Widow Miss Muffet Part 10

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“Dick [Giordano] holds the record of having inked more pages than any other artist in DC’s history. And this was from a man who had a full-time job, for most of his working years.

“For those of us who had the honor of working with Dick, you knew there was a unique quality about his leadership that made you feel like you could achieve anything…If he called you into his office for doing something stupid, you’d walk in shaking but walk out feeling like you were a million bucks.”

–Karen Berger, Executive Editor of DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint
from Berger’s March 29, 2010 memorium for Dick Giordano

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PANEL 1, SCENE: Mitzi is stretched out on the ground unconscious in front of a luxury car. A chauffeur and a passenger are getting out of the car.

CAPTION: "Another inch and I'd have been the world's best dressed roadkill!"

PANEL 2, SCENE: A man (in silhouette) bends down to look at Mitzi. She's opened her eyes and she's smiling.

CAPTION: "It was a miracle! As soon as I opened my eyes, I knew I was...

MAN: Drop dead gorgeous! Good Lord! I think I'm...

Widow Miss Muffet Part 8

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More About Dick Giordano…

“Several [Charlton Comics] artists…did less than their best because they had to work faster to put food on the table, but Dick Giordano’s talent enabled him to be fast and still do great work…

“Dick was too good to stay at Charlton so he moved down to DC Comics…

“He worked hard and achieved a lot…He was willing to pay the price for success, long sleepless nights at the drawing board, long boring rides on the train, and the constant struggle to be the Last Man Standing in the DC office.

“I always admired Dick and what he achieved. I never envied him.”

–Joe Gill former Charlton Comics staff writer, December 2002
from Michael Eury’s Dick Giordano: Changing Comics, One Day at a Time

Covers by Dick Giordano. Art and characters ©2010 DC Comics

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Widow Miss Muffet, Part 7

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How Fast is Fast?

Dick Giordano started his comics career at the Iger Studios and was such a fast inker that some of the other artists asked him to slow down.

The Iger artists were paid by the hour when they took work home. By turning out pages so quickly, Dick made it look too easy.

Later, though, when Dick started working at Charlton Comics the staff artists were paid by the page. So the faster they drew, the more they made.

Dick was “dazzled by the speed of the more seasoned staff artists.” One artist could pencil eight pages a day. Dick could “only” manage two — which was still darned fast!*

“I’m kind of fast. Anybody from my generation…is usually a little faster than the people who’ve come up recently because…the only way you could get a decent salary in the ‘50s and ‘60s was to do a lot of pages…

“You had to learn to cut through the unimportant stuff, to make only the important lines show up so you could do a few more pages.” —Dick Giordano in an interview by John Lustig, 2001

*Info in the first four paragraphs is summarized from Michael Eury’s Dick Giordano: Changing Comics, One Day at a Time

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PANEL 1, SCENE: Mitzi Muffet is standing next to a hospital gurney looking shocked. On the gurney is a body covered by a sheet. Standing on the other side of the gurney is a nurse.

NURSE: ...too late! He's colder than an Eskimo's outhouse!

MUFFET: This is awful! (Sob!) He didn't even get a chance to buy me any jewelry!

PANEL 2, SCENE: Cut to Mitzi sitting on a bed. In the background is an old man in a wheelchair.

CAPTION: "I dated a lot of men that week! At least, I think they were men!"

OLD MAN: This is just a disguise! Don't tell anyone, but...I'm really Britney Spears!



Widow Miss Muffet Part 6

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“I met Dick [Giordano] for the first time when I was 15. I was convinced I was ready to work for him at Charlton. Needless to say, he threw me out of his office — not unkindly, but firmly — leaving me with a single remark. To paraphrase, ‘Your work is too timid — be brave.’

“Dick has no memory of this meeting, and hey, why should he? But a day doesn’t go by that, as I sit at my drawing table, I don’t recall that remark and try a little harder to be a little braver.

“Like an awful lot of my peers, I owe Dick Giordano a huge debt — both for the professional advice and direction he gave freely and with love — but more importantly, for the example he set…The guy’s a prince for God’s sake.”

–Howard Chaykin, January 2003
from Michael Eury’s Dick Giordano: Changing Comics, One Day at a Time

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PANEL 1, SCENE: Mitzi Muffet is standing next to the hospital bed of her now-dead husband. She's deliriously happy and is putting on a Mickey Mouse hat as the priest/minister stands with his back to us as the foot of the bed.

PRIEST/MINISTER: Then I pronounce you corpse and wife!

MUFFET: Fantasy land here I come!

PANEL 2, SCENE: Cut to a scene of Mitzi waking up from her dream--looking at her nearby laptop as she gets out of bed.

CAPTION: "It was a wonderful dream! And, when I checked my computer the next morning, I knew it was coming true!"

MUFFET: Oooh! I've got a date tonight! Gosh, only 12 hours to get ready! I hope I'm not going to be...


Widow Miss Muffet, Part 5

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I’m busy packing for this weekend’s Spokane Comicon so I’ll go light on the text and give you a visual treat instead. Dick’s superhero work is well known to fans, but here’s something you don’t see every day. These scans are from some romance covers that Dick loaned to me years ago. Click on the covers to see larger versions.

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PANEL 1 - SCENE: Mitzi Muffet is dressed as a bride and is leaning close to an old man in a hospital bed.

OLD MAN: I...Gasp! Urk!

MUFFET: Come on, Honey! Don't Mumble! Say it!

PANEL 2 - SCENE: Old man gasps out his last breath. Muffet is overjoyed.

MAN: I...Doooo! Glugg!

MUFFET: Yippidee doo-dah! Weddd bliss at last!

LIFE SUPPORT MONITOR: SKE-E-E-E SKE-E-E-E