The iFanboy Letters Column – 12/21/2007!

A scant week has passed since our first letter column, and we’re back, true believers with more queries, questions and quips. Will we expose our ignorance, and be beaten back by the knowledgeable denizens of the internet, or will our superior intellects prevail, and shine enlightenment over us all.

Maybe a little of both?

As always if you want to your email read on the show, or answered here, keep them coming –

I bought my kids the PVC set of Mouse Guard figurines for my kids (really) and when I set it on my desk at work, I thought, “You just crossed a line — your first comic statue.” If I bought them for my kids to play with, does that count? I’m hoping not.


Here’s what I can safely say. You’re not in statue territory. Not even close. For one thing, statues are expensive. Another thing: if your intentions are truly to give them to your kids, then you’ve nothing to be concerned with at all. What do I think? I think you really wanted them for yourself, because kids can’t roll with PVC. They don’t even move! But statue territory? Not even close. Put your fears to rest.

I’m sure there’s good majority of comic book readers who have a token of their comic book passion adorning their work station. Me, I’ve got a bitchin’ Thor action figure who no longer stands up on his own. Then, in front of the monitor, a tiny plastic Wedge Antilles bought in a supermarket in the heady days of 1999. I know for a fact that Conor sports a New Frontier Green Lantern, as well as a golden age Superman figure. In fact, I would recommend that you get over your fear and get something for yourself to permanently adorn your desk as a reminder of who you really are. But then, you’ve got a lot of choice in front of you. Get thinking.

Josh Flanagan

I just recently discovered the iFanboy universe, and have since been gradually working my way through the back catalogue on audio and video podcast. You guys do great work. Have any of you read any of the Tank Girl books? On another note I have always heard how great Miracleman is, but I’ve never had a chance to read it… have you guys?


Welcome to the iFanboy universe, aDevl! We’re glad to have you. Thanks for going through the back catalog and listening/watching all of our shows. Apparently a lot of people do that, but I can’t imagine how you could do that. That’s a ton of podcasts! But thank you for the dedication.

To answer your question. I have read the Tank Girl books that made that title popular in the 1990s by Jamie Hewlett. Those were some great comics that really were innovative at the time. Unfortunately, I think the movie didn’t really do the comics justice and I haven’t checked out the recent comics that have come out about Tank Girl from IDW with Ashley Wood. But without Jamie Hewlett, I’m not sure if they’re worth reading.

As for Miracleman (or Marvelman as it was originally called) it’s been heralded as one of the greatest comics of our time, with Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman taking turns on writing it, but the legal battles over the rights have kept it out of reprints, so I’m not surprised that you’ve heard of it, but haven’t read it. I have not read the entire series, purely because I can’t get my hands on it. I have read a few issues, which I have been able to get from the back issue market, and what I read was indeed fantastic. Hopefully Todd McFarlane and the armies of lawyers involved can come to a resolution soon so we can all enjoy this great comic book.

Ron Richards

In response to the language used in Brian Woods’ Northlanders, I don’t think the words fuck or shit are really contemporary. I looked it up (no, not on Wikipedia, or even on the internet) and these words came in to existence closer to the time of vikings than the time of cars and Windows Vista.

V. Smith

I have no doubt that this is correct, and indeed the word “fuck” has quite a long history, with apologies to more sensitive readers. However, I can guarantee you that had the vikings been speaking English, which they wouldn’t have, it certainly wouldn’t have been the same kind of English we speak now, so the vernacular would likely be applied entirely differently.

That being said, with Northlanders, it’s really just a matter of taste. I imagine that any attempt by Brian Wood, the writer, to approximate how they spoke would have ultimately sound A) silly, and B) just as historically inaccurate as people are already complaining that it is. It’s just a creative choice to make them sound that way, and it’s kind of up to the reader to go along with it or not. Personally, I think the choice to make their speech more or less modern English, and salty English at that, is probably the best way he could have gone, and I’d have done the same thing. There seem to be many others who disagree. These people very likely enjoy some of Mel Gibson’s more recent film offerings.

Josh Flanagan


  1. Miracleman is indeed one of the greatest and most important comics of all time. Even within the canon of what Moore himself has written, it seems like his work on this series was instrumental (so much of Watchmen’s innovations were already present in Miracleman). Moore took a preexistent character that he did not create, set him in a realistic world, and reexamined the hangups of his past and the consequences of his powers to their fullest extents. It sounds simple, but when you take into account how some later “legendary” writers (like Busiek and especially Bendis), took this concept and ran with it, or else simply took this concept for GRANTED, Miracleman casts a huge shadow. I prefer his Swamp Thing overall, but I’d go as far as to say that Moore did more here than any other comics writer ever done in 16 issues.

    And all I have to say about Neil Gaiman’s run is that the Andy Warhol issue is my favorite single issue of anything ever. AMAZING.

    For anyone with more than a passing interest, I can only stress that this series is worth anything you have to pay for it. And I’m not just bragging because I own all the single issues AND trade paperbacks. 🙂 And I would never sell them.

  2. I’ve wanted to read Miracleman ever since I got back into comics about 6 years ago. I went so far to by the Kimota! book from TwoMorrows, which only whet my appetite. However, I have a fundamental opposition to paying as much as 20-some-odd dollars for a single issue of a comic. I may be waiting a long time, but I’ll wait until it (eventually, I hope) gets reprinted.

  3. Ron, aDevl: My advice on the IDW Tank Girl mini is to save your money. My CBG picked it up for me since I have a hard on for the production values of IDW books, and I liked Wormwood and Supermarket. As for Tank Girl though: if I wanted to read crap, I’d practice scatomancy. It was mainly gibberish and wanton not-even-humorous violence, and a quasi-anthology on top of that. I never have read the prior stuff though. Under Dark Horse, wasn’t it?

  4. My fingers are crossed for some sort of Miraclemen collection sometime. I definitely want to read it, and it’s a real shame that it’s still in the courts.

  5. @Neb – your fingers may get cramped from being crossed for years to come….

  6. @ron- don’t worry…I’ve got Aleve for when the arthritis sets in…

  7. About 4 years a ago I lost my job and had to take the painful decision of selling my complete set of first print harcover Miracleman collections. I got about

  8. I think anyone would need more than just a passing interest to even locate any issues of Miracleman. I think the Kimota! book, and various articles on the characters history are the only instances of exposure to Miracleman I can think of.

  9. About 4 years a ago I lost my job and had to take the painful decision of selling my complete set of first print harcover Miracleman collections. I got about

  10. OK, so I gave the aforementioned Mouse Guard PVC’s to my boys, ages 8 and 5, and they were broken twice in the first day. As I was lecturing them on being careful with there toys my wife said, “Honey, did you buy them for the boys of for you?”

    “It’s complicated.”

    Crazy glue to the rescue. But they will be broken again in a day–there has been a lot of duel reenactment and drops into snowy holes.

  11. Just got, “Dad, I broken Saxon, again.” from the 5 year-old.