“Super,” “Fantastic,” and “Batty”? — Milestones All Around!

It was a gala event, an anniversary for DC Comics’ signature hero, and the creative team made sure to announce it to the world.

When Superman number 100 hit the newsstands in the late summer of 1955, the title had been going strong for sixteen years, and the character (introduced in Action Comics number 1, in 1938) for seventeen.

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The 100th issue would serve as a celebration of what the cover proudly proclaimed to be the “World’s Greatest Adventure Character!”

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In 1955, this sort of special anniversary issue was a new phenomenon, in part because the comic book industry had yet to become the collectible gold mine it would morph into several decades hence, but also because most titles simply hadn’t been around long enough to feature major anniversary issues.  But the celebration of the Man of Steel’s status kicked off a trend in the industry.

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The following year, it was Batman’s turn.  The Caped Crusader’s title hit number 100 in the spring of 1956, and just as with Superman, Batman’s title was celebrating sixteen years at the time issue number 100 rolled around.  (The character of Batman had been around one year longer, introduced in 1939 with Detective Comics number 27.)

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Once again, DC pulled out all the stops.  “Batty” stuff indeed . . .

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Meanwhile, and several years later, another powerhouse in the comic book field–Marvel Comics–was marking the anniversaries of some of its signature titles:  The Amazing Spider-Man, The Avengers, The X-Men, and Mitchell Brant‘s favorite, The Fantastic Four. All hit their 100th issue in the early and mid 1970s.  By this time, it was fully expected that such a milestone issue would be celebrated with pomp and circumstance . . .

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The stories housed within these special anniversary issues may or may not have been among the best of the genre.  In some ways, it didn’t matter.  More than anything, a title’s 100th issue represented a benchmark, a reminder, if you will, that the heroes had been able to stand the test of time and that the writers and artists involved still possessed a passion for storytelling and a desire to press on.

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I began The Eye-Dancers blog in the summer of 2012, a complete novice to the blogosphere.  If you were to look up the word “blogging newbie” that summer, my picture probably would have been looking back at you.

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(Okay, so putting my kindergarten picture here is probably a bit of an exaggeration.  Chalk it up to poetic license!)

I remember feeling overwhelmed and confused as I launched the blog.  I was about to release The Eye-Dancers, the novel, and I knew I wanted to “get the word out,” but how would I manage to do that?  And how many original posts would I be able to come up with?

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So I thought about it, and struggled through the first few months, still grasping for blogging ideas, flailing and poking and writing posts that I doubted anyone other than myself would read.  I’d hit the Publish button and imagine the words drifting outward, not to other bloggers, but to some nowhere zone at the center of a lost cyber-galaxy, an eternally hungry black hole that feasted on unread sentences and paragraphs.

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But then I would see a Like appear, and before long a few intrepid fellow bloggers began to follow the blog.  Very few at first, but their support filled me with enthusiasm and optimism.  Someone out there was reading my words.  Encouraged, I again thought about what I could do, how I could potentially blog for the long haul.  And I decided–why not just write about things that interest me?  Sure, I would want them to tie in to The Eye-Dancers, the novel, in some way, but even so, the possibilities seemed endless.  I dove in, and a remarkable thing happened.  The insecurity lessened, the ideas started to arrive in waves, and I had a blast!  It was fun.  And more surprising still, more and more bloggers began following The Eye-Dancers.  Suddenly that black hole I had initially imagined disappeared, and an ongoing and wonderful adventure kicked into high gear.

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And now, four years after its inception, The Eye-Dancers blog has reached 5,000 followers. If someone had told me in the summer of 2012 that, by 2016, The Eye-Dancers would be fortunate enough to acquire such a following, I wouldn’t have believed it possible.  But that’s been the great thing about these four years.  The WordPress community welcomed me with open arms, and things just continued to get better and better.

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Then again, there’s no need for me to break out the past tense here.  I’m not going anywhere.  The sequel to The Eye-Dancers–as long as the literary stars stay aligned–will be due to come out during the early portion of 2017, and I will certainly be blogging about that, as well as many other things, in the months ahead.

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It is my great hope that you all will continue to read and follow these ramblings and ruminations of mine.  Certainly, The Eye-Dancers doesn’t compare with the great superhero icons and their anniversaries from yesteryear, but your ongoing encouragement has often been as much a tonic for me as any radioactive spider bite or red Kryptonian sunlight.  You are the reason this blog is so enjoyable for me, and you are without a doubt the reason The Eye-Dancers blog is still going strong four years in.  I can’t thank you enough for all your support over these past four years.  You are all the best.

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Thanks so much for reading, and I can’t wait to get started on the next four years!

