Back Issue goes Full-Color with #52

The response to issue #50 of Back Issue was overwhelming positive, in both commentary and sales. So we’re bumping the mag up to full-color permanently starting with #52, shipping Oct. 26. Editor Michael Eury and all his contributors consistently deliver the goods with fascinating articles and great art from comics of the 1970s to today, and this issue’s no exception; full of great mystery work we all grew up with, from BERNIE WRIGHTSON, SERGIO ARAGONÉS, GERRY TALAOC, even DC mystery writer LORE SHOBERG—plus MARK EVANIER and DAN SPIEGLE on their Scooby-Doo comics. Check out the free PDF preview HERE, and ordering details can be found HERE.

Breaking the code

In ALTER EGO #105, editor Roy Thomas looks at the rise and fall of the Comics Code! The coming of the CCA in 1954-55 changed comics greatly—and this issue shows some of the weird (and downright stupid) changes required by the Code, including a complete 1950s story, both before and after Len Darvin and Co. got through with it! Plus we’ve got the usual goodies: FCA (“Fawcett Collectors of America”), MICHAEL T. GILBERT in Mr. Monster’s Comic Crypt, JIM AMASH’s interview with Timely/Atlas artist CAL MASSEY, and lots more, with a new cover by JOSH MEDORS!

It ships Oct. 26, and you can download a FREE PDF preview of the issue HERE, and order the print or digital edition HERE.


We just found a handful of “scratch & dent” copies of some of our sold out books and mags, and we’ve just listed them on our webstore in a “LAST CHANCE SALE”. Many of these go for way over cover price on eBay, if you can even find them. But while they last (which won’t be long!), you can get them for 15% off the original cover price (and get the free Digital Edition where available). Here’s the link:

And here’s the list:

Comic Book Artist #21 (the Adam Hughes and John Buscema issue)
Modern Masters Vol. 6: Arthur Adams
Alter Ego #5 and #7
Dick Giordano: Changing Comics, One Day At A Time
Collected Jack Kirby Collector, Vol. 1
Jack Kirby Collector #18, 22, 28, and 47

Go get ’em, tiger!

Draw #21 offers “true grit” comics tips

Dan Panosian and Dean Haspiel are on hand to show you how to give comics “true grit” in Draw #21, which ships September 28. Both gents talk with Mike Manley and Danny Fingeroth (respectively) about their working processes, and show a plethora of examples of their varied work. Rounding out the issue is another installment of “Comic Art Bootcamp”, as editor Mike Manley and Bret Blevins show you how to convincingly draw hair, while Bob McLeod gives a “Rough Critique” of a newcomer’s work.

It’s an 84-page magazine with COLOR for $7.95 print edition (with free digital edition if you order from us), or $2.95 for the digital edition alone. You can order directly from us at THIS LINK.

Print version: $7.95 cover price
Digital Edition: $2.95
Diamond Comic Distributors’ Order Code: JUN111372

Get a FREE PDF preview HERE.

The issue will debut in bookstores and comic book shops on September 28!

3 Kirby books, half-price!

In cleaning out some shelves, I found multiple copies of some DC Kirby collections that I’m making available for sale on our website at half-price. There’s collections of Kirby’s JIMMY OLSEN, MR. MIRACLE, and GREEN ARROW stories, and there’s only a couple of copies of each, so get ’em while they last HERE.

Adrienne Roy’s final interview coming in Back Issue #51

On September 14, BACK ISSUE #51 ships, and editor Michael Eury is featuring a bittersweet interview with the late Adrienne Roy, who passed away in December 2010. Ms. Roy is known for her color work on some of the key DC comics of the 1970s and ’80s (New Teen Titans, among many, many others), and she was even featured as a character in several comics of that era, so loved was she by the creators she worked with. It’s a great tribute to a great lady.

This “all interview” issue also features Part 2 of our STEVE ENGLEHART interview, begun in Alter Ego #103 (released last month). plus “Pro2Pro” interviews between WALTER SIMONSON and ERIK LARSEN, DOUG MOENCH and LEN WEIN, and comics letterers TODD KLEIN and JANICE CHIANG, plus an in-depth discussion with JOHN OSTRANDER. And check out the cover above; that’s one of the last Batman illustrations produced by the late MARSHALL ROGERS, who was Englehart’s partner on Detective Comics.

