Mr. A debuted in 1967, in the third issue of Witzend, a collection of more artistically fulfilling side projects by mainstream comics professionals led by Wally Wood. In his very first panel, the Objectivist hero addresses his readers directly, stating his case that in moral life, there are no shades of gray, only evil or good, black or white. The hero stares at us, blank, emotionless. There’s a montage around him showing that his calm face is actually a metal mask, and that evil is truly disgusting. At the story’s end, Mr. A. beats up a nasty juvenile delinquent, ironically named Angel, and then allows the kid to fall to his death from a city rooftop.
- Pat Barrett [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen
on Sep 22, 2012 -
"We were wondering if you would petition to be emancipated," he said in his lawyer voice.
"What does that mean?" I asked, picking at the mauve paint on my hands. I later discovered that for most kids, declaring emancipation is an extreme measure -- something you do if your parents are crack addicts or deadbeats.
"You would need to become financially independent," he said. "You could work for me at my law firm and pay rent to live here."
This was my moment of truth as an objectivist. If I believed in the glory of the individual, I would've signed the petition papers then and there. But as much as Rand's novels had taught me to believe in meritocracy, they had not prepared me to go it alone financially and emotionally. I began to cry and refused.
posted by fernabelle
on Apr 15, 2011 -
The pictures show a lovely celebration. A crowd of 100 or so is seated on a well-groomed lawn in front of a trim orchestra and a grand old plantation house. A retired astronaut has been flown in to address the group. Late in the day, two hot-air balloons skim the dusky sky. That fall day in 2007 seemed an auspicious start for a college with only five professors and 10 students. But as the year wore on, the students, professors, and staff members became convinced that it was a sign of something else entirely: an elaborate facade.
The brief rise and rapid fall of Founders College
, an experiment
posted by Horace Rumpole
on Nov 30, 2010 -
Co-creator of Spider-Man
, Steve Ditko
is famous for weird
, distinctive art
, his 1966 departure from Marvel Comics
, and granting very few interviews in
the course of his decades
, preferring to let creations
such as The Creeper
, the Objectivism
-inspired Mr. A
, and Squirrel Girl
speak for him.
Okay, Squirrel Girl not so much.
turns the spotlight on the artist in the BBC4 documentary
, In Search of Steve Ditko
. Did they find him?
Well, that's The Question
, isn't it?
posted by Alvy Ampersand
on Sep 23, 2007 -
The Ayn Rand Institute
held their yearly confab
in Telluride, CO, near the purported location of the fiction Gault's Gulch of Atlas Shrugged
, celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of the most turgid novels of all time. Part of the program included a panel of academics discussing their experiences "as objectivists." The Chronicle
of Higher Education reports on the state of objectivism in academe. Rand Grants
are up, tenure
is tendentious, and a for-profit Founders Institute
appears to be foundering. (more inside)
posted by beelzbubba
on Jul 14, 2007 -