–Mike

44 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. laurelwolfelives
    Aug 18, 2016 @ 18:12:43

    Congrats! 5000 followers is nothing to sneeze at!
    I know I’ll be following…and reading…and wishing good things! 🙂

    Reply

  2. Stacey
    Aug 18, 2016 @ 18:15:33

    congratulations or reaching 5000 followers!!! That is awesome. I just started about a week ago, I am having a blast. I know the followers will come. I am enjoying writing my short stories so much. I am excited just to have a story to post. Again, congratulations and looking forward to reading more posts.

    Reply

  3. Donna Gwinnell Lambo-Weidner
    Aug 18, 2016 @ 21:44:50

    SUPERb! 5,000! YAY! Cheers to the next 5,000 🙂

    Reply

  4. desertdweller29
    Aug 18, 2016 @ 22:43:56

    Well done! And adorable newbie pic. I think I had pig tails in mine!

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  5. Dragthepen
    Aug 19, 2016 @ 00:44:37

    Love, love your blog. I was a big fan of comic books.

    Reply

  6. jjspina
    Aug 19, 2016 @ 01:49:12

    Congrats, Mike! Look forward to your book and more great posts! 😀

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  7. maguinolbay
    Aug 19, 2016 @ 02:41:45

    hehehe I love the kindergarten picture! I used to collect these comic books. Thanks for the informative post.

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  8. Daisy in the Willows
    Aug 19, 2016 @ 07:11:45

    Congrats. Emailed this to my mate – he owns a comic book store in U.K. -He has just been in hospital and I thought this would cheer him up. It did! 🙂

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  9. Jai
    Aug 19, 2016 @ 09:32:59

    Congratulations Mike! 5000 followers is no joke. Keep ’em coming! 🙂

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  10. Sue Dreamwalker
    Aug 19, 2016 @ 13:35:56

    love that childhood photo.. Congratulations Mike I think you have most certainly grown in all walks of your life.. I am sure the next four years will fly by..
    Have a wonderful weekend
    Sue

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  11. imaginenewdesigns12
    Aug 20, 2016 @ 00:14:57

    I would like to congratulate you too, Mike. I have enjoyed following your blog and exchanging comments with you. I had similar feelings of uncertainty about what to write when I first started blogging too. Now I have become so busy in my “real” life that I will be happy just to keep my blogs going and stay in touch with my WordPress friends. Good luck with the sequel to The Eye-Dancers, and I hope that you will continue to enjoy blogging. 🙂

    And thank you for liking “Escape.”

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  12. valorydegree
    Aug 20, 2016 @ 04:58:12

    Congratulations on your 5,000 reader milestone! And your kindergarten picture is really sweet, it made me smile.

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  13. Mary J. McCoy-Dressel
    Aug 20, 2016 @ 21:09:09

    Believe it when you hear 5000 followers is a big deal, Mike. Congratulations to you. It’s easy to see why you have so many. 🙂 Such a cute kindergarten photo.

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  14. Lyn
    Aug 21, 2016 @ 11:02:58

    Looking forward to E. D.2 with great anticipation 🙂

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  15. Karina Pinella
    Aug 26, 2016 @ 04:12:00

    Darn good with 5,000 followers. You can say you’re a super blogger. It’s your blog, and you can say it while crying (with joy) if you want to.

    Reply

  16. carolineturriff
    Aug 27, 2016 @ 09:48:30

    Congratulations on your 5,000 followers. I so relate to this post. I too started blogging just over a year ago primarily to promote my novel and to kill time while I was waiting to hear from agents about the novel. But then the blog took on a life of its own and completely overtook the novel. Now I’ve had 30,000 hits on the blog and have turned it into a memoir agents are interested and the memoir is with a top publisher. Good luck for the sequel and your continued blogging.

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  17. patriciaruthsusan
    Sep 07, 2016 @ 10:57:14

    Congratulations on your 5,000 followers, Mike. I hope the next four years are just as successful if not more so. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  18. D. Wallace Peach
    Sep 07, 2016 @ 12:12:23

    A fun post. I remember all those comic books from my childhood. My brothers and I had stacks of them. Congrats on 5000 followers and another book on the way. Blogging is something that grows slowly and all of a sudden one isn’t a newbie anymore. Here’s to another 4 years 🙂

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  19. Christy B
    Sep 12, 2016 @ 18:16:25

    Way to go, Mike! More fans will continue to come your way with the next book and you’ll soon have 5,000 more!! I’ll be here to support you and so will all of these people commenting here 🙂

    Reply

    • The Eye-Dancers
      Sep 12, 2016 @ 18:27:48

      Thanks so much, Christy! Honestly, I spent last night wrestling with the latest chapter in my sequel to The Eye-Dancers and was feeling a bit crabby today.:) But your message has lifted my spirits a thousandfold! In a nutshell, you made my day.:)

      Reply

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