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Match to Flame – 42

posted on April 26, 2017

The shout out in the Avengers Annual was followed by Crazy Harry showing up on a splash page of The Spectacular Spider-Man along with Zonker Harris and Mike Doonesbury from Doonesbury. (Holy crazy crossovers, Batman! To someone who had been homeschooled by Stan Lee through the monthly Marvel offerings and who had tried right out of college to get a job at Marvel Comics, this was indeed heady stuff.) Somewhat later, Crazy Harry would be seen reading a copy of The Uncanny X-Men in the Funky universe (page 410, June 8, 1980). In a crossover with our own universe, Cathy and I appeared in a Funky Sunday (page 330, December 10, 1979) as we waited in line to see a Star Trek movie. But the most wrenching change would come on March 25, 1979, when the cast of characters from ratings cellar dweller Channel One was spun off into a new syndicated strip called John Darling with a growing universe of characters all its own.

From The Complete Funky Winkerbean Volume Three

John Darling – Take 59

posted on April 23, 2017

The Radar

posted on April 22, 2017

This is something I came across, as often happens, while looking for something else in the studio. It’s something that I worked on, judging from the dates, over the Christmas break in 1963. It features a character called the Radar who is sightless and navigates using a radar sense. Your guess is as good as mine as to what the sword was all about. What’s interesting is that in May of 1964, Marvel’s Daredevil made his first appearance… a blind superhero with a radar sense. What’s kind of cool to contemplate (for me anyway) is that, given the lead time on comic books, Stan and I probably came up with our visually challenged superheroes at about the same time. Of course, Stan’s hero went on to bigger and better things while mine went into a portfolio case never to be seen again (or until now anyway). Probably should have ditched the sword.