January 28 - Back to my review of the last year with...
The WOMP-Blog's Biggest Stories of 2008
Number Three - De-Bunkered
As far as "big" stories go, I suppose that this one is bigger for me than others. I mean, it may be no big deal to you that Walter Simonson wrote to me, or that Michael Netzer and I have become friends of a sort, or that I spent an hour or so talking to Howard Chaykin, but, to me, having these personal contacts with comics legends/former Crusty Bunkers was HUGE! Following on 2007's Crusty Bunker explorations, 2008 solidified my interest - and involvement - in the history of those who once lent a hand (or a pen or a brush) under that odd-sounding nom de plume. Probably the best thing that happened was that much of what I'd previously supposed has been debunked, amended, or at least clarified. While this might frustrate or humble some, I'm so happy to have a clearer picture of the subject that I've decided to take it to the next level. Yes, as everyone who reads this blog with any regularity has already figured this out, I'm planning on writing a book about the Bunkers. Why? Well, I just think that such a book should be written, that there is a real (but small?) market for such a book, and that I already have a good head start and vested interest. So, be warned, WOMP-Blog readers and/or former Crusty Bunkers; I am actually - GASP - motivated!
OK, so now the cat's out of the bag. Mostly. I still have withheld some of the project's secrets and surprises. And it's not because I like teasing you (although, admittedly, that's a great bonus), but because of the Internet's all-seeing, sometimes-stealing nature. When I have things more shored-up, I'll begin to let you all in a little more. Hopefully, if all goes reasonably well, this will be on the list of "The WOMP-Blog's Biggest Stories of 2009." More tomorrow. For tonight, here are some more Dead Comic Book Characters of The Day - Maxwell Lord, Darth Vader, Yoda, Gwen Stacy, Captain Marvel, The Blue Beetle, The Question, Jor-El, Ben Parker, Jonathan Kent, and Dr. Thomas Wayne!
**WOMP-BLOG ARCHIVES EXCLUSIVE** - Just for you, offered below (for research purposes ONLY...I claim no copyright) is an actual Crusty Bunker illustrated story from back in the day. Published by Marvel in Dracula Lives! #3 (October, 1973), the story, written by Roy Thomas and drawn by Alan Weiss, features Robert E. Howard's character Solomon Kane versus Bram Stoker's vampiric Count. Enjoy!