Comics This And That

I used to be more fervant about trumpeting the potenial of comics. Now it seems like they're just cheap R&D for movies and TV, and I'm getting older. There's only so long you can tilt at windmills. But as with politics, there's just something in me that won't let it go. Take this recent post from The Beat. Not only does it talk about Amethyst Princess Of Gemworld (a DC comic maxiseries from the 80s) but a guest editorial in Meanwhle…, the DC page where Dick Giordano would write something about comics. It talks about the treatment of female characters in comics. I can imagine a comic panel with Major Force peering over an opened refrigerator door saying “you ain't seen nothing yet.”
And then I read Jim Shooter's post about how he never wrote Hank Pym as a wife beater, he was just throwing his hands up in frustration and accidently hit her, it was just the artist Drawing Comics The Marvel Way that made it look like he was hitting her and it was too late to change anything. Yeah, and Jan just walked into a door.
I'm sorry, Jim. I like your stuff, wrote a post when you started blogging and you were kind enough to pose for a picture with my wife Kathy at our first Chicago Comicon (right after I got my picture with Stan Lee) but I gotta call you on this one. It's worse than the almost as bad explanation for your literally pithy dialogues you had homosexuals spout in that issue of Rampaging Hulk. And wasn't Jarvis' letter of resignation in Iron Man #127 originally a letter of resignation from a Marvel freelancer that got out in public? Who was in editor in charge of that issue? This isn't one of those arguments where one of the debaters decides to unleash everything they don't like about the person or idea all at once. The point is that in my reprint of Iron Man: Demon In A Bottle, the letter was changed. Couldn't the same thing have been done here? Or was the wrath of fanboys too big a concern? After all, if a soap opera can retcon a rape into a seduction and back again, couldn't something have been done here?
Speaking of wrathsome fanboys, this post where J. Caleb Mozzocco points out that the only thing sadder than the letter Joanne Siegel wrote to Warner Bros is the angry reactions that fanboys post whenever news of creators and heirs trying to reclaim their rights comes up. They're more worried about missing out on their Wednesday habit than the creators getting a chance to enjoy a little fruit from all their labors.
Maybe what I need after all this is to catch up on my Bloom County books and take a dandelion break.