Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Let Your Funnybook Freak-Flag Fly: Panelological Pantheon!

Jim turned me onto the most flat-out fascinating blog I've seen in ages... Panelological Pantheon.

Hosted by Mason Moray, a 60-something veteran comic-book enthusiast, or "panelologist," as he prefers to be called, PP offers a choice array of exotic, rather freakish stories from the pioneer days of funnybooks.

In the mix are Moray's day-to-day musings on life, collecting, and, most recently, a stark story of a personal tragedy.

After reading his first few posts, I was suspicious. It's hard to believe this is for real. I dropped Mr. Moray a quick e-mail. Here's his reply, in full.

Mr. Young,

I deeply appreciate your critique and welcome reactions to my humble "blog." Surely, such a forum will be easily misunderstood by most. It is encouraging to hear that you "get it."

Re your comments on my home life: thank you for your concern. But you need not worry. Dorrie and I get along like "gang-busters." I, too, rue the whims of fate that have allied me with a partner who is otherwise perfect--save for her crucial flaw of not appreciating panelology.

The Pantheon itself is in fine condition. Your concern for my holdings is quite kind. I take a moment to "inspect the troops" several times a week. And, unbeknownst to Dorrie, there are a few choice boxes that come in the house for winter's duration. They are marked "TAX RECORDS," the better to pass muster.

Your story request is intriguing. After dinner tonight I'll get the flashlight and see what I can find for you in The Pantheon's stacks. Until then, take care, and again, many thanks for your kind words of understanding.

Mason J. Moray

He sent his photograph as an e-mail attachment. I don't know many people who would do that, in response to a routine e-mail.

In a word: wow. This guy is a keeper.

His most recent post features an amazingly crude, nightmarish horror-detective story, "The Madhouse Murder Mystery," written and drawn by an early crackpot comix auteur, E. F. Webster. I've never seen such sinister, whacked-out cartooning in my life. Check out the story's first page and you'll see what I'm talking about.

Get your mind blown--go to Mr. Moray's sight and read the rest!