One More Day Too Many, by Mike Gold

Mike Gold

ComicMix's award-winning and spectacularly shy editor-in-chief Mike Gold also performs the weekly two-hour Weird Sounds Inside The Gold Mind ass-kicking rock, blues and blather radio show on The Point, and on iNetRadio, (search: Hit Oldies) every Sunday at 7:00 PM Eastern, rebroadcast three times during the week – check above for times and on-demand streaming information.

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16 Responses

  1. Martha Thomases says:

    Actually, Clark Kent and Lois Lane were going to get married before LOIS & CLARK went on the air. I like them married, but that's just because a marriage between two people who not only love each other, but their shared careers, is such a rarity in pop fiction.

    • Mike Gold says:

      I said it SEEMED like a corporate decision — it really destroyed the momentum of the series.

      • Joe in Philly says:

        Am I recalling correctly (it's been some time since I've read the old issues) that Lois and Clark's relationship was strained, and then very abruptly (perhaps because of the possible corporate mandate to have them married both in the books and on the show) patched back up?

    • Rick Taylor says:

      Like Nick and Nora Charles?(Now it's in the right place!)Please ignore the comment below, sorry.

  2. Neil Ottenstein says:

    From the interviews with Joe Q. at Comic Book Resources he states that they revealed Peter Parker as Spider-Man in Civil War precisely because they knew they were going to do this reboot. Joe Q. has always hated the marriage between Peter and Mary Jane. He likes a single Peter Parker. I'm surprised they just didn't reboot him all the way to high school while they were at it.Not even knowing that they were going to do this terrible thing, I decided to not order Amazing Spider-Man after this storyline anyway. The creative talent that I was following was leaving, so I felt it was a good time to drop the title. The whole new scheme of having it three times a month with the same creative team during the month and another the next month turned me off. If they were going to do that, they might as well have just made a single book three times as large. Seeing this reboot plot device made me more satisfied with my decision.Neil

    • Mike Gold says:

      Well you're smarter than me. With the series going near-weekly, I've already ordered the next six issues.I'd read Joey's comments about his dislike of the marriage. After 45 years of continuity, there's probably a few things to dislike — but, like the dreadful Spider-Clone arc, Marvel's technique has always been to work with it and do better stories to validate their weaker stories.Otherwise, folks in the Marvel universe would have been drinking Skrull milk since 1961.

      • Brian Alvey says:

        But only until that John Byrne FF Annual in the 80s where they end up visiting that little town in upstate NY again and the Skrull cows are still there making their Skrull cow milk…I read that original FF Skrull story as a little kid in some reprint and always wondered how people accepted the ending where they were just hypnotized into thinking they were cows again. I wondered how Reed Richards could be so smart but he didn't see that solution backfiring.That ending was was up there with the JLA's Superman defeating the diamond alien by turning him back into coal. How? "He rubbed him the wrong way!"Good grief.

        • Vinnie Bartilucci says:

          People need to realize that aside the golden, silver, obsidian, etc ages of comics, there were two other ages of comics.The first age was when comics were being written by professional writers and drawn by professional artists whose job was to fill a book with comic stories every month. They didn't worry about continuity, or whether a story made any damn sense at all; they were writing for kids, the stories were entertaining, get it done and move on to the next one.This age lasted until well into what we call the Silver age, when the people who grew up reading those comics got into the business. They treated comics not as a job but as a calling. They added continuity into the mix, they started trying to make all those earlier "silly" (nonetheless entertaining) stories make sense. At its extreme, this mindset resulted in Crisis where they simply got rid of all the Mopee-the-Elf-esque stories. And it also spawned the comics fan who complains that stuff like Bizarros have no place in the comics since they're so silly. These are the same people who thought C-3P0's behavior in Jedi was unacceptably out of character. ("I'm not much of a storyteller", don't you know)I'm not even gonna go off on OMD here (I've been doing it to death on the 'rama) other than to say it was a hammerhanded way to get rid of a situation that as far as anyone can see, only one person actually saw as a problem in the first place.As for marriage in fiction, the problem is when the marriage/first kiss/getting back together is the ONLY thing that people were watching/reading/listening for, once it happens, people are happy…and they leave. Marriage is often the Jump The Shark moment for a series, but not if there's more going on in the strip. Superman IMHO has not suffered at all by getting them married; I didn't think it ground to a halt at all. I've used this example elsewhere, but when everybody found out who killed Laura Palmer on Twin Peaks, they assumed the show was over. If you make ONE thing the ONLY thing people care about, you pretty much can NEVER give them that thing.

          • Mike Gold says:

            Yep. Behold! The Gilded Age Of Comics!My disappointment in the Superman wedding is not that it happened but that it happened so fast that – in my opinion – it undermined the momentum of the series at that point and that it wasn't conceived editorially with the timing and precision that would have made it what it should have been: the biggest comic book event of all time. Just my opinion.As for Laura Palmer, well, heck, I stopped caring about Twin Peaks long before we found out who killed her. I liked the donuts, though.

  3. Michael H. Price says:

    It comes down to the question of "What is Sacred Screed, and what is negotiable?" How far can the re-invention, or the seemingly likely evolution, of an established character go before the Powers That Do Be dictate a market-pandering reversal? A line comes to mind from Alan Moore's yarn "Whatever Happened to the Man of Steel?" — heralding a forced retirement for the Great God Namrepus His Ownself as a prelude to reboot: "This is an Imaginary Story … aren't they all?"

    • Mike Gold says:

      Not the Bizarro stories. Certainly not up here in Fairfield County Connecticut.

      • Michael H. Price says:

        Oh, yeah, I've always figured that Howard Lovecraft's Arkham, Mass., and DC's Bizarro World must be documentary representations of the Texas Panhandle.

    • Elayne Riggs says:

      Good points, Michael; as it happens, this is pretty much what I'll be talking about in my column on Wednesday.

      • Michael H. Price says:

        Always a fascinating topic, Elayne. I'm looking forward to your insights.Particularly so, because I'm dealing just now with some similar concerns of continuity in the script for a new PROWLER yarn — tying up threads left dangling at the close of the original 1987-88 run, while developing complications consistent with those of Tim Truman's and my earlier stories. Nowhere near the back-story convolutions of a franchise like SUPERMAN or SPIDER-MAN, but nonetheless worth the striving for consistency of narrative attitude and individual characterizations.

  4. Rick Taylor says:

    Whenever (insert publisher's name here) does this kind of thing it's about as sleazy as when bringing Bobby Ewing back from the dead with no explaination other than it was a dream.What does that say to all the viewers who faithfully watched Dallas during the No-Bobby season? 'Thanks, but your faithful viewing is being rewarded with a really dumb turn-about'.But this is worse. Besides being a lame 'solution' (like Crisis) that creates more problems than it solves, or hero is now dealing with the devil.Soap Operas come up with more plausible plot twists than this.I'll REALLY be interested in their 'solutions' to this turn of events.On second thought…no I won't.

  5. Rick Taylor says:

    Like Nick and Nora Charles?