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The Comic Reader (1961) - #173
Street Enterprises


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  Writer(s):
Howard Leroy Davis
Jim Engel
Chuck Fiala
Greg Huneryager
Jacob Moraine
Jim Steranko
Mike Tiefenbacher
Catherine Yronwode - 'Cat'

Penciller(s):
Jim Engel
Chuck Fiala
Fred G. Hembeck

Inker(s):
Jim Engel
Chuck Fiala
Fred G. Hembeck

Editor(s):
David Finger
Jerome Sinkovec
Mike Tiefenbacher

Cover Artist(s):
Alan James Hanley
Dennis J. Jensen
Robert Staszak
 

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Cover Date: October 1979
Cover Price: US $ 1.00

Issue Tagline: None.

Format: Black & White; Magazine; 62 pages

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Letters Column: TCR Mailboat

Synopsis:
Highlights this issue include (1) an interview with JIM STERANKO, (2) HOWARD LEROY DAVIS' thought-provoking examination on the causation of super-powers, and (3) the second installment of CAT YRONWODE's exhaustive examination of WILL EISNER's work on The Spirit.

The TCR Mailboat boasts but two letters, from BILL KUNKEL and DENIS McFARLING (who included a Bullet Crow cartoon panel).

JIM ENGEL provides another full-page, full-color episode of "Dick Duck, Duck Dick," opposite of which is CHUCK FIALA's "Bullet Crow" strip 008, guest-starring Iron Man. ENGEL & FIALA also appear in their Fandom Confidential fumetti, titled "News and Views."

The Menomonee Falls Gazette reprints the following comic strips:
MODESTY BLAISE by Peter O'Donnell & Enrique Romero: Strips 2669-2676
SUPERMAN by Siegel & Shuster: Eight strips from 1945 (no specific dates are discernible and/or have been removed)
THE SEEKERS by John Burns & Les Lilley: Strips Q97-Q112
STAR HAWKS by Ron Goulart & Gil Kane: The strips spanning August 13-September 9, 1978.


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ALAN JAMES HANLEY and DENNIS JENSEN provide the front cover featuring THE SPIRIT.
The X-Men's Phoenix and Storm are featured on BOB STASZAK's back cover.

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"Comic Strip Circus" - Edit this story

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Comic strip news, including (1) an obituary for SMITTY creator WALTER BERNDT, who passed away on August 13, 1979, and (2) the STAR HAWKS comic strip was reduced to a single-tier format beginning July 30, 1979.

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Rona Blabbit dishes on SUPERMAN II, Monty Python's LIFE OF BRIAN and on numerous television shows, cartoons and films.

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"How Do They Do It? The Etiology of Super-Powers" - Edit this story

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The two-page article features three spot illos by FRED HEMBECK.

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Jim Steranko

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Synopsis:
An interview with JIM STERANKO conducted by GREG HUNERYAGER on Saturday, June 16, 1979 in the dealer's room of the World of Comics convention in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The three-page interview touches on many topics, including Mediascene and Steranko's involvement in film, Chandler, Talon, his work on FOOM,and his opinions of current comics.

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The second installment of CAT YRONWODE's "informal history and appreciation of Will Eisner's SPIRIT," looking this time around at "the realm of historical fiction."

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The four and a half page article includes several repros of Eisner strips and artwork.

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