Soundtrack: Garrison Starr Songs From Take-Off To Landing
(Starr gets NO respect! I don’t get it…)
I’m still hoping for more responses to yesterday’s prolegomena to a reappraisal of the late Infantino–as far as I can see right now, it’s me n’ Bruce Baugh vs. the World on this question! I know that my friend Jamo (whom you may remember from his guest-post on Charles Burns’ Black Hole) hates the artwork on Spider-Woman, and Steven Wintle has assured me, privately, that the “Trial of the Flash” issues really rubbed him the wrong way, back in the eighties… Anyone else? In case you haven’t guessed, there’s nothing I like better than a rousing game of “how outta touch IS Fiore?”
Anyway, in between ransacking the first few chapters of my novel, reading Bliss Carman, and putting in my time at the ol’ salt mine, I’ve been perusing some issues of Daring New Adventures of Supergirl and Spider-Woman… I just can’t get over how much I love the artwork! I wish I had a scanner, because I think some of these pages ought to be in circulation! (also, it’s hard to talk about it without showing it to you…) I see from the letters pages though, that many people at the time wrote in to express their dissatisfaction with Carmine’s strange pencils, and the fact that he got very few of the cover assignments is telling…
Anyway, here’s my latest tangent: I think both S-W & especially DNAOSG were real attempts to bring a balanced “feminist subjectivity/POV” into superhero comics (of course, the creators were still men–Gruenwald & Kupperberg wrote the stories–and that’s not ideal, but still, it was a beginning… also, the excellent Lois Lane back-up in SG was written by Tamsyn O’Flynn…anyone know what happened to her?). When you recall that Cecile Horton (Flash’s lawyer) is a fascinating human being/non-love interest too (that scene in #336 where the speedster finds her underneath the rubble of her dynamited house in a sensory-deprivation tank is so GREAT!), not to mention all of those gender-shenanigans associated with Iris’ return…well, I think it’s pretty clear that Infantino was on a mission of sorts in the late-seventies/early-eighties! This is the kind of thing I wish interviewers would ask about! Isn’t it sad that superhero “feminism” took a Claremont/Byrne direction (basically gender essentialism) while the Gruenwald/Kupperberg/Infantino (Fiore) humanist/feminist vision hit a wall? (or, in the 1990’s, a round silicone monolith?)
Okay, I have to go! But now I’ve talked myself into checking this book (by a fellow Montrealer!) out of the store
I should be ready to talk about it tomorrow!
Good afternoon friends!