Harlan Ellison, Norman Mailer, and the Underdog, 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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5 Responses

  1. John Tebbel says:

    I can see by this page's Google ads that there is enough bullying to make a product category. I hope this is the herald of much delicious revenge art to come. Meta product category is Billy Borstal's Precision Charm School.

  2. Elayne Riggs says:

    I was bullied by both boys and girls in school, but when it came to fight, flight or fright I inevitably chose the second or third option. The closest I ever came to fighting that I recall was to accidentally knock the ever-present lollipop out of a high school tormenter's mouth when I raised my arm to defend myself from her would-be blow. We both got reprimanded. To this day I'll go a long way out of my way to avoid confrontation. Guess I just don't have enough testosterone, not that I consider that a bad thing.

  3. Melanie Fletcher says:

    I had the pleasure of meeting Harlan at one of the LACons a couple of years ago. He's perfectly fine as long as you don't pick a fight with him — and hell, isn't that just plain common sense and polite behavior to use with everyone?As for being bullied, I caught my share throughout much of grammar school, which incubated a deep and murderous rage towards bullies (and you wonder why I don't like the current administration). My personal turning point came when I lost it in a crowd of punks, started laying about me with my very loaded bookbag and and threw one kid into a tree trunk.Did I mention I was big and tall? They left me alone after that.

  4. Alan Coil says:

    Martha—Ellison says you're swell!"Martha Thomases is a swell person, and I was both pleased and bemused that she came out to see the film. It was such a jam at the pre-screen reception in the Walter Reade Theater, that (as with everyone else I wanted to schmooz) I only had a moment to hug her and exchange seven words … before she or I got swept away. If you happen to go over there to her site, would you pass along my additional hugs'n'smooches."http://harlanellison.com/heboard/unca.htmSunday, April 13 2008 13:25:33

  5. pennie says:

    Bullies…I could speak volumes and write them too…{';>)Hey, I came out well-rounded–I was bullied by all sorts of genders. Helped build character 12 different ways.Matter of fact just spent the last three days moving and unpacking due to a bully. She was relentless and it ain't yet over…This time it was easier to remove us than remove her–less jail time involved!pennie