Mike Gold: Who Needs Superhero Comics?

Mike Gold

ComicMix's award-winning and spectacularly shy editor-in-chief Mike Gold also performs the weekly two-hour Weird Sounds Inside The Gold Mind ass-kicking rock, blues and blather radio show on The Point, www.getthepointradio.com and on iNetRadio, www.iNetRadio.com (search: Hit Oldies) every Sunday at 7:00 PM Eastern, rebroadcast three times during the week – check www.getthepointradio.com above for times and on-demand streaming information.

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  1. George Haberberger says:

    “As far as I’m concerned, happy days are here again.”
    I wish I felt that confident Mike.
    I’ve been reading/collecting comics for over 50 years and today I am buying fewer comics than ever, maybe two or three a week. Maybe I’ve seen it all, maybe at 63 I’ve finally outgrown them. I understand that someone my age should not be the reader publishers wants to attract. New readers need to be intrigued by the characters and stories in order to become fans but apparently that is not happening and in the process they have alienated the loyal readers they had.
    For instance, Batman is now James Gordon in a high-tech suit. He may as well be Iron Man. Iron Man is a great character but he isn’t interchangeable with Batman. The motivation of murdered parents is gone.
    After the New 52 rollout I read Superman for a year then quit. He didn’t seem like Superman. He was just some new guy with similar powers. This was not the case in the mid-80s when he was rebooted by John Byrne.
    There are certain aspects of these characters that should not be changed because those aspects are central to their identity.
    I know after 70-plus years it can be hard to stay fresh but something that Will Eisner did with The Spirit is a great concept: tell stories about the “normal” people and have the superhero interact only peripherally. The superhero presence is still important as a catalyst but the heart of the story hinges on the real people. That way an earth-shattering cataclysm is not necessary every other issue.
    The most enjoyable comics I’ve read recently are Fade Out from Ed Brubaker and Scott McCloud’s The Sculptor.
    You’ll have to let us know when those graphic novels you’re editing are available.