Airing the Linnen: Me and the Nodells
Guest post by Brian Linnen
A few years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Martin Nodell and his wife Carrie at the Pittsburgh Comicon. My wife and I had tickets to the Harvey Awards Dinner, and we were lucky enough to share a table with the Nodells.
Martin entertained us during the meal with stories of working on comics during what would come to be known as "The Golden Age", and Carrie gave us tidbits about their life together at the time. Being a huge fan of DC's Golden-Age Archives, I enjoyed these stories immensely!
While I knew that Martin had created the Green Lantern, it was Carrie who revealed to us that he had also created a popular character who is actually better-known throughout the world than ol' GL - the Pillsbury Doughboy!!! He may not be as powerful as Alan Scott, but we've all wanted to reach out and poke him in the tummy at one time or another. I was amazed to hear that these two long-time favorite characters sprang from the same imagination.
In the time since, Carrie has unfortunately passed away, but I think Martin still makes appearances with his son. If you ever get the opportunity to meet him, please do! The man is a legendary creator and a true gentleman - you'll be glad that you did!