View Full Version : The back of the neck is crudely inscribed...
Dec 20, '07, 10:05 AM
Well... I sat and finished the book finally last night. It is truly a fantastic and thorough reference.
I woke up this morning and the first sentence that popped into my mind was "The backs of Spider-Man necks are crudely inscribed with the legal notice, Marvel CG 1972".
I don't know why but, every chapter, every character... when I came to that sentence, I wondered if I would eventually come upon a sculpt that was "ornately" inscribed. Alas, best I recall, they were all crudely inscribed.
It's like getting a song stuck in your head.
Congrats Ben on a wonderful, wonderful book.
Dec 20, '07, 10:14 AM
Heh, it is like a mantra...I think the Alter Egos are "faintly inscribed". He doesn't miss any details, that's for sure.
Dec 20, '07, 1:24 PM
Made me think about a really nerdy tatto I could get crudely inscribed on the back of my neck ;)
Dec 20, '07, 3:13 PM
I'm sure that the guy that inscribed the molds did the best he could, we should cut him some slack. I'm sure he's reading the book right now saying ""what the $#@%?"
Dec 20, '07, 3:36 PM
Your right... It wouldn't do to criticize the guy who inscribed these head molds. I'm sure that the artist or whoever was next down the production line had to scratch the copyright info on the back of these sculpts with a pick or something.
But it was something that the book made a point of with each character... that the "neck was crudely inscribed..."
Great thread. Thanks for the giggles.
The thread really interests me because I thought a lot about redundant language. The copyright embossing on Mego heads wasn't the first such instance, either; there are many production similarities across Mego's line, and every similar instance raised the question of whether I should cleverly spin the language for variation or simply call a 'duck' a 'duck.'
There's such a contrast between the hand-scrawled copyright on each head and the precise, machine-tooled copyright on each figure's back, and that always cracked me up. For the book, it was more important for me to communicate each head's copyright information, as it is both interesting and potentially significant (e.g. Invisible Girl; see the bottom of page 202).
And something tells me the people responsible for the etchings in question are not going to see this book. :wink_y:
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