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Elizabeth Sandifer

Elizabeth Sandifer created Eruditorum Press. She’s not really sure why she did that, and she apologizes for the inconvenience. She currently writes Last War in Albion, a history of the magical war between Alan Moore and Grant Morrison. She used to write TARDIS Eruditorum, a history of Britain told through the lens of a ropey sci-fi series. She also wrote Neoreaction a Basilisk, writes comics these days, and has ADHD so will probably just randomly write some other shit sooner or later. Support Elizabeth on Patreon.


  1. Austin G Loomis
    December 18, 2023 @ 5:46 pm

    Neil Gaiman, who by this time had become a comics megastar on the back of his DC series Sandman (

    You charming madwoman, you’re really going to do the promised parenthetical, aren’t you?


  2. Alexander Rose
    December 18, 2023 @ 7:42 pm

    Aw man, no quotes
    Great article tho


  3. Rei Maruwa
    December 19, 2023 @ 4:56 am

    Sounds like the perfect time for me to reread and actually finish Sandman, which I’d sure love to do if I had any idea which box my oversized, barely-transportable copies were at the bottom of 🙁


  4. Muir Douglas
    December 20, 2023 @ 8:46 am

    “McFarlane will appear in the War later as a more malevolent figure,”

    — self-indulgent man-child, given fame and money, does not go in a good direction shock.

    That said, thanks for this! It fills in a lot of stuff that I never knew (and that isn’t, I think, well known generally).

    It’s a bit funny to think that without Deni Sim running the backup stories in Cerebus, we probably wouldn’t have Jim Valentino, and without Valentino we probably wouldn’t have Robert Kirkman or Brian Michael Bendis. You can argue with an absolutely straight face that Deni gave us The Walking Dead and Jessica Jones.

    Anyway. Valentino always seemed the most likable / least problematic of the Image Five. Unsurprisingly, he also seems to have been the least successful, though one assumes he did at least okay. Brief googling suggests he’s been silent for most of the last decade, but then he’s over 70 now and may simply be enjoying a quiet retirement.

    Doug M.


  5. D.N.
    December 20, 2023 @ 9:43 am

    “McFarlane subsequently moved to Marvel where, in 1988, he took over art ditoes on Amazing Spider-Man, injecting the character with a newfound dynamism through a series of small but substantial design decisions—expanding the eye holes on Spider-Man’s costume, and reworking how his webs were drawn into something more detailed, so that as Spider-Man zipped about the city he left an intricate, dynamic tangle of detailed web behind him.”

    Something worth pointing out: interviewed in 1992 for WIZARD magazine, Todd McFarlane freely admitted that a lot of the things he was credited with he didn’t invent, he merely popularised. I never thought much of this until years later when I caught up on some pre-McFarlane back-issues of Spider-Man and I realised that McFarlane was almost certainly influenced by artist Arthur Adams, who provided a visual conception of Spider-Man with a large-eyed mask, webbing with more detailed strands, and more contorted poses while web-swinging, before McFarlane supposedly bucked Spider-Man’s John Romita Sr visual hegemony of the previous 20 years. Check out WEB OF SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #2, published in June 1986 – approximately 1½ years before McFarlane’s first published Spider-Man work. McFarlane got a regular gig on the flagship Spider-Man title, so he got the recognition, but Adams’ lesser-seen miscellaneous Spidey assignments were a likely influence.


  6. Christopher Brown
    April 13, 2024 @ 9:08 pm

    …Is there actually a figure in the War who comes across as more bitter and stuck in the past than Don Simpson?


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