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The Gerber Curse is a work in progress. As of this writing, there are four chapters covering Steve Gerber's life and work up to 1985. 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 quarter century to cover.
Polish your pixels -- Chapter 5 will deal with the movie that's on everyone's beak; the Superman: Last Son of Earth controversy that you never heard of (therefore it's a non-troversy); the Leonard the Duck conspiracy; and who knows what else -- or why!
Hey, There's Some Other Stuff Down Here:
There is a reason for my anonymity: this site is about Steve Gerber, not me. It's just an amateurish fan site. I'm not a scholar or a biographer -- I'm barely even a writer. Where this site is concerned, I'm more of a quoter and collator. Except for my poorly conceived descriptions and analysis of Gerber's comics, just about all of the biographical material herein comes from Gerber's own pen, typewriter or lips, culled from interviews, articles, introductions, forewords, afterwords, letters pages, online posts, etc., assembled into something I hope at least approximates a coherent, chronological whole.
I wanted Gerber to tell his own story as much as possible -- after all, who would know more about Gerber
than Gerber? As it turns out, however, Gerber isn't always the most reliable source. His reminiscences
were sincere, but he sometimes contradicted himself in interviews. But memory can be faulty, and details often
change as the years and decades go by. That's only normal.
I started reading comics when I was in diapers (obviously, I was only drooling on them at first), as well as writing and drawing them for my own amusement. I usually took note of the artists, but Gerber really grabbed my attention with HOWARD THE DUCK #3 (though I'd been enjoying his stories since FEAR #11). Even after I quit buying comics in 1979, I would still pick up anything by Gerber -- as I did with DESTROYER DUCK #1 in 1982 -- if I was aware of them. (Awareness wasn't much of an option, since I was practically living in the woods.)
I started collecting Gerber interviews and articles in 1977. He was funny in interviews, and also brutally frank about the state of the industry he worked in. He would criticise in print the very company that was signing his cheques. Sometimes he made enemies. But a man of his intelligence, sense of humour, integrity, genius, and, of course, superior writing skills, doesn't deserve to lapse into comic book obscurity.
A mere Wikipedia article in a state of perpetual flux and edited mercilessly isn't going to do it. The Gerber Curse, also in a state of flux (and shameful unfinishment!), isn't going to do it, either; but it's here for Gerber fans who might want to read a little something about him (and take it with a grain of salt -- the size of Cherry Bomb's helmet).
I received a nice, long letter from a guy in "slovakia, little country in europe." He said, "there's no tradition of
comics in our country, we was part of communist block and comics was known as bourgeois pseudo-culture
with no place in socialist establishment." He went on to explain that comics started to find their way into
Slovakia, and he became a Gerber fan. He wanted to know more about Gerber and his comics, and was
thankful for this site.
That's exactly why I created this site: so that the guy from Slovakia, or anyone from anywhere who was interested in Steve Gerber, could find a place (such as it is) that celebrates the man and his writing.