Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Bruce Hamilton

I just got this news from "Scoop":

"A towering figure in the history of American comic books is gone. Bruce
Hamilton, publisher of Gladstone Publishing, comics historian, and fan
activist, passed away at 3:00 AM on Saturday, June 18, 2005."

Though Hamilton had his detractors, credit must be given to him for keeping Disney comic books alive in the US. In contrast, when was the last time you saw a Harvey comic or one starring "Tom and Jerry" or "Woody Woodpecker" or "Dennis the Menace". Granted, Disney comics were always more popular, but the fact is that they could have died a similar death than any of the others (and have many times since 1984), so the fact that they are being published today in any form must be credited to Hamilton.

-Mark.

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