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More pics from Comic-Con. Here is a more casual form of cosplay with the Soska Twins from Canada giving us some Cap and Spider-man. I didn't know who they were before I took these photos since I was enjoying the slightly goth look mashed up with a Cap costume but it sounds like these ladies, Jen and Sylvia Soska, are horror actresses and producers.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
One of the first panels I saw at this year's Comic-Con in San Diego was the Remembering Joe Simon and Jerry Robinson panel. Both creators not only lived long lives but contributed greatly to the comics industry. I usually don't go beyond anything Captain America-related here but I got a chance to meet Jerry two years ago and he was incredibly nice, as were most of the Golden Age creators. Bob Kane took the credit publicly for Batman but, behind the scenes, it was Jerry Robinson, Bill Finger, Shelly Moldoff, and others who made the character the icon it is today.
Joe Simon was just as prolific and, fortunately, was able to publicly put his name on his creations with Jack Kirby. Most hardcore fans know the impact Simon had even though there are still some non-fans and knuckleheads out there still thinking Stan Lee created Cap. But if you need a refresher course on Simon's impact, I recommend reading his auto biography, "Joe Simon: My Life in Comics", which was published by Titan Books about 6 months before his death.
Moderating the panel was writer Mark Evanier. Really, any panel Evanier moderates at Comic-Con and Wonder Con is a must for fans of Golden age, Silver Age, and Bronze Age comics or any fan of comics history.
On the panel was Steve Saffel (above) who worked with Simon at Titan Books. Saffel helped Simon on his autobiography, I believe, as well as being instrumental in getting many of Simon & Kirby's non-Marvel and DC works back into print. I wanted to meet Saffel two years ago at the Titan booth because of his work with the Comic Geek Speak group on their Golden Age Spotlight on Captain America but he wasn't at his booth when I stopped by. I did pick up an early copy of their first Simon & Kirby Super-Heroes collection, which contains the only thing I have signed by Simon.
Saffel did say he saw Simon up until the night before he passed and that he use to bring him some of the Captain America merchandise that was coming out for the movie. The touching part for me was that he mentioned that one of those small toy Cap shields was put into Simon's coffin before the burial.
I'm not sure who this is since the guest line up changed a little from the program guide but this gentleman use to live near Simon.
Switching back to Robinson, his son Jim appeared on the panel.
Not really having a connection to Simon, producer Michael Uslan (above) and writer Paul Dini (below) talked about Robinson.
Creator Batton Lash (below) was also on the panel.
The final panelist was Anthony Tollin.