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Moe sounds like the kind of guy I’d expect Gaiman to bring up. Good stuff.

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Chris Russell said on April 16th, 2009 at 9:12 am

A baseball-playing, Nazi-fighting, intellectual Jewish spywizard? At first I was thinking you took the collected works of Michael Chabon and put them in a centrifuge to separate out all the genderqueering. Then you threw in J. Edgar Hoover.

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Sofa King said on April 16th, 2009 at 9:16 am

This. And of course he had to fight Otto Skorzeny at least once.

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Screaming Yellow Zonker Harris said on April 16th, 2009 at 9:31 am

This. Is. Full. Of. Win.

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K. McAleese said on April 16th, 2009 at 9:37 am

Wow. I’ve been following your “Dr. Strange” series, and this pitch sounds the coolest of them so far. Someone *had* to stick in Hoover’s craw.

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I gotta say, the Dr. Strange stuff has been BALLS OUT FANTASTIC so far…this is my favorite one! keep it coming, big guy!

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I approve of J. Edgar Hoover as an evil wizard. I’m just curious about how you plan to do Nixon.

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FifthSurprise said on April 16th, 2009 at 10:13 am

I’m noticing what may become a trend linking baseball to the magical world.

Now this might be because baseball itself can be so complicated that it’s practically mystical (ignoring football and cricket which actually are mystical and while the fate of the universe riding on whether the Patriots win requiring Captain America to play quarterback is not likely, you can use the magic to brew a decent cup of coffee).

In other words, I think we should be taking a better look at Yogi Berra and see if his ramblings weren’t just eccentric mannerisms but the result of a partially broken mind and years of wisdom gained during the mystical war that he’s waging using only his mind on another plane of existence. He’s still fighting it too and probably will still be fighting it because well, “It ain’t over til its over”.

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This one is not only awesome, it’s so awesome it should be a series all by itself.

Forget writing Dr. Strange – I want to see the Golden, Silver and Bronze Age adventures of Moe Berg now. Especially the Shadow War against J. Edgar Hoover – that’s pure genius.

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Zifnab, all savvy evil wizards have a scary lieutenant, monster or dragon to keep attention away from themselves. Nixon just survived his creator.

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Lister Sage said on April 16th, 2009 at 11:00 am

A Captain America cameo in my Doctor Strange comic? It’s more likely then you think. And also awesome. If there’s one thing Marvel has been missing it’s WW2 era Captain America stories. With Nazi wizards.

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Mister Terrific said on April 16th, 2009 at 11:03 am

You know, having read Berg’s biographies, this actually makes a helluva lot of sense….

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Since he was active during WWII, I’m just going to go ahead and assume he participated in the obligatory Wolverine & Nick Fury team-ups.

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Sine he was active during WWII, I’m just going to go ahead and assume he participated in the obligatory Wolverine & Nick Fury team-ups.

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It started to get a little “National Treasure” like, towards then end, but otherwise it’s an engrossing new piece.

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Well, a fair deal of the Marvel U fought in the big one.

Heck, Richards was a fellow OSS agent. Came up in the reader mailbag issue and the one where he met up with his old war buddy Nick Fury to fight a Hitler clone in South America.

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I would buy Moe Berg vs Hoover… I’d even stop my Marvel boycott to do it.

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Hagan: what did Marvel do to earn your boycott?

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Holy crap, this is amazing.

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So while Cap and the X-Men were fighting Nixon and his Secret Empire, Moe and his boys were fighting Hoover and his Shadow Revolution?

Cool.

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HitTheTargets said on April 16th, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Pshaw. Everyone knows it was Maggiacicians who forced Hoover from power. They used a picture of him sacrificing a she-goat to Cytorrak as blackmail.

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Seriously, you should drop the Strange stuff and write this as a novel.

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Dennis Brennan said on April 16th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

For magic powers (i.e., kill-at-a-distance), you need:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Father_Divine

Going back earlier, you’ve got:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Francis_Train

and

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Ungern_von_Sternberg

(dude even looks like a crazed psychotic warlord)

And, of course, Howard Hughes, Lola Montez, Hong Xiuquan (the central figure of the Taiping Rebellion), Emperor Norton and Tristan Tzara

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Dennis Brennan said on April 16th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

And freakin’ Papa Doc with his freakin voodoo zombies.

