“The mind of man is not unlike a rubber band.”
I’ve had the above metaphorical image of a head exploding due to excess stress in my own head since receiving The Spirit Coloring Book for Christmas in 1974. (Is my head the only one filled with exploding heads? I’ll probably never be able to erase from my mind the image of John Cassavetes’ head exploding in De Palma’s The Fury, not to mention the exploding head from Croenberg’s Scanners. Whose head is next?)
I might have added Eisner’s image to my page of favorite quotes, but perhaps you will agree with me that the image is so strong it deserves its own page.
Interestingly, three years after “The Rubber Band” was published, a film was released that begins with a prologue that is strikingly similar to Eisner’s splash page.
Let’s hope that our own heads will not be exploding anytime soon.