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The Comics Journal (1977) - #40
Fantagraphics Books


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  Writer(s):
John Benson
Marilyn Bethke
Frank Catalano
Jim Dawson
Dwight R. Decker
Scott Edelman
Gary Groth
Bill Mantlo
Raymond Orkwis
Bill Sherman
Kim Thompson
Jeffrey H. Wasserman

Penciller(s):
Bob Aull
John Cornell
Dennis Fujitake
Doug Herring
Judith A. Hunt

Inker(s):
Bob Aull
John Cornell
Dennis Fujitake
Doug Herring
Judith A. Hunt

Editor(s):
Gary Groth
Kim Thompson

Cover Artist(s):
Howard Bender
John Cornell
Bob Layton Sr.
Michael Netzer - 'Mike Nasser'
Joe Sinnott
 

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Cover Date: June 1978
Cover Price: US $ 1.00

Issue Tagline:
The Best-Selling Magazine About Comic Art!
DC's Starhunters
An Interview with Jim Shooter
Marvel's "Micronauts" by Bill Mantlo

Format: Black & White; Magazine; 74 pages

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Letters Column: Blood & Thunder

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Comics news and features, including letters, columns, reviews and an interview with Marvel Comics' Editor-in-Chief, Jim Shooter.

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Back cover features Sub-Mariner by Howard Bender, inked by Joe Sinnott with colors by Marie Severin

This month's BLOOD AND THUNDER boasts letters from ROY THOMAS, WARD O. BATTY, TONY ROBERTSON, CAT YRONWODE, BILL TURNER, MIKE FRIEDRICH, JAMES S. BAHLER, BRUCE SHANE, BILL BLACK, JACK SEABROOK, REED STURDIVANT, KEN RILEY, and HOWARD BLAKESLEE. A sidebar also shows GIL KANE's original art for the cover of TCJ #38 side-by-side with the published version inked and colored by JOHN CORNELL.

Among the full-page ads is one for Don McGregor's book DRAGONFLAME that quotes Scott Edelman's review from earlier in this same issue.

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BILL MANTLO writes a two-page piece on creating THE MICRONAUTS. The article is complemented by BOB HALL artwork.

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KIM THOMPSON reviews DOCTOR STRANGE #29 and MARVEL PREMIERE #41 (featuring "Seeker 3000")

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"You Get a Big Delight in Every Bite or Why Comic Books Can Lead To Cavities" - Edit this story

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RAYMOND ORKWIS reviews James Warren's 1984 #1.

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JIM DAWSON reviews DAVID ANTHONY KRAFT's run writing THE DEFENDERS #46-60.

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SCOTT EDELMAN looks at DON McGREGOR's tenure writing for Marvel and evaluates his latest project, DRAGONFLAME.

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"Between The Panels: Art Spiegelman From Maus To Now " - Edit this story

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JOHN BENSON looks at the Art Spiegelman anthology BREAKDOWNS.

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A February 16, 1978 interview with JIM SHOOTER conducted by GARY GROTH, who states, "I went for a more narrowly circumscribed dialog, concentrating on the current status of Marvel and Jim's role in the company. As such it is almost as much an interview with Marvel as it is with Jim Shooter."

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The seven-page interview opens with and is enhanced by several DENNIS FUJITAKE spot illos. JUDITH HUNT also provides a nice portrait of Count Dracula.

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DWIGHT DECKER reports on his trek to Europe and the comics he discovered there.

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The debut of JEFFREY WASSERMAN's column features thoughtful takes on (1) JAY ZILBER's Sheldon Mayer fanzine GIX SPTZL GLAAH! #1; (2) ROBERT MAYER's novel SUPERFOLKS, and (3) JIMMY THUDPUCKER's GREATEST HITS, a stereo LP that includes an eight-page GARRY TRUDEAU comic.

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"Underground Comix: Old Pros and Safety Pins: Underground Comix in 1977" - Edit this story

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BILL SHERMAN looks at the state of underground comix, considering such factors as a changing political climate, artists finding syndication in weekly alternative papers and the better circulation and ability to publish collected works.

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MARILYN BETHKE's exhaustive examination and evaluation of THE ROCKET'S BLAST COMICOLLECTOR under editor JAMES VAN HISE. Over the course of this seven-page critique, Bethke examines and reviews each column and feature in the RBCC (even using the RBCC's own headings).

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"Afoot in the Airlock: Space Opera is Alive and Well in Star Hunters" - Edit this story

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FRANK CATALANO looks at DC Comics' series STAR HUNTERS.

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"Comic Strips: Amazing Spider-Man and Howard The Duck" - Edit this story

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Stephen Ross ' Steve' Gerber
Stan 'The Man' Lee - 'Stanley Martin Lieber'

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Two Sunday comic strips reprinted, each receiving a full-page: (1) The Amazing Spider-Man strip for February 27, 1977 (by Lee & Romita), and (2) the Howard The Duck strip for July 24, 1977 (by Gerber & Colan).

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