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Eric Ladd
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Posted: 13 May 2019 at 1:47pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Ron Frenz did a two hour interview on the Cartoonist Kayfabe channel and there is quite a bit of comic book industry history in the interview. I listened to it while I worked today and thought there were some very good stories and anecdotes from the third Buscema brother about his start in comics, what he thinks about comic art, the speculator bubble, etc. There is some very good first hand recounting of the comic industry.

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Thanks Eric! I look forward to listening. 
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"the third Buscema brother"
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are they related?
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Posted: 13 May 2019 at 10:03pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

I assumed Eric means he`s "spiritually" a third Buscema?

Thanks from me too Eric! Love Ron`s work - can`t wait to
listen to this tonite :)

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I check out Ron Frenz's latest artwork from time to time on Facebook. He really does have a great, classic style I enjoy. I know he wears his influences on his sleeve, but it's fantastic work.

As for being a third Buscema brother, that is not meant to be taken literally. Heck, Frenz is young enough to be John or Sal's son.

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The third Buscema brother comment comes from how similar Ron's style is to Sal and John's.
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Thanks for clearing that up  I was like "Wow all these years and I had no idea ."
I thought it was a situation  like Nicholas Cage being a Coppola ad not wanting to ride on someones coat tails .

Age wise it  it would be a stretch but plausible i come from a large family and the age gap from oldest to youngest is 21 years .
Pete Townsend (73) from the Who  tours with is brother Simon (58).
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Thanks for this, I'm a huge fan!
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I don't exactly know where the third Buscema brother comment comes from, who coined it or how prevalent it is in the biz. A writer friend (not comics) mentioned it once and it stuck with me.
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Thanks for that, Eric.

Always been a great fan of Frenz' Spider-Man, Thor, Thunderstrike and Superman runs.
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Link jumps in half way through. I dealt with it, just :)

Interesting interview, thanks for sharing. I liked the bit where he was talking about the specific alchemy of comics, how it engages some kind of involvement on the your part as the reader to interpret or fill in around what you are seeing on the page. Also liked his wording when talked about comics being very elastic as a medium, but Lee/Kirby hitting a sweetspot.
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Posted: 14 May 2019 at 10:45am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Kay-Zar?

Have I been mispronouncing that for all these years?
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Yeah, I was gonna say. From the first time I saw that name, I have pronounced it with equal emphasis on the two syllables and the first syllable with the same 'a' sound as bat or cat.
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I have enjoyed Ron Frenz's work on a variety of titles, including AMERICAN DREAM, A-NEXT, THE BUZZ, DARKDEVIL, SPIDER-GIRL, SPIDER-MAN and THUNDERSTRIKE. Sometimes it seems as though he and Tom DeFalco are joined at the hip!
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I know a number of people that mispronounce the name "Ka-Zar." And the reason I know it's being mispronounced is that there was a pronunciation key in his very first appearance in (Uncanny) "X-Men" #10.




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Iím about 20 minutes into this. Itís fantastic! Thanks for sharing!
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I have always pronounced Ka-zar as KAY-zar but don't always trust my comics pronunciations because I used to say Mag-NET-o instead of Mag-Neat-O.
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Wow. I have been pronouncing it wrong all along. And I realise there's a very good chance I have been mispronouncing Zabu in my head as well.

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Frenz is saying Kay-SAR
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I love most all of Frenz's work, but who else could have taken over THOR after Simonson left and done such an incredible job?  His run there was just outstanding.

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The one actual comic page I own is pencilled by Ron Frenz. So I'll definitely be checking that interview out when I have more time.

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Fun interview!
I get flashes of John Goodman when watching him.

...and yes, I'm in the group of Ka-Zar mispronouncers.
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Iím a little past halfway. This is one of the best interviews ever. He seems like he would be super cool to hang with. 

He seems to prefer his Thor work, but heíll always be ďRon Frenz, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN artistĒ to me. He started on it right as I was hitting my stride as a collector and his run with DeFalco is definitive to me. He speaks of doing a Kirby pastiche on THOR, but I really would prefer his regular style. Especially when Sinnott started on inks. 

Also, very interesting that he and DeFalco got checks for Hope VanDyne being in the movies. Hopefully, Marvel treated JB the same way with Scott Lang and Rhodey. 
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 Brian Miller wrote:
...Frenz is saying Kay-SAR...

Yep. That's how the pronunciation key has it in "X-Men" #10, which I linked to in my above post. 

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... you slipped that link in later...
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