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More Tim O’Neil on superheroes

More Tim O’Neil on superheroes: Peiratikos is not a floating nimbus of freelance love. But we're not cranky either.

See also: Marc Singer: Oh, That Again
See also: David Fiore: On Superheroes & Hero Worship
See also: John Jakala: But Superman Is So Powerful!
See also: J.W. Hastings: The “F” Word


  1. Shane says:

    Damn I thought it was a floating nimbus of freelance love! Why am I hanging out here then? :P

    — 18 June 2004 at 1:41 pm (Permalink)

  2. John Jakala says:

    Tim’s blog doesn’t allow comments, so I suppose I’ll snipe away here.

    Interesting that Tim’s argument suddenly shifted from “comics have nothing to say about ethics” to “most comics I read as a child were geared toward children.” Perhaps the latter statement is true, but that doesn’t prove the former claim.

    Also, if that’s Tim trying not to be cranky (”I have a hard time not laughing”…”It????????s just damned na????ve on the face of it”…”an infatuation with 70????????s Spider-Man seems masturbatory at best, downright inane at worst”), it’d be interesting to see him when he’s cutting loose.

    — 18 June 2004 at 2:12 pm (Permalink)

  3. Steven says:

    I’d say I was sorry to disappoint you, Shane, but I’m such a mean bastard I dn’t even care!

    I wonder why Tim did get so cranky. Surely he must have expected the response he got, since the comics blogosphere is full of people who love to argue and critical analysis of superhero comics makes up a significant chunk of the writing and interblog conversation.

    — 18 June 2004 at 2:45 pm (Permalink)

  4. John Jakala says:

    Yeah, Tim’s reaction seemed rather disingenuous on several levels. “Why is everyone so annoyed with my pompous, condescending opinions and attitude?” “Why does everyone insist on writing about superheroes in response to what I’ve written on superheroes?” “I was just trying to find something interesting to write. Seriously, I promise.”

    — 18 June 2004 at 3:06 pm (Permalink)

  5. J.W. Hastings says:

    The funny thing is, the best things Tim has posted to his blog have been his dissections of Millenium and Secret Wars. Those pieces really get at the perversity of many of the decisions made by super-hero editors and publishers. They work because although Tim obviously doesn’t respect either series (and why should he?), he at least seems to take them seriously as objects of criticism. Of course, he later claims that we shouldn’t have taken these posts seriously and that they’re both jokes, but they certainly don’t read like jokes.


    — 18 June 2004 at 5:21 pm (Permalink)

  6. Rose says:

    If they’re jokes, they’re incredibly forced jokes taking a lot of work on his part. But then again, he now claims to have written yesterday’s fascism post basically because he had nothing better to do and felt obliged to write something he didn’t care about. I’m not sure whether this says more about the weight of authorial intent or the (fascist?) pressure to blog or what, but it’s interesting to see an author beg not to be taken seriously.

    — 18 June 2004 at 5:27 pm (Permalink)