I keep hoping to mush on with my Yule-Blogging, but other things always interfere–tonight it’s…

1. The Expos have signed Carl “Poochie” Everett–I can hardly wait for the crazy interviews to begin! For those of you who don’t know, Everett is a man who denies that men ever set foot on the moon, that dinosaurs ever existed, that human beings evolved from apes…he refuses to accept anything on faith. Based on this track record, I expect Mr. Everett to begin questioning the urban legend that the Saint-Lawrence Valley is one of the inhabited regions of the earth–because he won’t be seeing anyone in the stands at Olympic Stadium next year…

2.Aaron Haspel awards the title of Champion Cover of the Universe, Blogosphere division, to Devo’s version of “Satisfaction”… I came forward, a few days back, with these nominees. After further consideration, I want to add:

–Bobby Fuller’s versions of “Summertime Blues”, “I Fought the Law”, and “Anytime at All” (Beatles)
–The Pixies’ version of “Head On” (Jesus & Mary Chain)
–Sheryl Crowe’s interpretation of “D’Yer Maker” (Led Zeppelin)
–Nirvana’s version of “Lake of Fire” (Meat Puppets)
and Peter Parker’s maniacal take on the Spice Girls’ “Wannabe”

3.There’s been a fair amount of talk goin’ round about Comic Book Letters pages lately (and other editorial contributions that have vanished from the pages of contemporary issues)… All I can say about this is–keep it coming! As far as I’m concerned, abstracting Silver Age narratives from their original context (which includes lettercols, editorials, and–yes–even the ads) does the works a great disservice. From where I sit, Masterworks, Essentials, and your basic TPB volumes look like a great way to embalm a popular, unabashedly commerical artform (“commercial” doesn’t have to be a synonym for “bad”!)… And if this kind of tribute is the best the world has to offer these days, then I may be forced to concur with Alan David Doane’s proclamation of the death of the super-hero… Meanwhile, my humble attempt to get people on The Comics Journal Messageboard thinking about lettercols hasn’t gone anywhere…

4.Tonight’s All Star Squadron Post at The Comic Treadmill is even more interesting than usual, as H brings our attention to Roy Thomas vs. The John Birch Society! Reader Steve Smith (from Tipp City, OH–which is also the title of a great Kim Deal Amps song!) takes exception to a favourable mention of A. Philip Randolph, a prominent Civil Rights leader in the pre-King Era. Smith argues that Roy neglects to mention that HUAC declared Randolph a “COMMIE”–and not just your run-of-the-mill “Red” either, apparently the man was asscoiated with “twenty…hard-core communist fronts”! To all of this, Roy replies that he doesn’t care if the whole civil rights movement was in direct contact with the Kremlin and asks readers to consider the significance of the fact that the task of politicizing racial equality was largely left to Communist organizations for so long (makes me want to re-read Richard Wright’s brilliant Native Son)…

In the same editorial reply, Roy asks his readers to think of ASS as somewhat akin to a “historical novel”–which, obviously, I’m totally on board with!
Steven Grant is right to point out that there is very little actual “comics criticism” out there, and that scholars have yet to evolve a methodology that is alive to the unique aspects of the medium… In the case of super-hero comics, at any rate, I think the criticism that exists (which usually relies upon film and/or fine art aesthetic criteria) is way off the mark. {{{Platitudinous disclaimer II: don’t forget, this is only my opinion!}}} Too much attention has been paid to iconography of character and things like the placement of panels on the page–and nothing has been done with the labyrinthine structure and narrative convulsions of these texts. As far as I’m concerned, we’re not going to get very far beyond Arlen Schumer-style splash-pageology until we start treating the super-hero series as a close relative of the post-modern novel!

Finally, here’s a pretty mindless Quiz–via Eve, who is anything (everything?) but mindless:
You are Kermit the Frog.
You are reliable, responsible and caring. And you
have a habit of waving your arms about

“Hi ho!” “Yaaay!” and
“How Green Was My Mother”

“Surfin’ the Webfoot: A Frog’s Guide to the

Sitting in the swamp playing banjo.

“Hmm, my banjo is wet.”

What Muppet are you?
brought to you by Quizilla

Good night friends



  1. I just really have to say one thing to counter a misconception that has been widely circulated lately. Expos attendance has dropped in recent years, that is true. But it is important to realise that attendance has dropped across the major leagues, mainly due to fan backlash from the players’ strike. However, attendance rose by a sizeable 26% for the Montreal Expos in 2003. Only four other teams saw a rise in attendance, and of those, only the World Series Champion Marlins saw a rise that was remarkably bigger. All this to say, baseball is far from dead in Montreal. There are a great number of baseball fans that are ready to return to the Expos fold, provided management allows a good team to be fielded. Certainly, this is exactly what we have seen with the last two seasons under the stewardship of Omar Minaya. The signing of Carl Everett is another great move by this young GM. Everett can hit, he can field, AND he has the kind of colourful personality that attracts interest. En-way les Expos!!

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