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The Comics Journal (1977) - #97
"Special Harvey Pekar Issue"
Fantagraphics Books


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Donald M. Fiene
Robert Fiore - 'R. Fiore'
Gary Groth
Robert C. Harvey - 'R.C. Harvey'
Dale Luciano
Heidi MacDonald
Steve Monaco
Harvey Pekar
Donald Phelps
Lee Wochner

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Tom Heintjes
Dale Luciano

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Cover Date: April 1985
Cover Price: US $ 2.95

Issue Tagline:
From Off the Streets of Cleveland Comes: The Comics Journal
Special HARVEY PEKAR ISSUE, Includes a major interview, articles, and an index! PLUS: Miss Buxley

Format: Black & White; Magazine; 98 pages

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Letters Column: Blood and Thunder

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This issue's BLOOD AND THUNDER boasts letters from FRANK MILLER, ANTHONY F. SMITH, GARY CHAPIN, RICHARD S. McENROE, PAUL WARDLE and JAMES HUGGANS.

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R. FIORE spoofs the the popular "Hero History" feature of fellow Fantagraphics 'zine AMAZING HEROES by presenting the history of THE SLINGMASTER. Fiore also reviews TORPEDO 1936 (Catalan), the mystery novel DUNN'S CONUNDRUM (Fiore simply notes: "Different Stan Lee"), MEGATON MAN #1 and HAROLD HEDD IN HITLER'S COCAINE 32.

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STEVE MONACO reviews WALLY WOOD'S THUNDER AGENTS (Deluxe Comics).

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LEE WOCHNER reviews CRIMSON DREAMS #1 and #2.

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DALE LUCIANO reviews Greg Guler's CAPTAIN PHIL AND THE INTER-GALACTIC SPACE PALS ("good natured kiddie space opera") (published by SteelDragon), OMAHA THE CAT DANCER (SteelDragon), and Bill Blackbeard and Malcolm Whyte's book GREAT COMIC CATS (Troubador Press).

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The second installment of DALE LUCIANO's look at Newave Comics. Luciano profiles the following creators and their work: MATT FEAZELL, BRAD FOSTER, TOM FOSTER, BILL FUGATE, STEVE GALLACCI, MACEDONIO MANUEL GARCIA, RICK GEARY and WAYNE GIBSON.

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DONALD PHELPS writes about why he's encouraged by the Harvey Pekar phenomenon in this thoughtful three-page essay on Pekar and his work.

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Transcript of an August 1984 telephone interview with HARVEY PEKAR conducted by GARY GROTH. The 20-page interview is complemented by numerous panels from AMERICAN SPLENDOR.

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"From Off The Streets of Cleveland: The Life and Work of Harvey Pekar" - Edit this story

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DONALD M. FIENE's exhaustive examination of Harvey Pekar's work to date, including looks at his artists, themes and positions towards minorities, women, etc. Includes a three-page index to Pekar's work, including AMERICAN SPLENDOR but also his work published in THE VILLAGE VOICE, EVERGREEN REVIEW, DOWNBEAT and every other publication, a character index and a chronology of Pekar's life.

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LEERING OR LAUGHING? TCJ engaged R.C. HARVEY and HEIDI MacDONALD to weigh in on the debate over whether Miss Buxley of the BEETLE BAILEY comic strip is a sexist portrayal of women. HARVEY takes the floor in this thoughtful essay accompanied by three of his own cartoons.

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HEIDI MacDONALD offers compelling evidence for her charge that sometimes Mort Walker "Beetle Bailey has gone over the line and condoned unfairness instead of holding it up for scorn. instead of laughing at Halftrack's antics, it has laughed with them." MacDonald's essay is accompanied by four complete BEETLE BAILEY strips and several select panels.

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