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The Comics Journal (1977) - #38
Fantagraphics Books


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  Writer(s):
Marilyn Bethke
Steve Clement
Dwight R. Decker
Mel Gilden
Gary Groth
Gil Kane
Dennis 'Denny' O'Neil
Gene Phillips
Bill Sherman
Kim Thompson
Jim Wilson

Penciller(s):
Bob Aull
Judith A. Hunt
Keno Don Hugo Rosa - 'Don Rosa'
Ronald Wilber

Inker(s):
Bob Aull
Judith A. Hunt
Keno Don Hugo Rosa - 'Don Rosa'
Ronald Wilber

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Editor(s):
Gary Groth
Kim Thompson

Cover Artist(s):
John Cornell
Gil Kane
Joe Sinardi
 

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Cover Date: February 1978
Cover Price: US $ 0.75

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

Format: Black & White; Magazine; 66 pages

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Letters Column: Blood and Thunder

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None entered.

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BLOOD & THUNDER boasts letters from LARRY CHARET (Chicago Comicon co-chairman), with a response from STAN TIMMONS; and BILL CANTEY (Charleston, SC).

Notable advertisements include full-page ads for OMNIVERSE #1, RBCC #139 (the Special Star Wars Issue), and Camelot offering Drake Vader (Darth Vader as a duck) T-shirts designed by JIM NEWSOME.

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"Comics Reviews: Steel and Fire from Conway" - Edit this story

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Gene Phillips

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GENE PHILLIPS reviews two new Gerry Conway-scripted titles from DC Comics: STEEL #1 and FIRESTORM #1

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Cover repros of the two first issues accompany the review.

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"Comics Reviews: Women's Lib and DC" - Edit this story

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Marilyn Bethke

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MARILYN JO BETHKE evaluates from a feminist perspective DC's SHOWCASE #97 starring Power Girl.

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"The Schlumps and the Spacecraft: A Grouse at Close Encounters" - Edit this story

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DENNY O'NEIL's critical take on Steven Spielberg's 1977 science-fiction film. Five stills from the film accompany the two-page review.

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"Asterix: 'These French Are Crazy!'" - Edit this story

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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.

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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."

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"An Interview With GIL KANE" - Edit this story

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Gil Kane

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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."

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Artwork from STAR HAWKS, HIS NAME IS SAVAGE, BLACKMARK and a rare illustration from TRUE magazine accompany the 13-page interview.

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"Fandom Review: Hogarth & Crimmer's: An Exercise in Academic Futility" - Edit this story

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PAUL DUSHKIND evaluates CRIMMER'S: THE HARVARD JOURNAL OF PICTORIAL FICTION with an emphasis on its article on Tarzan artist BURNE HOGARTH.

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"Science Fiction Anthology: Growing Up Weird" - Edit this story

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An intriguing piece of memoir writing from science-fiction author MEL GILDEN. A RON WILBER illustration of CAPTAIN VIDEO accompanies the article.

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"The Kingdom and the Power of Jack Katz" - Edit this story

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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.

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"Prime-Time Superheroes: Greenskin, Webhead and the Boob Tube" - Edit this story

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KIM THOMPSON looks at the SPIDER-MAN and HULK television programs.

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"Animation: Allegro Non Troppo: Fantasia With a Vengeance" - Edit this story

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GARY GROTH on Bruno Bozzetto's "Allegra Non Troppo," a foreign animated film modeled on Disney's "Fantasia."

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"Animation: The Hobbit: A Rich and Colorful TV Adaptation" - Edit this story

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Steve Clement

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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.

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"The Creative Experience: The Outer Limits of the Imagination" - Edit this story

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Jim Wilson

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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.

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"Howard The Duck" - Edit this story

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Stephen Ross Gerber - 'Steve Gerber'

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Reprints of Steve Gerber and Gene Colan's Sunday strips for July 3 (accidentally printed twice), July 10 and July 17, 1977.

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