Joe Alaskey (April 17, 1952 - February 3, 2016)

One of the best guys to fill Mel Blanc’s sizable shoes. A fan-favorite voice artist. Talented on-screen and off.  And a good guy to those who knew him. Mark Evanier does a way better obit than I ever could.

Joe Alaskey was a modern legend and a keeper of the Looney Tunes legacy, and he’ll be missed by us all.

Dungeons & Dragons was a series about six kids who were transported to a dimension filled with wizards and fire-snorting reptiles and cryptic clues and an extremely-evil despot named Venger. The youngsters were trapped in this game-like environment but, fortunately, they were armed with magical skills and weaponry, the better to foil Venger’s insidious plans each week.

The kids were all heroic — all but a semi-heroic member of their troupe named Eric. Eric was a whiner, a complainer, a guy who didn’t like to go along with whatever the others wanted to do. Usually, he would grudgingly agree to participate, and it would always turn out well, and Eric would be glad he joined in. He was the one thing I really didn’t like about the show.

So why, you may wonder, did I leave him in there? Answer: I had to.

As you may know, there are those out there who attempt to influence the content of childrens’ television. We call them “parents groups,” although many are not comprised of parents, or at least not of folks whose primary interest is as parents. Study them and you’ll find a wide array of agendum at work…and I suspect that, in some cases, their stated goals are far from their real goals.

Nevertheless, they all seek to make kidvid more enriching and redeeming, at least by their definitions, and at the time, they had enough clout to cause the networks to yield. Consultants were brought in and we, the folks who were writing cartoons, were ordered to include certain “pro-social” morals in our shows. At the time, the dominant “pro-social” moral was as follows: The group is always right…the complainer is always wrong.

This was the message of way too many eighties’ cartoon shows. If all your friends want to go get pizza and you want a burger, you should bow to the will of the majority and go get pizza with them. There was even a show for one season on CBS called The Get-Along Gang, which was dedicated unabashedly to this principle. Each week, whichever member of the gang didn’t get along with the gang learned the error of his or her ways.

We were forced to insert this “lesson” in D & D, which is why Eric was always saying, “I don’t want to do that” and paying for his social recalcitrance. I thought it was forced and repetitive, but I especially objected to the lesson. I don’t believe you should always go along with the group. What about thinking for yourself? What about developing your own personality and viewpoint? What about doing things because you decide they’re the right thing to do, not because the majority ruled and you got outvoted?

We weren’t allowed to teach any of that. We had to teach kids to join gangs. And then to do whatever the rest of the gang wanted to do.

What a stupid thing to teach children.

Now, I won’t make the leap to charge that gang activity, of the Crips and Bloods variety, increased on account of these programs. That influential, I don’t believe a cartoon show could ever be. I just think that “pro-social” message was bogus and ill-conceived. End of confession.

- Writer Mark Evanier discusses the matter of “pro-social” 1980s cartoon programming in this reprinted column. Felt too long for a quote, so text post away.

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Countdown to the Con: The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song by Frank M. Young and David Lasky

See David Lasky at Comic-Con on Saturday, July 26 at 4:00-5:00PM in Room 28DE at the Abrams ComicArts Preview Panel, then meet David Lasky at 5:30PM in Autographing Area AA21 where he will be signing the Eisner Award–winning graphic novel The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song and El Deafo.

For over 60 years Abrams has been the country’s premiere art book publisher. It’s been five years since the launch of Abrams ComicArts in 2009, and the tradition of excellence continues with award-winning original graphic novels and coffee table books such as The Art of Rube Goldberg. Join Charles Kochman (editorial director of Abrams ComicArts), Chad Beckerman (Eisner nominated creative director of Abrams ComicArts), Carol Burrell (senior editor of Abrams ComicArts), and other special guests, including Mark Evanier (historian and author of The Art of the Simon and Kirby Studio), Kazu Kibuishi (writer and artist the Amulet series, and editor of the Explorer series), Chip Kidd (award-winning author, editor, and book designer), and David Lasky (Eisner Award–winning artist of The Carter Family), as they talk about current titles, including Climate Changed by Philippe Squarzoni, and reveal details about their upcoming Fall 2014 list, including The Warren Commission Report: An Investigation into the Kennedy Assassination by Ernie Colón, Jerzy Drozd, and Dan Mishkin, The Art of the Simon and Kirby Studio by Mark Evanier,Sing No Evil byJP Ahonen and KP Alare, as well as details about exciting forthcoming projects…


Full details about Abrams ComicArts at the San Diego Comic-Con can be found here: http://www.abramsbooks.com/comiccon/ 

This is infuriating. 

Absolutely disgusting.

I wake up to find a freaking fandom dedicated to a murderer.

