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The Comics Journal (1977) - #55
Fantagraphics Books


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  Writer(s):
John Dakin
Dwight R. Decker
Robert Fiore - 'R. Fiore'
Jack C. Harris
Richard Howell
Dale Luciano
Richard E. Marschall
Margaret O'Connell
Gene Phillips
Bill Sherman
Kim Thompson

Penciller(s):
Richard Bruning
Felipe Dela Rosa
Dennis Fujitake
Alan James Hanley
Jack C. Harris
Doug Herring
Robert Mack Hester
Michael Kure
Paul McCall
Chris O'Leary
Brian James Riedel
Robert Staszak
Ronald Wilber
Joan Hanke Woods

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Editor(s):
Mike Catron
Gary Groth
Kim Thompson

Cover Artist(s):
John Bolton
Gil Kane
 

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Cover Date: April 1980
Cover Price: US $ 1.50

Issue Tagline:
Marvel Adds Pages, Follows DC To 50 Format
Time Warp Cancelled; DC Readies Two New SF Titles
Mightier than The Stake: Low Sales Kill Dracula
Jack C. Harris And the Joy Of Comic Books (At Last! An Interview with No Gripes, No Regrets, and No C

Format: Black & White; Magazine; 82 pages

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Letters Column: Blood & Thunder

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None entered.

Notes:
The front cover boasts Green Lantern by GIL KANE.
JOHN BOLTON's painted back cover features a troll caught spying by a skinnydipping woman.

This issue's BLOOD & THUNDER includes letters from TED WHITE (Heavy Metal), WILLIAM HANSEN, JAMES LENTINI, KENT G. ORLANDO, DAN RECCHIA, BILL MANTLO, WALLACE GREEN (Exec. Editor, Western Publishing), RICKY "DOC" LIVINGSTON, DENNY O'NEILL and JAMES D. TRUE.

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"Another Relentlessly Elitist Editoral" - Edit this story

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Synopsis:
KIM THOMPSON bemoans the current sad state of the comics medium and notes the JOURNAL's emphasis shifting away from Marvel and DC towards promoting independent comics and collections of the best works of the past.

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the title page features a full-page illustration of a dragon by JOAN HANKE WOODS.

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Among the highlights:
Marvel follows DC to 50-cent format
TIME WARP canceled, replaced with a revival of MYSTERY IN SPACE.
A special DETECTIVE COMICS #500 in progress
A brief obituary of longtime JLA artist DICK DILLIN (1928-80)
JIM STERANKO renames his MEDIASCENE magazine PREVUE.

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"The Rocky Road to Tanelorn: Moorcock in the Comics" - Edit this story

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A three-page evaluation of a number of recent comic book adaptations of the work of MICHAEL MOORCOCK.

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"An End to Romance" - Edit this story

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RICHARD HOWELL reviews HEART THROBS: THE BEST OF DC ROMANCE COMICS, a trade paperback published by Simon & Schuster.

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Kim Thompson

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Reviews of:
(1) FUTURE DAY, a collection of GENE DAY's work.
(2) 1941: THE ILLUSTRATED STORY, a comic book adaptation of Steven Spielberg's 1979 film.
(3) THE BEST OF RUBE GOLDBERG, a 125-page "essential" compilation of Goldberg's work.

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"An Interview with JACK C. HARRIS: Editor, Writer, and Lifelong Comics Fan" - Edit this story

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Margaret O'Connell

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A wide-ranging, 14-page interview with JACK C. HARRIS conducted by MARGARET O'CONNELL in February 1980.

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Harris, who holds a B.A. in art, provides an example of his figure drawing.

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"JOHN BOLTON: Britain's Foremost Fantasy Artist, From Dracula to the Bionic Woman" - Edit this story

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An introduction to and appreciation of JOHN BOLTON's artwork by British writer JOHN DALKIN. The eight-page essay is complemented by an exceptionally large number of Bolton pages and illustrations, mostly from the British comic books LOOK-IN and HOUSE OF HAMMER.

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"Heroes and Antiheroes: Cultural Patterns in the Comics Writing of Don McGregor and Steve Gerber" - Edit this story

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Gene Phillips

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An insightful essay by GENE PHILLIPS that examines the comic book writing of McGregor and Gerber.

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A full-page illustration by RON WILBER accompanies the essay.

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"Polychromatic Effulgence: Overture" - Edit this story

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The inaugural installment of RICHARD MARSCHALL's column on comic strips (he notes several earlier columns appeared in THE BUYER'S GUIDE).

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The column's title is taken from an 1896 William Randolph Hearst quotation, describing his paper's first color comics section.

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BILL SHERMAN devotes two pages to evaluating THE BUNCH'S POWER PAK COMICS by ALINE KOMINSKY (Kitchen Sink).

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"Cinema Journal: The Lathe of Heaven: A Memorable First From PBS" - Edit this story

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DALE LUCIANO reviews THE LATHE OF HEAVEN, a PBS adaptation of Ursula K. LeGuin's 1971 novel starring Bruce Davison, Kevin Conway and Margaret Avery. A still and cast photos accompany the review.

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"Cinema Journal: The Martian Chronicles: A Lackluster Adaptation" - Edit this story

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DALE LUCIANO reviews the adaptation of Ray Bradbury's masterwork that aired as an NBC miniseries in January 1980 starring Rock Hudson, Darren McGavin, Roddy McDowell et al.

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"Doc's Bookshelf: The Kiddiebook Kounterattack" - Edit this story

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Synopsis:
DWIGHT DECKER looks back on and evaluates four classic children's books of the 1940s:
(1) HOMER PRICE by Robert McCloskey (1943)
(2) THE HALF-PINT JINNI AND OTHER STORIES by Maurice Dolbier (1948)
(3) SAM AND THE SUPERDROOP by Munro Leaf (1948)
(4) FREDDY THE PILOT by Walter R. Brooks (1952)

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DON ROSA provides four illustratons complementing the reviews.

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