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      CommentAuthorRantz
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2008
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    my memorial to Steve can be found on my LJ
    http://bauwauhaus.livejournal.com/3457.html

    Rest easy Steve, you remain an example for us all.
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    HtD had a huge impact on me. Early issues of that and the Furry Freaks were about the only comics I've kept from the 70s. I'm glad he settled with the big M but the whole story leaves an unpleasant taste.

    RIP
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      CommentAuthorshad0903
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2008
     (969.23)
    Wasn't that knowledgable before, but after grabbing all the Hard Time comics before they ended, I got a much better appreciation of his work. Always a shame when one of the good ones passes away.
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    Tis truly sad to read this.
    • CommentAuthoradrian r
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2008
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    Gerber was the first comics writer I actively sought out, who made me aware that comics could be used to tell all kinds of stories. I've written an appreciation of him in today's piece at www.youdothatvoodoo.com.
    • CommentAuthormbakunin
    • CommentTimeFeb 16th 2008 edited
     (969.26)
    Steve Gerber wrote some of the first comics I ever read. I feel very fortunate to have been a kid during that early-to-mid-'70's era when people like Gerber, Don McGregor, Steve Engelhart, and Jim Starlin were redefining both Marvel Comics and mainstream comics as a whole. They opened my mind and initiated me into a dissenting worldview that you never got from school or TV. I sometimes wonder how many other 7-year-olds grew up learning to question authority and think for themselves because that's what they saw characters like the Engelhart's Captain America, McGregor's Killraven, Starlin's Warlock, and Gerber's Defenders and Howard the Duck and Omega were doing. Thanks for everything, Steve; you are missed in all our hearts and minds.
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    A highly influential writer of my youth (1970s), especially in my mind THE DEFENDERS but certainly OMEGA and HTD, but was still doing important work in recent years (like NEVADA).

    John
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    Bit late but I would like to add another voice in praise of his work. Howard the Duck is one of my favourite pieces of literature - I think there is something quite profound about putting words of wisdom in the mouth of an angry duck. And one of the all time great lines - "Trapped in a world he never made." How many times have I repeated that to myself in times of crisis or absurdity? Got a real buzz out of reading the Essential Defenders collections - full of wit and invention and the right kind of madness.