Monday, February 14, 2022

Marvel Reread Club Episode 22: September 1963, Part 1

Marvel Reread tackles the first half of September, 1963, with Amazing Spider-Man #4, Fantastic Four 18, Journey Into Mystery featuring Thor 96, Strange Tales featuring the Human Torch 112, and Tales of Suspense featuring Iron Man 45. Poor photojournalism ethics! The fifth quadrant of the Andromeda Galaxy! Multiple missile test mishaps! Aqua-attractor guns! Cauliflower ears! And just wait until we get to Part 2!

And here, as promised are some images of Betty Brant in her Rambo-esque phase many years later, which Brian Cronin recently wrote about:


Eliot said...

Hi Matt. The Secrets of Story is the only writing book I've kept on my shelf after reading it, but I wish it had a Recommended Reading page at the end citing other writing books that are worth the read.

I got the Jule Selbo book after reading your lauding of it for its story structure approach, but I was hoping to find a Reccomended Reading post on this blog but couldn't find anything here, either.

I'm about to preorder your next book in a minute, but I was wondering, do you have any external recommendations? Thanks!

Matt Bird said...

Hi Eliot, I do love Selbo's book. McKee's Story has good stuff in it. Save the Cat has good stuff in it. I really like a book that's probably out of print called "Your Screenplay Sucks" by William Aker. I've been playing around with writing a novel, so I just read "Save the Cat Writes a Novel" and the Teaching Company course "How to Write Best-Selling Fiction" and liked both of them.

Eliot said...

Hey again!

So after scraping the internet for all the writing books I could find, I thought I'd come back to share what books on writing I've decided to keep on my shelf.

So for making sure my writing is entertaining, you're the best teacher that I could find for me, by a bit of a margin.

For writing at the sentence level, I've found Stephen Wilbers's books to be my favorites.

And finally, for writing literature specifically, Peter Selgin's books have been the most useful for me as a beginning novelist. Beyond that, I plan on getting more into literary theory and criticism, starting with James Wood's "How Fiction Works".

So you, along with Stephen Wilbers and Peter Selgin, will, so it seems, be my creative writing teachers of choice. Thanks again!