I've read through SMT #49 a couple of times, and even read it backwards, in fact. I've chosen not to do a plot synopsis because the nature of this experiment is such that the plot isn't the main thing I'm looking at in terms of things to think about, and also because this is part one of a four part story and so it's all kind of out of context, again by design. In other words, I'm dealing with just this single issue rather than the whole story. The reason for this is that I'm trying to find things that aren't necessarily related to the context of the story. Certainly some of the stuff is part of the story, but other stuff is just me going off on a tangent. So anyway, here are some of my notes so far, and topics I expect to touch on whenever I have the time to do so:
Transition from pulps to comics…publishers are mob front
Beginnings of WWII, reference to Justice Society not being able to stop it, just as they didn't... sort of a way that real-world events work their way into a world where the costumed crimefighter exists...
Sandman of real world, Sandman of the pulps--how do they play into each others' expectations?
Pulps influencing real life behavior, but not in children…widely read by adults
Dian…author, blocked, going to write for pulps
“Dames don’t write adventure stories” ooh, sexism in the industry. Fun.
“While it is intellectually appealing to regard life’s adjunct activities as inherently inconsequential—it must also be noted that much of who we are is found in what we do.”
“Our follies are what make us attractive to ourselves—as well as of interest to others.”
As captions in panels featuring a cartoonist. Follies? Just what are we saying here?
And then this:
“The man who spends his life lost in the great pursuits, with no time for the lesser—is the man who would go through life enlightened—but unnoticed.”
Great? Lesser? Enlightened?
“And no amount of personal enrichment—makes complete anonymity desirable.” As the pencil falls to the floor…
“No! Don’t shoot—I’m just the artist!”
And this one has some pulp excerpts too.
Oddly enough, I really don’t know what to say about the dream sequence as it relates to this issue. I’ll have to let it stew a bit more.
“—the attractive, but ultimately hollow rewards of hobby—“
Someone is clearly trying to come to terms with a love of the diversionary, no?
And this mob dude is trying to halt the publisher that his brother’s doing artwork for…
A creator getting shafted regarding treatment of his own character?
Much to ponder here… I’ll update this list soon, I’m sure.