So this happened on Twitter last night:
Was I totally fishing for that? You better believe it. @iamsteranko is Twitter at its best. It’s funny because last time I saw him, he was at an out-of-the-way table at the New York Comic-Con, selling prints and just standing around in a thin gray suit and turltleneck looking like a trim, 1967 superspy. Now, thanks to his Twitter Renaissance, I have no doubt he will be an invited, featured guest at next year’s Comic-Con. All these critics compare my book to Kavalier & Clay saying that Jerry and Joe inspired Chabon’s novel. They really didn’t, at least not that much. Steranko did.
But dumb Twitter-bragging aside, I wasn’t kidding: his History of Comics, Vol. 1 really was my model. I had to save up to buy one on eBay. When I got it, I read the whole thing in one sitting. He made comics history pulpy, a bit dangerous, and inserted a lot of actual narrative (Jerry Siegel woke up…etc. etc.) — that’s the kind of history that I felt really reflected what comics are. Some of the style of my book is in direct homage to him. Not Kavalier & Clay. Steranko also had great, unique discoveries — his stuff on the pulps’ relationship to superheroes is still must-reading. And all this from an artist and storyteller who used to be an escape artist.