Memory Monday: Superman Teams Up with Clark Kent

Every Monday — whether you need it or not — I post cool, absurd, and/or awesome panels from comic books I read as a kid. This is Memory Monday.

Through a convoluted coincidence (it involves the Miracle Machine — don’t ask), Superman and Clark Kent are temporarily split into two people. Which gives us a chance to experience this lovely, powerful moment of regret. Whenever people tell me Superman is “unrelatable” as a character or “too powerful to be interesting,” I think of this moment: [Read more…]

This Week in Rejection!: Indiana Review

Every week, rejection letters from my past. Because the hurt goes away after a couple of decades.

Take a gander at the pretty blue rejection slip. Really read it.



Notice what it says?

They can only publish one percent of their submissions per year. And they receive 5,000.

The next time you complain about not getting a fair read from an editor, bear in mind two things: First, they receive vastly more submissions than they could ever publish. And second, how sane and fair would you feel after reading 5,000 submissions?

Memory Monday: The Solution to Every Superhero Problem

If only all of life’s problems could be solved as simply as punching one’s enemies into the nearest star…

(From Superboy #227, May 1977. Story by Gerry Conway. Art by Joe Staton and Jack Abel.)

This Week in Rejection!: Hitchcock


Years later (after I’d published my first novel), I ended up seated at a dinner table with the editor of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. All was going well until I — for reasons I still don’t understand — casually mentioned that I’d once been rejected by the magazine. Killed the mood good and dead, let me tell you.

Let that be a lesson: Never bring up old rejections, especially to the person who rejected you! There’s no point to it, nothing to be gained. It was — and is — a stupid thing to do.


Memory Monday: Hitler

Best. Description. Of Hitler.


Hitler description

(From Swamp Thing #82, January 1989. Story and pencils by Rick Veitch. Inks by Alfredo Alcala.)