Monday, January 12, 2009

"Clark Bent" today. Hobbling from spittoon to spittoon. Fruit flies following me.



And I'm talking to myself at night
Because I can't forget
Back and forth through my mind
Behind a cigarette
And the message coming from my eyes
Says leave it alone

(But) the feeling coming from my bones
Says find a home


--Jack White.


Sick
A flu of delirium and near hallucination, coughing up big oysters, like MAD's version of "Clark Bent", flies hovering over him, hobblling from spittoon to spittoon, finally given this big backhander by Lois Lane, her tight skirt hiked up a bit with the effort to reveal the lines on her Forties nylons, as she yells at Clark Bent, "CREEP!"

Clark Bent today. No energy to become MAD's Superduperman, right down to Guaranteed by Good Houskeeping somewhere on my tights.

I am beginning to understand how comic book authors sometimes take some weird drug to get them into a fantasy state nobody's been into before, to come out with Superman, and with MAD's versiion, Superduperman, and even Prince Violent, who is a complete incompetent like Clark Bent who, when sensing danger, Picks up bow, drops bow, drops quiver, drops chain mail pants.

Ah well. I may have done an old thesis on Mad Magazine, but the scene has changed so much these days.
I had done my thesis in l967, but so much more was to come in the development of comic books, and even satire.

There is, for example
French artist, author, and comic strip illustrator Jean Giraud, who achieved his greatest fame and influence as Moebius - not so much a pseudonym as an alter ego. In 1975, his comic magazine M├ętal Hurlant shook up the world of bourgeois French comics and American superheroes, creating a new "grown-up" way of looking at the comic strip art form.

And who could have missed Saturday Night Live and Belushi and Jane Curtin, Dan Ackroyd and his constant jibing at Ms. Curtin with the now nearly immortal line, "Jane, you ignorant slut."

Delirium over here. And now out of booze, I fear it will soom be dellirium tremens. I begin to eye the nyquil not entirely for medicinal reasons. My son could have said, at one point when I was drying out, "Nothing stronger than pop for him now...but Pop is apt to drink just about anything."

So high on nyquil with ideas and themes popping about, I think I'd better quit while I'm behind.

I had meant to do a piece about horror comics, which, perhaps Charles Gramlich would have dug, but the flesh is weak, though the spirit stirs a bit.

Maybe Charles, a blogger who knows his horror genres, coluld do a better job on the graphic novels that some comics, especially European comics, had gotten to be.

Damn. On blogging today, all I seem to have is the desire.

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31 comments:

ea monroe said...

Those pesky fruit flies! I remember that SNL slut line. It was such a shocker way back then.

Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler) gave some guy the finger last night on "live" TV, so that was a pretty good one, too!

Get well soon! ~Liz

ea said...

PS -- no that was the other way around -- the guy gave Mick the finger! Sorry bout that. I've lost my f*ckin' mind! ~Liz

Inside our hands, outside our hearts said...

I do hope you feel better soon too Ivan. Life is much sweeter when you are well and wondering about.


Soft love,
T

JR's Thumbprints said...

SNL ain't what it use to be. It's no longer cutting edge. Neither is Letterman. Is he still doing the monkey cam? Anyway, drink plenty of fluids, Ivan, and get your rest.

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Fruit flies must be from the fermented oranges I've been trying to do something with--not enough sugar, I guess.:) Polacks will try to make wine of anything...even like some Al Capp people.

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Ok. Mick fingered.

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Tara,

Well, wandering about I've been.
Took a two- mile walk through the snow. Huskies friggin' near ate me.
Found 12 empties. Well, it's a start. Hearbeat up a little from the exercise.

http://www.creativewriting.ca said...

JR,

Thanks. Yeah, Dave is still doing the monkey and SNL back to dullness after that amazing amazing Sarah (Fey)lin skit.

Seems like only yesterday that Letterman and Paul stopped cackling over a guy from Regina, Canada whose name was Dick Assman.
Funny the first time around, but the seemed to keep that one going for years. "Hey.Dick Assman's in Regina."

Donnetta Lee said...

Ummmmmm. Liz said a dirty word. I think you should edit it out!! Maybe I'll tell her mom.

So the old crud heebie jeebies have got you down? Been there; done that! I'm hoping to escape it from now til school is out. Have my fingers crossed anyway.

You still manage to REALLY write. No matter what. Can't keep a good man down. Case in point.

Get well soon! D

ivan@#creativewriting.ca said...

Thanks, Donnetta.

About naughty Liz,

Grandma Timmons you come right down here and give Liz a pencil eraser tap to her pretty little ear. she's saying a nasty word.
And she's got me doing it.

I said poop and almost died of the daring...Almost peed myself.

I think I need to get out more.

the walking man said...

The thing about Nyquil is that too much won't do much beyond quilling the ny as opposed to nying the quil.

Not that I know much about either..Ivan you slut!

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

:)

Middle Ditch said...

Happy 2009 Ivan and keep things coming.

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Thanks, Monique.

I'll be by to hear your latest segment as soon as I unscramble my new speakers here.

Charles Gramlich said...

It's been a long time since I've read a MAD magazine. I'm a fan of spy versus spy, though. Isn't that MAD?

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Spy vs Spy definitely MAD

They used to have some old frames in MAD TV, but no more.

ea monroe said...

Wash my mouth out with soap! ;0

~Liz

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Me too.
Must make amends.
Maybe a pilgrimage to Pakistan, where they have a city called P'SHOWER.

Donnetta Lee said...

Ivan and Liz: I think I have said before that you both are just incorrigible. Yeah, I've said that before.

I, on the other hand, am just the sweetest most innocent thing...I would NEVER say a naughty word. Right?

D

ivan@lcreativewriting.ca said...

Scene:

Little gird with huge lollipop is skipping throught the glade.

Litle Girl:
I LOVE MY MOTHER
I LOVE MY FATHER.

Voice: HELLO LITTLEL GIRL

Little girl:
F*CK YOU.

Anonymous said...

It is rather interesting for me to read this blog. Thank author for it. I like such themes and anything that is connected to this matter. I definitely want to read more soon.

ivan said...

Thanks, Anonymous.

By you diction, you sound as if you are from a far place.
We exotics do often find ouselves in a Clark Kent situation in North America.

Anonymous said...

BTW, buy GSM jammer to jam all spy transmitters in your home or at work.

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