Because people find him attractive and feel sorry for him.



Congratulations Tumblr, you’ve created yet another bunch of morons. 

Too bad I can’t say I’m surprised.

I KNEW there was gonna be a fandom for this poor kid, but I thought they would’ve gone with something more…idk..Not EvanIES. To be honest I was rooting for Evaniers, or Evanians. Just think about it “Evanies” ;) Fandom is still just a baby right now so I guess the name still might change in the future, who knows.

Oh…and Gooood luck out here! Haters gonna hate. It’s pointless to negotiate……(with them)


Holy shit Jack Kirby did design for Thundarr The Barbarian.

Comic book writer-artist Jack Kirby worked on the production design for the show. While many people believe that Kirby was the primary designer of the show (mainly due to his similarly themed Kamandi: The Last Boy On Earth), the main characters were in fact designed by fellow comic book writer-artist Alex Toth, who also designed the popular character Space Ghost for Saturday morning television. Toth, however, was unavailable to continue working on the show, so most of the wizards and other villains and secondary characters that appear on the show were designed by Kirby. He was brought onto the show at the recommendation of comic writer Steve Gerber and comics and animation veteran Mark Evanier, who realized that the same imagination that produced Kamandi could contribute significantly to the series. Indeed, the evil wizard Gemini, the only repeating villain on the show, resembles Darkseid, an infamous Kirby villain.

(via Thundarr the Barbarian - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)


The Man Who Colored The Marvel Universe:

Stan Goldberg (1932-2014)

Marvel colorist Stan Goldberg, who created the color schemes of the costumes of Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, and dozens of others, died yesterday, at the age of 82. Mark Evanier has more information here.

I wrote briefly, in Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, about two of Stan’s contributions to the Marvel mythos.

On The Fantastic Four:

And although they remained unmasked (in another break from comic-book convention, they were going to keep their identities public), at the urging of letter-writing fans they soon had snappy blue uniforms. “Jack gave them this long underwear with the letter ‘4’ on their chest,” said Stan Goldberg, who designed the color schemes of the Marvel comics. “I made the ‘4’ blue and kept a little area around it white, and then when the villains came in—the villains get the burnt umbers, dark greens, purples, grays, things like that—they can bounce off it.” The blast of colorful heroics against a murky background world immediately set Fantastic Four apart from everything else on the newsstand.

On Spider-Man:

The grand melodrama was offset by Lee’s snappy patter, Ditko’s stunning costume design, and, once again, the primary-color palette choices of Stan Goldberg, who selected for Spider-Man’s costume a combination of cherry red and dark cobalt (in deliberate contrast to the more vivacious azure of the Fantastic Four).


Goldberg also drew non-superhero comics for Marvel in its Timely incarnation, and was the longtime artist for Marvel’s Millie the Model series. In the late 1960s he began drawing for various series published by Archie Comics.


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Show notes:

  • Yeah, Kirby gets one more fact than everyone else.
  • If you’re new to comics or otherwise not that familiar with the work of the King of the Comics, let me lay out something of a primer for you:
  • I would start with Mark Evanier’s biography/art book, Kirby: King of Comics, which will give you a good overview of his life as well as showing art from all different stages of his over five decade-long career. Alternatively, or as a supplement, check out Kirby Five-Oh!, the fiftieth issue of the Jack Kirby Collector magazine, which runs down such topics as the best Kirby story for every year of his career, plus runs down Kirby’s massive influence on later comics creators.
  • Moving over to actual comics, Kirby 101 is pretty much his run on Fantastic Four with Stan Lee. If you want to skip to just the best of the best of the best, pick up the Omnibus vol 2, which contains a non-stop succession of hits, from the Inhumans to the Galactus saga, to “This Man, This Monster,” to the Black Panther and more. If that’s too big of an investment, check out this Silver Surfer Epic Collection, which despite its name, is a collection of Fantastic Four stories featuring the Surfer.
  • Once you’ve made your way through Lee/Kirby FF, if you want more prime ’60s Kirby goodness, next you should check out Thor: To Wake the Mangog.
  • The next place to go is to check out the adrenaline that is pure Kirby: his material from the ’70s. The Fourth World is the logical place to start, but if you want something smaller (in page count, not in bombast), try OMAC.
  • Once you get hooked on those and have tracked down the out of print collections of Kamandi, The Demon, Captain America and Falcon, Black Panther, and Devil Dinosaur, check out his collaborations with Joe Simon. You can get a nice sample with The Best of Simon and Kirby, but I say just jump in and get that Sandman collection. It rules.
  • This is just a sampling. The great news is, there is tons of Kirby material in print these days, so once you get hooked, you, like me, can spend all your money on really nice Jack Kirby hardcovers.

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