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The Comic Reader (1961) - #158
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Cover Date: July 1978
Cover Price: US $ 0.75

Issue Tagline: None.

Format: Black & White; Fanzine; 40 pages

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Letters Column: TCR Mailboat

News from all the comic book publishers and details on the October 1978 cover-dated comics, including a multitude of cover reproductions.

Regular columns appearing this issue include Media News, TCR Mailboat, Fanzine Reviews, Et Al (describing Jim Engel and Chuck Fiala's "Fandom's Follies" show at the San Diego Con; Engel and Fiala would soon be regular contributors to TCR) and TCR Message, which brought word of increased subscription rates.

ALAN KUPPERBURG provides this issue's front cover featuring Howard the Duck, Captain America, The Human Torch and The Black Panther. FRED HEMBECK's back cover pictures a Ditkoesque Dr. Strange.

The TCR Mailboat includes letters from ROY THOMAS and RANDY CRAWFORD.

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Rona Blabbit writes an especially lengthy column this month (2-1/2 pages), opening with a pointed rebuttal to HARLAN ELLISON, who has criticized Blabbit for simply taking news from VARIETY and failing to separate "myth from reality."

Among the highlights this month is "the latest poop on the CONAN film...which will star Arnold Schwarzenegger." Rona reports that "Oliver Stone is writing (which probably means that Roy Thomas and Edward Summer's script is out), and John Milius may still direct. Frank Frazetta, cover painter of the original Conan paperback books, is the Visual Consultant." [CONAN THE BARBARIAN was released in May 1982. If Frazetta did serve as a consultant, he wasn't credited (Edward Summer receives a story credit on IMDb, but not Thomas).]

Blabbit's reporting proved accurate on a number of projects that didn't reach theatres until the 1980s. Rona reports that Milton Subotsky has "optioned the anthology of STEPHEN KING stories for a film in the TALES FROM THE CRYPT format [released as CREEPSHOW in Fall 1982]...ITC still has the LONE RANGER on its production schedule [released in 1981 as THE LEGEND OF THE LONE RANGER]. Robert Towne is still working on his script for the new TARZAN film [released in 1984 as GREYSTOKE: THE LEGEND OF TARZAN OF THE APES.]... ITC is also doing a film called SATURN 3 directed by STAR WARS Art Director John Barry and starring Farrah Fawcett-Majors [released in February 1980 with Stanley Donen getting the directing credit]."

Amongst the multitude of news items and minutiae about Monty Python is a brief but insightful review of the TV pilot movie for TOP SECRET starring Bill Cosby that Rona found reminiscent of Cosby's 1960's series I SPY.

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