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A KC COLUMN by KC Carlson

As numerous of you know, I’ve been composing about comics (for Westfield as well as others) for a long time now (decades, not years). Over that period of time (especially years ago, when comics were booming), it was a privilege to be on numerous publishers’ comp lists. These days, when people are predicting the end of comics (as we understand it) every 15 minutes or so (don’t believe a word!), it’s reassuring to me that every few weeks a mysterious book-sized bundle shows up in our house mailbox from the mysterious land of Raleigh, North Carolina — one of the much more unlikely locations to be a Comic book Capitol. Raleigh is the house of TwoMorrows Publishing, who put out what seems like numerous amazing paperbacks about the history of as well as people who make comic books. (I likewise checked out the pop culture stuff they put out, such as the recent Groovy by mark Voger.)

Modern Masters Vol. 19: Mike Ploog. Yes, Roger selected this picture.

I have a six-foot-high bookcase about ten feet from my desk full of books about comic book history as well as creators. Counting the contemporary Masters series, as well as the much more comprehensive books about historically essential creators, I’m quickly approaching 200 books published by TwoMorrows on that bookcase. That doesn’t even include the numerous magazines they produce, including Jack Kirby Collector, change Ego, Back Issue, Comic book Collector, as well as their Lego-oriented BrickJournal (which I most likely ought to be getting now that I’m addicted to Legos in my old age). I likewise pick up the occasional problem of Draw!, depending upon which artists are being spotlighted.

It Crept From the Tomb

This week, they sent me It Crept From the Tomb, a 192-page paperback spotlighting the UK’s near-legendary magazine about horror comics written as well as edited by the magazine’s original editor, Peter Normanton. horror comics are about my least preferred comic book genre, yet before I understood it, I had spent about 45 minutes just paging with the book, fascinated by the detail. (I likewise had to laugh at the five-page short article about the “horror” of numerous of the Mort Weisinger-edited Superman titles from the 1960s. thinking about the weirdo transformations of Supes, Lois, as well as Jimmy (and even Krypto the dog!) from that era, the short article is definitely justified!)


Back problem #103

Hitting the stands last Wednesday was Back problem #103 (!), a special “All-Star Editors” issue. because I utilized to be one of those elusive creatures in one more life, I though I’d inspect in to see who was stating what about who (whom?). Sadly, there was nothing about me in there. (Not as well surprising… I never stayed in one location long sufficient to truly make an impact… unless you’re a legion of Super-Heroes fan — as well as then you either like me or dislike me.)

Here’s what there is in this extremely readable issue:

Fantastic multi-page retrospectives on the lives as well as careers of Legendary Editors Archie Goodwin (Warren, Marvel, Epic, as well as DC —just to name a few!) as well as former Wisconsinite mark Gruenwald (long as well as heralded profession at Marvel, however I liked his self-produced Omniverse zine, which discussed comic book continuity in a major way).

A vintage interview with DC Comics editor Nelson Bridwell (who assisted both Mort Weisinger as well as Julie Schwartz).

A new interview with Diana Schutz (Comico as well as 25 years at Dark equine Comics!).

Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #86, part of assistant Editors’ Month

An issue-by-issue retrospective on the crazier-than-you-thought marvel assistant Editors’ Month stunt!

A guest column by Allan Asherman, talking about DC comics in the ‘

A roundtable discussion about The dreaded Deadline Doom — as well as exactly how to prevent it!

Cheap Laffs, the nyc cable-access TV show produced by mark Gruenwald, Mike Carlin, as well as Eliot R. brown that made me stop comics. (Just kiddin’, Mike!)

And a retrospective on comic books’ many essential editor — Perry White!

The problem likewise reproduces the now-famous Archie Goodwin written as well as drawn comic strip where he talks about exactly how he gets his ideas. I utilized to have this animation tacked up on my DC Comics office bulletin board, as well as it always made everybody laugh… up until he passed away as well as then it made everybody sad.

But they still laughed. That was Archie…


KC CARLSON as well as great buddy Michael Eury (currently the long-time editor of Back Issue) when spent a huge part of the late ‘80s as well as ‘90s complying with each other from task to job. That ended when I lastly ran away screaming from the east coastline to resettle in Madison, WI. I truly requirement to get back to going to shows when in a while. Hey, that C2E2 thing is happening in Chicago in about a month… That’s just two hours away (assuming we drive)…

WESTFIELD COMICS is not accountable for the dumb things that KC says. particularly that thing that truly irritated you. Please don’t take legal action against me for that silly column title…

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