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Amazing Heroes (1981) - #5
Fantagraphics Books


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  Writer(s):
Mike Catron
David M. Singer
Robert J. Sodaro - 'Bob Sodaro'

Penciller(s):
Will Blyberg
Gene Colan - 'Adam Austin'
Mark G. Heike
Mark Lamport
Jim McGreal
Dan Reed
Brian James Riedel

Inker(s):
Will Blyberg
Sam DeLaRosa
Mark G. Heike
Mark Lamport
Jim McGreal
Dan Reed
Brian James Riedel

Editor(s):
Mike Catron

Cover Artist(s):
Brent Eric Anderson
 

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Cover Date: October 1981
Cover Price: US $ 1.50

Issue Tagline:
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Return!
Ka-Zar Goes to Hell!
...and a look at Lee & Ditko's Spider-Man!

Format: Black & White; Magazine; 66 pages

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Letters Column: Amazing Readers

Synopsis:
Marvel and DC news (e.g., Giordano named DC managing editor, a full-page CAPTAIN CARROT preview, Carbonaro's THUNDER Agents to publish in fall, etc.). Features this issue include a look at KA-ZAR under Bruce Jones and Brent Anderson, a look back on Steve Ditko's iconic run on SPIDER-MAN and an article examining SUPERMAN and vulnerability. The issue is srounded out by reprints of the STAR WARS and STAR HAWKS comic strips.

Notes:
The inside back cover features The Batman illustrated by MARK LAMPORT.

This issue's AMAZING READERS includes letters from BILL D. MIDDLETON, CHUCK McKINNEY, CHARLES DAVID HASKELL, PETE GARCIA, DALE LUCIANO, KEN HART, ROBERT JENKINS, ERIK STEINER, WALT HEIMLICH, and KEN JOBE.

Noteworty ads this issue include a full-pager for BILL SIENKIEWICZ' "Moon Knight Portfolio and that always beautiful to behold BRIAN BOLLAND Forbidden Planet ad.

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"Star Wars" - Edit this story

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Writer(s):
Archie Goodwin

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Al Williamson

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Al Williamson

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Synopsis:
Reprints the ARCHIE GOODWIN and AL WILLIAMSON comic strips from April 5-14, 1981.

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"Silly Covers #6: The Banana Kid" - Edit this story

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Painted full-page spoof cover by BRIAN JAMES RIEDEL.

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"Exploring Ka-Zar's Brave New World" - Edit this story

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MICHAEL CATRON's thorough exploration of BRUCE HONES and BRENT ANDERSON's revival of the KA-ZAR title, with an especial focus on the shift to direct sales and the Descent Into Hell storyline with BeLasco starting in #10. lavishly illustrated with panels from #10 and a penciled panel from #11.

Sidebar articles include (1) "Ka-Zar Through the Years (noting he premiered in MARVEL COMICS #1 along with Subby and the Torch), and (2) "cast of Characters" that has Jones and Anderson weighing in on Ka-Zar, Shanna and Zabu.

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"Shackled By Success: Faster Than a Speeding Bullet... But Too Slow To Change With The Times" - Edit this story

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DAVID M. SINGER writes about SUPERMAN.

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BOB SODARO's informative examination and evaluation of STEVE DITKO's tenure on THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, complemented by numerous panels and pages.

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A full-page sidebar titled "Spider-Man's Foes" lists each issue of Ditko's run and identifies that issue's opponent.

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Synopsis:
Reprints the science-fiction comic strip by ARCHIE GOODWIN and GIL KANE. This issue's strips span July 31-August 12, 1979.

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