The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Art of the Panel: Dell #1

from Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965)
(Artists unknown; 1966)


Tempest said...

Kirby would have drawn a more muscular Adlai striding into the UN behind a phalanx of helmeted NCO's with tommy-guns yelling "MAKE WAY!!"

eh-itsa Dell.

erik hogstrom said...

When does he strip down to his cape and tights? "ADLAI powers... activate!"

mister muleboy said...

I always assumed I was the only boy in the world ever to own or read this.

What I can't recall -- did they show a hole in his sole in the "death" panel?

And am I mistaken, or did the death panel leave the impression he died in New York? I know that Stevenson died in London, but my recollection was that the comic confused me as a kid.

I'm sad to admit that I've already spent hours discussing this mag with a pal o' mine already.

I have no life. . . .

Vanwall said...

Emotions were for lesser beings.

Fred said...

It's interesting to note that Adlai's death set in motion a chain of events that led to Warren Burgher becoming chief justice of the Supreme Court. Upon Adlai's death, LBJ convinced Arthur Goldberg to step down from the Supreme Court to assume the post of UN ambassador, so that LBJ could replace Goldberg on the Court with his pal Abe Fortas. In '68, Earl Warren told LBJ he wanted to retire and LBJ nominated Abe Fortas to be the next chief justice, but this nomination was blocked by a fillibuster. Before LBJ could make another nomination, Nixon won the '68 election, and, following his inauguration, nominated Burgher to be the next chief justice. As for Fortas, he was forced to resign from the Supreme Court and was eventually replaced by Harry Blackmun.