Purple Haze, 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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25 Responses

  1. Rick Taylor says:

    Martha,I'm going to miss waking up Saturday mornings to you column.But I am greatly blessed with the friendship of you and your family. I'll never forget the shelter you guys gave me on 9/11 when everyone was running around in fear and disbelief. I'll always have access to your insight, wit and love.For that I will always be grateful.And for that I thank you.Kissnoise.

  2. Tony Isabella says:

    Let me add my voice to the many who feel ComicMix will be much less entertaining without its columnists. I couldn't give a rodent's posterior about most of the news and I find the comics something of a chore to read in this format, but I kept visiting every day for you and Michael and John and Elayne and Mike and Denny. If you decide to continue your weekly messages on a blog, please let me know where to go to read them.

  3. Patrick says:

    Terrific as always, Martha! You will be sorely missed!

  4. John Tebbel says:

    There's a bit in Citizen Kane about a picture of the best team in town. The ComicMix columnists and podcasters were that team.It doesn't happen very often; I'm glad I got to see it.

  5. Johanna Hall says:

    Thanks for so much good and thoughtful writing! Please let me know where and when you are posting again. Maybe it's time for a book?

  6. pennie says:

    Martha My Dear,If you weren't the first person I met in college so long ago, maybe you were the second. and you've remained my "oldest" and best friend through the years. You're the reason I come to the site. How many people blend and articulate so many threads we share? Not so much. Not so many.Simply put: you get it. No need to run the list. I loved reading you regularly. I'm going to miss that. I'm on my knees (wouldn't be the first time) for the Big "O" on Tuesday. I'm also driving people who lack transportation in my district to the firehouse to vote. We need this one. By we, I mean all of America. So next Saturday, from one who has lost her job to another, we'll both do a lot better with Obama taking the wheel than the old gray-haired guy and his second banana. It will be a better country and world. Still, I'll miss your musings as much as I miss sitting across the table chatting. Parting words: You ROCK!xxoo,pennie

  7. jody says:

    Dear Martha,I have gotten to know you more from reading this column than from being your step-sister for 27 years. More about you through your writing, your dreams, memories, hopes and of course, your strong and well grounded opinions. I will miss reading your column every Saturday, and hope that the saying, everything happens for a reason, is very true in this case. Love, Jody

  8. Uncle Robbie says:

    All good things, as the saying goes. Stupid saying. I console myself with the knowledge that to your insights and humor are available to me in a much more intimate forum, where royalty once mingled with commoners and everything remains fabulous. If I had the sympathy gene (and you know I don't) I'd mourn for those who don't have such ready access to the uniqueness that is you. Bonne chance et beaucoup d'encouragement ma cherie!

    • Joe in Philly says:

      Ditto, except I have a sympathy gene. Sometimes.

    • Martha Thomases says:

      Do you think the Pink Princess would have graced our lowly site with her presence? That would have been a truly royal event.Thanks!

      • Uncle Robbie says:

        Of course, darling. She was always supportive of Her chosen ones (noblesse oblige, you know). She'd have been reigning here and deigning there and really *that* fabulous all over the place.

  9. Anonymous says:

    You're leaving and they've never been able to figure out how to give me an account. You will be missed here, but I'm glad I can still count you among my circle of friends. And I still quote you in my intro to theatre classes (though I live for the day when I don't have to teach them any more).See you on line.Love,The Other Frank Miller

  10. Michael Davis says:

    You still are the undisputed winner of the best single article I have ever read on the net. Yes, including mine…AND you know how hard that was for me to say. I really REALLY hope that there is a way (and I'm working on it ) that we can work together again very soon. You are best of the very best my dear Martha. DAMN…SAPPY. Well you know what? For you I'll be sappy.

  11. Swayze says:

    I am guessing by the comments above that I have the distinct privilege of being able to say I have known you the longest of all your fans. Your column has brought you back into my life on a regular basis, and is something I looked forward to (or, as miss Cole would say, to which I looked forward) every week… and now no more? Yikes! Not a happy thought.So please, stay in touch. Keep putting your musings somewhere, so we can read them and think about what you are doing, saying, thinking. And yes, fingers crossed, prayers said, levers pulled, ballots filled, computers fingered et al. Just please, please let Obama win. If not, come join me because I will be starting a commune in Australia.

  12. Uncle Robbie says:

    I'll send you a postcard from Vancouver, BC (BCE?).

  13. Elayne Riggs says:

    Martha, it's been a privilege sharing "column space" (as it were, since we columnists never did get our own separate space here) with you (and Mike, Denny, John and Michael) all these months. One of the things that I think really strengthened our roster here was that we had two regulars who happen to be female, I think it took ComicMix a bit beyond the "token woman" angle. I'm also very grateful for all the good advice you've given me over the course of our friendship, and I hope I can continue to learn from your terrific example for many more years to come. You are the classic mensch. Thank you so much for everything!

  14. Russ Rogers says:

    Martha, Thank you for all the columns. Thank you for the extended discussions and debates your column would inspire. We didn't always agree. But I've rarely seen the rhetoric anywhere on ComicMix (including the comments) degenerate into name calling. That is definitely a credit to the columnists, for setting a civil, respectful tone. As much or more than anyone, you set the tone on ComicMix as a smart, witty, polite, occasionally irreverent, socially relevant and politically aware place. I've already got Pen Elayne, The John Ostrander Message Board and MicheaDavisWorld.com bookmarked. Is there a blog, a site or a message board where we can look for more of "Brilliant Disguise"? I hope so. I also hope you find the time (and a publisher) for your comics writing. I really enjoyed your turn in Munden's.