The portrayal of librarians in comic books
LIST OF CHARACTER NAMES BY ORDER OF APPEARANCE
Oracle (Barbara Gordon)
Lucien ("Sandman", DC Comics)
Lara (Superman's biological mother)
Karma ("X-Men", Marvel Comics)
Mr. Revise and the Page Sisters ("Jack of Fables", DC Comics)
Caretaker ("Ghost Rider", Marvel Comics)
Stanislaus Johns ("Detective Comics" Vol. 1, No. 643)
Vera Cantor ("X-Men", Marvel Comics)
Bufkin ("Fables", DC Comics)
John K. ("The Librarian", Fantagraphics)
Lena Thorul (Lex Luthor's sister)
Luna Moth ("The Escapist", Dark Horse Comics)
The Possessor ("Thor", Marvel Comics)
Rabbi Rava ("Monolith", DC Comics)
Miss Tanaka ("Wolverine: The End" Vol. 1, No. 2)
Icarus Estro ("Mu", Devil's Due)
Patriot/Elijah Bradley ("Young Avengers", Marvel Comics)
Lenora Martin ("Betty & Veronica Double Digest", No. 157)
Book ("Excalibur", Marvel Comics)
Charles Fort ("Fort: Prophet of the Unexplained!", Dark Horse Comics)
Marjorie Brink ("Marvel Comics Presents" No. 61)
Raven Grimassi, Keeper of the Books ("Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose" No. 58)
Status Quo ("Marvel Team-Up" No. 96)
Miss Bishop ("Goro: Prince of Pain", Malibu Comics)
Hilda Gornish ("Invisible People", Kitchen Sink Press)
The Mechanical Librarian ("Adventure Comics" No. 312)
Maggie McCulloch ("Marvel Team-Up" Vol. 1, No. 83)
Maria Norlander-Martinez ("Adventures of the Incredible Librarian", Preservation Graphics)
Librarian at the Cleveland Public Library ("American Splendor" No. 4)
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Batgirl became a lighthearted departure from the tortured characters of Batman and Robin, each depicted as fighting crime to avenge the death of their parents. Gordon's motivation for crime fighting was written as being completely altruistic and, unlike Batwoman and Bat-Girl, independent of a male superhero. In her civilian identity, Dr. Barbara Gordon Ph.D. is not only depicted as an independent woman with a doctorate in library science, she is head of Gotham City public library; "presumably one of the largest public libraries in the DC Comics version of reality." The character's civilian career as a library professional, coupled with her alter-ego as a crimefighter is considered to be symbolic of the women's empowerment movement of the 1960s.
The Dreaming is the world where people go to dream, and is a vague, shifting realm of symbol, belief, and imagination. The Castle is Dream's abode at the center of the Dreaming. It includes Lucien's library, which contains every book that anyone ever dreamt of writing. The library allows its users to read any of its books whether or not the reader speaks the language it was written in or indeed can even read. When one of the dreamed of books is actually written in the real world, the copy in Lucien's library bursts into flames and is destroyed.
Lucien is not a person in a physical sense, though it's entirely possible he might have been once. He serves on the palace staff of Dream of the Endless as the palace librarian, overseeing a collection of every book that has ever been imagined--even if that book was never published or actually written.
When Dream was captured by the English magician Roderick Burgess and his "Order of Ancient Mysteries," Lucien was the only member of Dream's palace staff who did not abandon his post. As a result, Dream increasingly relied on Lucien's council, and Lucien's responsibilities expanded accordingly.
As might be expected, Lucien's a very wise, very steadfast individual, and is quick to assist and educate other members of the palace staff--especially Dream's raven, Matthew. Lucien was Dream's first raven who has stayed with him in his new role.
After the 1985-1986 miniseries Crisis on Infinite Earths and John Byrne's 1986 miniseries The Man of Steel rewrote Superman's origins, details about Lara's background and character were changed. Under Byrne's version, Lara inhabited a cold, emotionally sterile Krypton where even bodily contact was forbidden. Jor-El was considered a "throwback" for actually expressing emotions toward his wife Lara, and for his favoring the less sterilized days of past Kryptonian eras. In this version of the mythos, Lara was a librarian and historian of high rank, and thought it horrifying that Kal-El would be sent to a "primitive" planet such as Earth (and was repelled by Jor-El's expression of affection toward her). Her grandmother Lady Nara and Seyg-El, Jor-El's father, were the ones who arranged the union between them – so that they might have a child who would fill an opening in the planet's Register of Citizens when another Kryptonian died a rare and untimely death.
