Nasser rose on the comic book industry stage in 1975 drawing
Batman, Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Spiderman for DC and Marvel
comics. His comic book art career was born, defined and died
within the two years that followed. In late 1977 he left comics
abruptly beginning a sojourn into the wildernesses of California
and leaving behind some scattered hints as to a new career
he sought to embark on. The first of these hints was published
in Star-Reach #12 in which he produced "The Old, New
and Final Testaments". Mike Friedrich told in his editorial
of a unique experience with Nasser expounding on his need
to venture into public oratory, heralding and inspiring a
new age of peace in the world.
followed were years of turmoil for him at Continuity Studios,
operating base of his mentor, childhood idol, and good friend,
Neal Adams. Four years of turmoil well known to all who knew
of him in the comic book industry. It was said that his messianic
aspirations went all the way to the top. All the way to the
Second Coming of Christ, they said. He embarked on perpetuating
a mad vision within which the comic book industry would raise
the light of the new Messiah and gather into it all of the
attention, entertainment & communications values, commercial
wealth and spiritual appeal of the whole world. Needless to
say, such a dream wasn't yet to be and it was obvious to all
that this young 23 year old had bitten off a little more than
he could chew and was not yet ripe for such an undertaking.
He was eventually relegated to living in the streets of NY
and Central Park where he ultimately vanished from the face
of the earth and the comic book industry.
Nasser resurfaced years later in, of all places, Israel -
as Michael Netzer. where he settled down, married and tended
to the needs of his family and children. A brief return to
the American comic book industry in the early 1990's ended
with a tragic feud with his friend and mentor of years past,
Neal Adams, after which he returned to Israel and the anonymity
of the father and provider for his family, working in whichever
visual communications medium would open its doors to him.
Years later he surfaced again in various internet forums,
the most prominent of which was a professional comic book
creators' forum, Panel2Panel. In february, 2003 - nearly 25
years after his first sojourn to California, he disappeared
abruptly again and resurfaced recently, waving the flag he'd
raised so boldly back in the late 1970's.
doesn't matter what Michael Netzer is doing today, it only
matters what others see him as doing and how they see him
and his work and whether it touches them and inspires them.
He has no problem being the madman on the mountain because
we've all sung our songs for the madmen - and in our songs
- the madmen always prevail. His mission in life is too precious
to be wasted on idol quests for a sanity clause.
This is what it takes for the Son of Man to stand up against
the spirit of futility that's all but paralyzed humanity's
hope for saving its collapsing world.