Here’s the link for a free PDF preview.

It’s a great issue (as usual for Mr. Eury), and you can order here.

New Modern Masters book on Frazer Irving due Sept. 21

When Nathan Wilson and Eric Nolen-Weathington approached me about doing a Modern Masters book on Frazer Irving, I had to ask, “Frazer who?” Cause I don’t follow many current comics, and hadn’t been exposed to his work.

My loss!

This guy is Good. With a capital “G”. I now know what I was missing, and after seeing just a few samples of his work on Witch Boy and The Return of Bruce Wayne, I was sold.

Don’t take my word for it. Check out this free preview and be amazed.

And then if you’re as impressed with Frazer’s work as I am, go to this link to preorder Vol. 26 of our Modern Masters series, or pick it up at your local comic book store on September 21.

Goodnight, Irene!

Thanks to all who wrote asking if we weathered Hurricane Irene here in Raleigh, North Carolina. We’re all high and dry here, after a weekend of heavy rain and high winds, but little actual damage. We’re much more fortunate that so many others who are dealing with flooding and power outages in other areas. Having lived through the aftermath of Hurricane Fran several years ago (which really tore up our lovely town), my hearts out to all those who didn’t fare as well as we did.

Alter Ego #104 just out!

ALTER EGO #104 is in the house, proudly celebrating the 50th anniversary of Fantastic Four #1—and the birth of Marvel Comics! Editor ROY THOMAS presents a new, never-before-published interview with STAN LEE—featuring a number of real surprises—and rare art and artifacts by JACK KIRBY, STEVE DITKO, JOE SINNOTT, DICK AYERS, ROY THOMAS, and others, plus lots more secrets behind the Marvel Mythos! Also included are JIM AMASH’s interview with 1940s Timely editor AL SULMAN, P.C. Hamerlinck’s FCA (Fawcett Collectors of America) with MARC SWAYZE and C.C. BECK, and MICHAEL T. GILBERT presenting another episode of Mr. Monster’s Comic Crypt. It’s all behind a new cover by RON FRENZ and JOE SINNOTT, offering a pastiche of the cover of Fantastic Four #1.

You can order here!

Free preview of MARVEL COMICS IN THE 1970s

On September 21, we’re releasing MARVEL COMICS IN THE 1970s, by Pierre Comtois, the sequel to his heralded first volume on the 1960s! This book covers Marvel’s final historical phase: the twilight years of the 1970s, after the initial ’60s wave of popularity pushed the company to the forefront of the comics industry, and made many of its characters household names. This full decade of pop-culture history saw Stan Lee’s role as writer diminish as he ascended to Publisher, the stunning departure of Jack Kirby to DC (and his later return to Marvel), the rise of Roy Thomas as editor (and eventual Editor In Chief), and the introduction of a new wave of writers and artists who would expand the boundaries of comics beyond super-heroes, while planting the seeds for the company’s eventual self-destruction. Comics such as the Spider-Man “drug” issues, Conan the Barbarian, Tomb of Dracula, Master of Kung Fu, Howard the Duck, the new X-Men, and more are covered in detail—along with the creators who wrote and drew them, including Chris Claremont, Barry Windsor-Smith, Gene Colan, Marv Wolfman, Steve Gerber, John Romita, Gil Kane, Sal Buscema, and many others. So don’t be satisfied with only half the story! Check out Marvel Comics in the 1970s and find out why Marvel was once hailed as The House of Ideas!

$27.95 cover price
$8.95 Digital Edition
224 pages, black and white

ISBN-13: 978-1-605490-034-2?
ISBN-10: 1-60549-034-2

In anticipation of the book’s release, TwoMorrows Publishing is offering a FREE PDF preview of at this link.

The book will debut in bookstores and comic book shops on September 21, and is available for pre-ordering directly from TwoMorrows in both PRINT and DIGITAL EDITIONS (Digital Edition is only $8.95, or get the Print Edition at 15% off, plus get a FREE digital version) at this link.

It may also be ordered through comic book stores, using Diamond Order Code: MAR111287