HiLobrow 3Q2014

By: Joshua Glenn
September 30, 2014

Here are a few of HILOBROW’s highlights from July, August, and September 2014!

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In August, HiLobrow published KERN YOUR ENTHUSIASM: 25 posts, by 25 contributors, analyzing and celebrating a few of our favorite (and least favorite) typefaces. Joshua Glenn was editor of the series.

KERN YOUR ENTHUSIASM: Matthew Battles on ALDINE ITALIC | Adam McGovern on DATA 70 | Sherri Wasserman on TORONTO SUBWAY | Sarah Werner on JOHNSTON’S “HAMLET” | Douglas Wolk on TODD KLONE | Mark Kingwell on GILL SANS | Joe Alterio on AKZIDENZ-GROTESK | Suzanne Fischer on CALIFORNIA BRAILLE | Gary Panter on SHE’S NOT THERE | Deb Chachra on FAUX DEVANAGARI | Peggy Nelson on FUTURA | Tom Nealon on JENSON’S ROMAN | Rob Walker on SAVANNAH SIGN | Tony Leone on TRADE GOTHIC BOLD CONDENSED NO. 20 | Chika Azuma on KUMON WORKSHEET | Chris Spurgeon on ELECTRONIC DISPLAY | Amanda French on DIPLOMA REGULAR | Steve Price on SCREAM QUEEN | Alissa Walker on CHICAGO | Helene Silverman on CHINESE SHIPPING BOX | Tim Spencer on SHATTER | Jessamyn West on COMIC SANS | Whitney Trettien on WILKINS’S REAL CHARACTER | Cintra Wilson on HERMÈS vs. HOTDOG | Jacob Covey on GOTHAM.

KERN YOUR ENTHUSIASM followed our 2011 series KIRB YOUR ENTHUSIASM (about specific Jack Kirby comic-book panels), our 2012 series KIRK YOUR ENTHUSIASM (about specific scenes from Star Trek episodes and movies), and our 2013 series HERC YOUR ENTHUSIASM (about specific old-school hip hop tracks).




In July, we published a five-part series of posts — by regular contributor Adam McGovern — chronicling and analyzing the ongoing history of Jack Kirby’s Fourth World mythos.

ALSO CHECK OUT: Jack Kirby as HiLo Hero by David Smay | Douglas Rushkoff on THE ETERNALS | John Hilgart on BLACK MAGIC | Gary Panter on DEMON | Dan Nadel on OMAC | Deb Chachra on CAPTAIN AMERICA | Mark Frauenfelder on KAMANDI | Jason Grote on MACHINE MAN | Ben Greenman on SANDMAN | Annie Nocenti on THE X-MEN | Greg Rowland on THE FANTASTIC FOUR | Joshua Glenn on TALES TO ASTONISH | Lynn Peril on YOUNG LOVE | Jim Shepard on STRANGE TALES | David Smay on MISTER MIRACLE | Joe Alterio on BLACK PANTHER | Sean Howe on THOR | Mark Newgarden on JIMMY OLSEN | Dean Haspiel on DEVIL DINOSAUR | Matthew Specktor on THE AVENGERS | Terese Svoboda on TALES OF SUSPENSE | Matthew Wells on THE NEW GODS | Toni Schlesinger on REAL CLUE | Josh Kramer on THE FOREVER PEOPLE | Glen David Gold on JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY | Douglas Wolk on 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY | Joshua Glenn on Kirby’s Radium Age Sci-Fi Influences | Chris Lanier on Kirby vs. Kubrick | Scott Edelman recalls when the FF walked among us | Adam McGovern is haunted by a panel from THE NEW GODS | Matt Seneca studies the sensuality of Kirby’s women | Btoom! Rob Steibel settles the Jack Kirby vs. Stan Lee question | Galactus Lives! Rob Steibel analyzes a single Kirby panel in six posts | Danny Fingeroth figgers out The Thing | Adam McGovern on four decades (so far) of Kirby’s “Fourth World” mythos | Jack Kirby: Anti-Fascist Pipe Smoker



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In July, we launched a new ongoing series: RADIUM AGE CONTEXT. The series will surface evidence of the social and cultural context within which Radium Age (1904–33) science fiction was first produced and received.

