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Comics Feature (1980) - #7
New Media Publishing


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  Writer(s):
Brian C. Boerner
Steven Cohen
Peter B. Gillis
Bob Jennings
Peter Sanderson
Robert Soron
Don Thompson
Maggie Thompson
Donna Ugol
Brad Walker
Murray R. Ward
Catherine Yronwode - 'Cat'
Jay L. Zilber

Penciller(s):
Tony Asoria
Richard Howell
Tom Linehan

Inker(s):
Tony Asoria
Richard Howell
Tom Linehan

Editor(s):
Paul Dini
Peter B. Gillis
Richard Howell
Carol Kalish

Cover Artist(s):
Richard Howell
Frank Miller
 

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Cover Date: November 1980
Cover Price: US $1.95

Issue Tagline: a talk With ZIPPY's Bill Griffith / Dissecting THE DAZZLER / DETECTIVE Hits #500 / How Superman Treats His Women!

Format: Black & White; Magazine; 81 pages

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Letters Column: None

Synopsis:
Comics news (e.g., JOHN BYRNE leaving X-MEN to take over FANTASTIC FOUR; ROGER STERN and JOHN BYRNE quit CAPTAIN AMERICA; RBCC, FANTASTIC EXPLOITS and ENTERPRISE INCIDENTS all sold to New Media Publishing with JAMES VAN HISE to remain as "editor and packager") followed by well-researched and well-written features of timeless value.

Notes:
A full-page ad for FRED HEMBECK's BAH, HEMBECK appears on page 79. Hembeck hand-lettered the ad in the distinctive style of Silver Age DC Comics.

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"Opening Notes" - Edit this story

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Richard Howell

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"Detective Comics #500" - Edit this story

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Synopsis:
A brief interview with PAUL LEVITZ about the upcoming anniversary issue, lavishly illustrated with artwork.

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"Dissecting The Dazzler" - Edit this story

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Writer(s):
Tom DeFalco
Richard Howell
Louise Jones
Carol Kalish
Roger L. Stern

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Richard Howell

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Richard Howell
Carol Kalish

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Synopsis:
An "after-the-fact overview of how THE DAZZLER #1 came to be." CAROL KALISH and RICHARD HOWELL ("with help from ROGER STERN") interview the book's writer and editor TOM DeFALCO and LOUISE JONES. Interview conducted in September 1980.

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Noteworthy for having a side-by-side comparison of the original splash page to #1 with the retouched splash.

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"Fandom Origins Presents: Paleolithic Fandom" - Edit this story

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Don Thompson
Maggie Thompson

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Don & Maggie discuss the earliest fandom, primarily centered around collecting comic strips such as "Thimble Theater" and "Pogo."

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"Ride The Tiger: How To Make $20,000 a Year Writing Sword-and-Sorcery Clap-Trap" - Edit this story

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Bob Jennings

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Synopsis:
A tongue-in-cheek piece.

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Jay L. Zilber

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The second installment an ongoing series about getting started in fanzine publishing.

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"The Silver Age of Comics: Chapter VI" - Edit this story

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Brian C. Boerner

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Brian Boerner's history of the Silver Age. This installment starts in 1967.

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Sidebar essays by other authors address specific titles and developments.

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An informative piece on JIM SHOOTER's 3-1/2 year run on The Legion of Super-Heroes.

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"Sixties Strangeness Revisited" - Edit this story

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CAT YRONWODE on DOCTOR STRANGE's run in STRANGE TALES.

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"Love That Doom Patrol!!" - Edit this story

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Donna Ugol

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An informative piece on the short-lived 1960's series by DONNA UGOL.

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"Atom Before The Fall (At Charlton)" - Edit this story

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STEVE COHEN on Charlton's CAPTAIN ATOM under STEVE DITKO.

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Murray R. Ward

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A thorough and thoroughly engaging 11-page piece by MURRAY R. WARD examining Marvel's Western comics: RAWHIDE KID, TWO-GUN KID, KID COLT and THE GHOST RIDER. The article is complemented by cover and panel repros.

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"A Talk With BILL GRIFFITH, The Man Behind ZIPPY" - Edit this story

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Bill Griffith - 'Griffy'
Brad Walker

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Richard Howell
Brad Walker

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An image for Zippy the Pinhead exists Zippy the Pinhead

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Synopsis:
A Summer 1980 BRAD WALKER interview with Zippy The Pinhead creator BILL GRIFFITH. The article is accompanied by example of Griffith's work, including some of his Wacky Packages.

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"How Superman Treats His Women: Part I" - Edit this story

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Margaret O'Connell

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Article includes a clever RICHARD HOWELL cartoon panel.

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"Women in Terry And the Pirates: Part II" - Edit this story

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Richard Howell

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The Dragon Lady is the focus of this installment, which is bursting with beautiful Caniff artwork.

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"Guilty Fantasies" - Edit this story

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Peter B. Gillis

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A review of Hollybrook Graphics' THE SPIRIT PORTFOLIO: A NARRATIVE PORTFOLIO by WILL EISNER.

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