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The Comics Journal (1977) - #98
Fantagraphics Books


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  Writer(s):
Clarence Charles Beck - 'C.C. Beck'
Robert Fiore - 'R. Fiore'
Gary Groth
Tom Heintjes
Milton Knight
Dale Luciano
Carter Scholz
Bill Sherman
Bhob Stewart

Penciller(s):
Chas Gillen
Milton Knight
Larry Marder

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Chas Gillen
Milton Knight
Larry Marder

Editor(s):
Gary Groth
Tom Heintjes
Dale Luciano

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Kevin Nowlan
 

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Cover Date: May 1985
Cover Price: US $ 2.95

Issue Tagline:
Marvel To Axe 7 Titles? See 'Newswatch'
The Alternative Comics Cadaver Derby: Which Publisher Will Be The First To Fall?
Plus: An Interview With ALEX TOTH

Format: Black & White; Magazine; 98 pages

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Letters Column: Blood and Thunder

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This issue's BLOOD AND THUNDER includes letters from: GENE PHILLIPS, R.C. HARVEY, LOU MOUGIN, T.M. MAPLE, PETER RASMUSSEN (w/ response from KIM THOMPSON), GARY DeJONG, CHRIS MEIER, WILL JACOBS & GERARD JONES, LARRY MARDER, GRAHAM P. WILLIAMS, STEVE ENGLEHART, JACK C. HARRIS, HARLAND RONNING, PETE FRIEDRICH, ROBERT HAINING, GREG THEAKSTON, D. SIMELS, CORNELIUS STONE, LIAM TONER, MICHAEL FELDMAN and CHARLES KATHMAN.

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"Opening Shots: Comic Heroes in Ancient Times" - Edit this story

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C.C. BECK on the heroes of Ancient Greece.

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"Editorial: Intellectual Shenanigans" - Edit this story

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GARY GROTH on Don and Maggie Thompson's Buyer's Guide Fan Awards, which Groth considers "intellectually fraudulent." Groth also calls to account Archie Goodwin and Dean Mullaney for censoring stories in Epic's DREADSTAR and Eclipse's STAR*REACH CLASSICS. Examples of censored artwork complement Groth's editorial and bolster his argument.

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Stories include:
Fallout from Pacific Comics' liquidation
Marvel's plan to cancel The Defenders and several other titles
Clarence Nash, voice of Donald Duck, dies at age 80
Morris Gollub, animator and comics artist, dies at age 74
Don Bluth animation studio bankrupt

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R. FIORE weighs a stack of current comics on the old lady scale and most are found wanting. Under review this issue are:
Marvel's Star Comics (ROYAL ROY #1, PLANET TERRY #3, WALLY THE WIZARD #2, FRAGGLE ROCK #2 and HEATHCLIFF #1).
STEVE CANYON #8 (Kitchen Sink)
BETTY BOOP AND FELIX (comic strip)
2000 A.D. MONTHLY (Eagle Comics)
ROBOTMAN (comic strip by Jim Meddick)

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RUSSELL FRUEND reviews TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (Eastman & Laird) and ZERO PATROL (Neal Adams' Continuity Comics)

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CARTER SCHOLZ reviews:
THE MEDUSA CHAIN (DC Graphic Novel by Ernie Colon)
VOID INDIGO (Epic Graphic novel by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik)
ZOT! (Eclipse Comics series by Scott McCloud)

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DALE LUCIANO reviews MR. BLOCK (a reprint of a 1913 collection of 24 cartoons by Ernest Riebe that ran in The Industrial Worker newspaper) (Charles H. Kerr Publishing) and JACK SURVIVES, a 44-page collection of Jerry Moriarty strips (RAW One-Shot).

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JAN STRNAD on the imploding alternative comics boom of the 1980s. Strnad notes First Comics and Pacific Comics have folded... Who's next?? Strnad looks at all the alternative comics publishers alphabetically and evaluates their chances for survival.

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A reprint of a 1970 interview with ALEX TOTH originally published in GRAPHIC STORY MAGAZINE #10 (1970). The interview was conducted by VINCENT DAVIS, RICHARD KYLE and BILL SPICER. The piece opens with an appreciation of Toth written in the mid-1960s by GIL KANE.

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An 18-page interview filled with vintage Toth comic art and animation art.

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The third installment of DALE LUCIANO's exhaustive survey of the newave comics scene circa 1985. This issue examines the work of: CLAY GEERDES, JERRY GOEBERT, VERNON GRANT, RICHARD 'GRASS' GREEN, DOUG HANSEN, GARY HARDMANN, R.C. HARVEY, MAX HAYNES, M. HILL, PAR HOLMAN and JOHN HOWARD.

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"Keeping The Comix Grapevine: An Interview With Clay Geerdes" - Edit this story

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A six-page interview by DALE LUCIANO with CLAY GEERDES, an influential figure in the self-published comics movement.

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A three-page autobiographical essay/promotional piece for Knight's comic book HUGO (published by Fantagraphics). Three cartoons by the author complement the piece.

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BILL SHERMAN on Kitchen Sink's launch of the all-color underground comic HAROLD HEDD: HITLER'S COCAINE. Sherman looks back on Harold Hedd's history and expresses his enthusiasm at RAND HOLMES' re-entry into underground comix.

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