The Gerber Curse is an anonymously written online biography of the famed writer. Three chapters are up and more are planned. It’s fascinating reading, with historical background and analysis of Gerber’s best known works. According to the mysterious author:
The Gerber Curse is a work in progress. As of this writing, there are three chapters covering Steve Gerber’s life and work up to 1978. More information and illustrations may be added to these chapters in the future, or some information may be deleted or altered. There’s still another 30 years to cover. Chapter 4 will deal with Stewart the Rat, Destroyer Duck, Gerber’s work in animation, and his lawsuit (with Destroyer Lawyer in his corner) against Marvel Comics over the ownership of Howard the Duck.
Steve Gerber was one of the first authors (in any medium) to make a real impression on me (like, “I’ve got to read more by THIS GUY”). When I foolishly sold most of my comic books in the 80s, Gerber’s work constituted the majority of what I hung onto (Howard, Omega, Guardians of the Galaxy, Defenders). Thanks for the link.
It’s bitterly ironic that like Howard, Omega and the Guardians, his last published work (Doctor Fate in “Countdown to Mystery”) remains unfinished, but it’s as good as anything he ever wrote, and is essential reading for any of his fans (or future fans).
Hm, could the anonymous writer be Gerber himself?
I think the writing would be a little more snappy and a lot less recitative if it had been written by SG. Also, Gerber passed away last year.
Gerber was the first Marvel maverick genius. Everything he wrote was just a bit skewed from the norm. His time on mainstream titles like the Defenders and Captain America were 70’s highlights and Howard the Duck is an unparalleled wonder as relevant as the Freak Brothers were to the sixties. His mind and storytelling are sorely missed in this day and age and the comics world is left without anyone like him.
His run on Defenders is as good as anything Marvel published in the 70s. That and Omega really anticipated a lot of the “real world re-imagining” of superheroes that flourished in the 80s.
My first guess for the bio site would have been Mark Evanier, who’s been (sporadically) maintaining Steve’s blog since he died, but the style doesn’t seem like his.
I don’t know who’s writing it, but I’d thank ’em if I did.
Steve Gerber was the Alan Moore of the 1970s.