ALTER EGO: CENTENNIAL (a.k.a. Alter Ego #100) is at the printer, and it’s a whopper! It clocks in at 160 pages (twice a normal issue), in trade paperback format for this one issue, with a lengthy color section. It celebrates not only Roy’s 100 issues of the current incarnation of A/E, but the 50-year anniversary of ALTER EGO’s founding by Roy and Jerry Bails, in the early days of 1960s comics fandom. I’m proud to have been publishing the original, legendary super-hero fanzine all these years, and this special anniversary edition features Jim Amash interviewing Roy Thomas about his work at DC Comics in the 1980s (with LOTS of behind the scenes stuff I’ve never heard Roy discuss before). There’s also Alter Ego staples Mr. Monster’s Comic Crypt, Fawcett Collectors of America (FCA), and lots, lots more, so check out the free preview I just posted, and look for it on sale on March 16.
BACK ISSUE #47 features the FINAL IN-DEPTH INTERVIEW with our friend, the late, great DAVE STEVENS, creator of the Rocketeer. Dave died from hairy cell leukemia complications on March 11, 2008 at the way too young age of 52. While we’re still feeling his loss three years later, Dave’s friend Kelvin Mao conducted an in-depth discussion with Dave just over a year before his death, and it’ll finally see print on March 9.
You can download a FREE PDF PREVIEW of the issue HERE.
You can preorder the PRINT or DIGITAL EDITION (or see a Flash preview) at THIS LINK.
BACK ISSUE #47 will be on sale in comic book stores on Wednesday, March 9.
Our new 2011 Catalog is finally done, it’s groovy, and it’s interactive! Just click on any item, and you’ll automatically be taken to the ordering page for that item at our website. The catalog is available for immediate downloading at THIS LINK!
We’ll even be including a printed copy with all of these issues sold at comic book stores over the next couple of months:
Back Issue #47
Alter Ego #101
You can also view it in FLASH format without downloading, or order a printed copy, HERE! (Print copies won’t be shipping till March 2, but the Digital version is ready now!)
And we’ll begin automatically including a printed copy with every order we ship directly to customers, as soon as we get them from the printer in early March. But don’t hesitate to download the Digital version now. I think you’ll find it’s a really handy way to search through our stuff.
We recently added a new category to our website called IN PREVIEWS NOW. Go ahead, click that link, and you’ll see what I’m talking about. It simply lists all the TwoMorrows items that are in the latest issue of Diamond’s PREVIEWS catalog (which you use to order our stuff from your local comics shop).
We’ll be keeping that updated, and sending out a notice each month to our Yahoo mailing list (which, if you haven’t joined yet, you really should if you want to keep up with all we’ve got going on these days). So whether you order from your local comics shop, or directly from us, it’s a simple way to keep tabs on what we’ll be shipping in the next 3-4 months or so.
Jack Kirby’s granddaughter Tracy Kirby appeared on Antiques Roadshow tonight, showing off some of her grandfather’s artwork. Check out the 2-minute video HERE.
It’s hard to believe it’s been about a year since our last Modern Masters book (on Guy Davis) shipped. But good old Eric Nolen-Weathington hasn’t been sitting around twiddlin’ his thumbs. He’s just been turning out acclaimed books on Sal Buscema, Carmine Infantino, and others (and hard at work on several you’ll see listed in our upcoming new catalog).
The much anticipated Modern Masters book on JEFF SMITH (I hear he created some kinda comic about a bone or something) will be shipping finally on March 2, and we’ve got a preview of it available now in both PDF and FLASH format at THIS LINK.
Check it out, and order a copy. This is one awfully good MM volume; perhaps the best Eric’s ever produced (and that’s saying something!).
Just a few more days, and we’ll have the digital version of our new catalog available for downloading! In the meantime, you can go to our homepage and scroll down to see a lot of the new stuff that’ll be in it. The printed copies will be shipping in about 4 weeks.
Several news sites are reporting that Wizard Magazine (and companion mag Toyfare) have ceased publication. While that might’ve been huge news ten years ago, when they still ruled the roost, it’s not that big a shock to me today, nor probably to many of our TwoMorrows customers. (Heck, a lot of the people who read TwoMorrows’s stuff may’ve thought Wizard died several years ago, as I don’t think there’s much overlap in our respective readership.)
It’s a tough landscape for the magazine industry these days. Titles are folding monthly, and even biggies like Newsweek are struggling to survive. But don’t worry; TwoMorrows is doing just fine. Unlike Wizard, we don’t focus on the “news” in comics, but on the “old” in comics. (I even considered launching a “news”-centric mag several years ago, but after much exploration and deliberation of the marketplace, decided the online news sites could always beat us by posting news as it happens—whereas even a monthly mag would be printing old news by the time it saw print.)
“Comics history” by its nature is already “old news,” and hardcore comics fans can’t get enough of it. Plus, we can document history just fine in print, and even better with a digital component like our current crop of Digital Editions.
So whether you read our books and mags on paper or an iPad screen, look forward to lots of the same OLD coverage of the good OLD days of comics coming from TwoMorrows (including some exciting announcements coming later in 2011). But hats off to Wizard for making it 20 years in print. I didn’t find that mag my personal cup of tea, but I’ve got to respect their longevity, and onetime influence in the comics medium.
These items are in Diamond’s Previews catalog now, for shipping in March 2011. Just click the link for more info, and be sure to place your order with your local comics shop now (or order direct from TwoMorrows at the links).
ALTER EGO: CENTENNIAL
Edited by Roy Thomas
Previews page 317
Diamond Order Code: JAN11 1351
BACK ISSUE #47
Edited by Michael Eury
Previews page 335
Diamond Order Code: JAN11 1417
MATT BAKER: THE ART OF GLAMOUR
by Jim Amash and Eric Nolen-Weathington
Previews page 317
Diamond Order Code: JAN11 1352
And these items are OFFERED AGAIN in PREVIEWS this month (so if you missed them when they were first released, you can order again through your local comics shop):
THE BATCAVE COMPANION
by Michael Eury and Michael Kronenberg
Previews page 317
Diamond Order Code: JAN11 1353
by Steven Alan Payne
Previews page 317
Diamond Order Code: JAN11 1354
Check out this newspaper article on Golden Age “Captain Marvel” artist Marcus Swayze (who, at age 97(!), regales readers with his regular “We Didn’t Know It Was The Golden Age” column in every issue of Alter Ego):