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The Comic Reader (1961) - #154
Street Enterprises

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Fred G. Hembeck

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Allen 'Al' Milgrom
Jim Starlin

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Cover Date: March 1978
Cover Price: US $ 0.75

Issue Tagline: None.

Format: Black & White; Fanzine; 30 pages

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Letters Column: TCR Mailboat

News from comic book publishers with detailed information and a multitude of cover reproductions for the June 1978 cover-dated comics.

Rona Blabbit's Media News column, including a prime-time grid for the three networks reflecting mid-season replacements.

JIM STARLIN provides the front cover illustration of "Ghost Rider astride his original cycle."
AL MILGROM's back cover pictures Charlie-27 (of The Guardians of the Galaxy) in his original uniform.

The TCR Mailboat boasts letters from BILL MANTLO and GEORGE OLSHEVSKY. In his letter, Mantlo mentions enjoying Marv Wolfman's essay on Spider-Woman and states he'd like to write a piece about the Jack-of-Hearts. He also makes mention of Rocket Raccoon (a character who would not appear until Hulk #271 in 1982 and only really break out in the 1985 miniseries illustrated by Mike Mignola).

Fred Hembeck provides a full-color cartoon of Spider-Man. [The first of the many he contributed to TCR??]

An added bonus is a full-page ad for GEORGE PEREZ's portfolio, "Perez--Accent on the First'E'." The ad is hand-lettered and appears to contain an original Perez illo of Howard the Duck, Green Lantern, Batman, The Thing and Red Sonja (who looks a heck of a lot like Starfire!).

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Rona Blabbit reports that "NBC has bought and tentatively scheduled for next season Ray Bradbury's THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES as a six-part miniseries. Veteran fantasy TV writer Richard Matheson has adapted the story." [The miniseries began airing in January 1980.] Blabbit notes that the STAR TREK movie is in preproduction ("the sets are built").

Rona reports that the popularity of science-fiction has led "syndication companies to recycle some dreadful drek. The hilarious BUCK ROGERS serial is being shown in both its theatrical fifteen chapter version and the edited feature version in anticipation of NBC's new series for the fall." [NOTE: The 1939 BUCK ROGERS serial starring Buster Crabbe was only 12 chapters long (and is a lot of fun,to boot!).]

As a followup to last issue, Blabbit asks, "Remember I said George Lucas was influenced by the Daffy Duck DUCK DODGERS cartoon? So apparently was Steven Spielberg; the cartoon appears on Richard Dreyfuss' TV in CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND."

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