E. Nelson Bridwell appreciation
Comics Should Be Good at Comic Book Resources has a column up in appreciation of DC Comics writer and editor E. Nelson Bridwell, born in Sapulpa in 1931. He was an inductee into the Oklahoma Cartoonists Hall of Fame in 2005.
From the CBR article by Greg Hatcher:
As for his legacy, well, Bridwell was a fine writer and his work retains its charm even after several decades. That’s worth a writeup all on its own. But there are writers and artists that have had more individual impact on DC comics.
However, as an editor, and especially as an editor responsible for shaping the look and the lore of the company’s entire line, not to mention working on all its book projects and promotional giveaways — which is to say, the face DC presented to the wider world — I think Bridwell is second only to Julius Schwartz in creating what we think of today as the DCU.
Certainly he was the guy that was probably more responsible for my becoming a comics fan than anyone else. It may have been Adam West and Filmation Studios that got me interested in comics… but it was E. Nelson Bridwell and his magnificent 80-Page Giants that got me hooked on them.
– Matt Price
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