MARTHA THOMASES: Out and Proud for Comics!

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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4 Responses

  1. Pira says:

    As an adult female fan of comics/manga/graphic novels, I have had a lot of fun with reading them in public over the years. I’d read them in the school yard waiting for my kids, at sport facilities during their lessons, in gyms during their games, in a variety of public spaces waiting on friends, etc. You get the picture.

    What is fascinating is the reactions I get. Adult women will eye me then look away, saying nothing. Kids stare in awe. Preteens try to figure out what I’m reading. Teen males will glance at what I’m reading & do a quick mental calculation of it’s cool factor, while teen girls either look at me in confusion or knowingly smile. Adult males though are utterly confused and sometimes feel compelled to ask me if I review comics for a living. When I tell them ‘nope just read them’ they back off with a nervous smile as though I just broke their understanding of the universe. :D

  2. George Haberberger says:

    I am 60 years old. When I was a kid, Leave it to Beaver was popular show. Lumpy Rutherford was a character on that show and he was a dummy. You knew he was a dummy because he read comics. Today Big Bang Theory is a hit show and those characters, although a bit geeky, read comics and they are university professors and physicists.

    I’ve read comics in public for years. I usually read comics during lunch at work. I have an Alex Ross DC characters poster in my cubicle. I am friendly, outgoing and good at my job. If people form a negative opinion about me because I read comics that’s not my problem, but I don’t think there is a stigma to reading comics today.

  3. George Haberberger says:

    I guess I should add that when Leave it to Beaver was on comics were not being written by people like Neil Gaiman, Mark Waid, Alan Moore Garth Ennis, etc. Instead, Mort Weisinger was coming up with multi-color kryptonite and changing Superman into Superman Red and Superman Blue. I do not have fond memories of Weisinger’s “contributions” to the Superman canon and am considered a traitor to my generation by some.

  4. Mindy Newell says:

    Martha, you should see the reaction when I read comics at lunchtime at work!

    I could care less!