Thursday, May 8, 2008
R.I P. Jim Mooney (1919 - 2008); Out-Of-Control LEOs
Okay...Jim Mooney was the preeminent artist of SUPERGIRL for DC Comics, but that was not my first exposure to Jim's work. I, like many other kids growing up, was a Spider-Man aficionado. He inked AMAZING SPIDER-MAN over John Romita, Sr. and John Buscema. He also alternated between penciling and inking PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN. He also provided the art for the flashback story in SUPREME #47, starring Sally Crane, Ethan Crane's sister and secretly SUPREMA, the Maid of Might! It's actually a great story (and with Alan Moore as the writer, you get nothing less!), with Satana as her evil nemesis and a great twist on the Devil in the Lord Sin, who is a gestalt of the seven deadly sins in one being. Read it - you'll like it!
Jim, I fondly remember PPTSS #s 32-34, featuring the Lizard-Iguana battles, and the first indication that some lizardliness would come Spidey's way...which it did in PPTSS #s 39-40 (39 drawn by John Romita, Jr. and inked by Jim!) - a great battle which displayed not only Peter Parker's courage, but also his scientific acumen. This is one of the things I felt I had in common with the quintessential bookworm, Peter Parker. Jim...you made those adventures shine for me, and you will be remembered fondly.
Now for the bad stuff:
Looks like a half-field soccer game, eh?