It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry, by Martha Thomases

Martha Thomases

Martha Thomases brought more comics to the attention of more people than anyone else in the industry. Her work promoting The Death of Superman made an entire nation share in the tragedy of one of our most iconic American heroes. As a freelance journalist, she has been published in the Village Voice, High Times, Spy, the National Lampoon, Metropolitan Home, and more. For Marvel comics she created the series Dakota North. Martha worked as a researcher and assistant for the author Norman Mailer on several of his books, including the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Executioner's Song, On Women and Their Elegance, Ancient Evenings, and Harlot's Ghost.

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10 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Martha,a) You are constitutionally incapable of boring anybody, so don't ever apologize.1) Many of us who live in driving cities (which is most of them in this High Father-forsaken country), relish our memories of living places where public transit and walking were the best ways to travel. That's one of the reasons I want to live in Toronto.

  2. John Tebbel says:

    So I guess the new rule is: Don't talk to strangers unless you've got a column deadline coming up. Step in and watch the closing doors.

  3. John Tebbel says:

    Of course, how stupid of me. I'll tell the world.

  4. Patrick says:

    She's go it AND that bag of chips one hears about so frequently.

  5. Russ Rogers says:

    Kirby was the King of Comics. Have we crowned a new king yet? Stan Lee is the God of Comics? (shrugs) OK. I'll give you that. Who else is filled up with enough hyperbole to make the claim! Maybe Super-Hyperbole is Stan Lee's secret super power. Excelsior!My denomination of choice is usually tens and twenties.And I think Norman Osborne lives in the penthouse of the Chelsea Hotel.

  6. Joe in Philly says:

    I had a conversation about comics on the bus once with a high school kid. I kept wishing he'd shut up so I could go back to reading. ;-)

  7. Liz Glass says:

    A non-comic book NYC story: a pretty young woman was walking past the bodega near our apt and a group of guys were benevolently calling after her "hey gorgeous". I never talk to people on the street, but I had a minivan of kids with me so I said to her "enjoy it while it lasts; they stop doing that after a while" or something like that. She laughed. (Btw, you are gorgeous, too Martha.)