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The Comics Journal (1977) - #54
Fantagraphics Books


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  Writer(s):
Pierce Askegren
Al Capp - 'Alfred Gerald Caplin'
Steve Englehart
Robert Fiore - 'R. Fiore'
Gary Groth
Robert C. Harvey - 'R.C. Harvey'
Dale Luciano
Richard E. Marschall
Stu Potts
Marshall Rogers
David Stallman
Kim Thompson

Penciller(s):
Hilary Barta
Will Blyberg
Fred G. Hembeck
Gilbert Hernandez - 'Beto'
Richard Howell
Gary Kwapisz
Scott McCloud
Stu Potts

Inker(s):
Sam DeLaRosa

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(Typeset)

Editor(s):
Mike Catron
Gary Groth
Kim Thompson

Cover Artist(s):
Bob Aull
Bill Sienkiewicz
 

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Cover Date: March 1980
Cover Price: US $1.50

Issue Tagline:
The Shadow Returns-Ellison & Kaluta Create New Comics Novel!
The MARSHALL ROGERS Interview!
New Column! R.C. Harvey on Comics Storytelling
Reviews! Craig Russell's Night Music, Epic Illustrated, & The Black Hole
AL CAPP's Final I

Format: Black & White; Magazine; 82 pages

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Letters Column: Blood and Thunder

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None entered.

Notes:
The front cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZ features Batman being shoved out of the way by Moon Knight.
BOB AULL's back cover finds a nude woman on a magic carpet bringing a picnic lunch to a man in a hot-air balloon.
The inside back cover is a science-fiction illustration by HILLARY BARTA.

BLOOD AND THUNDER boasts letters from ROY THOMAS, JOE BRANCATELLI, RICHARD HOWELL & CAROL KALISH, C.C. BECK, JACK T. CHICK, TED WHITE, DAN RECCHIA, ROBIN SNYDER, STEVEN GRANT, DAVID MICHELINIE, ALEX TOTH and MIKE SOPP (w/ response from Howell & Kalish), ALLEN VARNEY, and others.

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Among the headlines:
HARLAN ELLISON and MIKE KALUTA collaborating on a Shadow graphic novel.
Marvel hires a Specialty Sales Manager [MIKE FRIEDRICH] to develop the direct market
Marvel's humor mag CRAZY is revamped under LARRY HAMA (article has a spot illo of Obnoxio the Clown)
DEZ SKINN leaves Marvel UK
GEORGE PEREZ to draw DC's revived TEEN TITANS book as well as the Firestorm back-up in THE FLASH.
The Wizard of Id artist BRANT PARKER to draw the "Goosemyer" comic strip (written by Don Wilder).

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A look at the character of Moon Knight, based on his appearances in THE HULK MAGAZINE and MARVEL SPOTLIGHT.

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"And Now, From The Company That Shrank Godzilla..." - Edit this story

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David Stallman

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DAVID STALLMAN provides a thorough two-page evaluation of Marvel's EPIC ILLUSTRATED #1

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R. FIORE reviews NIGHT MUSIC #1, written and illustrated by P. CRAIG RUSSELL (published by Eclipse). Repros of two pages from the book accompany the review.

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Brief paragraph reviews of:
Bill Griffith's YOW #2
MARVEL SUPER SPECIAL #15: STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE
ROM #5
CONAN #107

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"AL CAPP: The Last Interview with Comics' Master Satirist" - Edit this story

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Al Capp - 'Alfred Gerald Caplin'
Richard E. Marschall

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A seven-page interview with the creator of LIL' ABNER conducted by RICHARD MARSCHALL on October 16, 1977. Marschall states that this "conversation turned out to be his last major interview." Capp died on November 5, 1979.

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Steve Englehart
Gary Groth
Marshall Rogers

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An exhaustive 14-page interview with MARSHALL ROGERS conducted by GARY GROTH. Over the course of the discussion, Rogers talks about his influences and his work on Batman, but the thrust of the interview is the DETECTIVES, INC. graphic novel he illustrated (written by Don McGregor).

STEVE ENGLEHART provides an introductory essay to the interview.

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The interview is complemented by two photographs, a couple pages from DETECTIVE COMICS and seven pages from DETECTIVES, INC.

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"The Reticulated Rainbow: A Lingering Look at the Comics Art of Marshall Rogers" - Edit this story

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R.C. Harvey turns an analytical and appreciative eye upon MARSHALL ROGERS' work in DETECTIVE COMICS. The article discusses and includes repros of the last page of DETECTIVE #272 and pages two and three of DETECTIVE #275.

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"Cinema Journal: Walt Disney's the Black Hole: An Authentic Space Opera Movie" - Edit this story

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A three-page review of Disney's 1979 science-fiction film.

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