While studying and working at Chicago University as a librarian, Xi'an Coy Manh crossed paths with Shadowcat and helped her fight the Purity and Sentinel menaces. Shortly after Karma's graduation, Moonstar arrived in an attempt to recruit David Alleyne for the Xavier Institute. Xi'an introduced the two, and headed back to the relative safety of the Institute along with her siblings. It was also at around this time that Karma confirmed her lesbianism to Dani and confessed to an unreciprocated attraction to Kitty Pryde. At the school, Karma briefly reunited with the original New Mutants to battle Donald Pierce
Xi'an had lots of responsibility at the Institute. She was the school's librarian, French teacher, and adviser for students too young to be assigned to a squad.
The series follows the adventures of Rex Libris, the Head Librarian at the Middleton Public Library. Unbeknownst to the general public, Rex is actually over a thousand years old, and was the original librarian at the Library of Alexandria. He is a member of the Ordo Biblioteca, a secret international society of librarians. With the aid of the ancient god Thoth, who lives beneath the Library, Rex travels to the farthest reaches of the universe to collect late book fees, and to fight the powers of ignorance and darkness.
The Golden Boughs Retirement Village is a fictional prison masquerading as a retirement home for fables in the Fables spin-off "Jack of Fables." It is run by a man called himself Mr. Revise. The name is an explicit reference to The Golden Bough, a lengthy study in the comparative mythology, religion and folklore of hundreds of cultures, from aboriginal and extinct cultures to 19th-Century faiths.
The Golden Boughs consists largely of a series of cottages assigned to the various inmates, along with a number of public buildings such as a pub, plus the various buildings required to run the place.
Security consists of a fence, moat and guard towers, which are constantly manned by the junior librarians.
The facility is overseen by Mr. Revise, a Literal who has made it his mission to rid the world of magic. He is supported by the Page Sisters, referred to as senior librarians, and a host of lesser staff members.
The three Page sisters serve Mr. Revise directly as the senior librarians of the Golden Boughs facility, each with their own speciality. Robin Page is in charge of security, training the tigers and so forth, Priscilla Page handles retrievals, the capture of Fables and bringing them back to the facility, while Hillary Page runs the research department. It was revealed, in Jack of Fables #26, that the sisters have two different fathers; Hillary is the daughter of Revise, while Priscilla and Robin are Bookburner's daughters.
The Page sisters all appear to be relatively young, are attractive and all three have slept with Jack Horner, something that he takes considerable pride in having achieved, though he also shows horror after learning that they are his sisters. Hillary spends some time traveling with Jack after his escape from Golden Boughs, but left after discovering that he'd slept with both of her sisters before her and is now helping the Bookburner, Revise's brother and the father of her two sisters, track the fugitives.
After the revelation that Jack was their half-brother through their shared mother, Prose Page, they were horrified to realize that they'd committed incest. Hillary was disgusted, Priscilla was enraged, and Robin was speechless.
Bill Willingham revealed in a recent interview that the Page sisters are the embodiment of organizing and codifying (in this case Fables).
The sisters have some mystical abilities as a result of their Literal heritage. Libraries are Hillary's place of power, while the open road is Priscilla's. The claims to know "shortcuts to anywhere," which she uses to reach Kevin Thorne's hideout ahead of Snow and Bigby. However, it is implied that all three sisters give up their powers when they decide to stay in the Fables universe instead of accompanying the other literals into the new one provided by Dex (Deus Ex Machina, the Literal embodiement of the dramatic concept). The sisters decide to travel the world with their nephew, the current Jack Frost. Hillary and Priscilla appear to have motherly attitudes toward him to him while Robin seemed to be following along out of reluctance: the former later advice Jack Frost upon casting aside his wintry powers and find his way by himself, thus separating from him and paving for their favorite nephew the path of the hero.
