Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Real Mainstream Professional Publishing #1

It was 1938 and Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster were down in the dumps. In 1933 they had invented a character called Superman. The duo went from publisher to publisher, syndicate to syndicate and nobody wanted Superman. “Ridiculous nonsense,” the publishers cried. How wrong they were. Superman was born on the planet Krypton which was about to blow up. The tot’s father, Jo-El, put him into a rocket ship and pointed it toward Earth. ...

Nicky Wright
The Classic Era Of American Comics,” p.28

Hmmm. All fans know Superman’s father was named Jor-El. Real fans know the name was originally spelled Jor-L. But it was never spelled Jo-El.

Don’t real writers re-read their manuscript before sending it to an editor?

Don’t real editors know the basic background of the book they’re putting together?

Don’t real publishers have proofreaders on the payroll?

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