The Dynamic Duo: The Controversy Over Batman’s Creators ~ The Imaginative Conservative

While there is no excuse for Kane having lied in his 1965 open letter or for having fudged the truth in his 1989 autobiography, there is some defense of his using his name exclusively when dealing with Batman in publications. Sadly, such a muddled state of recognizing who created who and what was a central feature of the earliest comic superheroes. In a world of pseudonyms, artistic entrepreneurship, and personal studios, one person might well serve as the public name for three or four others. And, one person might even write under a variety of names, thus keeping interest in his work intense rather than overwhelming. Writers trying to make a career in New York City were legion because of the intense competition in the pulps as well as in the slicks (magazines), while good artists were relatively rare. New York, of course, housed innumerable fine artists and an equally uncountable number of commercial artists, but comics demanded artists who not only understood the limits and physics of the human (and extra-human) form, but who could produce a huge quantity of art with relatively acceptable and consistent quality. The same was even more true of editors, who more often than not served as vital figures in the creation and maintenance of publications. During the 1930s, strong editors made, thwarted, and broke writing careers. When Superman appeared, pulp editors were in a strong position, writers in a weak one, and artists in a new and precarious one.[23] While in a relatively good position to capitalize on the new super-hero comics market, pulp publishers, editors, and writers still had to create and then navigate the new market, one that demanded consistency.
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Not a Democracy ~ The Imaginative Conservative

How often has one read or watched the news, only to be told that America, as the leading democratic power, must do this or that because it is in the interest of all free peoples to promote democracy? Democracy has become so overused as to become a synonym for all that is good in the world, especially identified as rainbow-headed unicorns with the wings of a Pegasus, flying unhesitatingly from imagined world to imagined world, the latest one progressing ever more and more toward all that is holy. Democracy, it seems, is freedom, goodness, truth, dignity, and beauty.

This is the absurdity that now surrounds us. Honestly, the unicorns would be preferable. One only has to watch the tumultuous and tenebrous storms of emotion that brew and blow on Twitter to see how well the democratic impulse tends toward goodness.
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Did Political Parties Exist During the American Founding Era? ~ The Imaginative Conservative

Contrary to the vast majority of my fellow scholars of American history, I have never found the account of the creation of political parties in the Founding Era and Early Republic to be credible. I see very little evidence of anything that we would recognize as political parties before 1837… (essay by Bradley J. Birzer)
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BEYOND TENEBRAE: Forthcoming Book

I’m very excited to announce that I have a forthcoming book (sometime this fall) from Angelico Press.




(initial) table of contents if you’re interested:
PrefaceIntroduction: Beyond Tenebrae; Section I: Conserving Christian Humanism• Humanism: A Primer• Humanism: The Corruption of a Word• The Conservative Mind• Burke and Tocqueville• What to Conserve?• Conserving Humanism
Section II: Personalities and Groups• T.E. Hulme: First Conservative of the Twentieth Century• Irving Babbitt’s Longings• Irving Babbitt and the Buddha• The Christian Humanism of Paul Elmer More• The Order Men• Willa Cather• Canon B.I. Bell• The Conversion of Christopher Dawson• Christopher Dawson and the Liberal Arts• The Gray Eminence of Christopher Dawson• Nicholas Berdyaev’s Unorthodoxy• Theodor Haecker: Man of the West• The Inklings• Two Tolkiens, Not One• Sister Madeleva Wolff• Peacenik Prophet: Russell Kirk• St Russell of Mecosta• Eric Voegelin• Eric Voegelin’s Gnosticism• Eric Voegelin’s Order• Flannery O’Connor• Clyde Kilby• Friedrich Hayek’s Intellectual Lineage• Ray Bradbury at His End• Shirley Jackson’s Haunting• Wendelin E Basgall• Julitta Kuhn Basgall• Ronald Reagan’s Ten Words• The Optimism of Ronald Reagan• Walter Miller’s Augustinian Wasteland• Alexander Solzhenitsyn as Prophet• The Ferocity of Marvin O’Connell• The Good Humor of Ralph McInerny• The Beautiful Mess that is Margaret Atwood; Conclusion: Confusions and Hope

John William Corrington delivered “The Academic Revolution,” which is part memoir, as a lecture at Centenary College in 1969. In this talk, Corrington seeks to develop what he calls his “ontologies,” which he adopted in part while he… Read More

John William Corrington on the Academic Revolution — The Literary Lawyer: A Forum for the Legal and Literary Communities

Science Fiction and Fantasy, once despised by the creators of popular entertainment as well as literary scholars, have not only risen in the eyes of serious students of literature but among the general public. What accounts for this… Read More

The Pioneers of Pulp — M.C. Tuggle, Writer

David Deavel’s Latest

Catholic Vision class in Stizmann Hall

Dr. DD, teaching at UST.

My awesome friend, David Deavel, has been writing like a mad man (look at that sartorial color scheme for proof!).  Here are the results of his scary brilliance.  Enjoy!


First, a couple of Q & A columns for the Catholic Servant: one on the “usefulness” of the elderly in the life of the Church and one on the 5 precepts of the Catholic Church (attached).

Second, the summer and fall prefaces to Logos:  the summer a biographical sketch of the late Don Briel, founder of Catholic Studies (   and the fall concerning Thomists and the environment, in which I look closely at my colleague Chris Thompson’s new book, The Joyful Mystery: Field Notes Toward a Green Thomism.

Third, a column in Gilbert magazine wherein I sketch the life and work of the now forgotten celebrity man of letters William Lyon Phelps (attached).

Fourth, my recently published lecture on Blessed Newman’s Feast Day wherein I talk about a Newmanian way to approach crisis in the Church.

Finally, if you prefer going to sleep to the sound of my voice rather than the sight of my prose, here’s the podcast of my latest guest appearance on Indianapolis Catholic Radio’s Catholic Cave show—“The Future of Christendom,” where I talk about my article and the situation of the Church today.

Yes, I realize we’ve had this debate before, with Bryan Morey ably defending the a-political and anti-political standpoint. Yet, here it is again. One of my favorite bands has released an album that is unapologetically political. It’s even… Read More

Leave the Politics Out: Editorial — Progarchy

In my edition of John William Corrington’s essays, I assembled Corrington’s unpublished notes and sections of his unpublished lectures from the early 1970s that he maintained in one document. Because of the subject matter, I titled this section… Read More

John William Corrington on Intuition and Intellect — The Literary Lawyer: A Forum for the Legal and Literary Communities

One of the most important aspects of early American history is just how devoid of actual Roman Catholics it is. Obviously, on the North American continent, Catholicism throve in the French and Spanish areas and, frequently, among American… Read More

Anti-Catholicism in Early America & the Burning of a Convent — The Imaginative Conservative

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