It’s been longer than I hoped since my last update, but it’s been a busy time as usual. The new semester should be good for keeping me in a state of continuous frequent updates, especially with the new class, Digital Narrative. Our professor has created a list of projects which include a basic requirement of keeping Flickr, WordPress, and YouTube accounts for our projects. You can follow the projects on this WordPress site or type “http://blatherwiki.wordpress.com/” into your browser. It will also be used for some of my other non-school projects as a place to keep separate media creations.
In a related media project, I’m taking on my own labor of love in my eternal quest to research the Atomic Thunderbolt. The Gerber Guide lists this is a truly scarce comic book from the Atomic Age, but compiling data on a rare book can be very difficult as sales are few and far between. How many copies truly exist? Are there multiples hitting the market once or twice a year or are these the same few copies being bought and flipped over and over? As it is, the Gerber Guide’s parent company was bought and sold a few times, and we all know that pre-internet data can get lost in the shuffle.
I decided as the owner of a couple of copies of the Atomic T-Bolt (a high graded copy and a nice beat up reader) that I would search auction archives from Heritage, eBay, and some other sites to document the copies. Many of these auctions already include cover scans that facilitate identifying each unique copy via markings and signs of wear. I also began to nickname the copies, some by id numbers, some by owner/seller name and others by colorful nicknames. The experience should be a fun labor of love, and perhaps I can discover something about this obscure character, his creator, and the publisher. Hopefully in the end I can write an article or short book about the process similar to Paul Karasik’s work in tracking down Fletcher Hanks’ life and comics in I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets.
The work I’m doing for class draws a nice parallel to the Atomic Thunderbolt project. It is very easy to simply upload photos and images and forget them. The internet is becoming a shoebox in a closet of old photos on Flickr, Photobucket, Tumbler, Picassa, etc., and we would be remiss not to continually share these images and relate the stories behind them. If we take a photograph of something or someone, it means at one time we felt an emotion, planted a seed for a memory, and experienced an instant of happiness. I’d like to share my happiness of discovering the Atomic Thunderbolt, and hopefully create new memories for someone else.
I’ll be at the Wayne Comics and Collectibles Show on Sunday, September 4th, selling some nice dollar books, Bronze age X-Men, and some toys. It’s a great multi-collectible show and worth the trip for everything from Bauhaus vinyl to He-Man toys to vintage comics. http://www.waynenjtoyandcollectiblesshow.com/
*UPDATE* HOLY DELETIONS BATMAN!
The Scribd Atomic Thunderbolt document has been deleted! This only reaffirms my quest to document this character before he disappears from comic history!!!!