Saturday, October 6, 2012
THE BLONDE BOMBSHELL
to December 1973. The first issue was drawn by Ruth Atkinson and
some sources say she created the character while others say Millie
was a co-creation of Atkinson and editor/writer Stan Lee. I don’t
give credence to the Wikipedia-reported claim of Alden Getz that he
created the character while working at Timely since I could find no
credits for him at either the Grand Comics Database or Who’s Who of
American Comic Books 1928-1999.
Millie the Model #33 [March 1952] hit the newsstands in the month
of my birth, which, as we all know by now, was December 1951. Of
all the birth month comics I’ve posted in this blog, this issue is
among the ones I would most like to own. For ten years, Millie’s
adventures and misadventures were created by Lee and Dan DeCarlo.
Lee’s writing was honestly amusing and no one drew more animated or
beautiful babes than DeCarlo. If Marvel ever put together a book
collecting some of their Millie stories, I’d order it so fast that
my credit card would smoke.
The contents of this issue are typical for the era. Short Millie
stories of four or five pages. Short stories of supporting players
like Chili and Daisy. A smattering of single-page gag strips and a
fashion page. One of those text stories I wouldn’t read if I owned
this comic. All of the comics by Lee and DeCarlo. Now that’s one
heck of a comic book.
Keep watching this bloggy thing for more vintage comic-book covers.
Because I dig them, Daddy-o!
Early voting has started in Ohio and I’ll be going to the election
board offices to cast my ballot next week. The Republicans in my
state have tried to limit early voting and to disenfranchise voters
not likely to vote for their candidates, but, thanks to a recent
judicial ruling, there will be no bumps on my personal road to the
I vote early to avoid an elderly Republican poll worker who always
tries to pick up a fight with me on Election Day. He’s a nasty old
man who makes loud comments about how this or that person shouldn’t
be allowed to vote. Everyone knows he does this, but Medina being
a Republican town, no one does anything about him. I’m not going
to chance that this is the year he manages to push the right button
and find my hands around his wrinkled throat. My vote is much too
important to trade for that satisfaction.
Whiny Republicans will, as they always do, take issue with what I
write here. I have never seen such sensitive souls. It’s almost
as if they haven’t spent the past decades trying to turn “liberal”
into a curse word, as if they haven’t engaged in voter suppression
on a nationwide scale, as if they hadn’t obstructed every effort to
improve the economy, as if they haven’t proven themselves time and
time again to be the party of bigotry and racism, as if they don’t
seek to make the already obscenely wealthy and powerful even more
so at the expense of the rest of us. Poor babies.
You can probably guess how I’m voting.
Earlier this year, I thought I would write a series of blogs that
discussed important political and social issues and how I saw them.
But, let’s face it, most of us have already made up our minds how
we’re going to vote. I can preach to the choir and make myself a
target for the Republican Tea Party crazies...or I can write about
comics and related subjects. I suspect both sides of the political
divide would prefer I do the latter.
Oh, there may be the occasional political comment and/or wisecrack
here. It’s hard to resist the low-hanging fruit of a local paper’s
“Civility Index” which takes points away from anyone who accurately
points out that a candidate is lying. Apparently, facts must now
be considered bad manners. How gauche of me.
Going forward after I cast my ballot, I’ll try to resist adding to
the political noise. I certainly hope President Obama wins big in
November and that Democrats do well in general because I sincerely
believe they are better for our country than the Republicans, but,
beyond making a few more small donations, I don’t figure on doing
much of a political nature. Maybe a lawn sign or three. Since I
have a big lawn, I can space them out so they don’t become too much
of an eyesore.
When I get live calls from Republicans, I’ll continue to give them
two terse commands, the nicer being that they never call me again.
They don’t obey those commands, but saying them out loud makes me
feel better as I contemplate the enormous amount of money they are
spending on these live calls and the constant robocalls. If only
that money were used for good...
After the election, I may write the occasional blog about what you
might see from a Tony Isabella presidency. Just because I prefer
Obama and the Democrats to Romney and the Republicans doesn’t mean
I’m wholly satisfied with my party of choice. Not even close. I
just recognize which of the two parties is more likely to help and
not hurt my country.
Spoiler alert for an Isabella presidency: I would probably declare
DC Nation to be a terrorist state.
I’ll be back tomorrow with more stuff.
© 2012 Tony Isabella