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I direct your kind attention to the latest Inventory at the AC Club. With my contributions, I manage to offend the following people:

(a) fans of Archie Goodwin

(b) non-fans of System of a Down, Slipknot and Disturbed

(c) one guy who finds my characterization of a failed McDonald's hamburger "glib"

What will offend you?


Jan. 5th, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
The offending continues!
Jan. 5th, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC)
What kills me about that is...I mean, in what world ISN’T Archie Goodwin a hack? People are fucking shitting themselves that I said that, but have they actually READ that guy’s writing?

I think the problem is that they think I’m saying he wasn’t a great editor (I’m not — he was probably the greatest editor of the Marvel Age), or that he wasn’t a good person (I’m not — I’ve never heard anyone say a bad word against him as a human being), when what I’m really saying is that he was a mediocre writer. Look at what he actually wrote for Marvel before he got assigned to the New Universe: a snore-inducing run on “Fantastic Four”, a bunch of bad fill-in jobs on “Hulk”, and the most boring stint of the 1970s on “Iron Man”, which is saying something. And after that, he went on to take over “Dazzler” from Jim Shooter, where he failed to set the world on fire. If that’s not the resume of a hack, I don’t know what is.

And, yeah — he edited the Epic line, and he was at the helm for some of the best comics of the 1970s, and he was responsible for a bunch of good foreign comics, from “Akira” to “Metal Hurlant”, getting translated into English. That’s all to his credit. But you know what all those projects had in common? He didn’t actually write ANY of them. He was their editor, their champion, but never their creator.

On what, exactly, are these people basing their opinion that Arch Goodwin was a good writer? “Creepy”? The “Star Wars” comic?
Jan. 6th, 2009 01:58 am (UTC)
Manhunter was good in a pulpy way (I see a lot of early Miller in that series), but I'm sure that's been brought up already. Otherwise, he was better than most writers back then, which ain't saying much ("My ward is a JUNKIE!"). I wouldn't say "hack," I'd call him a journeyman.

On the other hand, I'm not about to soil my pants with outrage because YOU! DISSED! ARCHIE! GOODWIN! Jesus.
Jan. 5th, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC)
Dude, I totally guessed you wrote the entries on the New Universe and nu-Metal, but not the McDonalds entry.

One question: Rammstein is nu-metal?
Jan. 5th, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
Well, not really -- but they're hard to categorize, and they got popular around the time that nu-metal was big, so they sort of got thrown into that category. See also: Faith No More.
Jan. 5th, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
Faith No More is metal? You're blowing my mind here.
Jan. 6th, 2009 05:48 am (UTC)
Appropos of music, maybe you can answer a question for me. Is Lil Wayne any damn good? If so, what's a good track or album to listen to? I am a sad, hollow husk of a man and don't listen to much new music, but I recently checked out Pitchfork's "100 Best Tracks of 2008" and it features "A Milli." And it kind of sucks. His flow is weak and the beats are pathetic. Am I just "not cool" as the kids say these days, or is this a bad track, or is he actually no good? What say you.
Jan. 6th, 2009 05:57 am (UTC)
Li'l' Wayne is fantastic, but although I prefer his mixtapes to his studio stuff, if you don't think "A Milli" is good, there's no sense in me recommending anything else of his to you. I think that song is fucking great, if if his awesome little stagger-step flow is weak, nothing else I can say will convince you he's good.
Jan. 6th, 2009 06:11 am (UTC)
I'll give it another chance, then. But maybe he just isn't the droid I'm looking for.
Jan. 6th, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
If it makes you feel any better, I think Lil Wayne is perhaps the worst superstar rapper ever, including Hammer and Vanilla Ice.
Jan. 6th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
You're insane. IN SANE.
Jan. 6th, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
I wasn't trying to make YOU feel better.
Jan. 7th, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
do you actually think of Disturbed as good?
Jan. 7th, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
Wow, anonymous commenter, what a totally non-loaded question you've left me to answer! Noting that nowhere in that piece did I say Disturbed was a great band -- merely that they're one of the better bands to emerge from the nu-metal movement -- yeah, they're okay. I'd rather listen to anything they've ever recorded than, say, Bright Eyes.


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