Today is the 76th anniversary (as near as we can tell) of the publication of Action Comics #1. I thought I’d post this — something optimistic — their first (until their deaths) cover story in their hometown, announcing the appearance of the Superman syndicated newspaper strip — which was, back then, the much bigger deal.



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Moonrock / Other Life

A big thank you to the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History — and guest judges David Hassler, Emily Wilson, and M.L. Smoker — for awarding me the Grand Prize in the Poetry in the Museum Contest this year.

You can read all of the winning poems here. 

The Museum is one of my favorite places for many reasons, so this means a great deal to me. Go visit soon.


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Unassuming Barber Shop: Captain America

There is a new installment of my comics history column up today over at The Beat.

This one is on Captain America. And it’s big. Go read it.

I was lucky enough to see some of the filming for Cap 2 when they were here in Cleveland. But it’s different to see Natalia “Natasha” Alianovna Romanova standing right in front of you instead of on a comic page or projected onto a screen. It wasn’t just the costumes, either. To see them act as these characters, without irony, was really kind of surreal. I’m not complaining. There’s something to that suspension of belief being played out in reality that validates everything we imagined about these characters when we first read them. We knew there had to be some truth there. Turns out there was.

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