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Boy, if you like this story, you’re going to love The Pilgrim. It starts with, among other things, why Ian Fleming recruited Aleister Crowley to work for the Allies in WWII…

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Socraticsilence said on April 16th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Two things to add-

1) Moe Berg, seriously how is there not a Bio-pic on this guy- they don’t have to show the postwar stuff, show the growing up in the early-1900s NYC (throw in some stickball stuff), going to Princeton and the Columbia Law during a time when anti-semitism was still an issue at the Ivies (shades of that one Brendon Fraiser flick), old-school baseball, a Jewish Spy fighting Nazi’s (everyone likes oppressed vs. the oppressor flicks- they work on a visceral level), have the climax be deciding whether or not to kill one of the most brilliant men of the 20th century- how is that not both crazy entertaining and Oscar Bait- its like one of those E.L. Doctorow/ Forrest Gump – man flits through history stories- only its actually true, I mean seriously we had someone expand a one of Melville’s less heralded short stories and this is left on the table what the hell?!)

2) Is there anyway you can make Hoover be a shell for some sort of anti-semitic sorceress/succubus/ demon or what have you- because then you could work in: the Nazi-occult angle (might be over-explored/ too Mignola-though he wasn’t the first), Hoover’s cross-dressing, the banished whathaveyou’s revenge that only Strange and the Spirit form of Moe Berg can defeat (ooh! a bat with arcane inscriptions that Strange can smack things with- you know big, long buildup, astral battle, etc. and the Sorcerer Supreme ends it by walking up and just wailing on something with a bat).

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Snap Wilson said on April 16th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

“Any similarity to actual Jewish baseball player/spies, living or dead, is purely coincidental.”

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Socraticsilence said on April 16th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

Actually now that I think about it- If you actually really want to write comics- this write here, not Strange or Legion, this is your foot in the door- this idea is so money for a non-big 2 line- I mean “Shadow Wars” or “Moe Berg: American Badass” or what have you could be the next Hellboy/BPRD; Helen Killer; Teddy Roosevelt; cult hit, I mean c’mon its got that slightly off-kilter: Historical figure who had hidden stuff angle plus Were-Cossacks.

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Socraticsilence said on April 16th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

er “right” here.

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Andrew W. said on April 16th, 2009 at 11:23 pm

It’s kinda getting tiresome for some character to show up in the WW2 and save Cap’s ass – you pretty much turn Rogers into a chump if his glory days are everyone else saving him from danger and showing him to be a flacid milksop. These kind of retcons just make Steve Rogers into Craptain Asserica, Super-Sucker.

“Hagan: what did Marvel do to earn your boycott?”

I’ll field this one, since I know the internet: it existed. Don’t believe me? Remember, Marvel’s got a readership that decided to protest One More Day with book burnings.

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Consumer Unit 5012 said on April 17th, 2009 at 1:00 am

“When Hoover died in 1972, it wasn’t high blood pressure – it was Moe Berg’s final master strike, prepared for years and played out just as Hoover’s ascension to the dark, forever-empty throne of America was about to commence.”

This sounds straight out of a Tim Powers novel.

Which is yet another reason it is AWESOME.

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Christian said on April 17th, 2009 at 2:17 am

Ever read ‘The Golem’s Mighty Swing’?
i was working on a comic that started with a mage ending the Red Socks curse…
as for ‘notoriously awesome Jews’: Bob Dylan is a mage. or a god. or an avatar of a god. or something. or all of them

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Black Rabbit said on April 17th, 2009 at 2:21 am

Thank you, thank you, and thank you again for this. I’ve been fascinated with Moe Berg for a long time, not the least reason being the large stretches of just plain nothin’ in his life. It’s always hard to read of extraordinary minds who decide not to share them with the world anymore. Now we’ll know why! I see him taking a Lobster-Johnsonesque role in this imaginary narrative. Good god, does the world need that.
Oh, and this: Moe Berg had a newspaper obsession. He read multiple newpapers, in multiple languages, every word, every day, and his hotel rooms during road trips would be awash in newsprint. But, say, Dom Dimaggio doesn’t necessarily know Cyrillic or Sanskrit from Late Lemurian-B…

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I love this concept. Easily my favorite of your Strange stuff.

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I love the story, but I suspect it fits more in the gaming background convention then a comic story. Still cool, though.

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This is my favorite so far.

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Bryce (Mouser) said on April 18th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Well, of COURSE Dr. Strange knows about Moe! He *is* a baseball fanatic! (Probably got it from the Ancient One…)

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In case anyone is curious, here’s the official CIA History website’s blurb on Moe Berg:
https://www.cia.gov/news-information/featured-story-archive/2007-featured-story-archive/moe-berg.html

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Yvonmukluk said on October 8th, 2014 at 8:01 am

Actually the throne of America wasn’t forever empty. Fortunately Emperor Norton never exercised his power for evil.

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