Alter Ego #65 February 2007 (magazine review).

With a cover featuring the work of comicbook artist Nick Cardy, it’s hardly surprising the main interview is with him. This issue of ‘Alter Ego’ predates ‘The Art Of Nick Cardy’ book they published and is part of the source of material for that book in its original form.

From there, another perspective look from 2007 by Murray Bishoff at the lead up to the deal for Siegel and Schuster which should make your eyes open at a certain American TV interview but not with them that I would love to see the full text of.

Roy Thomas points out the discovery of the eighth missing page of a missing 1946 Justice Society Of America story ‘The Will Of William Wilson’.

It’s hard to believe that 13 years have passed since this issue of ‘Alter Ego’ came out but it is worth noting here that remembrances were given for Ernie Schroeder (1916-2006) who worked on the likes of Airboy and The Heap. Dave Cockrum (1943-2006), of course, and I shouldn’t need to tell you his x-mark on the industry. Mart Nodell (1915-2006) co-created the original Green Lantern and parts of his interview being given here how GL was based on a subway man waving his green lantern. That struck a memory with me as years ago when I read a library edition of Jules Feiffer’s ‘The Great ComicBook Heroes’ and an image of the original Green Lantern doing the same.,

There’s also part 2 of a long interview by P.C. Hamerlinck with Emilio Squeglio, staff artist at Fawcett Publications from 1947-55, moving on only when he was given an offer he couldn’t refuse but with an offer to return. The Fawcett brothers sound like real party-animals and gives a sharp contrast to the other comicbook publishers at the time.

With an issue 13 years old, I’m only picking out the highlights. It goes without saying that there are a lot of art samples that will either whet your appetite or stir up some memories. Although this issue is still in their black and white phase this does not make any difference with black and white art.

GF Willmetts

May 2020

(pub: TwoMorrows Publishing. 86 page illustrated magazine. Price: $ 9.95 (US). ISSN: 1932-6890. Direct from them, you can get it digitally for $ 4.99 (US))

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Geoff Willmetts has been editor at SFCrowsnest for some 21 plus years now, showing a versatility and knowledge in not only Science Fiction, but also the sciences and arts, all of which has been displayed here through editorials, reviews, articles and stories. With the latter, he has been running a short story series under the title of ‘Psi-Kicks’ If you want to contribute to SFCrowsnest, read the guidelines and show him what you can do. If it isn’t usable, he spends as much time telling you what the problems is as he would with material he accepts. This is largely how he got called an Uncle, as in Dutch Uncle. He’s not actually Dutch but hails from the west country in the UK.

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