News from comic book publishers with detailed information and a multitude of cover reproductions for the July 1978 cover-dated comics.
Columns include Comment, Fanzine Reviews, Media News, Media Review and the letter column TCR Mailboat.
TCR's executive editor MIKE TIEFENBACHER takes up the brush and displays his artistic talents by providing both of this issue's covers. The front cover spotlights two new DC characters: Firestorm and Steel. The back cover features a tribute to The Flash, "an old character who after 22 years is leaving the guidance of Julius Schwartz."
An all-star edition of TCR Mailboat, boasting letters from ROY THOMAS, MIKE GOLD and ALAN LIGHT (then of TBG fame). The Mailboat is buoyed by a full-color spot illo of Nova by Fred Hembeck.
Synopsis: Andy Hildebrand examines the many changes in Marvel Comics from the early 1960s to present, applauding Marvel for moving away from a house style to allowing diversity; in fact, Hildebrand contends that "the fare at Marvel has never been more diverse."
Synopsis: Rona Blabbit reports that "the chief reason for the delay in the release of the SUPERMAN film, according to various magazines, is that they're attempting the first holographic film projection (in which Superman would fly off the screen and actually be over the audience) and they need the extra time to perfect it. If it works, it should be quite impressive..."
In other news, Blabbit says Universal has announced it will produce a MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN pilot for NBC. Irvin Kershner has been tapped to direct the STAR WARS sequel, with production slated to begin in Summer 1978. Beatlemaniac Blabbit also discusses Beatles-related books and projects and notes that Eric Idle's RUTLES special, "All You Need is Cash," is scheduled to air on March 22, 1978 over NBC.