SDCC 2014: Bob’s Top 10 – #7

Back Row: Mark Evanier, Elliot S! Maggin, Anthony Tollin, Len Wein
Front Row: Steve Leialoha, Walt Simonson, Louise Simonson
Photo credit: Bob Bretall

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#7 – That ’70s Panel
In SDCC years past I attended Mark Evanier’s panel with Golden Age creators like Mart Nodell & Harry Lampert.  And his panels with Silver Age creators like Julie Schwartz, Carmine Infantino, Joe Kubert, and other giants of the comics industry who are no longer with us.  I’m very glad I had the opportunity to hear these people speak about their experiences in the early days of the comics revolution.  There sadly aren’t enough of the Silver Age creators around any more to do that panel and Evanier has moved forward a decade to spotlight Bronze Age creators.

70s panel
Photo credit: Bob Bretall

These folks won’t be with us forever either, I’m sad to realize, so taking every opportunity to hear them speak about their insider view of the comics industry is precious.  Not only are they talking about their own work, but they had stories to tell about working with Julie Schwartz, Stan Lee, Murray Boltinoff, Bob Kanigher, and more!

In case you don’t recognize the names you can click through to wikipedia and read more about each: Elliot S! Maggin (Superman), Steve Leialoha (Howard the Duck, Spider-Woman), Walt Simonson (Manhunter, Batman), Louise Simonson (Creepy, Eerie, Power Pack), Anthony Tollin (DC colorist), Len Wein (Swamp Thing, Wolverine, New X-Men).

I know it was a pleasure for me, spending an hour listening to these creators reminisce and if you ever have a chance to attend SDCC, try to seek out one of these panels with the older creators.  It gives a very unique perspective on our hobby.

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