Michael Phelps, Dara Torres, Aquaman and me, 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. Rick Taylor says:

    Great article.I guess it is heroic to work hard to meet goals.It's how dreams become reality.

  2. pennie says:

    As usual Martha, I agree with your sense of Olympian corporate theatrics and forced grandeur while there are so many other truly unfortunate circumstances and events of far greater meaning for so many others. The money spent on the promotion and actual production of the Olympics would have a genuine impact for those less fortunate.Yet, I cannot deny that I derive so much pleasure, far from a jingoistic perspective, in watching so many gifted athletes glide, strut, dance, tumble, twirl, leap, and seeminlgy fly. They do things that extend human possibilities. They make my jaw drop. They thrill me. I so admire the single-minded tenacious devotion with which they have perfected their abilities.I appreciate that.pennie

  3. John Tebbel says:

    More pools, more swimming. Fewer jellyfish and international organizing committees.

  4. Anonymous says:

    The Olympics. Is that the one where they throw rings around little pointers?I always felt sorry for Aquaman because when the JLA fought robot duplicates of theirselves, the aliens didn't even bother making a robot Aquaman. He had to be the cheerleader.Maybe it was the costume.Great column,Frank