Real Name: Sara (Last name unrevealed)
First Appearance: Ghost Rider #26 (2008)
Occupation: Librarian and guardian of untold secrets, formerly a nun
Education: Unrevealed, but Sara has all the accumulated knowledge of the past six thousand years concerning everything involving the Spirits of Vengeance and possibly more
Powers: None (as Sister Sara); Sara is a gateway to Heaven (as Caretaker)
Abilities: Sara, along with the other nuns in her convent, were trained in both armed and unarmed combat
Weapons: Sara appears to be skilled in the use of various weapons such as nunchuks and swords, and she can ride a motorcycle
Believing God sent her a disturbing vision of a grandfather she never knew, Sister Sara left her convent in Kansas to journey through unfamiliar territory to get to Tennessee to offer her help. Sara, alone and naïve, asked a trucker for a ride, but once they arrived Sister Sara had no money to pay the driver for the trip. The trucker wanted to negotiate some form of payment, but he soon found out one of the Lord's flock was not a meek little lamb. Sara knocked the trucker's head through his window and ran from the truck. As fate would have it, Johnny Blaze was on his way to Tennessee too. First he was unwilling to help, but an angry and injured truck driver convinced Johnny to give Sister Sara a lift. The two of them wound up at the seemingly insignificant shack of Sara's grandfather, Caretaker.
Caretaker was badly wounded and dying because of an assault on his home led by Daniel Ketch – a former Ghost Rider now servant of the rogue angel, Zadkiel. Caretaker managed to defeat three of Ketch's allies, Doghead, the Orb, and Death Ninja, before the vampire known as Blackout struck the fatal blow. Ketch began to destroy the contents of Caretaker's home as Blackout confronted Blaze. Caretaker, in the meantime, told Sara she was about to enter a life that he never meant for her to have. She desperately wanted to get him to a hospital, but Caretaker knew his time on Earth was done, so he urged her to get to the tunnels under his house and save what she could before Danny destroyed it all. Distraught over losing the family she never knew she had, Sara did as she was told and found a library of books within the tunnels. One touch was all it took, and the knowledge contained within the books flooded Sara's mind. She became the new Caretaker, librarian and guardian to everything dealing with the Spirits of Vengeance.
Ten exhumed skeletons, one approximately 110 years old, have been found scattered around Gotham City in bathrooms, closets, parks and gallaries. Batman pays attention because he doesn't understand the reasoning behind it. During the next week, four more are discovered in a school, a street, a backyard and an oriental garden, respectively, the last one wearing a new, leather jacket. Two weeks after the first discovery, the police discover the cemetery the bodies came from and place security around it and all other cemeteries. Batman fears that the person responsible may now begin killing people in order to continue.
Soon a psychologist named John Watkins is kidnapped, killed, adorned in a leather jacket and left in the home of Mike and Wilma Smith, who discover the man responsible. They are both captured and also killed, adorned in leather jackets and placed in other locations. Batman discovers that the jackets have different three-digit numbers stitched into the sleeves. He goes to a library and meets with Jenny Holding, the Librarian. With her help, Batman realizes that the numbers are Dewey Decimal Classification Numbers and that the numbers on the jackets reflect the professions of those killed and wearing them. Batman believes the killer to be a librarian.
Meanwhile, Stanislaus Johns, a fired librarian, explains himself to his latest captive. Stanislaus had lived with his mother all his life; she died at the age of 78. The morning he found her dead, he began hearing several angry voices in his head. After his mother was buried, Stanislaus began to dislike the cemetery as there seemed to be no order or system for selecting the burial locations - all professions seemingly mixed together. Stanislaus began to believe the angry voices in his head were those of the dead from the grave, angry about how they had been placed. Soon after Stanislaus was fired from his library job for, among other reasons, relocating books to an altered, "modernized" Dewey Decimal System. His job loss only increased the loudness of the voices. Stanislaus could think of only one way to silence the voices, reorganize their burial locations into an orderly system. Thus he created a "library of souls" by imposing a library shelf system over a map of Gotham City and relocating those bodies for whom he could learn their professions. Soon after his start, he got the idea of adding leather jackets, as "jackets" are often used to protect books, and adding their proper classification numbers. When the cemeteries became too secure to continue, Stanislaus moved to creating his own corpses. His actions have diminished the voices in his head.
