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June 09, 2008


Brian Disco Snell

Cheesequake?? CHEESEQUAKE??

Mark Engblom

I know! It sounds like something you can order at TGI Fridays!


So I've gotta ask... have you tried to find Mr. Quincey of the sweet-sounding Cheesequake, NJ, to get his take on the letter? It would be fun to find out if his parents ever relented!

Mark Engblom

Actually, no...it would probably take more time than I'm willing to spend...but I'd be curious to hear his side as well. I suspect showing them Mike's story caused them to lighten up a bit.


I don't believe this- -I just happened upon Mike's website two days ago! I was searching for some info on the (Silver Age) Legion of Super-Heroes, and voila! I started reading his pieces and I was hooked. He covers comics from before the Silver Age too, but it's very clear he has real affection for Silver Age DC. In addition to Superman and Batman, he has many interesting analyses of Silver Age DC's lesser lights, such as the Atom. Also, he looks at the individual writers and artists associated with the features. A wonderful resource.

Mark Engblom

Whaat? Wow...what a coincidence! Yes, Mike's research is definitely a great resource for guys like me (since some of my pieces need that kind of information), or just anyone who's interested in the history of this stuff. His writings on classic film, TV, and mystery fiction are also a treasure trove of well-organized information, and definitely worth a look.

Pat Curley

As an adolescent in the late 1960s, I can tell you that there was enormous social pressure to give up comic books from parents, peers, and educators. I actually started insisting on a paper bag for my purchases because I didn't want some cute gal to see me walking around with a comic book in my hand.

The irony is that by the time I was in college, comics were considered "cool". I think underground comics actually fueled acceptance of the mainstream comics among my peers. When I was a freshman, Warren began the Spirit Magazines, and that really helped; everybody loved those first few issues, and you could see from the gritty stories that hero-driven comics didn't have to be juvenile.

Ralph C.

Another great piece, Mark. I am enjoying Superman Month very much. I look forward to what's coming up next. Thanks to you and to all the interesting comments from the readers.

Mark. Engblom

Glad you're enjoying Superman@70 month so far, Ralph. I've got more stuff in the pipeline that I think you'll like, so stay tuned!


Also, Mark, just to add my two cents to today's topic: my parents were aghast my passion for comics and kept telling me I would ruin my mind, my eyes, etc. They frequently threw out my comics(I fooled 'em by hiding my more valuable comics, out of harm's way). No matter that I was consistently the best reader in my grade school classes or that my drawings were Kirbyesque (well, at least my teachers were impressed). To this day I credit my early comic reading with building my vocabulary skills and giving me a lifelong appreciation of myth, dialogue, and characterization.

Mark. Engblom

"To this day I credit my early comic reading with building my vocabulary skills and giving me a lifelong appreciation of myth, dialogue, and characterization."

Absolutely...comics gave me a similar "leg up" on vocabulary words and science concepts (I might have been the only kid who knew the speed of light like the back of his hand).

So you had the dreaded "throw comics away" parents, huh? I was aware of many kids getting their comics casually tossed away by parents (usually moms), as if they were on the same level as yesterday's newspaper (which they might have been to some parents). Ah, but those intangible things comics gave you can never be tossed away, right?


Great piece, Mark! And as a native Michigander, I encourage you to go to MSU-- it's great!


Very cool, Mark. This is JUST the kind of thing blogs are for...these compelling little stories that you won't see anywhere else. Good thinking, good job.


Something odd happened...that comment ending in "Good thinking, good job" was mine but instead was attributed to Brian whereas my post showed up blank? No matter...it's there.


Yep, it's all part of my devious, Lex-Luthor-like plan to control the internet! Bwhahahahaha! (:

Glad it looks like Mark E. got the comments cleared up, and I agree with you-- his post is a great example of how blogs can be used.

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