Post by Ted Nolan <tednolan> Post by Kevrob Post by Steve Coltrin
Post by Carl Fink Post by Bo Lindbergh
... That Character with Whom the Author Fell in Love.
* _The Masterharper of Pern_ by Anne McCaffrey.
* _The Childe Morgan Trilogy_ by Katherine Kurtz.
George Lucas, *Star Wars Episode 1: The Phanom Menace*.
Thread's over, folks.
Nah: dead horse time.
Spielberg's "Young Indiana Jones."
Fox TV's "Gotham."
"Harry Potter and the Kindergarten of Doom"
OK, that's not real...... yet.
Well, if you're going to bring in comic books, then Superboy & Wonder Girl
naturally (yes, it's "complicated" now)
It's worse than complicated. When Jerry Siegel proposed a
"Superboy" strip to his editors, it was pooh-poohed. JS wanted
to focus on boyish pranks, fueled by super powers. Over at
Fawcett, France Herron and his staff had been making money with
Captain Marvel Jr since 1941. DC snuck Superboy into the back
pages of MORE FUN COMICS (edited by sf fan and ex-sf pulp editor
Mort Weisinger) in 1945, when Siegel was in Army green. That's
one way to avoid paying for an idea. There was a lawsuit, Siegel
& Shuster won a little money, but in doing so were exiled from
their real brainchild, the MAN of Tomorrow. So, while the author
may have been in love with the character, it was the publisher
who blocked it, up until such time as the author could be cut
off from the Niagara of dimes that resulted from the brand
I sometimes wonder how much fun a "L'il Spectre" strip
would have been. Hey, it worked for Archie Andrews!
Wonder Girl is just confusion. Bob Haney,* using her in a
"Teen Titans" story, had "forgotten" that all the Wonder Family
stories were "imaginary" or "Impossible Tales." (Alan Moore:
Aren't they all?) In-story, they were edited film simulations of
Princess Diana at various ages, with her Mom, Hippolyta the
Queen of the Amazons, having adventures and stuff. Magic Amazonian
Home Movies, years before Photoshop.
When WG was treated as an independent character, it was
brand extension by accident and maybe negligence.
* Bob Haney, the long-time scripter of the team-up book,
"The Brave & The Bold," especially when Batman was installed
as the permanent co-star, had no regard for comics fans'
love of tight, issue-to-issue plot continuity. If he, or
his co-conspirator, editor Murray Boltinoff, wanted to team
Batman and Wildcat, and set the story in the modern day on the
"Earth-One" of the Justice League, rather than in WWII on the
"Earth-Two" of the Justice Society, they would. `Cause it
was fun, and `cause Jim Aparo drew a wicked Wildcat, and
especially because it sold.
Comics fans dreamed up "Earth-B" as a DC parallel world where
all Boltinoff-edited stories that violated the sacred ghod
Continuity took place.