One Sunday, to break the tedium of the long ride home, I imagined the giant electrical towers that carried the power lines across the farm fields breaking free and marching toward the city. A few months later, when I saw that exact thing taking place in an issue of The Flash, I became more convinced than ever that I had found my calling. It was in the letters section of The Flash where I found some kindred spirits among the letter hacks and the editor, Julius “Julie” Schwartz. Julie treated us as equals by paying attention to us and encouraging our precocious commenting. It’s interesting, but not surprising, to note that a number of the alumni from Julie’s letter columns ended up as writers for comic books, movies, and television.
*From the introduction to The Complete Funky Winkerbean Volume One