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Paul Kupperberg on July 18th, 2020

Or, How I Stopped Worrying and Started Cutting Up Silver Age Comic Books

First of all, I didn’t know it was any age of comic books at the time. I was a reader making the transformation to fan; readers read comics, maybe saved them, but didn’t collect and wasn’t aware of their history.… Read the rest

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Paul Kupperberg on June 12th, 2020

I’ve always admired the hell out of Denny O’Neil (May 3, 1939 – June 11, 2020). I admired his skill as a writer. I admired his ability to continually grow and hone his craft, whether in comic books or prose. I admired the simple, surefooted way he approached story and dialogue and his calm, confident style of editing, as well as his knack for explaining and teaching what he knew.… Read the rest

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Paul Kupperberg on September 15th, 2017

It must have been 1968, just before DC Comics (then known as National Periodical Publications, or just National) move from 575 Lexington Avenue, and I was a thirteen year old comic book reader making my first visit to the Manhattan offices of DC Comics.… Read the rest

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Paul Kupperberg on February 10th, 2016

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird…it’s a plane…no! It’s a 2008 column I wrote from Bookgasm.com!

1CHALLSA survey of the shelves of your local bookseller would seem to indicate that in order to score a book deal, a comic book character has to have either widespread recognition, a movie or a TV show to support them.… Read the rest

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Paul Kupperberg on December 16th, 2015

Another installment of the column I used to write for Bookgasm.com:

Thanks to Batman, comic books were cool in the 1960s. They’d been kid stuff in the ‘40s, a danger to the very moral fiber of our great nation in the ‘50s, but Adam West in a leotard got people to take a new and different look at comics.… Read the rest

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Paul Kupperberg on November 2nd, 2015

…Or, mail sent to Paul Levitz and myself at the fanzines Etcetera and The Comic Reader a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away (aka Brooklyn).

 

 

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Paul Kupperberg on October 22nd, 2015

Sure, Marvel Comics had their little “No Prize,” but when you wrote a fan letter to DC Comics…I’m sorry, I mean National Periodical Publications in the 1960s, you received a reply with substance!

NPP fanletter1 NPP fanletter2

*Midge was Sol Harrison’s secretary. Sol Harrison was head of production, later president of DC between Carmine Infantino and Jenette Kahn.
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Paul Kupperberg on January 26th, 2014

ditko_bannerI love the way the history of the comics industry is “debated” on the internet.

Proclamations are made. Decisions about who created what are boldly and confidently made. Judgments about individuals involved in said creations are passed.

“Great Artist is a god!”… Read the rest

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Paul Kupperberg on August 6th, 2013

imagesWhat Would Stan Lee Do?

He would sell it, baby!

If we learned nothing else from Stan the Man at the dawn of the Marvel Age of Comics, it’s that there’s no such thing as too much promotion.… Read the rest

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Paul Kupperberg on September 4th, 2009

After a long lapse (pardon me for having a life…as hellacious as it can sometimes be), there’s a new installment of Capes, Cowls & Costumes my comic book novelization column up at the very fine Bookgasm.com. This time around, I interview comics legend Marv Wolfman (okay, it’s really funny calling guys I’ve know, like forever, “legends,” but there you have it) about his role as co-packager/co-editor/writer on the Marvel Novel Series, published by Pocket Books in late-1970s, as well as his comic book tie-in writing since then.… Read the rest

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