvel Comics.”
“Do people spring forward full-formed politically? I don’t think so. All the things I read and have seen growing up became part of me and helped me become involved and interested, including reading Mad Magazine growing up. There were so many lessons in Mad and we’re still soaking in the world Mad helped create, including the Onion, National Lampoon, and Jon Stewart. We need to connect to the choir because anyone in that choir can be the next Rosa Parks.”
“Can a good action-adventure book that received a decent PR launch about a pair of racially diverse seniors who aren’t superheroes fly in today’s market? I guess that’s the $64,000 question.
“And I guess we got our answer.”
“Because, to me, Madeleine L’Engle was more than a writer. She was what a sixth grader in an English class — taking hold of her masterpiece, “A Wrinkle in Time” — might call a theme. For those of us who write for children, she was a gold standard, a symbol. She was an example of what one could accomplish without succumbing to the easy tropes and obvious forms of fantasy or young adult or science fiction.”
“After the events of ‘Civil War’ a lot of fans were itching for Iron Man to get his comeuppance. And I was very happy for Hulk to give it to him in the pages of World War Hulk No. 1. But at the same time, I loved writing that sequence because it explored a critical fact about Iron Man: He’s a hero. Love him or hate him, everything he does he does to keep the people of the world safe. So he takes on Hulk one-on-one, no matter what the cost to himself, because it’s his sense of responsibility.”