is it about the creators of the modern mythology of comic
book superheroes - rising to monumental tasks and larger
than life adventures in their pursuit of truth, justice
and the universal way - which evokes ages old legends of
our civilization's own moral and spiritual heroes of long
forgotten history, spreading the light of hope into the
darkened corners of civilization's fears?
is it about the creators of these colorfully clad champions,
which evokes a remembrance of gurus, prophets and saviors
of times long past, who've guided our moral and ethical
evolution, allowing our collective peoples and cultures
to grow and flourish - even under the more destructive tendencies
that threaten to wipe out any hope for our species'
It's not the superheroes at all who're the heroes here.
It's the superhero creators who are today's real champions.
The writers and artists - the creators of these superheores
who are more appropriately identifiable today with the sages
of time past and saviors of falling civilizations.
we know that these comic book aficionados are a whimsically
imaginative lot. They're not planted in reality at all. They
are conjurers of fictitious fantasy meant to seduce us through
our unquenchable thirst for escape through whimsical entertainment.
Are they detached from reality, these superhero makers?
what, if anything, is real
this comic book industry?
the most real thing about this world of superheroes is the
spirit with which they came to into being. The real life
comic book creators who became the blazing sun and the glowing
moon of the darkest recesses of mankind's soul. The artists
and writers who became the sparkling stars and the flickering
flames of a new hope for a new world. The
real creators who dug deep inside in order to understand
what it takes to be a real hero. The comic book creators
who couldn't stop at just writing and drawing imaginary
stories about superheroes delivering the world from aliens
or saving alien worlds. The real superheroes, the superhero
creators, who aspired to erase the line between what's real
and what's imaginary. The superhero creators who wrote the
stories about the problems we have in our own real world.
Eisner was certainly one of these real superheroes. That's
all he ever cared about, really. The problems he saw in
the tenement facade of our real world and how to try to
address them...how to make the world a better place...how
to help save the world with comic books. Let's see,
was there anybody else? Oh, How about Stan Lee, did he care
about the real world? Seems like he did because he came
up with superheroes who were more real, more human. He wanted
to show that regular people were just like superheroes.
Seems like Denny O'Neil cared about the world...'Nuff said
about that, no need to explain it. Plain as the nose on
our face, even if it's covered with a green mask.
Adams? Well, look at how much he cares about the comic book
industry. Look at how much he gave so that the comic book
industry could stand tall and be the voice of truth and
justice in a morally blurry environment. Look at Neal Adams'
website and read about his sociopolitical
opinions directed at world leaders who've strayed from their
trust. Delve into Neal Adams' science
project and see how deep this man goes so he can bring
some light into the world through his comic books. Neal
Adams' science project is about to provide the key with
which mankind will finally unlock the secrets of the power
of gravity - and with it, help put an end to the dwindling
of our precious resources. There's no man alive today more
worthy of leading the world in the path of the healing it
needs than Neal Adams is. No Man in the world more worthy
or able to do what it takes to start gathering together
the loose pieces of confusion which are tearing our world
apart. No man more worthy of being the next President in
a world where Presidents have plundered civilization and
driven it into the mud of agony and strife.
Weiss cares about the world enough to want to build it into
a better world. That's what his Steelgrip Starkey did with
the All Purpose Power Tool. Or how about Alan's War Dancer,
here's a novel approach to showing the agony of war in its
proper perspective. War dancers who seek the rhythm of life
and not the abyss of death. Frank Miller, can't say more
about how much he cares for the world that's given up on
its own will to heal itself and live...That's mostly all
he writes about. That's the most precious thing to him about
this comic book industry of superhero creators. Steven Grant
cares enough about the world that he won't rest until he
understands exactly how everything became as messed up as
it is. A history buff disguised as a comic book creator.
Bryan Talbot's such a romantic, always reminding us to look
at the brighter side of life so we can tolerate each other
a little more and perhaps ferment a spirit of goodwill in
our environment. Alan Moore, our hats are off to you, our
friend. You showed everyone what it takes to be a real superhero.
Neil Gaiman, no question about it. Mike Friedrich, Dave
Sim, Rick Veitch...the list is really quite endless. We
all know who everybody really is. We all know who the real
can look at almost anyone who's touched this industry and
see how they've tried to touch the real world with their
work. How they tried to make us reach a little deeper inside
and find the connection between the imaginary world of superheroes
and the real world of real people who try to make the world
a more favorable place for the sustenance of the precious
spirit of humanity.
like the sages and the prophets of old, these comic book
creators hold within them the creative spirit needed today
to breathe a fresh breath of life into a world choked by
its own wayward stray into confusion and despair.
Michael Netzer Online