Thursday, February 9, 2012

Saturday, February 9th, 1974

I read most of THE EXORCIST today.

On my second trip over the river, I picked up the long-awaited SPIRIT magazine...and it was worth the wait! On my first trip earlier today I got some old comics which I turned right around and sold to Terry at a nice profit!

Saw the Mega Man this evening.

NOTES: Mega Man??!! No clue on that one. Obvious;y NOT the video game. It's been around a long time but not that long!

THE SPIRIT was a new magazine from Warren reprinting the classic 1940's comic stories by Will Eisner that were the basis of the horrid movie adaptation of recent years. It had a successful run and then moved over to Kitchen Sink Press which helped mainstream that underground company as well as eventually getting all of the Eisner stories back in print!

Around this time, EXORCIST director William Friedkin expressed a very public interest in doing a SPIRIT movie, going so far as to cite Eisner's works as an influence on the famous car chase scene in his previous film, THE FRENCH CONNECTION.

Oh, and yes, I still have all of those SPIRIT magazines!


Rip Jagger said...

I did not know that Popeye Doyle owed anything to Denny Colt. Now I'll have to watch it again with that in my noggin. Thanks for the info. That movie always gets my attention, and I've got it on VHS around here somewhere.

It's not really possible to say how significant the Warren Spirits were. What they led to at Kitchen Sink is significant in the development of what we know as the direct market.

I'll never forget buying those back issues, it nearly sizzled my credit card at the time. Then as now I spend too darn much money on comics.

But they're so good.

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Raj said...

"Mega Man" refers to the 1971 Charlton Heston film "The Omega Man" which aired on NBC on this night.