And I wrote a briefish precis of Superman: The Unauthorized Biography for The New Republic. Functions as a sort of executive summary for the book, really.
Got to include some images I only mention in the book — different depictions of Superman razing slums over the years. In those three images, you see his transformation from challenger of the status quo to its mightiest representative.
But you should still buy the book. You should buy two, in case one breaks. Three, in case one breaks and you need something to press leaves into.
Please enjoy the premiere episode of Eric Martin’s “This American Wife” web series featuring me as an NPR host with issues.
This is the best thing in the long and storied history of things.
From SUPERMAN: THE UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY, Chapter 7: KRYPTONITE NEVERMORE! BRIEFLY! (1970-1977), page 165.
“Superman had a villain problem. … In [Superman #299], Superman uses his telescopic vision to check in on Clark’s apartment, only to spy, to his horror, “Nine of the most fearsome super-villains I’ve ever fought! …”
[Curt] Swan renders the gathering amusingly, depicting the vile android Brainiac, Scourge of the Galaxy, sitting on Clark’s ottoman and chatting away with Luthor as if he’s at some kind of Stitch-n-Bitch-of-Doom. Yet the group turns out to be just an illusion, much like the notion that Terra-Man, Toyman and Prankster belong on anyone’s “most fearsome” list, to say nothing of Amalak — a low-rent mustachioed space pirate Superman had faced only once since the villain’s first appearance, ten years earlier.”
Carmine Infantino - Batman and Robin
My apologies for the multiple posts but this was a very important man in our industry and it’s the kind of story that the mainstream comics press sometimes glazes over,
I think it’s important to celebrate the man’s work. my hope is posting these images will jar some memories for some of you who may not know that the man who created all of the stuff is the same guy
Had a jigsaw puzzle of this image I must’ve assembled and disassembled over 500 times. Taught me most of what I know about composition, anatomy, dramatic impact.
Infantino, and Ebert. This was a bad day. Glad it’s over.
DC Special #1, All Carmine Infantino issue, December 1968, cover by Carmine Infantino
RIP Carmine Infantino
For reasons that would confound and exasperate its founders Ralph Waldo Emerson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes and James Russell Lowell (though I bet that nutty John Greenleaf Whittier would be cool with it) you can read a brief excerpt of SUPERMAN: THE UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY in The Atlantic.
Okay, yes, it’s web-only, so it’s technically “on” The Atlantic, not “in” it. No, yeah, thanks for clarifying that. Way to negate my joy, there, guy.
The excerpt comes from the beginning of Chapter 7: KRYPTONITE NEVERMORE! BRIEFLY! (1970 - 1977), and takes a brief look at the bananapants Lois Lane story “I Am Curious (Black),” which, frankly, yikes.