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The Comic Reader (1961) - #159
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Fred G. Hembeck

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Cover Date: August 1978
Cover Price: US $ 0.75

Issue Tagline: DC AXES 23 TITLES!

Format: Black & White; Fanzine; 34 pages

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Letters Column: TCR Mailboat

Thorough coverage of The DC Implosion opens this issue.

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

Regular columns appearing this issue include Media News, TCR Mailboat, and the TCR CROSSWORD by Clement Aigrette.

After providing a number of outstanding back covers recently, AL MILGROM moves to the front with his illustration of The Manhunter from Mars. RICK TAYLOR's back cover features Power Girl and The Huntress (then appearing in ADVENTURE COMICS).

TCR Mailboat boasts 13 letters this time around, opening with a note from ROY THOMAS.

FRED HEMBECK's cartoon stars The New X-Men discussing their book going monthly.

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Opening line: "What happened on June 22, 1978 may possibly be the most significant events [sic] of the year. this is undoubtedly the most complicated story we've ever had to report, and the ramifications from it will be felt for the forseeable future if not beyond."

This issue contains thorough coverage of what would later be dubbed The DC Implosion, listing the titles canceled or postponed, staffing changes and new assignments. On page 31 is a column headed "DC Non-Coming Comics" that details the many books that fell under the axe.

Among the discouraging DC News this month is this item of good news: "FRED HEMBECK joins the pro ranks," noting Fred's comic strip appears now and again on the DAILY PLANET pages then included in DC's books [which pages also boasted another beloved feature: BOB ROZAKIS' Answer Man column].

One interesting item from the "Who knew?" file is the mention that due to the cuts at DC "Larry Hama is returning to acting and has a part in Paramount's upcoming THE WARRIORS." While IMDb does not credit him with a role in that particular film, it is interesting to note Hama has acted in MASH, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE and G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA.

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Rona Blabbit reports on a couple of recently filed lawsuits: (1) 20th Century Fox filed suit against MCA and ABC-TV seeking an injunction against airing BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, claiming it's too similar to STAR WARS. But Blabbit notes that "George Lucas has seen enough of the raw footage of GALACTICA to say he wants no part of the lawsuit, and that the only stipulation George made is that BSG not introduce characters too similar to STAR WARS'." (2) Harlan Ellison and Ben Bova filed a suit against ABC and Paramount, contending the concept of "a veteran cop and his robot partner" (as seen on TV in FUTURE COP and COPS AND ROBINS) was appropriated from their 1970 short story "Brillo."

Rona reports that "Dino DeLaurentiis' FLASH GORDON movie has just gone into preproduction...the director is Nicholas Roeg" [released in December 1980 with Mike Hodge directing]. Rona notes INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS remake is slated for Christmas release. Blabbit adds that "BATTLESTAR GALACTICA is being test-marketed as a film in Toronto" [an edited version of the three-hour opening episode was released theatrically in the U.S., too, in Sensurround yet."].

As evidence that the wheels in Hollywood move exceedingly slow, Rona reports "a movie based on Ann Rice's novel INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE is still being chewed on" [finally made and released 16 years later in 1994].

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