Martha Thomases: Prometheus and the Comic Bookworm

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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  1. mike weber says:

    And the version you saw was probably the re-edited, less grossing-out final release version – after they dialed it back when they had to mop out restrooms between showings at the original previews.

    And to think that the Alien had its origins in a beachball with Creature-from-the-Black-Lagoon hands in Dark Star

    • Martha Thomases says:

      Wait, does that mean there’s a scarier version? And, if so, is that the one they show on television? Because I still haven’t seen the end.

      • mike weber says:

        I don’t think that version was ever released.

        Given the film, though, it may have escaped…

        (I think it was grosser, not necessarily scarier – i know the chest buster scene seems to have been recut as part of the recut. Veronica Cartwright talked about how she didn’t notice how things were set up and she got hit square in the face by the first jet of blood and guts – which were real, of course – and screamed and went backward over the back of the couch, finishing the take as basically one boot sticking up with a bit of intestine hanging off it…)