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Rocket's Blast Comicollector / RBCC (1962) - #143
James Van Hise


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  Writer(s):
Gary Brown
Robert C. Harvey - 'R.C. Harvey'
Keno Don Hugo Rosa - 'Don Rosa'
Howard Siegel
James Van Hise
Ronald Wilber

Penciller(s):
Hilary Barta
Eddie Eddings
Marc Hempel
Alan Hutchinson
Keno Don Hugo Rosa - 'Don Rosa'
Ronald Wilber
Mike Zeck

Editor(s):
James Van Hise

Cover Artist(s):
Kerry Gammill
Ronald Wilber
 

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Cover Date: June 1978
Cover Price: US $ 1.75

Issue Tagline: None.

Format: Black & White; Fanzine; 80 pages

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Letters Column: Blasts From The Readers

Synopsis:
STEVE DITKO and BASIL WOLVERTON are this ssue's focus, which is rounded out by the usual line-up of outstanding columns and features.

Notes:
This issue's front cover by RON WILBER features a darkly humorous scene from his serial "Twilight of the Heroes." KERRY GAMMILL delivers a Ditko-inspired back cover. The inside cover is a full-page MARC HEMPEL illustration of Dr. Strange.

BLASTS FROM THE READERS is dedicated this issue to one lengthy missive from Marvel's ROY THOMAS.

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"Stretching Things" - Edit this story

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Writer(s):
Bruce Hamilton

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Steve Ditko

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Steve Ditko

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Synopsis:
A reprint of a five-page STEVE DITKO story.

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Originally presented in FANTASTIC FEARS #5 (1953), this story is cited by some as being STEVE DITKO's first published comic book work. It is printed here in crisp black-and-white and magazine sized.

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"Steve Ditko: Master Of Mystery" - Edit this story

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James Van Hise

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A two-page tribute to STEVE DITKO, the man and the creative genius.

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"A Steve Ditko Cover Gallery" - Edit this story

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From the these 15 cover reproductions displaying STEVE DITKO's 1950's and early 1960's work.

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"Notes On Ditko's Spider-Man and Other Outcasts of Society" - Edit this story

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A thought-provoking memoir by a homosexual that focuses on the outcast element in Ditko's run on THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and how Ditko provided the author "a key to understanding myself and what I was up against."

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From Van Hise's opening comments: "This is definitely the most unusual article I've ever published, and I think you'll find it's the most unusual article on comics you've ever read."

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KENO DON takes on questions from all comers and on a wide range of topics. This installment features several spot illos by HILARY BARTA.

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"Critique" - Edit this story

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James Van Hise

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James Van Hise reviews a number of fanzines and underground comix.

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Someone is killing the super-heroes. A four-page installment in Ron Wilber's serialized saga featuring thinly disguised versions of the heroes and heroines we love.

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Van Hise writes an information-packed essay examining Wolverton's "straight" horror and science-fiction work (as opposed to his humorous work for MAD, etc., though Wolverton's cover to MAD #11 is pictured).

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Features a never-before-published two-page spread Wolverton illustrated in the early 1930s for his unpublished text story, "Cloud Breaker."

Reprints, among other pieces, a two-page spread of a T-Rex and Bronto ready to rumble; the first page of the first STARKAWKS strip (from CIRCUS #1(1938)); and a page from the reprinted version of "Swamp Monster" (from SHOCK (1969)).

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"Star Bored! Or How a Really Good Idea Got Really Mucked Up" - Edit this story

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James Van Hise reviews the Alan Dean Foster novel SPLINTER OF THE MIND's EYE.

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Gary Brown

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Alan Hutchinson

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Synopsis:
Installment #47 of GARY BROWN's column, accompanied by ALAN HUTCHINSON illustrations. Brown discusses comic book prices.

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"Comic Collector's Comments" - Edit this story

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Howard Siegel

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HOWARD P. SIEGEL provides a thorough look on the life and work of comic strip artist AL SCADUTO, best known for his strip, "They'll Do It Every Time." Siegel also writes some personal recollections of JOHN VERPOORTEN, Marvel's Production Chief, who died at only age 36 in December 1977. Shazam/Captain Marvel and Will Eisner are also touched upon.

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"The Pertwillaby Papers: Episode 138" - Edit this story

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Keno Don Hugo Rosa - 'Don Rosa'

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Episode 138 featuring the 10-page conclusion to "Vortex!"

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Six of R.C Harvey's Top Ten Lists, including his Top 10 Comic Strips, Top Ten Cartoon Characters, Top Ten Greatest Cartoonists and others.

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