The Weekly World News, home of Ed Anger and BatBoy is joining the big newsstand in the sky: as it is shutting down. Hopping mad columnist Ed Anger was a big inspiration on us here at Stately Beat Manor, and Bat-Boy inspired a musical and a comic strip, first illustrated by Peter Bagge then Danielle Corsetto. Other comics running on the site included Spy Cat by Ernie Colon. In addition comics vets Robert Greenberger and Paul Kupperberg were staffers there, and Greenberger has word of the cancellation on his blog:
Friday morning, Jeff Rovin comes in for a meeting and then the staff was to be called in. He’s looking harried, not at all relaxed. At 11:30, we’re finally shown into an office where we are told the Board of Directors has chosen to close Weekly World News. The reasons given make no sense. We’re stunned and shell-shocked. We’re to stay on through August 3, finishing the reprint issues and then we’re done. A glorious, funny, odd publication, born in 1979, will go out with a whimper and all I can think is that something’s going on that they’re not telling us because it just doesn’t make sense.
Farewell, Weekly World News. You may not have been SPy Magazine but in your own way you were just as funny.