Can Mort Weisinger Be Redeemed?

A column article by: Arlen Schumer

Join Arlen on the Clobberin' Time podcast on August 21st, as he talks Weisinger, Superman, the Auteur Theory of Comics Art, and much more!

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The people/fans/readers/collectors who love the Superman family of comics under the 30-year editorship of Mort Weisinger (1940-70), or remember them fondly, are on the opposite end of the spectrum from the professional writers and artists who worked for him, or knew him, who by and large literally turn red at the mere mention of his name! So what's a comic book historian to do? 

Being in the former camp as a kid, but learning of the latter as an adult, I put it in Weisinger's own words (from the very few previously published articles and interviews he did over the years--but also including new comments from Mort's son, Dr. Hank Weisinger) and “illustrated” with images by his artistic muse, Curt Swan (main Superman artist 1958-‘86), and let you, the reader, decide for yourself. Hence my title, "Requiem for Weisinger."

Requiem for Weisinger

These pages and double-page spreads are from my 16-pg verbal/visual essay, the cover story for the new August issue of Roy Thomas’ great comic book history magazine, Alter Ego, #112, now available from the TwoMorrows website.

 

Arlen Schumer's presentation on Mort Weisinger

Arlen Schumer's presentation on Mort Weisinger

Arlen Schumer's presentation on Mort Weisinger

Arlen Schumer's presentation on Mort Weisinger

Arlen Schumer's presentation on Mort Weisinger

Arlen Schumer's presentation on Mort Weisinger

Arlen Schumer's presentation on Mort Weisinger

Arlen Schumer's presentation on Mort Weisinger


 

Here's a video of me delivering the Weisinger Superman essay in its original form, as a PowerPoint-y presentation at the 2011 San Diego Comicon, with Peter Coogan, Director of the sponsoring Comic Arts Conference, reading Hank Weisinger's lines!


Arlen Schumer is a member of The Society of Illustrators, creating comic book-style illustrations for advertising and editorial usage, and one of the foremost historians of comic book art—his book The Silver Age of Comic Book Art won the Independent Publishers Award for Best Popular Culture Book of 2003. He lectures on these and other pop culture subjects he is a recognized expert in, Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone and the music of Bruce Springsteen, at universities and cultural institutions nationwide. www.arlenschumer.com

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