MORE RADIUM AGE SCI FI ON HILOBROW: HiLoBooks homepage! | What is Radium Age science fiction? |Radium Age 100: 100 Best Science Fiction Novels from 1904–33 | Radium Age Supermen | Radium Age Robots | Radium Age Apocalypses | Radium Age Telepaths | Radium Age Eco-Catastrophes | Radium Age Cover Art (1) | SF’s Best Year Ever: 1912 | Radium Age Science Fiction Poetry | Enter Highbrowism | Bathybius! Primordial ooze in Radium Age sf | War and Peace Games (H.G. Wells’s training manuals for supermen) | Radium Age: Context series | J.D. Beresford | Algernon Blackwood | Edgar Rice Burroughs | Karel Čapek | Buster Crabbe | August Derleth | Arthur Conan Doyle | Hugo Gernsback | Charlotte Perkins Gilman | Cicely Hamilton | Hermann Hesse | William Hope Hodgson | Aldous Huxley | Inez Haynes Irwin | Alfred Jarry | Jack Kirby (Radium Age sf’s influence on) | Murray Leinster | Gustave Le Rouge | Gaston Leroux | David Lindsay | Jack London | H.P. Lovecraft | A. Merritt | Maureen O’Sullivan | Sax Rohmer | Paul Scheerbart | Upton Sinclair | Clark Ashton Smith | E.E. “Doc” Smith | Olaf Stapledon | John Taine | H.G. Wells | Jack Williamson | Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz | S. Fowler Wright | Philip Gordon Wylie | Yevgeny Zamyatin



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In September, we published a five-part series of posts — by regular contributor Adam McGovern — surveying some of the main characters in the meta-monster Image Comics series Nightworld that he and Paolo Leandri created.

COMICS WRITTEN by ADAM McGOVERN & FIRST PUBLISHED by HILOBROW: The Idoru Jones comic “the–urban_legend_of_idoru_jones” (drawn by Paolo Leandri, 2011) | The Idoru Jones comic “boulevard–of–broken–code” (drawn by Paolo Leandri, 2012) | “Face Reality” (drawn by Frank Reynoso, 2011)



In May 2014 we noted the fifth anniversary of our HiLobrow Hero series. The first-ever posts in this series — for example, David Smay on Donovan, Peggy Nelson on Fred Astaire, Tor Aarestad on Marcel Mauss — appeared in May 2009. We will have published some 1,300 posts in this series by the end of this year.

3Q2014 saw the publication of some 50 new HiLo Hero installments, courtesy of the following contributors. The HiLo Heroes series is edited by Joshua Glenn.

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Suzanne Schiffman with Godard and Truffaut

Joe Alterio on Gene Deitch; Franklin Bruno on Suzanne Schiffman; Tucker Cummings on Don Knotts; Suzanne Fischer on Georgette Heyer; Mike Fleisch on Ingmar Bergman, Jean Renoir, Robert Bresson; Jerrold Freitag on Anton Newcombe, Chauncey Wright, T.S. Eliot.

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Amanda French on Josephine Tey; Joshua Glenn on Hugo Gernsback, John Buchan; Mark Kingwell on Martin Amis, C. Wright Mills, Cyril Connolly; Alix Lambert on Nelson George, Patty Wagstaff.


Adam McGovern on Lilli Carré, Michael Jackson, Mark Rothko; Devin McKinney on Ringo Starr, Ernest Hemingway; Peggy Nelson on Max Beerbohm; Gary Panter on Jesse Marsh, Ed Sanders.

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1924: Schlemmer’s Triadische Ballett

David Smay on Ray Bradbury; Karinne Keithley Syers on Stanley Cavell, Oskar Schlemmer; Robert Wringham on Sebastian Horsley.

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A few prolific 3Q2014 HiLo Hero writers deserve special mention. In July, August, and September of this year, William Nericcio contributed items on: Lupe Vélez, Tina Modotti, Dolores del Rio, Ernie Bushmiller, Man Ray, Americo Paredes, Will Elder, Gloria E. Anzaldúa, and Charles Burns.

