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Alter Ego #152 May 2018 (magazine review).

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Alter Ego #152 May 2018 (magazine review).

I have to confess that I have never heard of Larry Ivie (1936-2014) until now. However, reading Sandy Plunkett’s extended article here, Ivie was one of the founding American comicbook historians, developing writing and art skills, the latter of which can be seen growing over the feature. He was also the chap to go to […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2018, Volume 134 #735.

April 6, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2018, Volume 134 #735.

The trouble with reviewing genre magazines is that they come out as regularly as clockwork, whether or not you’ve finished reading the previous issue. The March/April 2018 issue of ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction’ is already staring at me from the top of my ‘To Be Read’ pile, so I should really get […]

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Alter Ego #151 March 2018 (magazine review).

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Alter Ego #151 March 2018 (magazine review).

Editor Roy Thomas points out that prior to the 1960s there were a lot of comicbook companies and these are be covered with this issue of ‘Alter Ego’. The initial focus is on Frank Thomas (1914-1968), who contributed to the Centaur Group a selection of super-hero types such as the Owl and a wandering Eye, […]

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Illustrators: British War Comics Special (magazine review).

March 1, 2018 | By | Reply More
Illustrators: British War Comics Special (magazine review).

Another ‘Illustrators’ special from The Book Palace, this time focusing on the Italian artists who contributed covers and interior art to the war pocketbooks that were sold in the UK. I more or less side-stepped them in the 1950s-60s but then, I tended to buy the bigger sized comicbooks. However, as this book shows, these […]

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Illustrators #21 (magazine review).

February 27, 2018 | By | Reply More
Illustrators #21 (magazine review).

The latest issue of ‘Illustrators’ starts off with a 30 page interview with artist Rodney Matthews. A couple thing I learnt from the off is that he hails from my home county of Somerset and doesn’t sign his work, relying on being recognised by his style. I did wonder why that although I have some […]

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Jack Kirby Collection Seventy-Three (magazine review).

February 27, 2018 | By | Reply More
Jack Kirby Collection Seventy-Three (magazine review).

The theme for the 73rd issue of ‘The Jack Kirby Collector’ is one-shots. I’m not sure themes are a good idea as it forces writers to contort the material to fit or seem to fit the topic. Anyway, I’ll pick out some highlights. The ‘Opening One -Shot’ is by editor John Morrow and focuses on […]

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Comic Book Creator #16 Winter 2018 (magazine review).

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Comic Book Creator #16 Winter 2018 (magazine review).

I think the biggest surprise when reading the editorial to the latest ‘Comic Book Creator’ was learning that the famed Flo Steinberg, who ran the Marvel Comics office back in the 1960s, had died. Checking on-line, I found that was July last year. Sister mag, ‘Alter-Ego’ is covering her career later in the year. The […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 28 no. 3 #106 (magazine review).

February 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 28 no. 3 #106 (magazine review).

‘On Spec’ is another small-size magazine enthusiastically dedicated to speculative stories and is available both in hard copy and e-bookishly. In this issue, the fiction opens with ‘A Lab Of One’s Own’ by Alec Austin and Marissa Lingen which concerns a wealthy young lady named Violetta who dabbles in alchemy. She goes to Wien to […]

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Draw #34 winter 2018 (magazine review).

February 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
Draw #34 winter 2018 (magazine review).

The opening of Draw # 34 has a massive 32 page interview with artist Greg Hildebrandt where he explains how he and his twin brother, Tim, did various creative pursuits before falling into illustration. Doing the poster for 1976 ‘Star Wars’ film at short notice and time sort of cemented themselves into the industry. Mike […]

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Back Issue #102 February 2018 (magazine review).

January 30, 2018 | By | Reply More
Back Issue #102 February 2018 (magazine review).

The Back Issue # 102 covers anti-heroes and although a certain Wilson Slade, aka Deathstroke, the Terminator, isn’t on the cover, he dominates the opening article. I was there when he was first created and caught up with his later history. You do have to wonder with all the advanced technology on the DC Earth […]

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