Martha Thomases: Stripping for Summer

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. BIG Trudeau fan. So I agree very much.

    I was a child of the late 70s and 80s, and while I grew up with Calvin & Hobbes and the Far Side, etc, I also was a long-time fan of the newspaper serials, like Spidey and the Phantom especially. I actually “discovered” comic books before school on my dad’s old Classics Illustrated comics (even began reading with them), and I distinctly remember feeling at some point as though I were “graduating” by degrees of interest from the efforts of the Walker and Browne families and the Family Circus on to the edgier (for a 7 or 8 ear old, anyway) Mother Goose & Grimm, etc. But when I was the young comics fan, I really loved seeing names of comic book pros in the newspaper strips, like the awesome Lisa Trusiani on Apt 3G.

    One of my dream projects as a writer would be to script a full return for the Mandrake newspaper strip. But I know of a modest effort in the UK that’s putting out an alternative newspaper-style rag that consists almost exclusively of strips. They are running the gamut from the single panel gags to continuing dramas and all points between, including one page at a time comic book stories. Love to see something like that here.