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Anthony Miller contributed items on Alexander Theroux, Bernard Wolfe, Mary Shelley, and Ken Kesey.


And Brian Berger contributed items on Bennie Nawahi, Melvin Van Peebles, Charlie Parker, and Arnold Schoenberg.



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In August, we wrapped up a series of 10 posts — by regular contributor Devin McKinney — on representations of the telephone as instrument of fear, conduit for ghosts, and general bearer of malefic or otherworldly potential.

MORE HORROR ON HILOBROW: Early ’60s Horror, a series by David Smay | Phone Horror, a series by Devin McKinney | Philip Stone’s Hat-Trick | Shocking Blocking: Candyman | Shocking Blocking: A Bucket of Blood | Kenneth Anger | Sax Rohmer | August Derleth | Edgar Ulmer | Vincent Price | Max von Sydow | Lon Chaney Sr. | James Whale | Wes Craven | Roman Polanski | Ed Wood | John Carpenter | George A. Romero | David Cronenberg | Roger Corman | Georges Franju | Shirley Jackson | Jacques Tourneur | Ray Bradbury | Edgar Allan Poe | Algernon Blackwood | H.P. Lovecraft | Clark Ashton Smith | Gaston Leroux |




In July, HiLoBooks began serializing Helen MacInnes’s 1944 novel The Unconquerable, an espionage adventure that pits an innocent English woman against both Nazis and resistance fighters in occupied Poland.


In August, HiLoBooks began serializing Geoffrey Household’s 1960 hunted-man adventure novel Watcher in the Shadows. We’d been advised that Household’s book was in public domain; however, we were subsequently informed that its copyright had in fact been renewed in the US! We’ve discontinued the book’s serialization.

During 3Q2014, HiLoBooks concluded its serialization of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Lost Prince, a 1915 Ruritanian-style thriller in which two adolescent boys play a proto-Alternate Reality Game about a far-off revolution… or is it a game? Meanwhile, HiLoBooks continued serializing the 1926 satirical sf novel King Goshawk and the Birds, by Irish playwright and novelist Eimar O’Duffy; and Morley Roberts’s 1900 novel The Fugitives, a hunted-man adventure set against the backdrop of the Second Boer War.

ALSO REDISCOVERED BY HILOBOOKS: Jack London’s The Scarlet Plague | Rudyard Kipling’s With the Night Mail (and “As Easy as A.B.C.”) | Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Poison Belt | H. Rider Haggard’s When the World Shook | Edward Shanks’ The People of the Ruins | William Hope Hodgson’s The Night Land | J.D. Beresford’s Goslings | E.V. Odle’s The Clockwork Man | Cicely Hamilton’s Theodore Savage | Muriel Jaeger’s The Man With Six Senses | Jack London’s “The Red One” | Philip Francis Nowlan’s Armageddon 2419 A.D. | Homer Eon Flint’s The Devolutionist | W.E.B. DuBois’s “The Comet” | Edgar Rice Burroughs’s The Moon Men | Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Herland | Sax Rohmer’s “The Zayat Kiss” | Eimar O’Duffy’s King Goshawk and the Birds | Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Lost Prince | Morley Roberts’s The Fugitives | Helen MacInnes’s The Unconquerable | Geoffrey Household’s Watcher in the Shadows | William Haggard’s The High Wire | Hammond Innes’s Air Bridge | James Branch Cabell’s Jurgen | John Buchan’s “No Man’s Land” | John Russell’s “The Fourth Man” | E.M. Forster’s “The Machine Stops” | John Buchan’s Huntingtower | Arthur Conan Doyle’s When the World Screamed | Victor Bridges’ A Rogue By Compulsion | Jack London’s The Iron Heel | H. De Vere Stacpoole’s The Man Who Lost Himself | P.G. Wodehouse’s Leave It to Psmith.

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During 3Q2014, we’ve added posts to various ongoing series here at HILOBROW. These series include:

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