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The Comic Reader (1961) - #155
Street Enterprises


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  Writer(s):
Andy Hildebrand
Mike Tiefenbacher

Penciller(s):
Fred G. Hembeck

Inker(s):
Fred G. Hembeck

Editor(s):
David Finger
Jerome Sinkovec
Mike Tiefenbacher

Cover Artist(s):
Mike Tiefenbacher
 

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Cover Date: April 1978
Cover Price: US $ 0.75

Issue Tagline: None.

Format: Black & White; Fanzine; 30 pages

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Letters Column: TCR Mailboat

Synopsis:
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.

Notes:
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.

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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."

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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.

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Rona Blabbit writes a rave review of the sci-fi parody sitcom QUARK [A Buck Henry-created series that enjoyed a brief eight-episode run in early 1978 (available on DVD).]

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