The Mailbag: On Superheroes
Dear Miss Doran,
My name is Joshua Noonan. I currently work as a Medical Radiation Technologist practicing Computed Tomography (CT) in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
I’m a 30 year old male and loved comics as a child and teenager. I grew up reading Uncanny X-Men, The Amazing Spider-Man (Todd McFarlanes’s run which led to the Spider-Man series), Batman, Peter David’s Incredible Hulk, and of course Daredevil (A little too late for Miller’s run but enjoyed Joe Quesada, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Kevin Smith’s run on the series).
After entering university I drifted away from comics due to other priorities (i.e. part time job to pay for tuition and of course studies).
As you may have guessed I’m in love with how much attention comic books have gotten with respect to big studios tentpole movies. I have enjoyed over the last decade movies from Marvel, DC, Image, and Dark Horse…yes Dark Horse!!
However after reading Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man Annual #1,the story about Leah, I cried.
I honestly can’t remember the last time I’ve cried. Thing is I’ve worked in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and have seen that in person.
I know this may sound like BS but knowing that Spider-Man can’t save someone makes me feel so much better. Even though Leah and Peter Parker are not real the story is true.
I love Canada and it’s healthcare system. I will also spend the next 30 years of my life to ensure that our country’s healthcare is the envy of all other developed nation’s and the platform for which all other developing nation’s will model their healthcare system after.
While you most likely didn’t attempt to touch people like me with your beautiful art or wonderful collaboration with Mr. David, I wanted you to know that here I am in Calgary shedding tears over the story you illustrated. That is powerful and thank you for that. You have re-invigorated me and my goals.
Thank you for the touching moment that you were able to achieve through graphite and paper.