Panel of Lois Lane meeting Superman from Action Comics #1 © 1938 DC Comics.
Script: Jerry Siegel. Pencils, Inks, Letters: Joe Shuster. Colors: Unknown.

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Roger Ebert 1942-2013

Roger Ebert standing with arms rested on a stack of books atop a desk amidst many colorful items and walls covered in film posters

It seems like just yesterday that I was reading Roger Ebert's "Leave of Presence"
, referencing the discovery of more cancer in his body — this, after he'd endured
so much — and his promise to write about what he could, when he could, during treatment.

In fact, as I type these words, it was yesterday.

Then I headed over to Mark Evanier's blog News from ME. After reading his obit of Archie writer George Gladir, I refreshed the page and discovered his brief note on Ebert's passing. I swore out loud to nobody but myself and the computer screen. Ebert's open letter, noting the 46th anniversary this week of his employment at The Chicago Sun-Times and looking ahead to an expansion of and other ventures, hadn't sounded like the words of a man who expected to leave this world days later.