By Beau Smith

As a comic book writer, reader and marketing guy, I have questions:

** Could Neil Gaiman write a full throttle, testosterone filled, two-fisted story of tough guy glory?

** Can DC Comics go a an entire year without an event?

** If publishers would come out with a series of romance, western, science fiction, war, crime, comedy or historical comics, would readers really support them?

** How come we haven’t seen an interview with an editor where they talk about the true procedures of how creators are hired?

** When are we gonna see Art Adams do another Creature From The Black Lagoon comic?

** When are we gonna see the art return of Ronnie Del Carmen in comics?

** Why hasn’t someone done The Art Of Don Heck book yet?

** When will Nick Fury talk about his days as leader of Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos in WWII?

** Should publishers allow editors to write comics for them while on staff?

** What are the real “Ages” of mainstream super-heroes like Superman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man and Iron Man?

** Who’s stronger, Ms. Marvel or Power Girl?

** People complain about there not being enough strong female characters; why doesn’t anyone complain about nobody writing a manly Sub-Mariner comic?

** Can Todd McFarlane create another comic book character that isn’t Spawn?

** Can we see a storyline where Superman’s powers are dialed back to what they were when he was created?

** Will somebody please spread the word that John Byrne is doing some of his best work in years at IDW Publishing?

** Will somebody bring former Wolverine artist Dwayne Turner back to a monthly comic?

** I would like to see Paul Storrie write a humorous super-hero book at Marvel or DC Comics. Why hasn’t that happened?

** Have you emailed Marvel Comics and told them you really love what Ed Brubaker is doing with Captain America?

** Have you emailed IDW Publishing and thanked them for having Chuck Dixon write G.I. Joe?

** Did you know that Erik Larsen seriously loves comic books?

** Could we please see less depressing super-hero comics?

** Did you know that Jimmy Palmiotti knows where the bodies are buried?

** Did you know that Brian Bendis took the high road in a situation where others wouldn’t.

** Did you know that Billy Tucci isn’t a big sissy; he’s a short one?

** Did you know that comics were once a nickel? (No they weren’t, I’m lying.)

Busted Knuckles Manly Cover of the Week:Little Al of the F.B.I. #10
Ziff Davis
Cover Art by Norm Saunders

When it came to manly covers, few could or can beat the great Norm Saunders. A fine example is this cover to Little Al of the F.B.I., complete with rotten commies to bust up. Plus, who can resist the back up story “The Beaver Strikes!”? Not me.

Busted Knuckles Babe of the Week: Paula Patton

Every now and then there is a beautiful woman that I can only describe as near flawless, Paula Patton is one of them. This woman has a smile and looks that can leave a man like me speechless. I first saw her in the Denzel Washington movie Déjà Vu, (A very good movie, by the way.) and then she popped up again in a creepy movie I saw called Mirrors. (that’s not a good movie) You can find her next in Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol. Just find her, you’ll thank me.

The Roundup

As most of you regular readers know, I am a book maniac. My personal library is legend. What you might know is that one of my all-time favorite books is by author, adventurer, deep sea diver, big game hunter, John D. Craig. It’s called Danger is My Business. (1938 Simon & Shuster) This book tells the true life story of Craig, a man, to whom danger is merely a word, a man who is equally at home in the waving kelp of the sea floor or in the underbrush of the jungle. His camera work in these dark and dangerous places was used by early Hollywood for films such as Trader Horn, Devil Tiger, and I Cover the Waterfront. This book is filled with stories of his incredible, action-packed life hunting dangerous game, fighting off bandits, pirates and monsters of the deep. Through the years I’ve bought copies of this book whenever I saw them to give to friends so they could also read of a era of adventure that is gone. Fifteen years ago, I was lucky enough to be in a book store with my buddy, Ted Adams of IDW Publishing, (Ted is another fellow book maniac) I found a really beautiful copy of Danger Is My Business, it was a signed copy! Needless to say, I had to have it. The cost wasn’t as much as I would’ve paid elsewhere. This store had really fair prices. This book has become one of the crown jewels of my collection, one that I will pass down after I head for that big rodeo of adventure in the sky. If you ever come across a copy, make sure you pick it up, I promise you’ll enjoy it. Danger may not be my business, but I love reading about it.

Your amigo,

Beau Smith
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About The Author

Beau Smith

Beau Smith is a writer for Comics Bulletin