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Comics Feature (1980) - #1
New Media Publishing


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  Writer(s):
Jerry G. Bails
Meloney M. Crawford
Mike Flynn
Richard Howell
Carl Macek
Dean Mullaney
Hal Schuster
Jay L. Zilber

Penciller(s):
Richard Bruning
Kurt Erichsen
Mark Gruenwald
Rick Taylor

Inker(s):
Richard Bruning
Kurt Erichsen
Al Gordon
Mark Gruenwald

Editor(s):
Meloney M. Crawford
Dean Mullaney
Peter Sanderson
Jay L. Zilber

Cover Artist(s):
John Buscema
Rudy Nebres
Rick Veitch
 

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Cover Date: March 1980
Cover Price: US $ 1.50

Issue Tagline: None.

Format: Black & White; Magazine; 64 pages

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Letters Column: None

Synopsis:
Several pages of comics news (including ROGER STERN & JOHN BYRNE's plans to revitalize CAPTAIN AMERICA; MARV WOLFMAN's plans at DC, including brief discussion of his TEEN TITANS revival; and a 'sneak preview" of a two-page spread starring 70 superheroes from MARVEL SUPERHEROES AT THE SUMMER OLYMPICS). Among the issue's numerous features are a profile of GENE COLAN, an overview of the Legion of Superheroes and an interview with ARCHIE GOODWIN about EPIC ILLUSTRATED.

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The back cover features reproductions of the covers to ADVENTURE COMICS #311 (Aug 1963) and THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #261 (March 1980).



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"Opening Notes: Editorial by Dean Mullaney" - Edit this story

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Dean Mullaney casts his vision for this new magazine, promising "COMICS FEATURE will entertain you, inform you, and offer a service to you. It is a magazine you can turn to for in-depth coverage of all areas of the comics medium."

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RICHARD BRUNING's clever cartoon complements this opening editorial.

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"Comics Feature Interview: Archie Goodwin and Epic Illustrated" - Edit this story

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A January 1982 interview with ARCHIE GOODWIN concerning Marvel's attempt to ape the success of HEAVY METAL: EPIC ILLUSTRATED. The interviewer is UNCREDITED.

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The seven-page interview is lavishly illustrated with panels and pages from EPIC.

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"Guilty Fantasies" - Edit this story

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A wide-ranging, thoroughly engaging column by PETER B. GILLIS.

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"The Legion of Super-Heroes Then and Now" - Edit this story

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LEGION OUTPOST publisher and LSH authority MIKE FLYNN provides a thorough examination and evaluation of The Legion of Super-Heroes from its inception through 1980.

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Fandom pioneer JERRY BAILS (a co-founder w/ ROY THOMAS of ALTER-EGO in 1961) looks back on his almost 20 years in comics fandom.

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"Fandom Press Clippings" - Edit this story

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Peter Sanderson

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DEAN MULLANEY and PETER SANDERSON review a number of fanzines: LOLLAPALOOSA #3, GRATIS #4, GIZMO #1, THE ENFORCERS #3, GREAT KRYPTON #1, GRYMALKIN #3 and THE COMIC WORLD #21.

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A column similar to the RBCC's CRITIQUE.

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"Trufan Confessions" - Edit this story

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Longtime fan-writer JAY ZILBER reminisces on fandom, fanzines and "the fannish cycle" many fans go through. Insightful and entertaining.

KURT ERICHSEN provides the spot illustrations.

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"Merchandising The Superheroes" - Edit this story

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MELONEY CRAWFORD on the merchandising of comics characters, as timely today as it was in 1980. Opens with a full-page photograph of superheroe Mego action figures (don't dare call 'em dolls!).

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"Gene Colan: A Profile " - Edit this story

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DEAN MULLANEY profiles the artist. Includes panels from Colan's little-seen 1950's work on HOPALONG CASSIDY, ADVENTURES INTO TERROR and NAVY COMBAT, as well as his better-known work illustrating Dracula, Iron Man and Dr. Strange (what, no Daredevil??).

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"Captain Canuck" - Edit this story

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HAL SCHUSTER looks north to Canada's super-hero CAPTAIN CANUCK and discusses it origin and continuing success under KEN RYAN, RICHARD COMELY and GEORGE FREEMAN.

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"Animation: California Dreamin' " - Edit this story

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CARL MACEK discusses the many comic book writers and artists who have trekked west to make a name for themselves in Hollywood.

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"Comic Strips: Mary Perkins' Curtain Call or Exit, Stage Left" - Edit this story

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RICHARD HOWELL on Leonard Starr's longrunning strip ON STAGE, which ended on September 9, 1979.

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PETER SANDERSON reviews JULES FEIFFER's graphic novel TANTRUM.

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