August 8th, 2007

The Zombie

Issue #756

August 7 -  Short and sweet today, as I'm so busy with various projects.  I did want to make my own worthless comments about Barry Bonds breaking Hank Aaron's total home runs record.  I know that everyone is talking about it, so I might as well join in.  As I heard the news about Bonds (I was at the dark "real" job during the actual game), I was struck by two things; 1) I remember what it was like when I, just a school-age kid, watched Mr. Aaron break Babe Ruth's mark.  I wrote about that night here in the WOMP-Blog at some point in the past, so I won't repeat myself, but I can tell you that it made me feel differently than I feel now.  I don't know whether it's because I'm old now, or because my grandparents were Braves fans when Mr. Aaron did his thing (while I don't even know anyone who is a Giants fan), or because cantankerous Mr. Bonds is polar-opposite in temperament to gracious Mr. Aaron, or if this era of steroids scandals has made all records of this time seem invalid.  Whatever it is, I just can not pretend that I feel the same thrill now as I did then;  2) Are there similar records in comic books?  I know that some comic strips and their creators are even in the Guinness Book, but are comics creators?  Who has drawn the most comic books?  Who had the longest uninterrupted run on a comics title?  Who has created the greatest total comic book sales?  I'm just curious...and not really sure that such figures, if they could ever truly be verified, should be important.  Comics, thankfully, are not sports.  Hmm.  On a different note, I want to thank O.F.O.WOMP Brent Frankenhoff for e-mailing to me his excellent guess of this month's Mystery Theme; "As to your mystery characters, did they all visit or live in Central City at some point? I know that there's a Central City in the Archie universe and of course there's DC's as well."  Ooh, such a good guess...but not the right one.  With that, I leave you with another clue, your Mystery Theme Comic Book Character of The Day - Man-Wolf!