Monday, July 28, 2014

Comics: Artie Simek in the National Lampoon

February 1984
“The Surfer Scripts”
by Will Jacobs and Gerard Jones
illustration by Bill Sienkiewicz

Story about the unpublished Silver Surfer scripts by a variety of writers. Artie is mentioned twice.

page 74, column 3, bottom: ...This idea died, however, when Marvel’s durable staff letterer Artie Simek couldn’t think of a way to letter a laugh-track onto a comic-book page.

page 78, column 3, third paragraph: …The note of acceptance was never sent, however, due to the objections of letterer Artie Simek. Said he in a memo to Stan: “What is this, some kind of cruel joke to play on a man with weak eyes? Look at my glasses, like a finger they’re so thick. I should handwrite all these words and go blind? He wants all those words, you let this Wolfe letter the comic himself! I should care if he wrote To the Lighthouse?”



Names and Titles in the Story

WRITERS
Margaret Atwood, J.G. Ballard, Richard Brautigan, Charles Bukowski, Eldridge Cleaver, Joan Didion, Ralph Ellison, George V. Higgins, John Irving, Dan Jenkins, Erica Jong, Jerzy Kosinski, Stan Lee, Elmore Leonard, John D. McDonald, Larry McMurtry, James Michener, Robert B. Parker, Harold Robbins, Tom Robbins, D.M. Thomas, Roy Thomas, Gore Vidal, Kurt Vonnegut, Donald Westlake, Tom Wolfe

ARTISTS
Joseph Barbera, Sol Brodsky, John Buscema, William Hanna, Jack Kirby, Peyo, Charles M. Schulz, Artie Simek, Barry Smith

COMICS CHARACTERS
Beast, Black Panther, Charles Xavier, Cyclops, Galactus, Hulk, Human Torch, Invisible Girl, Iron Man, Irving Forbush, Marvel Girl, Mr. Fantastic, Norrin-Radd, Rawhide Kid, Red Skull, Shalla-Bal, Silver Surfer, Spider-Man, Super-Skrull, Thing, Thor, Ultra-Boy, Watcher

ACTORS
Gary Cooper, Richard Gere, Paul Newman, Sylvester Stallone, Elizabeth Taylor

PUBLISHERS
DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Village Voice

BOOKS
Look Homeward, Angel!, To the Lighthouse

TV CHARACTERS
Beaver, Wally

MOVIES
Breathless, High Noon

COMPOSER
Aaron Copland

POLITICIAN
Richard Daley

HISTORICAL PERSON
Nathan Hale



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