Well, this is weird. Vince Colletta, the late, controversial, inker who collaborated with Jack Kirby on a number of books, apparently wrote an angry letter to Marvel editors sometime in 1987, following former editor-in-chief Jim Shooter’s dismissal. 23 years later, it’s the daily featured missive on correspondence compilation site Letters of Note. And Colletta seemed just a mite bit perturbed about how things turned out.
The letter starts: “Marvel Editors…you are the droppings of the creative world. You were destined to float in the cesspool till urine logged and finally sink to the bottom with the rest of the shit but along came Jim Shooter who rolled up his sleeves and rescued you.” It may not seem all that shocking now, given how this type of vitriol is pumped out online quicker than the BP oil leak, but the fact that Colletta actually wrote the letter out by hand (in cursive, even, you can view the original letter here, where it surfaced online three years ago) puts a bizarre, yet somehow quaint, spin on things.
Colletta also apparently had a unique flair for rather graphic descriptions: “Ripping away his flesh from his body and laughing and pounding your chest like conquering ghouls and long after his bones were dry you continued to pour salt on them to squeeze every ounce of pain out of him.”
In entirely unrelated news, Shooter talked to Newsarama last week about Dark Horse’s new Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom series.