In your column awhile back, you described how the hunt for the “Son of Sam” led the police to DC. At the end you said, “It would be a few more years before someone in the comics business turned out to be a murderer. But that’s another story…” Is there any chance you could tell us this story?
— Brett Stuart (Brett.Stuart@Commercebank.com)
With thanks to my pal Bob Greenberger, who helped jostle my memory, here’s the story: An artist named Greg Brooks, who did some work for DC back in the late ’80s (including the CRIMSON AVENGER miniseries in 1988) lived on Staten Island with his wife and baby. His wife, Elizabeth Kessler, did some work for DC as well, coloring a couple of jobs (a story in DOOM PATROL #9 – the 80s version of the title – was one).
Elizabeth went missing and her body was eventually found by police at a construction site about a mile from their home. She had been beaten to death with a hammer and dumped there.
It turned out that Brooks and Kessler had been having problems in their relationship and she took up with another man. At one point, she returned for her things, got into an argument with Brooks, and while the baby was in the room, she bragged about what a better lover the new guy was. Enraged, he grabbed the hammer and struck her dead. Her body was dumped in the bathtub over night and at the crack of dawn, he wheeled her in a grocery cart to the construction site.
Brooks was charged and convicted of her murder and went to prison.
Turned out that was not then end of the story. Elizabeth Kessler was not really Elizabeth Kessler. She had “appropriated” the identity of her college roommate when she moved east from Kansas. And back home, she had another child who was being taken care of by her mother. Eventually, her mother ended up with custody of both children.
Bob Greenberger reports that he got a letter from Brooks while he was still in prison. He had been working on his art while incarcerated and Joe Rubinstein was helping him out by mail. Brooks was released from prison about two years ago, got a job as a bicycle messenger, and even made an appointment to bring his portfolio up to Bob to review. “He never showed up,” says Bob, “and I haven’t heard from him since.”
And THAT is the story of the comic book murderer…
Ah, how wonderfully complex does Circe’s status in the DC universe play out.
Earth-S also has a Circe tied to the Captain Marvel enemy Oggar. She appeared in CAPTAIN MARVEL ADVENTURES #s61-66.
The Circe in ACTION COMICS #243 was allegedly a descendant of the original Circe of Earth-1. She may or may not be the same Circe from LOIS LANE #13.
The Earth-1 Circe appeared in several places. ACTION COMICS #293 is where Circe’s role in Comet’s origin got revealed. Circe also appeared in JIMMY OLSEN #45, LOIS LANE #s 40 and 92, and ACTION COMICS #s 311, 323, and 331. The letter column of the original WHO’S WHO confirmed that the Circe who appeared in the later pre-Crisis Wonder Woman stories was the same Circe involved with Comet the Super-Horse.
Circe faced Rip Hunter in SHOWCASE #21.
I think that Gly Dillon is Glenn Dillon (or Glynn). He is English and drew SHADE for Vertigo and also drew EGYPT for Vertigo, both written by Milligan.
— beian (email@example.com)
Actually, its GLYN Dillon. But I still don’t know what he’s doing lately!
MORE QUESTIONS DEPARTMENT:
How can you get a copy of the CANCELLED COMICS CAVALCADE? The canceled titles were from my favorite comics during my youth and I would love to finally read those stories. Put me down for a trade paperback, but I would opt for color. Thanks.
— Kevin Kane (firstname.lastname@example.org)
As I’ve mentioned before, some of those stories eventually turned up in other magazines. If those that did not had a large enough following, I’m sure DC would find a format in which to print them. So far, though, it doesn’t appear that there is wide enough audience base for a CCC trade paperback.
I’ve just discovered your column and I loved the lost CCC #2 tales of the SECRET SOCIETY OF SUPER-VILLAINS issues that never saw print. I was wondering with all the great hooplah over the JSA these days if maybe this is the perfect time to get the “lost” SSoSV/FREEDOM FIGHTERS/JSA story arc published in a collected TPB format. I’m sure Geoff Johns, Paul Levitz, and maybe Mark Waid would go for it if you were the one to propose it.
