Doug: The holidays are always a time to get caught up on a little rest
and relaxation. Those of us in the education field tend to be a bit
more fortunate than our brethren (and sisthren) who work in other
areas. This year, for example, the school calendar gods were smiling in
giving us (of course, it's the students, not the teachers... right?) a
break of December 22-January 6. My sons will have even an additional
week beyond that -- oh for those college days!
Doug: Anyway, assuming you have a few extra days to enjoy friends and family, travel, etc., what will you be reading? And this can be anything, not just Bronze Age comic love. For me, I've asked for and hope to receive Marvel Comics: the Untold Story by Sean Howe (Karen's already read this). It's also known that Legends of the Dark Knight: Marshall Rogers would be a swell thing to send my way. So obviously those will be on my radar screen if Santa delivers. Additionally, many of my colleagues at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum have been recommending Tim Snyder's Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin. I've had it for a few years but have yet to crack it. That should be rectified. Obviously that will be a little heavier than Englehart and Rogers doing Batman...
Karen: I'm also off for about ten days (yes!). What I really need to do is get some writing done. But of course I'll be using some of that time for reading. I already have a stack of comics that I want to dig into; these include early issues of the Marvel Captain Marvel, some Englehart/Brunner Dr. Strange, and a handful of 1960s Sub-Mariners. I'm hoping to get either the first volume of the Kamandi Omnibus or the Kamandi Essentials under the Christmas tree as well. Of course, I always plan to do a ton of things when I have time off, and I'm lucky if I get half of them done. Still, I'm just grateful for the down time.
Doug: But, if I got neither of the comics-related tomes I mentioned above, I would really love to find a run of time to sit down with some of my Essentials, particularly Thor. I have volumes 2-4 and really dig that Kirby/Colletta goodness. I'd also like to revisit the Tales of Asgard tpb that Karen and I dipped into over a year ago, and I have a couple of Thor "Marvel Premiere Hardcovers" featuring some John Buscema wondfulness. So, for the sake of today's exercise, the Thunder God books are what I'll go with for my lighter fare. How about you?
Our collaborators, Martinex1 and Redartz, have opened a new blog called Back in the Bronze Age... If you have liked the sorts of topics seen here on Bronze Age Babies, then you are going to feel right at home at Back in the Bronze Age... Give them a visit!
Karen and Doug
Bronze Age Babies, Unite!
On Sunday, 4/23/17, Martinex1, Doug, and Redartz gathered for a day of fun at C2E2 in Chicago. It was great to finally meet in person after years of online cameraderie.
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Karen and Doug met on the Avengers Assemble! message board back in September 2006. On June 16 2009 they went live with the Bronze Age Babies blog, sharing their love for 1970s and '80s pop culture with readers who happen by each day. You'll find conversations on comics, TV, music, movies, toys, food... just about anything that evokes memories of our beloved pasts!
Doug is a high school social science teacher and department chairman living south of Chicago; he also does contract work for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is married with two adult sons and a daughter-in-law.
Karen originally hails from California and now works in scientific research/writing in the Phoenix area. She often contributes articles to Back Issue magazine. She is married. She hangs out with Joe Biden occasionally.
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Dig Karen's Work Here? Then You Should Check Her Out in Back Issue!
BI #44 is available for digital download and in print. I've read Karen's article on reader reaction to Gerry Conway's ASM #121-122, and it's excellent. This entire magazine was fun! -- Doug
Back Issue #45
As if Karen's work on Spidey in the Bronze Age wasn't awesome enough, she's at it again with a look at the romance of the Vision and the Scarlet Witch in Back Issue's "Odd Couples" issue -- from TwoMorrows!
Karen's talking the Mighty Thor in the Bronze Age!
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