Category Archives: Wednesday’s Heroes

Wednesday’s Heroes: Marie Severin

She was just one in a lineup of artists, but when it came to Marvel’s classic “Incredible Hulk” tales, she was the irreplaceable one. Paging through backissues or a Marvel Essentials trade, the green behemoth pencilled by Marie Severin is … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Heroes: Rayner Unwin

xxx xx You had to wonder whether he got his name in the manuscript somehow. J.R.R. Tolkien, already partial to names like “Undómiel,” “Celeborn” and “Éowyn,” would surely have found cause to pay tribute to Rayner Unwin in such an … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Heroes: Norman Cook

xx xx xx xx You could as easily give him credit in his better-known public identity, Fatboy Slim, preeminent DJ and pop collagist. But I’m more interested in where the collage materials come from, and in Cook’s deeds as a … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Heroes: Rusty Schweickart

A side effect of looking toward the skies is that you can’t help but notice stuff moves around up there. Rusty Schweickart, who got closer to the stars than most humans have or, at this rate, ever will, understands that … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Heroes: Abe Sauer

The credo that Real Journalism would not quail before the Internet, but would instead become a hardy amphibian that hunts in new waters, finds its apotheosis here. Abe Sauer is such a creature, plying the digital currents and explaining two-thirds … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Heroes: Jim Beaver

Star actors invite us to know them better. Character actors shut us out. If they have an inner life, who wants to know? They’re not the leads, after all. They’re the raconteur buddy, the mafia don, the bartender. Never mind … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Heroes: Pliny the Younger

xx xx xx He understood the responsibility of giving witness, even if it took him a quarter-century to act on it. History is a narrative written by many, and those who write what they’ve seen are its first authors. Those … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Heroes: Henry Silva

There’s a certain Schrödingerian honor in being That Guy. You both are and are not a “star,” depending on who’s watching, but you nonetheless get hired for films and TV shows because you’re recognizable, you’re dependable, and damned if you … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Heroes: Freddie Mercury

The voice, yes. The voice that could range the octaves with the ease of a slide rule, to soothe or seduce or harrow. But also the form that flung that voice across the stadium, that gave a physique and a … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Heroes: Lucan

He was a child prodigy. He fomented insurrection. He upstaged the most powerful man in the world. He died at 25, younger than Hendrix, Morrison, or Cobain, the same age as Cliff Burton and Tupac. He had the coolest name … Continue reading

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