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The typesetting computer! At the point of Marvel moving downtown, I was the guy who ran this thing. I had some prior experience at an ad agency-- not much-- but enough to convince the bosses that I knew enough! This was a painstakingly engineered monster made by Mergenthaller Linotype-- the same guys who had made "hot type" -- yes; molten lead set into lines of type!-- but who wanted to try to enter the "cold type" world. For Marvel, it was a leap into a distant future. Prior, a dear fellow named Stan Aaron, used a special IBM Typesetting Selectric-- which was used to make every Stan's Soapbox and letter collumn for a generation! Also, every "CONTINUED NEXT PAGE" and page number plus all that legal junk on the first page. And yes; I was working right up to the last minute!

The typesetting computer! At the point of Marvel moving downtown, I was the guy who ran this thing. I had some prior experience at an ad agency– not much– but enough to convince the bosses that I knew enough! This was a painstakingly engineered monster made by Mergenthaller Linotype– the same guys who had made “hot type” — yes; molten lead set into lines of type!– but who wanted to try to enter the “cold type” world. For Marvel, it was a leap into a distant future. Prior, a dear fellow named Stan Aaron, used a special IBM Typesetting Selectric– which was used to make every Stan’s Soapbox and letter collumn for a generation! Also, every “CONTINUED NEXT PAGE” and page number plus all that legal junk on the first page. And yes; I was working right up to the last minute!

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