Reaction to the Sunday New York Times story about Frank Miller’s Will Eisner’s The Spirit film, this posted on the popular site “” This is just one, but I picked it out because Mike Gold is well known among comics pros for his many years working at DC. I also interviewed him for my biography, Will Eisner: A Spirited Life, and I know of his devotion to Eisner:

Mike Gold (11:31 AM on Tue Jul 22, 2008)
I can live with eliminating Ebony — he’s a difficult character to get across today, to say the least. But despite my affection for Frank’s work, everything I’ve seen promoting this movie, including the most recent trailer, makes me very, very trepidatious.

I can understand the studio promoting it as Sin City The Masked Generation, but after a couple of trailers and lots of ads and convention stuff, as an Eisner fan I’m worried. I’m with Mike Weber: everything I’ve heard and read about Ellison’s screenplay (including from Harlan’s numerous mentions) makes me wish somebody with a similar approach made the movie.

But wait — there’s more! On Heidi MacDonald’s PWComics blog, “The Beat,” the vitriol keeps flowing…

  1. toby Says:
    07/21/08 at 12:54 pm

    It’s official. Frank Miller has become the M. Night Shyamalan of comics.

    Just the mention of his name incites nothing but vitriol from fans these days. Not that I’m any kind of Miller fan, but I can’t help feeling bad for him (and M. Night.)

    When/How did this happen? What was the turning point? I still remember the days when nothing but hyperbolic praise would flow at the mention of Miller. It was that interview he did for NPR when he rambled incoherently about 9/11, wasn’t it?