If you have ever perused the brief biography that resides to the left of this column, you might have noticed the mention of all the printing awards DC Comics has won over the years and the fact that well over a hundred of them were presented during my tenure as head of the Production Department. This tradition of printing excellence has continued to the present day.
Of particular note is that they are still winning awards on books for which I was the Director of Production, almost three years after I left the company.
The current issue of BOOKTECH THE MAGAZINE arrived in my mailbox this week and it cover features the winners of the 2001 Gold Ink Awards for excellence in print production. Among those winners: KINGDOM COME… presented with the top prize in the “Children’s Books” division. [We’ll politely ignore the fact that KINGDOM COME isn’t really a children’s book, and that it beat out “How Christmas Came to the Ghetto” and “Secret Agent Worms in The Disappearing Earth” for the top spot.] I am not quite sure how a book originally published in 1997 wins an award in 2001, but it did… and unless they’ve changed the masthead in later printings, it’s still got my name in it.
For the record, in addition to the “Gold” for KINGDOM COME, DC also won “Pewter” awards (Honorable Mention) for the Star Trek graphic novel “The Gorn Crisis,” (also in the Children’s Books category), “Batman: Harvest Breed” (Hardcover Books category), “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” “JLA: Heaven’s Ladder,” and “Shazam: Power of Hope” (Softcover Books).
Congratulations to all the folks who worked on these books and also to the fine people at Quebecor Printing (better known in the industry as “Ronalds,” which was the name of the company back when they started printing comics some twenty years ago) who have always done their best to raise the production of comic book material to an art form.
BOBRO’S TRIVIA QUIZ
1. Inspired by Green Lantern, who adopted a secret identity to find the murderers of “Socker” Smith?
2. This “energy vampire” is second only to Darkseid as most powerful on Apokolips; name him.
3. Symbols from whose rings mark those he protects and those who are his foes?
4. Name the 70’s reprint book that featured stories about super-villains.
5. One way Loki tried to defeat Thor was to enlist the aid of what seductive beauty?
6. Peter Parker was smitten with J. Jonah’s secretary; what was her name?
7. In Tiny Town, who’s the “big man on campus”?
8. Chang fashioned a lamp from a meteorite; what hero gained his powers from it?
9. Ne-ahn’s son had his own DC series; what is his name?
10. In what locale would you find Faora, Gra-Mo and Zod?
11. Cardinal great Musial shares what nickname with Mr. Lee?
BOBRO’S FUN FACTS TO KNOW & TELL:
1. The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses. No one in Greece has memorized all 158 verses.
2. The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
3. Only six of the 187 Texans defending the Alamo survived the seige; General Santa Anna ordered them executed.
FEEDBACK FROM THE EMAILBOX: WHERE ARE THEY?
I’m the production manager for TidalWave Studios. We publish several books through Image Comics including “10th Muse,” “The Dollz,” and the upcoming “Black Tide” and “Tekken Forever.”
I noticed that one of your readers asked what Marv Wolfman was up to these days. Marv has been writing the adventures of Emma Sonnet and friends in “10th Muse” for the past year and soon will be writing a new feature for us called “Atlas.” More information about both these features can be found at www.tidalwavestudios.com.
Thanks for your entertaining and informative column, I’ve been a fan since the Daily Planet days at DC and never miss your column.
— Steve Montal, Production Manager – TidalWave Studios
Thanks, Steve. And for more of what Marv is up to, read on.
Re: What various people are up to.
Marv Wolfman is the Wolf part of Wolfmill Productions, which is doing the ELFQUEST animated movie (for which Marv co-wrote the script). Also, he and Len Wein are scripting a movie in development called Gene Pool.
As for Steve Englehart, he’s writing an Avengers mini-series that features his Mantis character and is due out in a few months.
— Tom Galloway [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Seems like Marv is certainly busy!
Steve’s mini is titled AVENGERS: CELESTIAL QUEST and the first issue should be on sale now.
Another emailer (whose name has been lost in the electronic ether) pointed out that Ron Frenz is working with Tom DeFalco on Mr. RIGHT for Image.