We die hard JSA fans would hate to miss out on what sounds like a great story. Was there going to be a huge JLA/FF/JSA vs. the SSoSV battle in issue #20?
— Ralph (SPECTRE174@webtv.net)
Well, Ralph, since you think MY proposing it is what will make it fly, I’m hereby proposing it. (Bob Greenberger, please take note and fly this request past Paul Levitz!)
The final battle would have been between the Justice Society and the SSoSV. The Freedom Fighters were headed back to Earth-X after their final battle with the Silver Ghost and I had no plans to bring the Justice League into the story. Of course, should this REALLY be the perfect time for this story, I’ll be happy to bring in the JLA, the FFers, the Teen Titans and anybody else DC would want in it.
When are the wonderful ‘Mazing Man stories you and Stephen DeStefano did in the ’80s going to be published in beautiful heavy-stock hardcover archive editions?
— Gabriel Roth (email@example.com)
Not in 2002 or 2003, Gabriel. And certainly not in an archive edition. Actually, I’ve suggested a black-and-white trade paperback edition of the entire run of the book and the Specials. But despite some support inside DC, it has not made it onto a schedule for this year or next.
I had heard you wrote most of the Hostess ads featuring the DC heroes. Do you know who wrote the ones starring the Marvel heroes?
— Blue Burke (BlueBurke@Knology.net)
Actually, I wrote only six of them. E. Nelson Bridwell wrote a number of the DC ones and others were done by the ad agency that handled the account. I have no idea who wrote the Marvel ones. But, as I’ve mentioned before, you can find every one of them posted at http://www.seanbaby.com/hostess.htm
A friend of mine in his forties insists that he remembers buying 13-cent comic books as a child. I’m about the same age, and I remember 10-, 12- and 15-cent comics, but I’ve never seen a 13-cent comic book in my life. Has there ever been such a critter?
— Bob Buethe (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I have never seen a 13c comic book and don’t recall any publisher setting such a price. However, I remember once going to a store in Queens, NY and having the owner charge me sales tax on the 12c comic books I was buying, even though periodicals were not taxable. Since I really wanted the books, I paid the 13c he was charging (and I’ll bet he never reported it to or paid New York State). Maybe your friend used to get his books in the same store.
ODD QUESTION OF THE WEEK DEPARTMENT:
How did the soda 7-Up get its name?
Well, direct from http://www.7up.com/info/history.cfm, here is the official story…
The Seven-Up Company’s roots go back to 1920, when C. L. Grigg banked on his 30 years of experience in advertising and merchandising to form The Howdy Corporation in St. Louis, Mo. Although he named the company after the Howdy Orange drink he pioneered, his goal was to create a wholesome and distinctive soft drink that would prove irresistible to the nation’s consumers. He spent more than two years testing 11 different formulas of lemon-flavored drinks, finally settling on one that best met his two goals: refreshing and thirst-quenching.
Grigg introduced his new soft drink two weeks before the stock market crashed in October, 1929. It was a caramel-colored, lithiated lemon-lime soda, which he positioned as a drink with a “flavor wallop” to market alongside the already-successful Howdy Orange drink. It cost more than its competition and had an unwieldy name, “Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda.” At the time, more than 600 lemon-lime soft drinks were already in the marketplace. In spite of the obstacles, the new brand sold well. Shortly afterwards, Grigg changed the brand’s name to 7 UP.
Although C. L. Grigg never explained the origin of the soft drink’s name, many stories abound. The most popular story is that Grigg named the soft drink after he saw a cattle brand with the number “7” and the letter “u.” Other stories suggest that the name reflects the drink’s seven flavors and carbonation, or that Grigg came up with the name while playing dice.
And on that note, I am going to grab myself a Diet 7-Up and head on out of here. And while you’re enjoying your own glass of Mr. Grigg’s famous beverage, don’t forget to make a stop at my daily Anything Goes Trivia at www.wfcomics.com/trivia.
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