‘Missing’ Stories Not in The Escapists #1-6

Two stories that were completed for Dark Horse’s The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist series before it was canceled will not be in this summer’s The Escapists, a Dark Horse spokesman said Tuesday.

Lee Dawson, Dark Horse publicity director, said the first six-issue series of The Escapists will feature just Brian K. Vaughan and Steve Rolston’s story arc. Dawson said an official press announcement about the series will be sent out “soon.”

“I should have more info on the ‘missing’ stories soon as well,” Dawson said via e-mail.

Before it was canceled, The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist #9 was scheduled to include two stories in addition to the on-going “Escapists” stories. Howard Chaykin and artist Jed Dougherty had completed a story featuring a battle between several decades’ incarnations of Luna Moth. Stuart Moore and Phil Winslade had finished a 1970’s story featuring the Escapist and a certain gonzo journalist.

The Escapists hits stores in July.

Chabon Calls Early Work Misogynistic

Two of Michael Chabon’s earliest works reflected “Millerite misogyny,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning author says in this month’s Details.

In his monthly column for the men’s magazine, Chabon says readers “can see clear traces of [misogyny] in The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, and its mournful ghost in my short story ‘Millionaires.'”

Chabon says his early writing was influenced by Henry Miller, author of Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn, who Chabon calls “my great literary hero from the age of 16 to about 19.”

“If they are women, they are his cunts,” Chabon says of Miller’s characterization of women in his books.

Misogyny is natural to young men, Chabon says.

“Because I was bright and a would-be artiste, my own misogyny wore a beret, as it were, and quoted Nietzche,” Chabon says. “But it was just — and I don’t mean to excuse it with that adverb — garden-variety late-teenage, homosocial misogyny as practiced by young men all over the world.”

A M.F.A. fiction workshop at the University of California, Irvine, where more than half of the students were women, broke Chabon of much of his misogyny, the author says.

“I want to stress that what followed was not just some rude awakening or shakedown cruise where I tried to get these women to sleep with me and one by one they shot me down,” Chabon says. “Okay, so there was some of that, but the fact of the matter is that I had been on a losing streak with women for a long time — at least it felt like a long time — and had already begun to see reflected, in the eyes of the some of the girls I had gotten nowhere with, a certain weariness with, or distrust of, or even distaste for, my displays of Milleresque big-souled callowness.”

Chabon’s column appears in March’s Details. Chabon typically reposts these on his Web site two months after publication.