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My Next Project: Back Issue! 61 – Tabloids and Treasuries


After months of keeping silent, I can finally tell you that my next Collected Edition rundown project will be for Back Issue! 61 – Tabloids and Treasuries. Here is the full solicit:

BACK ISSUE #61 (84 page TABLOID-SIZE SPECIAL ISSUE with color section, $10.95, December 2012) takes a big look at “Tabloids and Treasuries,” spotlighting the Bronze Age’s BIGGEST comic books! Including every all-new tabloid from the 1970s, and a checklist of reprint treasury editions. Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man, The Bible, Captain America’s Bicentennial Battles, The Wizard of Oz, even the PAUL DINI/ALEX ROSS World’s Greatest Super-Heroes editions—they’re all here! With commentary from and/or art by NEAL ADAMS, JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ, MIKE GRELL, JACK KIRBY, JOE KUBERT, SHELDON MAYER, JOHN ROMITA, SR., ALEX TOTH, and more. Featuring a reimagining of Grell’s Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes Limited Collectors’ Edition wraparound cover by Alex Ross! Edited by MICHAEL EURY. (NOTE: This issue published in the oversized tabloid format.)

You can pre-order this now through the TwoMorrows website or with your online or LCS very soon. Look for it in Previews.

This will be my third project for Back Issue and TwoMorrows. The other two being:
Back Issue! 44: Spider-Man In The Bronze Age and Back Issue! 50: Batman In The Bronze Age. I even have another super project that’s being worked on now, but unfortunately I can’t say what it is. For now enjoy the awesome, new Alex Ross artwork (above) and compare it to the original done by Mike Grell for Limited Collectors’ Edition #C-49, in 1976.

CCL Podcast #315 – Shilling For Back Issue Magazine

Collected Comics Library Podcast #315
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Today on the show I talk about the latest from TwoMorrows Publishing: Back Issue #50. This one is special because I compiled the Collected Editions piece. This is the second time I’ve contributed to BI the first was issue #44: Spider-Man in The Bronze Age. I can’t thank my Editor, Michael Eury enough. I love doing these rundowns of what you should collect and own and in my research I always find something new.

There’s also a lot of new to go over including a NYCC Contest from The Verbal Mosh podcast, a list of soon to be OOP HC’s and TPB’s from Marvel, Walking Dead Volume Zero (Image), Spirit World by Jack Kirby HC (DC Comics), Untold Tales Of Spider-Man Omnibus (Marvel) and two upcoming hardcovers of the original and very hard to find Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Image).

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Sunday Review – Alter Ego: Centennial – The 100th Issue of Alter Ego

We as comic book fans should be so lucky. We live in an era of instant information: Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, Texts and Google. You name it and whatever information you want, it’s at your fingertips within seconds. I find it fascinating, though, that in this day and age of Wikipedia, biography publishing is at an all time high. Yes, the lives of people, and their line of work, past and present, are being read about everyday. Nowhere is this more evident then in the comic book industry. Every month (or it seems every week) we get a new Art Of or some type of career retrospective from a multitude of publishing houses. TwoMorrows is just one of these companies that in just a few short years has become a well respected publisher of periodicals and books devoted to the creators and their craft: Modern Masters, Back Issue, Draw, The Companion series, and The Jack Kirby Collector are all must haves for the serious, and even novice, fanboy. But one magazine is not only celebrating 100 issues but also 50 years: Alter Ego edited by Roy Thomas.

Alter Ego started out as the first comic fanzine in March of 1961 by Jerry Bails in Detroit, Michigan. Thomas knew Bails from Wayne State University and was asked to be a contributor and has been at it ever since. Alter Ego, in case you don’t know, is a love letter to the medium and mostly focuses on comics from 1930-1970 but sometimes crosses into the 70′s and 80′s (that era is usually saved for Back Issue Magazine edited by Michael Eury). Now we have the Centennial issue and it is oversized with color and an extra page count. It features a Justice Society of America cover from Rich Buckler that was originally drawn for the All-Star Squadron preview from Justice League of America #193 (September 1981); Jerry Ordway did the inks. Among the pieces in this issue are:

  • The Annotated Alter Ego #1, a complete reprint and look at the very first issue
  • A tribute to A Giant Of The Industry: Mike Esposito by Frank Lovece
  • A reproduction of the 1964 Superhero Calender with contributions from Jack Kirby, Alan Weiss and Russ Manning just to name a few.
  • Correspondence, Comments and Letters from greats like Stan Lee and Dick Ayers
  • A captivating pin-up art section of the super-heroines of the 1940′s by Alex Wright
  • The Fawcett Collectors of America look at Superman and Captain Marvel meeting “for the first time” in 1942, retroactively, in the pages of All-Star Squadron #37 (September 1984)
  • Tributes to Alter Ego #100 from creators and luminaries in the comic book industry
  • 32 pages of commentary complete with gorgeous never before seen full color artwork

But the real gem of the book is part three of the Roy Thomas career retrospective which began in AE #50 (Roy at DC and Marvel in the 1960′s), AE #70 (Roy at Marvel in the 1970′s) and finishes up here with Roy back at DC in the 1980′s. The two previous Alter Ego magazines are available at TwoMorrow’s Publishing. The interview is conducted Jim Amash and you can tell by the looseness of the talk that they have been friends for years. Thomas sometimes goes so in-depth that you would swear that you are at the the drawing board with him. It also has a great look at the revival of the JSA in All-Star Squadron and Infinity Inc. in the 1980′s.

