Thanks for the update.
If any one is interested the exchange Jason refers to is accessible at
On Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 11:33 AM, Jason Tondro <jason.tondro@...>wrote:
> So, in the last 24 hours, I have found out more about this "shadowy
> listserv" and who I offended, and I thought you all might find it
> Roy Thomas puts out a magazine called Alter Ego; it's a wonderful
> publication focusing on Golden and Silver Age characters and creators. Last
> month Thomas picked up my book. He went to the index me found out he was
> mentioned only once, in a less than glamorous way when I have to briefly
> unpack Kirby's character "Houseroy." Thomas went looking in the index for
> other characters that he thought would be in any book about medieval themes
> and superheroes. He looked for Conan. Nothing. He looked for the Shining
> Knight and saw that I had nothing to say about the character's early years
> or the years Thomas was writing him in All Star Squadron. He looked up
> Black Knight and found only a passing reference.
> So he went onto the Alter Ego Yahoo group and said the book did not look
> like it would be very useful. And after a medium-length discussion about
> how no one knows how to respect their elders any more, the owner of the
> group went onto Amazon and wrote his "review".
> As far as I can tell, no one involved actually read anything.
> I have enormous respect for Thomas and have enjoyed countless comics with
> his name, so naturally I was disappointed to hear he hadn't liked it. I
> wrote to him and tried to explain that the reason my book was not a
> comprehensive, encyclopedic guide to all medieval or Arthurian characters
> is because people like you, Mike, and Alan, and others, had already done
> that so well. Instead, I only wrote about a specific subset of characters
> about whom I had something worthwhile to say.
> He wrote me back and promised to read the book soon, since he does have it
> on his shelf. Perhaps, if I am lucky, his thoughts will change and he will
> post anew on his Yahoo group.
> Assistant Professor of English
> College of Coastal Georgia
> On Jun 24, 2013, at 3:51 PM, Jason Tondro <jason.tondro@...> wrote:
> > Hey Michael!
> > Thanks for pointing this out. Well, it looks like a very embarrassing
> typo got into the book where I typed "Shuster" when I should have typed
> > Otherwise, one of these two reviewers found the book boring and too
> scholarly. Well, my book will not be the first scholarly monograph to be
> thought so. The other reviewer seems to be very angry about my
> Shuster/Simon mistake and does not seem to have read the rest.
> > An interesting phenomenon. I suppose I can take comfort in the fact that
> academics don't get their reviews from Amazon most of the time. I've had
> better reviews elsewhere; I believe A. David Lewis did one for IJOCA.
> > Thanks again,
> > Jason
> > Assistant Professor of English
> > College of Coastal Georgia
> > doctorcomics.blogspot.com
> > On Jun 24, 2013, at 3:24 PM, "Blog Editor, The Society for the Study of
> Popular Culture and the Middle Ages" <
> popcultandmiddleages.moderator@...> wrote:
> >> List members,
> >> There seems to be some heated debate online over Jason's book
> >> of the Round Table (at least if the reviews on Amazon are any
> >> Has anyone found any useful reviews of the book yet?
> >> Michael
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