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June 29, 2014


FFF Results Post #384 -- Museum-Ready

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On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Name Five Objects From Comics Industry History You'd Like To See In The Comics Wing Of The Smithsonian." This is how they responded.

Tom Spurgeon

1. Jack Kirby's Drawing Table
2. A ream of Kim Thompson's yellow typing paper
3. A Kewpie doll
4. Dave Sim's fax machine
5. Rory Root's coffee mug

*****

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Evan Dorkin

1. A copy of Mad #1.
2. Jim Woodring's giant nib pen. Held by his skeleton. Is that too icky? It's not a deal breaker.
3. Noel SIckles' and Milton Caniff's drafting tables set up facing one another. Each table has pages of art they swapped around in their studio, Terry, Scorchy, Mr. Coffee Nerves.
4. art spiegelman's shit list. If it can be verified. If not, Wally Wood's, which I believe has been. If wrong on both accounts, Jack Cole's last two letters.
5. Ditko's apartment interior. With everything.

*****

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Matthew Craig

1. Tharg's head (or, okay, mask) from his early appearances in 2000AD
2. The Invisibles-era notebooks of Grant Morrison
3. The foldaway pocket keyboard on which Warren Ellis wrote The Authority, Planetary, Transmetropolitan, etc. while down the pub.
4. The original photocopied zine-style issues of Viz
5. An assortment of toys, frisbees, space-spinners, tattoos, iron-on transfers and associated tat, as found on the front of myriad British comics of the 1970s and '80s

*****

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Mark Mayerson

1. Jack Cole's suicide note to his wife
2. Steve Ditko's copy of Atlas Shrugged
3. A complete collection of Gil Kane interviews
4. H.J. Ward's painting of Superman which hung in the DC offices
5. Stan Lee's testicles

*****

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Buzz Dixon

1. Jack Kirby's Drawing Table (I concur!)
2. The back hoe used to gain entrance to the Frazetta Museum
3. Al Capp's Wooden Leg
4. George Herriman's Hat
5. Mark Evanier's Rolodex

*****

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Tom Mason

1. Bob Kane's Batman contract
2. Bill Finger's typewriter
3. Al Capp's wooden leg
4. Dik Browne's Viking helmet
5. Bill Mauldin's Army uniform

*****

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Sean Kleefeld

1. Winsor McCay's suit, including his somewhat oversized coat
2. A recreation of the Eisner/Iger Studio production line
3. All of the original comic examples and displays used in the Kefauver hearings
4. Bill Finger's and Bob Kane's original notes/sketches for Detective Comics #27
5. The original check for Superman with an accompanying wall chart/mural showing, year by year, how much the character made for DC compared to how much the character made for Siegel and Shuster

*****

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Des Devlin

1. The life-sized, papier-maché, fur-covered King Kong face built by Sergio Aragones that hung for years outside Bill Gaines' office window.
2. Al Capp's leg.
3. One of Jim Steranko's escape straitjackets.
4. Robert Crumb’s 1968 Zap-filled baby carriage.
5. Todd McFarlane's $3 million Mark McGwire baseball, now marked down to $49.95.

*****

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Scott Dunbier

1) Animation cels by Winsor McCay from Gertie the Dinosaur.
2) The Halloween costume worn by Dan DeCarlo's wife (Josie) that inspired the creation of Josie and the Pussycats.
3) Steve Ditko's copy of The Fountainhead.
4) Archie Goodwin's typewriter.
5) Alan Moore’s Beard.

*****

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Chris Duffy

1. Mike Carlin's big outline placards from the meeting where the Death of Superman was concocted.
2. The Jim Shooter effigy (or its ashes)
3. Roy Thomas's correspondence in getting the Star Wars comic license
4. Photos Jimmy Swinnerton's Arizona trip with George Herriman
5. Seth's ash tray

*****

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Patrick Rosenkranz

1. The multilith 1250 press that printed Zap Comix, Snatch and Jiz
2. The grafitti covered bathroom wall at the East Village Other
3. A complete set of Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages
4. Spain Rodriguez' Road Vultures jacket
5. The blackout journal that S. Clay Wilson and his drinking buddies kept, which disappeared during a blackout.

*****

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John Boren

* A sheet of Zip-A-Tone used by Daniel Clowes
* One of Richard Corben's self-made reference maquettes
* The original art/paste-up for Wally Wood's '22 Panels That Always Work!'
* Chris Ware's 'RAGTIME' belt buckle
* Inking tools used by Terry Austin

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