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The Comics Journal (1977) - #56
Fantagraphics Books


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  Writer(s):
Mike Catron
Michael L. Fleisher
Greg Huneryager
Jim Korkis
Dale Luciano
Stephen McGonagle
Bill Sherman
David Stallman
Kim Thompson

Penciller(s):
Will Blyberg
Sam DeLaRosa
Rudi Franke
Dennis Fujitake
Alan James Hanley
Robert Mack Hester
Michael Kure
Gary Kwapisz
Gary Martin
Paul McCall
Jim McGreal
Chris O'Leary
Scott Pellegrini

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Editor(s):
Mike Catron
Gary Groth
Kim Thompson

Cover Artist(s):
Neal Adams
Luis Dominguez
 

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Cover Date: June 1980
Cover Price: US $ 1.50

Issue Tagline:
Michael Fleisher: An Interview with Jonah Hex's Alter Ego!
Roy Thomas Quits Marvel for DC!

Format: Black & White; Magazine; 90 pages

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Letters Column: Blood & Thunder

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The front cover features a painting of Jonah Hex by LUIS DOMINGUEZ that was "originally scheduled for the fourth issue of DC's Digest Comic, JONAH HEX AND OTHER WESTERN TALES, but the title was cancelled with #3."
The back cover boasts a fun illustration by NEAL ADAMS, described thusly in the table of contents: "Neal Adams strikes back! Here's the renowned Batman artist's reaction to Bill Sienkiewicz's cover for our 54th issue. Even we were surprised by the speed with which it arrived. This is a man who misses deadlines?"
The inside back cover contains a DENNIS FUJITAKE illustration of the beautiful (and inexplicably topless) Princess Python (from the Ringmaster's Circus of Crime).

BLOOD & THUNDER includes letters from PIERCE ASKEGREN, PHILLIP B. KLINGLER, PATRICK GARABEDIAN, BRIAN SNELL, GARY L. DAY, DAVID SEIDMAN, JIM McPHERSON, BOB SORON, DAVID STALLMAN, PETER EICHER, RAYMOND HOPKINS, TIM COOPER, and JAMES LENTINI. Among the spot illos is "A Tribute to Steve Ditko" by Mrozek and McGreal.

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DAVID STALLMAN provides readers an alternative review of P. Craig Russell's NIGHT MUSIC #1 to counter R. FIORE's review in TCJ #54.

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Among the items making news in early 1980...
(1) "ROY THOMAS Leaves Marvel: Signs on with DC to Write 100 Pages a Month" [A four-page Special Report written by KIM THOMPSON]
(2) "Marvel to Publish James Bond Comic" [To be edited by Denny O'Neill, written by Cary Bates and illustrated by Frank Springer]
(3) "Wolfman and Wein Revive 'Dial H for Hero' Comic"
(4) Comic Strips: 'Hello, Carol' Debuts [written and illustrated by Bob Johnson of San Rafael, CA].
(5) "Lone Ranger Film in Production"

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DAVID STALLMAN's two-page evaluation of UNDERHANDED HISTORY OF THE USA by Nick Thorkelson and Jim O'Brien, a 1974 underground comic published by The New England Free Press.

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A review of BATMAN #319 by STEPHEN McGONAGLE. A GARY MARTIN spot illo of the Caped Crusader accompanies the article.

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Editor's note below the review: "Steven [sic] McGonagle is a British fan, who earlier contributed a letter of comment to THE COMICS JOURNAL regarding Dez Skinn's editorial policies at Marvel U.K. This is his first review to be printed in the JOURNAL."

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GREG HUNERYAGER's two-page tribute to and evaluation of Marvel's recently canceled TOMB OF DRACULA series. The essay opens by declaring, "THE TOMB OF DRACULA was arguably comics' best continuing series."

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DAVID STALLMAN reviews THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #262 and #263.

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Brief reviews of the following three offerings from Marvel Comics:
(1) CAPTAIN AMERICA #247
(2) THE HULK! #21
(3) MACHINE MAN #12

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"The Blessed Life of MICHAEL FLEISHER: An Interview with the Man Who Stuffed Jonah Hex" - Edit this story

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An exhaustive, wide-ranging 23-page interview with the controversial writer of THE SPECTRE and JONAH HEX. The interview was conducted by MICHAEL CATRON on February 9, 1980.

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At the end of the interview is a full-page titled "A Selected Michael Fleisher Checklist," which details "a good sampling" of his tremendous output.

Numerous cover and page repros complement the interview. A wash illustration by GARY KWAPISZ of Fleisher, Jonah Hex and The Spectre accompanies the title page. Other illos appearing over the course of the interview include a full-page Spectre by WILLIE BLYBERG; Jonah Hex illos by DENNIS FUJITAKE and PAUL McCALL; Spider-Woman by MICHAEL KURE; Man-Thing by ROBERT MACK HESTER, and Ghost Rider by RUSSELL DUKET and CHRIS O'LEARY.

A full-page ad for Fleisher's novel, CHASING HAIRY appears three pages into the interview.

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"Cinema Journal: The Fog: Silly Schlock Shock" - Edit this story

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DALE LUCIANO reviews John Carpenter's 1980 horror film THE FOG, which starred Adrienne Barbeau, Janet Leigh and Jamie Lee Curtis.

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DALE LUCIANO reviews SATURN 3, the 1980 sci-fi thriller starring Kirk Douglas, Farrah Fawcett and Harvey Keitel. Several stills and cast photos accompany the review.

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Appended is a correction to Luciano's review of "the Lathe of Heaven" in TCJ #54.

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BILL SHERMAN reviews GEN OF HIROSHIMA #1, written and illustrated by Keiji Nakazawa, published by EduComics.

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BILL SHERMAN also provides capsule reviews of two undergrounds:
(1) RIP OFF COMIX #6
(2) THE FORTY-YEAR-OLD HIPPIE #2

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DAVID STALLMAN reviews CLASS WAR COMICS #1, written and illustrated by Clifford Harper, published by Kitchen Sink.

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A three-page look at Mighty Mouse by animation authority JIM KORKIS. Mighty Mouse illos by Conway, Marderosian, and Sam Delarosa (this last one actually of Charlton Comics' knockoff "Atomic Mouse") accompany the essay.

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