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...even though it's not "about" the comics, it sort of is. It gives the modern reader an idea of the cultural impact of comic books, which I think those of us who grew up on Archie and Richie Rich don't really get.

Yes. Good point.

I wanted to downplay the comics connection a little because of my own background: I've been a hardcore comic book fan for over 25 years, and there are a number of neat little touches in the book that I was in a great postion to "get". Stan Lee and some other giants make cameos, and you can draw intriguing parallels between the characters in the novel and some figures from comics history: Lee/Kirby, Siegel/Schuster, etc. And the whole Fred Wertham/Seduction of the Innocent thing. But I didn't want to scare away a broader readership. You definitely don't need to be a comics fan for the novel to appeal to you.
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