The Champion of Comic Books

At the last stop on the N and Q lines, at the end of a short tunnel, there’s a circular dime-shiny sign that — Bam! Pow! Zap! — punches right through the grey gloom of the subway station. Look at it, up at the ceiling. It’s not a bird. It’s not a plane. It’s Silver Age Comics, the super-cool shop of superheroes. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Silver Age Comics opened in 1991. For the last 25 years — Silver Age celebrated its silver anniversary in February — Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, The Hulk, Captain America, The Flash and…

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The Hollywood Star

Someone slipped a sheet of paper into my mailbox. It looked like junk, and, in my haste, I almost threw it out. In the spring of 2008, Tony Scott was filming The Taking of Pelham 123, a remake of the 1974 classic, and he was looking for a house, it could be my house, for the hero, Denzel Washington. Tony, Englishman eccentric, charming and chatty, took a tour and declared that this was indeed a desirable dwelling for Denzel. The key “bring-home-the-milk” scene, as he called it, was to be of Denzel’s wife sitting in my kitchen talking on the…

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