From The Super-Lime To The Ridiculous
I was prevented from making my morning rounds today by Strat-O-Matic Baseball and programming glitches, but I did get to have an interesting conversation with Heidi MacDonald here. From what I can see, Heidi and I probably aren’t very far apart here–although I think it’s fair to say that I’m a little more excited than she is by the proliferation of comics commentary that we’re seeing on the web… In all fairness to her, I understand that not everyone shares my passion for exegesis-gone-wild (I am about to embark upon a project that will necessitate the creation of a “Concordance of Silver Age Lettercols” after all!)
For what it’s worth–I never took exception to the “dopey” aspect of the excerpted paragraph…it was only the pretense of “aesthetic expertise” that I objected to!
No time for anything in-depth on The Filth and “Young Goodman Brown” right now, but I wanted to throw out this item (which I also posted in this excellent Barbelith thread yesterday) for your consideration:
Does anyone else here see LaPen as a Wizard of Oz/Prof. Marvel figure? Perhaps Dorothy & Toto also went too far in their overcompensatory effort to “keep it real” in the Emerald City. But I guess these things can’t be helped. They had to get home right?
What do ya think? There are many other similarities between the two works–they both take place on multiple levels of ontological awareness; they both dwell upon the relationship between a human being and a small carnivorous pet; and they both feature the line: “Is there a Hell for monkeys dad?” (that’s a little known fact–Louis B. Mayer had it removed from the final cut of the film, but he left the crazy-ass monkeys in! Morrison was less timid–for which we are all grateful, I’m sure!)
Hopefully, I can finish off this Filthblogging tomorrow, because I’ve got a lot of great AiT/Planet Lar material to get to!
Good Night Friends!