Batman, meanwhile, has theorized much the same system and has created a map of Gotham using the Dewey Decimal System. He realizes that the most recently killed were killed in numerical order and begins patrolling the area of the next likely number. He encounters Stanislaus dropping off his latest victim but Stanislaus blows up his vehicle endangering innocents and escapes while Batman rescues them. All the while, something bothers him about the numbers on the jackets. Jenny is also troubled and realizes that the sportsman was seemingly misnumbered. Jenny recalls a former employee, Stanislaus Johns, who had tried to alter the Dewey System and similarly used different numbers for the sports books. Suspecting there may be a connection, she looks up his address on her computer and goes to his house. He captures her intending to make her his next victim but gleefully recounts his story to her. Jenny keeps him talking long enough for Batman to arrive and rescue her. Batman also realized the numbers were off and returned to the library where he discovered Jenny's computer with Stanislaus' file still on the screen. Batman captures Stanislaus and summons the police.
Vera Cantor dated the Beast, during the early days of the X-Men. At one time she was the roommate of Zelda, one of Iceman's former girlfriends. A rather shy librarian, she had changed her style radically when McCoy met her again during his days with X-Factor, becoming a political activist, amongst others for the pro-mutant cause.
A winged monkey from the Oz tales, Bufkin acts as Fabletown's librarian and thus is generally found in the cavernous business office, where he both works and sleeps. Close to Boy Blue, he hid for a week when his friend left for the Homelands, thinking that he would be blamed for not stopping him. Bufkin lacks wisdom, is occasionally mischievous and is prone to drinking heavily, but nevertheless is generally a good worker and rarely complains. During the events of "Storybook Love", when everybody was out of the office, Bufkin came to the conclusion that he was now in charge and decided to rename Fabletown Bufkintown, a change that only lasted as long as it took somebody else to find out about it. He apparently reads a lot of the books in the library, and it is suggested that he has learned skills like lockpicking from this.
Penny, a library receptionist, is hopelessly, helplessly in love with her boss, John K. Her infatuation becomes obsession when she discovers that the object of her affections leads a double life as a slumlord. Obsession turns to disenchantment, then to horror as Penny discovers one of John K.'s disgruntled tenants practices voodoo in her spare time - with Guess Who as the unsuspecting recipient? Penny Moran Van Horn's The Librarian is a romance/horror story with a disquieting edge, engagingly told in a stark woodcut style reminiscent of Moran's fellow Weirdo artist Krystine Kryttre.
Lena is Lex Luthor's younger sister. Lena and Lex's parents change their last name to "Thorul" (an anagram of Luthor) after Lex turns bad, further explaining to the infant Lena that her brother has perished in a mountain-climbing accident.
In February 1961 Lena meets Lois Lane while working as a librarian in "the New England town of Cardiff." Researching an article on witchcraft, Lois is struck by Lena's resemblance to Louella Thompson, an ancient witch; Lois resolves to write a story about Lena as a result. However, after a string of eerie coincidences, including the disappearance of her camera and typewriter, Lois becomes convinced that Lena is the reincarnation of the witch and has put a curse on her. Investigating with Clark Kent, Lois hears of Lex Luthor's escape from prison. Later, when Lois and Clark (as Superman) confront Luthor, the arch-criminal tells the story of his sister's life and confesses to trying to frighten Lois remotely, "using fantastic rays." Exposed, Luthor makes a strange appeal: "Let me continue to protect Lena from the stigma of being exposed as Luthor's sister! It's the only decent thing I've ever done!" Please ...!!" ("Superman's Girlfriend, Lois Lane" No. 23/2: "The Curse of Lena Thorul!").
The Escapist is a fictional comic character, as created in the novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon. After the success of Superman, comic publishers are looking for lightning to strike twice and so two struggling young creators come up with Tom Mayflower, the Escapist. A liberator of those who cannot so easily shrug their own shackles in this world.
"The Escapist" comic series was released four years after the novel and shows 'actual' old strips of Escapist fun and glory. Chabon adds some mythos to the pile, as do Howard Chaykin, Kyle Baker, Jim Starlin, Dan Brereton, Gene Colan, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Kevin McCarthy. It's an anthology series of the Escapist through the years.
Miss Judy Dark, Luna Moth's alter ego, is a mousy, spectacles-wearing librarian who works in the basement of the Empire City Public Library. But one weird night, as Miss Dark is on her way home to a solitary dinner with nothing but the radio for company, she catches a couple of crooks in the act of stealing an ancient and magical text. She grabs the books from their hands, runs, a gun gets fired, a wireline falls into a puddle of water, and a powerful surge of energy races from the book's golden cover into Judy Dark's slender frame.
