Issue Tagline: DC increases price, 50 cents--40 page count: format debuts in June GIL KANE:An interview with the outspoken co-creator of Star Hawks! "Close Encounters" - Review and photos! Marvel's prime time debut The First Kingdom! Allegro Non Tropp
Synopsis: DWIGHT DECKER provides readers a thorough introduction to the French comic book phenomenon, Asterix, which was at this time just beginning to build a fan following in America. The nine-page article features panels from Asterix albums and is subdivided as follows: I. "These Gauls are crazy!" II. Background III. The Creators [Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo]) IV. The World of Asterix V. The Players VI. How To Read Asterix VII. Critique The article closes with an Asterix Filmography and an Asterix Checklist.
Notes: Appended to Decker's piece is a cartoon by DON ROSA featuring the cast of Asterix before a stone reading, "Rene Goscinny 1926-1977." The cartoon is headlined "A tribute to Rene Goscinny from Don Rosa and the staff of The Comics Journal."
Synopsis: Transcripts of interviews with GIL KANE conducted by GARY GROTH in October and November 1977.
From Groth's introduction: "In this interview, Kane speaks about his past projects, his present one, and his future ones. He speaks on contemporary comics (which he feels are in desperate shape), and on the reasons he continues to work in an industry controlled by second rate mentalities."
Notes: Artwork from STAR HAWKS, HIS NAME IS SAVAGE, BLACKMARK and a rare illustration from TRUE magazine accompany the 13-page interview.
Synopsis: BILL SHERMAN looks at the first six (with a preview of the forthcoming seventh) books in JACK KATZ's epic series THE FIRST KINGDOM. The three-page article includes art from the series, and a conveniently placed full-page Bud Plant ad features cover repros of Books One through Seven.
Synopsis: STEVE CLEMENT's positive review of the Rankin-Bass animated adaptation of Tolkien's THE HOBBIT. A brief addendum praises THE DOONESBURY SPECIAL, an animated adaptation of Garry Trudeau's comic strip that aired immediately after THE HOBBIT on November 27, 1977.
Synopsis: Television producer JIM WILSON reviews THE OUTER LIMITS: AN ILLUSTRATED REVIEW Volumes 1 and 2 by TED C. RYPEL, publications appreciating the 1963-65 television series. Accompanying the article is an amazing illustration by JUDITH HUNT picturing Bruce Dern fighting off Zanti Misfits.