Monthly Archives: October 2023

NOW SHIPPING: The Pacific Comics Companion!

Author Stephan Friedt shares the story of the meteoric rise of the Schanes brothers’ California-based imprint Pacific Comics, which published such legends as Jack Kirby, Sergio Aragonés, Steve Ditko, Neal Adams, Mike Grell, Bernie Wrightson, and Dave Stevens. From its groundbreaking 1981 arrival in the fledgling direct sales market, to a catastrophic, precipitous fall after only four years, The Pacific Comics Companion reveals the inside saga, as told to Friedt by Bill and Steve Schanes, David Scroggy, and many of the creators themselves. It also focuses on the titles and the amazing array of characters they introduced to an unsuspecting world, including The Rocketeer, Captain Victory, Ms. Mystic, Groo the Wanderer, Starslayer, and many more. Written with the editorial assist of Eisner Award-winning historian Jon B. Cooke, this retrospective is the most comprehensive study of an essential publisher in the development of the creator’s rights movement. Main cover illustration by Dave StevensPreview and order your copy here!

Back Issue #147, Alter Ego #184, RetroFan #29, and BrickJournal #82 are now shipping!

BACK ISSUE #147: Great Hera, it’s the 20th Anniversary of Back Issue, featuring a tribute to the late, great George Pérez! Wonder Woman: The George Pérez Years, Pérez’s 20 Greatest Hits of the Bronze Age, Pérez’s fanzine days, a Pérez remembrance by Marv Wolfman, a Wonder Woman interview with Mindy Newell, and more! With a stunning Wonder Woman cover by Pérez! Edited by Michael EuryPreview the issue, and order your copy here!

ALTER EGO #184: Known as one of the finest inkers in comics history, Tom Palmer also was an accomplished penciler and painter, as you’ll see in an-depth interview with Palmer by Alex Grand and Jim Thompson. Learn his approach to, and thoughts on, working with Neal Adams, Gene Colan, John Buscema, and others who helped define the Marvel Universe. Plus Mr. Monster’s Comic Crypt, FCA, and more! Edited by Roy ThomasPreview the issue, and order your copy here!

RETROFAN #29: The story behind Bob Clampett’s Beany & Cecil, western queen Dale Evans, an interview with Mr. Ed’s Alan Young, Miami Vice, The Sixties’ Wackiest Robots, Muscle-Maker Charles Atlas, Super Powers Team—Galactic Guardians, and more fun, fab features! Featuring columns by Andy Mangels, Will Murray, Scott Saavedra, Scott Shaw, and Mark Voger! Edited by Michael Eury. Preview the issue, and order your copy here!

BRICKJOURNAL #82: Celebrating Disney’s 100th anniversary in LEGO! Disney Castles with Martin Harris and Disneybrick, magical builds by John Rudy and editor Joe Meno, instructions to build characters, plus: Nerding Out with BrickNerd, AFOLs by Greg Hyland, step-by-step “You Can Build It” instructions by Christopher Deck, and Minifigure Customization with Jared K. Burks! Edited by Joe MenoPreview the issue, and order your copy here!