Poof! In one magical instant, Judy Dark is transformed from a mousy librarian into Luna Moth, Mistress of the Night, a flying creature with massive, translucent green wings and massive breasts plus an otherwise perfect body needless to say. She has become a warrior goddess who flies around, stops criminals by zapping them with green energy rays, and doesn't really know how to control the unbridled force of her lusty imagination. It's a classic good girl turns bad girl turns good girl scenario, guaranteed to give young comic-book readers a sexual thrill.
Like all the Elders of the Universe, The Possessor's origin is lost in antiquity. What is known is that he is one of the oldest living beings in the universe, having been a member of one of the first of the universe's races to become sentient in the wake of the Big Bang. Virtually immortal, Kamo Tharnn has spent the eons since his self-awareness engaged in the pursuit and recording of all the knowledge of the universe. Eventually Tharnn founded a huge university and library on the planet Rus, and transferred the vast store of information he accumulated to a huge master computer. He then opened the doors of the academy of learning to knowledge-seekers from anywhere in the universe. Within a century, his institution of advanced knowledge was filled with scholars, students, and researchers from over a thousand different intelligent star-faring races.
For untold millennia, Kamo Tharnn was content to be the master librarian and chief administrator of the university, until finally one of the many research assistants brought to him an alien artifact of immense power called the Runestaff. Excited by such a find, Tharnn asked to examine the artifact to record the properties for the master computer personally. The researcher had already devoted a great deal of time and effort mastering the Runestaff's properties and did not want Tharnn to take credit for its discovery, and so refused him. Violence erupted, and Tharnn slew the researcher.
The senseless act unhinged the sanity of the usually peaceful master librarian, and he began to experiment with the Runestaff with reckless abandon. One of the properties of the Runestaff is the manipulation of life forces, and Tharnn accidentally dispatched the hundreds of thousands of students and faculty on his planet into the limbo-like pocket dimension "inside" the staff. Driven further insane by the ruin of everything he had strove for over the eons, Tharnn, now calling himself the Possessor of the Runestaff, presided over the still planet, paranoid that someone would come and take away from him his last remaining possession. The planet's edifices soon fell into disrepair, the master computer ceased to function, and a furry pre-intelligent humanoid race began to breed wildly and overrun the planet Rus.
Rabbi Rava was a Polish librarian living in Prague. He immigrated to the United States and lived in Brooklyn during the Depression era. Rabbi Rava had translated a copy of a mystical text known as the Sefer Yetzirah and used it in the creation of a golem in 1932. Along with his friend Alice Cohen, Rava sent the golem to avenge the death of Alice's lover Peter. Rava himself was later murdered by gangsters. He was buried in the Journey's End Cemetery in Brooklyn.
Wolverine enters Tokyo and looks around a bit. He hitchhikes on a truck and makes it to the town Torikana. He walks over to a library and the friendly clerk greets him, asking if she can be of service. Logan asks the woman if she has the book "Ghost of Japan – the Lost Rituals of Kanaguri." Ms. Tanaka says that's an unusual volume and is only borrowed out to locals only. She explains that they've got a lot of outsiders who consider it nothing to keep a book for their own purposes. Wolverine understands.
And yet, he follows, it seems that a copy of this particular book is missing. Logan admits that he checked Tanaka's loan tags but he is unable to locate the name of the borrower. Logan asks Tanaka if she would be kind enough to inform this person, if he or she would return soon, that they mistakenly left the book in his position. Logan tells the woman his name, and says that they can contact him if they have any further question. Logan stops talking and places the book back in the shelves.
Miss Tanaka isn't impressed and says that they've had countless of American reporters sniffing around the same story. She explains that the Kanaguri Cult became defunct over twelve hundred years ago, if they ever existed at all. Nobody knows for sure. Mrs. Tanaka notices that Logan doesn't seem to understand it. She mocks that everything Japanese is alien to him. And yet, Logan seems to fit his "homogenous" culture all for the sake of a story. Tanaka tells Logan that he can better go home, because he won't find anything here that can feed his fantasies. Wolverine walks out, but tells Mrs. Tanaka that he remembers her great-grandfather: Yoshiro Tanaka. And he recalls saying Yoshiro saying the same thing to him when Logan first met the man.
