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Comics A.M. | Sheldon Moldoff dies; record sellout for Comic-Con

Batman #92

Passings | Classic comics artist Sheldon Moldoff, who co-created Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze, Bat-Mite and Ace the Bat Hound, passed away Wednesday. He was 91. Moldoff broke into comics at the age of 17 with a sports filler that appeared on the inside back cover of Action Comics #1. He went on to become a prolific cover artist, drawing the first cover image of the Golden Age Flash for Flash Comics #1 and the Golden Age Green Lantern for All-American Comics #16. He also worked on comics featuring Hawkman, Kid Eternityand Black Pirate. He also was one of the pioneers of horror comics in the late 1940s and worked as a “ghost artist” for Bob Kane on Batman from 1953 to 1967. After being let go by DC Comics in 1967, he went on to work in animation. [News from ME]

Conventions | Badges for Comic-Con International sold out Saturday morning within an hour and a half, a record for the annual pop-culture extravaganza. Last year it took about seven hours for badges to disappear. [U-T San Diego]

Wally Wood

Creators | Michael Dooley talks to J. David Spurlock, the director of the Wally Wood estate, about what set Wood apart from other creators. “In nearly all of his work – no matter how overworked he was – even when he did risque material, there was always a charm, and he imbued the work with a purity of love for the medium.” Note to Wood fans: This article is richly illustrated with samples of Wood’s work in different genres. [Imprint]

Creators | Princeless writer Jeremy Whitley talks about his inspirations for his all-ages fairy tale spoof — his wife, his sister-in-law, and his daughter — as well as his creative process: “I always start with the characters I want and give them some room to breath[e] and direct the story. Princeless was even more like this than most. I had the characters of Adrienne, Bedelia, and Devin fully fleshed out long before I had the story actually put together. I find that when you really know your characters it makes writing the book incredibly easy. Also, it means that my characters talk a lot, which drives the artist and letterer nuts.” [Becky Jewell]

Creators | Fix a cup of coffee and get comfortable before you dive into Tom Spurgeon’s interview with Charles Hatfield; like all of Spurge’s interviews, this one is meaty. [The Comics Journal]

Creators | IDW Publishing Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall and senior staff writer Tom Waltz discuss their plans for IDW’s upcoming KISS series, which will consist of two-issue arcs, each set in a different time period and each inspired by a classic KISS album. [Yahoo! Voices]

Wolves

Creators | Becky Cloonan talks to Seth Kushner on the Trip City podcast about her minicomic Wolves, and her collaboration with Brian Wood on Conan the Barbarian. Filmmaker Larry O’Neil also guests. [Trip City]

Creators | Jamaica Dyer, Danger Bob, Ed Luce, retailer James Sime and several other cartoonists contributed comic book reports from their experiences at the Noise Pop festival in San Francisco. [Spin]

Comics | Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray discuss their new monthly comic Creator Owned Heroes, which will feature a “revolving door” of characters created by Palmiotti, Gray, and Steve Niles in three- or four-part stories, as well as a magazine-style section in the back of the book. [Broken Frontier]

Comics | J. L. Bell takes a Batman-focused look at Stephen O’Day’s Seduction of the Innocent website, which rounds up all the scurrilous comics that Dr. Fredric Wertham referred to in his book. [Oz and Ends]

Publishing | Is manga dying? The Sequential Tart editorial team brings a variety of perspectives to this roundtable discussion of where the industry is going and how it could do better. [Sequential Tart]

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Rest in Piece Mr. Moldoff. Your stroies and work will be greatly missed.

Rollo Tomassi

March 5, 2012 at 7:58 am

Thank you, Shelly. For everything.

When you sit down and think about the countless millions of young men and women from several generations whose precepts of right and wrong were informed at an early age by the work of men like Mr. Moldoff; Firefighters, Police, Lawyers, Doctors, the list goes on and on. A child’s sense of justice, that stays with them as they mature. So much of that is derived from exposure to SuperHeroes like Spider-Man, Superman…and Batman. And Sheldon, along with Jerry Robinson, several other talented artists, and most importantly Bill Finger, had a hand in that from the very beginning. When you think about how that germ of responsibility spreads out over the last 70+ years into so, sooo many people, it’s quite staggering to think about his influence.

So again. Thank you Mr. Moldoff. For everything. Your legacy is eternal.

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