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The Comics Journal (1977) - #72
Fantagraphics Books


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  Writer(s):
Gary Groth
Robert C. Harvey - 'R.C. Harvey'
Dale Luciano
Richard E. Marschall
Rich Morrissey
Russell B. Nye
Gene Phillips
Carter Scholz
Bill Sherman
Jan Strnad - 'J. Knight'
Kim Thompson

Penciller(s):
Jaime Hernandez - 'Xaime'
Mark Lamport
Scott McCloud
Stu Potts
Johan Roux
Joan Hanke Woods

Inker(s):
Jaime Hernandez - 'Xaime'
Mark Lamport
Scott McCloud
Stu Potts
Johan Roux
Joan Hanke Woods

Editor(s):
Dwight R. Decker
Gary Groth
Dale Luciano
Kim Thompson

Cover Artist(s):
Neal Adams
 

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Cover Date: May 1982
Cover Price: US $ 3.00

Issue Tagline: NEAL ADAMS on Ms. Mystic, Marvel , DC, the Independents, Superheroes, The Comics Guild, His New Film, Hamlet, and Global Economics in an Exclusive Interview!

Format: Black & White; Magazine; 130 pages

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Letters Column: Blood and Thunder

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Comics news (including Frank Miller's announcing he will be leaving DAREDEVIL and creating a maxi-series for DC in 1983; Paul Smith assuming art chores on X-MEN, and Hal Schuster's New Media Distribution files chapter seven bankruptcy). Features include many reviews of current comics, comic strips and art books, an insightful piece on ASTERIX and an exhaustive 40-page interview with comics icon NEAL ADAMS.

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This issue's BLOOD AND THUNDER boasts letters from GERRY CONWAY, ROY THOMAS, EDDIE BRICKELL, JAY KINNEY, IRA REMSON HALL, WILLIAM J. DENHOLM III, JOHN R. MORRIS, DWAINE M. PLOEG, GENE PHILLIPS, ROBERT GREENBERGER, KLAUS D. HAISCH, TED MAPLEHURST, JAN STRNAD, DAVID L. KLEES, and DAVID FLEISSIG. Among those providing spot illos are JAIME HERNANDEZ, MARK LAMPORT and SCOTT McCLOUD.

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JAN STRNAD on the Richard & Wendy Pini's ELFQUEST Color Volume and THE ELFQUEST GATHERUM.

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CARTER SCHOLZ on ADVENTURE ILLUSTRATED #1 and an especially scathing review of STARFIGHTERS #3, which Scholz describes as "a pustulent running-sore of a fanzine, an excrescence of twisted fantasies of miltarism, brainwashing, rape, murder, demonism and technophilia." Scholz also notes that "in this issue, the dialogue balloon, 'Nothing can stop me now!' makes its 250,000th appearance in a comic book."

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R.C. HARVEY on Richard Marschall's BLONDIE AND DAGWOOD'S AMERICA, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #200 and Roy Thomas' CAPTAIN CARROT AND HIS AMAZING ZOO CREW #1 and 2.

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KIM THOMPSON reviews HEAVY METAL PRESENT MOEBIUS and the MOEBIUS art book.

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KEVIN C. McCONNELL on SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING under Marty Pasko and Tom Yeates; THE UNCANNY X-MEN #157; AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #228 and POWER MAN/IRON FIST under Mary Jo Duffy.

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The cover story of TCJ #75 will concern JAN STRNAD's writing of SPIDER-MAN #228.

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GARY GROTH reviews Phil Frank's syndicated comic strip TRAVELS WITH FARLEY and JUDGE DREDD, which Groth describes as "a fascistic strip with a sense of humor."

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GENE PHILLIPS on ADVENTURE ILLUSTRATED #1 (edited by Richard Howell, published by Hal Schuster).

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A lengthy and wide-ranging interview with NEAL ADAMS conducted by GARY GROTH in November 1981 and March 1982. In his preface, Groth states: "Here is Neal Adams at his outspoken best, saying things I never thought I'd hear said, and seeing things in a way I never quite imagined possible."

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A 40-PAGE interview complemented by several expressive photographs and numerous repros of rare art (including several BEN CASEY comic strips and commissioned art for Power Records).

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DALE LUCIANO expounds upon Stephen King's book DANSE MACABRE. The five-page article features spot illustrations by JOAN HANKE WOODS.

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