Bill Maher was both right & wrong in his scathing reply to comics-fans who mistakenly believed that he’d disrespected the grand master of Comics, Stan Lee, in a recent commentary.

A long-time fan of comics, for several years I’ve been writing novels inspired by some iconic comic-book heroines and heroes. Mostly heroines: I’m a straight man who loves and respects women. They and their stories seem more interesting to me, given the obstacles they too often face in life. Struggling against and overcoming obstacles is one of the core themes of literature.

I learned to read at three and later partly because of comic books. (The other inspiration was bible stories read to me by my mother most nights.) Luckily for me in kindergarten I was taught by teachers who were hooked on phonics. I quickly mastered reading and by the third grade was reading such diverse material as War and Peace and the Freddie the Pig series.



What has this adult done with comics? Perhaps the best example is my novel, self published on Amazon, which was inspired by Wonder Woman. In the illustration below Diana’s invisible plane is a force bubble with a smart robot for its pilot interface. She dresses in ordinary clothing rather than an old-style bikini with high heeled boots. She has no sword and shield; the force bubble is her shield and her sword is laser bolts.

Each of the nine long chapters has a graphic image on its first page which refers to an important theme in each chapter. Throughout the book are page-width images from crucial scenes. This is my homage to the graphic nature of comics.

There is no mention of the Spider-Man quote “With great power comes great responsibility.” It is there nonetheless, the subtext of the entire book. Her story is how she goes from fine cheerleader to a fighter for justice against the world’s evils.

I can think of no more adult concern.

Click to read first few chapters.


About Laer Carroll

I am an aerospace software and systems engineer recently retired to become a professional writer. My genres include sci fi and fantasy, young adult, and technical books.
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