So over at The Comic Reporter today, Tom Spurgeon runs the results of his latest “Five for Friday” survey. This time, he was asking readers to “Name Five Past Or Present Comics Titles You Think Should Always Be Published, Just Because It Would Please You To See Them On The Stands.”
As is often the case with me, I saw his call for entries on Friday, thought, “Hey, that looks interesting,” and then my brain didn’t kick into gear until well after the deadline (something all my editors can attest to, badump-bump!), but I realized this morning that I had some unusual choices, because where my mind went to on this wasn’t simply comics I like and want more of, but particular creative visions, writers and artists who say what they say distinctively and memorably, but more, they say it in a way that makes me want the results serialized. Where there are lots of comics and lots of comics creators where I want the results in nice book collections on my bookshelf, these are the ones where I want that 20-pages-or-so every month (or whenever), to have that particular joy of reading a chapter, a short story, whatever, and knowing the next part will be along soon, and that joy will be repeated and extended and deepened.
These are the comics I want to find a new instalment of on the spinner rack, when I bust into the eternal Colonial Pharmacy of my mind, transplanted from the corner of Mass. Ave and Waltham Street in Lexington and taking up permanent residence in my memories.
[And then after I buy my stash of comics, I want to swing by Alexander’s Subs on Bedford Street, but never mind. Sigh.]
I’m not limiting myself to five choices, because having missed Tom’s deadline, I scoff at his rules. Ha!
So here’s my list, in no particular order:
1. USAGI YOJIMBO by Stan Sakai
2. SAVAGE DRAGON by Erik Larsen
3. THOR by Walt Simonson. Doesn’t even have to be Marvel’s Thor, and might even be better if it wasn’t.
4. KAMANDI by Jack Kirby. This means we need an immortal Jack Kirby, but I ask you, is that such a bad thing?
5. TYRANT by Steve Bissette.
6. FABLES by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham and Steve Leialoha.
7. AMY UNBOUNDED by Rachel Hartman
8. CRIMINAL by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
9. HOLLYWOOD SUPERSTARS by Mark Evanier and Dan Spiegle
10. SECTION ZERO by Karl Kesel and Tom Grummett
11. SHE’S JOSIE by Frank Doyle and Dan deCarlo
12. BRAVO FOR ADVENTURE by Alex Toth
13. ZOT! by Scott McCloud
14. STIG’S INFERNO by Ty Templeton
15. LEAVE IT TO CHANCE by James Robinson and Paul Smith.
Okay, that’s what’s regularly on my imaginary newsstand. I’m sure there’s plenty I’m not thinking of, and there’s stuff that might be on the list soon, like Bunn & Hurtt’s THE SIXTH GUN. And there’s stuff I could just make up, like an ongoing magical-intrigue series set in San Francisco, by Chris Claremont & Graham Nolan or an ongoing TOPPER series by Roger Stern and Bob Oksner. But I’d be pretty happy with this. So, what’s on your spinner rack?