"MU is based on the Mu Online game that is hugely popular in Asia right now with 45 million players. But I want to emphasize that you don't need to know anything about the game to understand the comic (though, if you want to play the game you can download it free at muonline.com). We've gone to great lengths to make MU accessible to everyone. If you're a fantasy fan, and especially if you're a fantasy fan who's looking for a story that's a bit more layered and harder edged than most out there, this is a book you will enjoy.
"MU is a fantasy epic starring a fairly unlikely main character, a librarian named Icarus Estro. Deep in the libraries of the wizard city Arukar, Icarus discovered a long forgotten tome that prophesizes the return of the dark god Secneum. The problem is that the rest of the wizards consider Icarus something of a nut, he predicts the apocalypse about once a year, so they don't really believe him. But this time Icarus is right and it's up to him to stop the end of the world which, as we all know, isn't easy even for your average god-like hero, much less a guy who's only used to wielding a quill and knows spells to move books, not shoot fireballs. Icarus is in way over his head, but he's Mu's only hope.
"Toss in a thousand year old legend of triumph and sacrifice, a misguided rogue who's on the run from his future, an arrogant king convinced Mu should bow to him a lot of big, gory action and that's MU. It's going to be a lot of fun.
Real Name: Elijah "Eli" Bradley
First Appearance: Young Avengers #1 (2005)
Occupation: Adventurer, high school student, part time librarian at The New York Public Library
Archie Comics Chairman and Publisher Michael Silberkleit and Vice President Fred Mausser attended the Saratoga Springs meeting of the New York State Library Association to talk about Archie Comics' Library Program. At the convention a raffle was held, with the winner appearing in a future issue of Archie Comics. Lenora Martin, the school librarian for Bell Top Elementary, was the winner and is featured in Betty & Veronica Double Digest 157, on sale now!
In a story by George Gladir with art by Dan Parent, Betty & Veronica are going to look at Colleges in Upstate New York when their car breaks down in front of Bell Top Elementary School. At the school Leonora Martin gives the girls a tour of Bell Top. Writer George Gladir said, "It's a fun story and Leonora is a very nice person. She sent a CD with about 20 pictures of herself and her school." This was very helpful to artist Dan Parent, who used the photos to accurately depict the school. Leonora Martin, the real-life school librarian turned Betty & Veronica co-star, stated, "Everyone at the school is very excited. About half the students have ordered copies of the comic."
Real Name: Annika
Affiliation: Genoshan Excalibur
Base of Operations: Genosha
A mutant and former librarian who joined the Genoshan Excalibur along with Broadband.
She is a living repository of human knowledge.
Lo! A mighty prophet of the unexplained has come forward to search out the truth and light the way for mankind! It's the end of the 19th century and the city of New York has been plagued by fish falling from the sky, strange lights in the night, bizarre collections of microbial goo, and vanishing citizens! It's up to one man to expose the truth behind these events... Charles Fort! A mild mannered librarian by day, Fort seeks out the truth and exposes the bizarre to the light of day!
Many years ago Marjorie Brink had a brief relationship with Dr. Stephen Strange. Years later after Stephen was gone from her life she began to eat a lot, but she never gained weight although she really tried to. She also didn't get stronger when she exercised and all her injuries healed amazingly quickly. Marjorie realized that she had a completely self-correcting body and therefore she was immortal. She tested her immortality further by taking poison or by starving herself and it didn't kill her. She never had the courage to shoot herself or to jump from a building, but she wouldn't have done the other things if she had thought that they would kill her. She accepted her fate and became a librarian because there she had the chance to read all the books she ever wanted to read.
One day Stephen Strange searched for a special book in a library. He asked the librarian if they had it and realized that the librarian was his former girlfriend Marjorie Brink who hadn't aged a day since he last saw her. She was also surprised to see Stephen and invited him to her place. Stephen asked her why she was dying her hair gray and she began to tell him her story. Afterwards she told Strange that she had heard that he had become a mystic and hoped that he could explain her fate to her. Stephen changed into Dr. Strange and transformed a soap bubble into a solid crystal ball. He told Marjorie to touch it together with him so he could show her the future, but for an unexplained reason they were transported to the future. They were still on Earth, but Marjorie saw the planet Jupiter taking up half of the sky. Soldiers in armor landed near them with their leader and Dr. Strange wanted to fight them off, but Marjorie stopped him when she heard the leaders' voice because it was her own voice. She listened to her future counterpart telling the story of this Earth and watched her fight off demonic beings together with Dr. Strange. She saw how heroic she was in the future and how she led mankind to their final battle. Marjorie returned with Dr. Strange to the present and asked Stephen if the things they saw were real. He told her that this was a taste of what might be in the future. Marjorie had new faith in her life and was ready to live for centuries if there was the chance that she was really needed in the future.
Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose #58
Written and drawn by Jim Balent
Colors and letters by Holly G!
It's an action-packed issue of Tarot as Raven Hex fights her way into the Library of Magick. You'll find everything you tend to expect from an issue of Tarot: mystical battles, sexy women and a nice little PSA that'd make the Joe team proud.
First, it's a battle between Raven Hex, Raven Grimassi and his wife. That name may or may not mean anything to you, but Grimassi is a renowned author of numerous books on Wicca and Witchcraft. Within the world of Tarot, he's also the keeper of the Library of Magick and, alongside his wife, more than a match for Raven Hex.
Then, of course, there's the pulchritudinous protagonist, the voluptuous villainess, and the varied and assorted other female forms filling the backgrounds. Speaking of which (Witch?), some of these forms are downright devilish, and there's even a case of demonic vagina dentata!
Finally, there's our life lesson, this time delivered by the guest du jour as Grimassi explains that the Library of Magick is an ethereal construct that cannot be destroyed; so long as mankind remembers the ancient magicks, they shall continue to exist.
All in all, it was exactly what an issue of Tarot should be. The Librarian was sufficiently creeptastic, and the ending with Raven Hex fit the character perfectly.
Before his transformation into the villianous Status Quo, he was a librarian in Cleveland, happy in his peacefully ordered life. His quiet existence was shattered by the arrival of hoola hoops and skateboards, and then came the joggers ("so rude in their fanatacism"). A pattern began to emerge in his mind as his hat disappeared down a storm drain, victim of a furious Frisbee. Like so many of his fellow Americans, his serene tenure on Earth was being destroyed by mindless fads. Disco music and roller-skates pounded in his ears as he tossed awake all night, and in those sleepless hours he determined to reverse the loathsome trend. He would destroy the faddists first! The Status Quo would prevail!
He would embody the status quo--stamping out fads to preserve the America that he loved so much and missed so dearly. After hours at the library, he feverishly studied Madison Avenue media manipulation and subliminal seduction techniques. Within weeks he had drawn together believers from all over Cleveland.
His fundraising brought him to New York to gather new adherents, to raze Madison Avenue brick by brick.
He considered targeting Los Angeles, but due to limited funding for transportation he decided on New York instead. Seeking the status quo for transportation, he took a taxi, hiring Howard the Duck to drive all the way to Central Park in Manhattan, New York.
As they arrived in Manhattan, Status Quo shared his origins. Howard dropped him off in Central Park, and Status Quo paid him $475 for his $474.75 fare, telling him to keep the change. Howard listened to his rally, and in short order, Status Quo had drawn a large and growing crowd (which activated Spider-Man's spider-sense and attracted the wallcrawler as well). Status Quo whipped the crowd into a frenzy, encouraging them to destroy anything and anyone following any fads that disrupted the status quo. The crowd soon began to attack anyone they suspected of being a faddist, starting with Frisbee freaks, Hoola hoopers, joggers, and Disco dancers. Willing to fight fads with fads, Status Quo passed out explosive Frisbees and rocket-powered skateboards to his anti-faddists, who used them against Spider-Man as he worked to save their victims. The anti-faddists soon denounced Howard as a midget-in-a-duck-suit fad follower. Howard took off, eventually stripping naked and hiding out amongst some normal ducks in the municipal reservoir. News of the movement made it to the Rockefeller Newsroom, and they dispatched reporters to cover the story.
As Spider-Man saved a group of kids considering forming a Spider-Man fan club from the rabid anti-faddist, Howard confronted Status Quo atop Belvedere Castle. However, Status Quo quickly overpowered Howard and prepared to hurl him to his doom:
Howard: "Put me down, ya Ohio Oddball!"
Status Quo: "I will, duck! I will put you down forever!"
However, Spider-Man arrived in time and webbed Status Quo up, though he continued to spout his views as the media arrived. Howard then denounced Status Quo as an opportunist, creating yet another fad. Status Quo decided to rethink his plan, and the police took him away, intending to let him cool out under psychiatric observation.
