July 23rd, 2007

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Sixties Novels, Part 29

BILLY AND BETTY, Twiggs Jameson, Grove, 1968

Alphabetical author-ordering tosses up yet another Grove Press title. Not a lot to say about this one, unfortunately. Its author appears to be a pen-name--or so at least one blogger I discovered maintains, without citing proof--and there are no other books extant under this byline, nor any biographical information.

As for the book itself, it concerns "a futuristic American suburbia, where all life is centered around sex." The little bit of prose I've sampled kinda remind me of the neglected DAD'S NUKE, by Marc Laidlaw.

The Mighty Simonson!

Quoth the Press Release:  "DC Comics announced plans today to publish a new comic book series based on World of Warcraft, Blizzard Entertainment’s popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG)." 

Okay, I play World of Warcraft with some friends of mine (we are proud members of the Church of the Subgenius guild!), but that would not be reason enough to post this news.

What has me excited is that the book will be written by Walt Simonson, whose work on Thor back in the 80s as writer and artist was a triumph of Kirbeyesque proportions.  These groundbreaking (and planet-smashing) comics have been collected in graphic novel format and are well-worth checking out if you don't know them.  Simonson infused Norse mythology into the Marvel universe with greater skill and panache than anyone before him.  Here's the cover of issue 340, from Feb. 1984, for a good example of his dynamic style.

Simonson was at least as adept a writer as he was an artist, and his books feature tight but complex plots and sophisticated adult relationships and dialogue.  If anyone can make the World of Warcraft comic more than just another tie-in product, it's Simonson.  Regrettably, Simonson won't be doing the art himself:  that  chore falls to Ludo Lullabi and inker Sandra Hope, whose work I'm not familiar with.  But clearly they have a lot to live up to.  Here's hoping they rise to the challenge!