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The Comics Journal (1977) - #49
Fantagraphics Books


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  Writer(s):
Gary Groth
Richard Howell
Carol Kalish
Alexandre Koehn
Raymond Orkwis
Martin Pasko
Stu Potts
Bill Sherman
Kenn Thomas
Kim Thompson
Ed Via

Penciller(s):
Will Blyberg
Martin Cannon
Eddie Eddings
Dennis Fujitake
Richard Howell
Rik Livingston
Mitch O'Connell
Stu Potts
Neil Riehle

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Editor(s):
Mike Catron
Gary Groth
Robert Soron
Kim Thompson

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Bob Aull
Dennis Fujitake
 

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Cover Date: September 1979
Cover Price: US $ 1.50

Issue Tagline: An Exclusive Advance Look at Marvel's ''Epic'' Magazine! See ''Newswatch''
Shade! Steve Ditko's Weirdest Superhero!
New from Marvel: She-Hulk and Disco Dazzler!
Behind the Scenes at Heavy Metal! (Is the Staff as Strange as the Magazi

Format: Black & White; Magazine; 84 pages

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Letters Column: Blood and Thunder

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This issue features a wealth of comics news followed by insightful (and oftentimes inflammatory) letters; reviews of current comics; a lengthy interview with HEAVY METAL"s John Workman and Julie Simmons, followed by an evaluation of HEAVY METAL magazine; a look at Steve Ditko's short-lived SHADE THE CHANGING MAN series; an exhaustive examination of Claremont & Byrne's tenure on THE UNCANNY X-MEN; and a review of the film ALIEN.

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This issue's BLOOD AND THUNDER lettercol includes letters from KURT BUSIEK, MARTIN L. GREIM, JACK C. HARRIS, FRED HEMBECK, CAROL KALISH, BOB McLEOD, GARY KWAPISZ, ROGER SLIFER, ALEX TOTH and JAMES VAN HISE among others. (JIM KORKIS and CAT YRONWODE append responses to two letters).

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Bill Sherman
Kenn Thomas

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Mitch O'Connell

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MACHINATIONS: Alexandre Koehn reviews MICRONAUTS #1-8.

COOPED UP!: Bill Sherman reviews MARVEL PREMIERE #50 (starring ALICE COOPER).

RETURN OF THE BLACK HOOD: Kenn Thomas reviews ARCHIE SUPER-HERO COMICS DIGEST #2.

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Accompanying illustrations are provided by MARTIN CANNON, RICKY LIVINGSTON and MITCH O'CONNELL.

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Transcript of an April 1979 interview with HEAVY METAL's Art Director JOHN WORKMAN and Managing Editor JULIE SIMMONS conducted by Gary Groth.

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RAYMOND ORKWIS provides a thorough examination and evaluation of HEAVY METAL.

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ED VIA looks back on and laments the cancelation of STEVE DITKO's unique series SHADE: THE CHANGING MAN. The article is accompanied by two beautiful illustrations of SHADE characters by DENNIS FUJITAKE paying homage to Ditko (as does Dennis' cover to this issue).

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Carol Kalish

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RICHARD HOWELL and CAROL KALISH critically analyze THE X-MEN under Claremont & Byrne over the course of this exhaustive 11-page essay, considering each character individually. Thorough and thought-provoking writing that should provide readers a new perspective and appreciation for this now iconic era of the title. Co-author RICHARD HOWELL also contributes six cartoons that accompany the essay.

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MARTIN PASKO provides an insightful critique of the film ALIEN. Stills from the film and a very funny DENNIS FUJITAKE cartoon accompany Pasko's thoughtful piece.

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