You see it a lot in comic book solicitations, but here it rings true: if you have never read Alter Ego, this is a great jumping on point. There is so much that AE has to offer. The tone of the magazine is welcoming and not highbrow. The history contained is both informational and educational as to how everything works and you even get some good backroom gossip, which is always fun. And catching up on past issues is easy and inexpensive as TwoMorrows offers digital editions at a fraction of the printed price. Finally, the art is fantastic, every issue Roy digs up new treasures for us to look over and drool. Did I tell you that in this Centennial issue there is a rarely seen Steve Ditko Spider-Man drawing made exclusively for the 1964 New York Comicon? In a word: Awesome! So go out and brush up on your history, you’ll learn much more then a thing or two.

My thanks to TwoMorrows for supplying me with a copy of this magazine.

Alter Ego: Centennial – The 100th Issue of Alter Ego
Edited by Roy Thomas
$19.99, 160 pages, TwoMorrows Publishing

My sincere thanks to Alter Ego contributor Lynn Walker for helping me with this post. If you are interested in more information on Alter Ego and classic comic books, please visit the Alter Ego Fans Yahoo Group. Anyone can join, all you have to do is request permission, telling us your real first and last name and something to prove you actually read the magazine and aren’t a spammer.

TwoMorrows Tune-In #30: Danny Fingeroth, Stan Lee Universe and Comic Con 2010

No CCL Podcast this week, but I do have the latest TwoMorrows Tune-In for you, enjoy!

TwoMorrows Tune-In #30: Danny Fingeroth, Stan Lee Universe and Comic Con 2010 (.mp3)

This month on the show, host Chris Marshall sits down with Danny Fingeroth to talk about the upcoming book The Stan Lee Universe. Danny and Roy Thomas (Alter Ego) have put together one of the most complete and personal looks at one of Comicdoms most famous figure. Here is the official solicit:

Face front, true believers! The Stan Lee Universe is the ultimate repository of interviews with and mementos about Marvel Comics’ fearless leader! From his Soapbox to the box office, the Smilin’ One literally changed the face of comic books and pop culture, and this tome presents in his own words – and those of the illustrious folks he’s worked with – the co-creation of Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Silver Surfer, and so many other super-characters! Presented are numerous rare and unpublished interviews with Stan, discussing how he made Marvel Comics the household name it is today. Also featured are interviews with top luminaries of the comics industry, including John Romita Sr. & Jr., Tod McFarlane, Dennis O’Neil, Roy Thomas, Gene Colan, Al Jaffee, Larry Lieber, Jerry Robinson, and Michael Uslan discussing his vital importance to the field he helped shape. Plus, this book contains the essential-to-every-writer Stan Lee’s Top Ten Tips for Writers! And as a bonus for this special edition, and direct from Stan’s personal archives (housed at the University of Wyoming), you’ll see rare photos, sample scripts and plots, personal correspondences, and other tidbits from the entire span of his career, some unseen for decades!

The Stan Lee Universe SC
Danny Fingeroth, Roy Thomas and Stan Lee
$26.95, 176 pages, TwoMorrows Publishing, November 2010

Chris also goes over all TwoMorrows Publishing happenings going on in San Diego at Comic Con International 2010, including New Releases, Specials and Panels.

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e-mail Chris with questions and/or comments. He may even read it on the next Tune-In!

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TwoMorrows Tune-In #29: Bobby Bryant, The Thin Black Line: Perspectives on Vince Colletta

TwoMorrows Tune-In #29: Bobby Bryant, The Thin Black Line: Perspectives on Vince Colletta

Anyone who follows TwoMorrows Publishing knows that we have a deep appreciation for Jack Kirby. This month the podcast takes a look at one of Kirby’s inkers, who in his own right was very contoroversial – Vince Colletta. Bobby Bryant author of The Thin Black Line: Perspectives on Vince Colletta talks with me Marshall on Colleta’s life, work and what made Colleta such a lightning rod and fuels so much fire that can be found on comic book message boards throughout the internet.

Don’t forget that TwoMorrows is offering all the Build Your Own Bundle Sale now until June 30!

I also go over all of the June 2010 releases.