The anti-faddists dispersed.
Miss Bishop is a librarian, featured in the "Goro: Prince of Pain" trilogy. She accompanies Abacus (a God of Order in the Mortal Kombat pantheon) in the Library of Order and endlessly aides him in maintaining and cataloging the occurrences of the universe.
She has blue skin, wears glasses and a bun in her hair, and at one point shushes Goro before saying "Young man, I'll have to ask you to be quiet."
"After forty years of a life spent on hold, Hilda Gornish wanted something for herself. That something was Herman -- but along with her man came the mother who wouldn't let him go, creating a perverse romantic triangle shattered by two women locked in 'MORTAL COMBAT'"
Eisner, Will. "Mortal Combat." [3rd story]. In His Invisible People. (Princeton: Kitchen Sink Press, 1992).
Though it is an anthology, all three stories have a common theme. The title refers to the way that in modern urban society most of us are "invisible" - nameless, faceless, unknown - to most of the people around us (neighbours, workplace associates, schoolmates). People like the homeless and the poor are easily forgotten and ignored. Some would say that Jews are invisible (because they are a minority) and others would say that librarians are invisible (people don't acknowledge us until they really need us...at five minutes to closing, yet) Eisner combines these metaphors by telling a doomed love story about 2 Jewish librarians who are made even more invisible by taking care of their ailing, opposite sex parent. When Hilda's father dies, the 40-year-old woman seeks romance in a 50-year-old male librarian (so few of these shown) named Herman who falls in love with her, but can't abandon his aged mother. She tries to adjust, but the jealous mother makes life difficult until, over the edge, she causes an explosion (or was it an accident?) that has negative consequences (can't remember who lived or died, except the son lived, but was crippled).
In the same issue (Adventure Comics No. 312) appeared the Mechanical Librarian, which helped the Legion of Super-Heroes begin a "cosmic crash-program" in an attempt to find a way to restore their deceased comrade, Lightning Lad to life:
NARRATOR: In the unique reference library in their clubhouse, the super-heroes begin a cosmic crash-program!
SUN BOY: The "Mechanical Librarian" computer is selecting out of our stored references all those dealing with the subject "Revival of Life"!
SUPERBOY: That world of the blue sun it picked out is in galactic sector AB-213 ... I'll search it for a clue!
The Mechanical Librarian seems to do a decent enough job but I'm gonna have to come out as against it. A major part of going to the library, Legionnaires, is meeting hot librarians and developing crushes on them. Duh.
Chief Librarian at the Daily Bugle
First Appearance: Marvel Team-Up #83 (1979)
Too much has been going wrong with SHIELD lately, continues Fury, and if he does not find out what is going on soon, they may not remain alive long enough to regret it. Peter Parker arrives at the Daily Bugle building and heads for the library-the "morgue"-where he asks the librarian, Maggie McCulloch, for information. The gruff lady hands him a telephone directory and tells him where to look up SHIELD's address.
In April 1990, Preservation Graphics released a sampler comic featuring the Adventures of the Incredible Librarian. Focusing on preservation rather than reference, the cover of the comic features a grim Batman saying, "Outrageous! Brittle, deteriorating paper! A most deadly threat to all of us!" The five-page story inside has our heroine emerge from her secret identity, librarian Maria Norlander-Martinez, to capture a vandal who rips pages from library books. The project was ambitious in scope, including substantial text with library tidbits and preservation information. It was also bilingual-you can flip it over and read the same material in Spanish. Unfortunately, despite promises of full issues to come, the Incredible Librarian only appeared on a lavender T-shirt and this tantalizing sample issue.
"There's a good looking librarian at work that he's had his eye on, though. She's fairly bright and Herschel enjoys her company. He's eaten lunch with her in the cafeteria several times and seemed to hit it off well. But he's been afraid to ask her out because he figured there was a good chance she'd reject him."
American Splendor #4 ("An argument at work")
Script: Harvey Pekar
Pencils: Gerry Shamray
Inks: Gerry Shamray
Letters: Gerry Shamray
Characters: Herschel; Librarian; File clerk; Supervisor
Synopsis: Herschel is turned down for a date and loses his rag with another woman.
NOTE: Herschel is Harvey Pekar. In early American Splendor stories he frequently uses stand-ins for stories about his workplace.