MORE FEEDBACK: OTHER OPEN QUESTIONS
“The Legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table” was SUPPOSED to have appeared during 1976 in LIMITED COLLECTORS’ EDITION # C-47. During June of 1975, a very premature ad featured in most of DC’s comics (dated September) touted “King Arthur” as a four-part series. The creative team was identified as Joe Orlando (editor), Gerry Conway (writer) and Nestor Redondo (artist). No details on “King Arthur” have ever surfaced although DC’s last reference to it, in 1976’s AMAZING WORLD OF DC COMICS #11, stated that it was “nearing completion” and slated for “late summer or early fall.” Gerry Conway’s departure for Marvel seems to have effectively ended the project’s life.
In that time frame, DC had been hoping to offer more all-new material in their tabloid editions but none of them came to fruition. A 1975 issue of LIMITED COLLECTORS’ EDITION was to have featured Sheldon Mayer’s “Wizard of Oz” before DC decided to collaborate with Marvel on their own adaptation-in-progress. Mayer also saw two other projects canceled, a pair of seasonal issues intended for March 1976’s #s C-44 and C-45. These were “The Story of Jesus” and “Rudolph’s Easter Parade.”
Described at length in 1983’s AMAZING HEROES # 34, Joe Kubert’s REDEEMER was intended as a twelve-issue maxi-series. The title character, Jim Torkan, was a messianic character reincarnated eternally (similar to DC’s earlier Immortal Man and later Resurrection Man) to fight the demonic Infernal One in an assortment of eras ranging from the distant past to the far future.
A chagrined editorial in the magazine revealed that, just before their deadline and far too late to change contents, the series had been postponed for two to six months. With Kubert unable to find the time to complete the series and DC taking complaints because of the Christian connection in the character’s name, the series was never published and the generous samples of art in AH # 34 remain the only glimpse of the characters.
And, finally … no, Linda Danvers was never in Congress or any other political office in her pre-Crisis career outside of the alternate world story in ACTION #s 344-345 and the imaginary tale in SUPERMAN FAMILY #200 that Mark Katzoff cited.
Supergirl did hobnob with Prez Rickard in 1974’s SUPERGIRL #10 and endorsed Ollie Queen for mayor in WORLD’S FINEST in 1978, though. It’s possible you were thinking of 1975’s SUPERMAN FAMILY # 171, where Linda palled around with Congresswoman Gordon and got involved in “Cleopatra’s” attempt to overthrow the government.
— John Wells [email@example.com]
Thanks, John. I’m hereby appointing you Official Fact-Checker of this column.
As far as I recall, what you ran is a correct run-down of Linda Danvers’ careers, except that she was a camera operator, not a TV reporter.
The only time Linda held political office was in the Imaginary Story in SUPERMAN FAMILY 200, where she was also involved with a mysterious boyfriend whom many readers speculated was Dick Grayson.
— Howard Margolin [DoctorOHM@aol.com]
Now THAT I remember! And it was intended that readers think the boyfriend was Mr. Grayson.
SOME QUICK QUESTIONS FROM THE EMAILBOX:
Can you clear up the Ernie Chua/Ernie Chan situation? As a collector of old Batman comics, I’m keen to know if they were indeed the same man.
— Tony Gibson [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Ernie Chua is indeed Ernie Chan, the latter being his real name. Ernie once told me that when he first arrived in this country and the immigration officer asked him his name, he was told that there were too many Chans already and the officer wrote down Chua instead.
Years and years ago, I was reading a “Daily Planet” column in some comic or other that I had bought. Part of the column included a crossword, nothing of which I remember, bar one item: There was a clue referring to E. Nelson Bridwell’s first name, but I have NO idea what it was! Presumably you do? This has drifted at the back of my conciousness for way too long, and resurfaced recently for no particular reason, but it won’t go away until you tell me the answer!
— Jenny in Australia [email@example.com]
I’m presuming you want ENB’s first name, not what the actual clue was. In any case, it was Edward. [And just for the record, I was the one who made up almost all the crosswords, word finds, and other puzzles that appeared in DC’s books from 1973 on.]
That’s it till next week. Remember to send your questions and comments using the handy box in the column on the left.
The ANTs have overrun this week’s answers!
1. ted grANT
3. the phANTom
6. betty brANT
7. stumbo the giANT
8. green lANTern
10. the phANTom zone
11. stAN The man
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