In honor of Halloween and David and Jason's power outage, I give you Amazing Heroes 77, Aug 15 1985.
Wait a minute, this is from August not October, how can it be for Halloween? Relax and enjoy the ride. It will be evident as soon as you see this cover.
Special Spooky issue in deed. Check out the talent from this one cover. Michael T. Gilbert, Bill Loebs, Steve Bissette, John Totleben (with ken Bruzenak working up a special cover logo).
O.K. enough of the outside of this fanzine, what does it have to offer?
Well, I hate to start with and add, but I will (due to it's historic importance).
It's just picture of a hand holding 6 bits you say. Well look closer at the book advertised in the lower right section. That's right, it's Miracleman #1. This was for Eclipse's much forgotten "Eclipse Breaks the Buck Barrier". You see, Marvel and Dc comics of this time were mostly $.75 but most independent comics were $1.25 or more. Miracleman #1 was the first indy comic for $.75 (even though it was a reprint of stories from Warrior magazine, but we will not discuss this).
Now on to the Table Of Contents.
Mr. Monster, Deadman and a Frankenstein Monster. Now I see why Bean is doing this for Halloween. I told you to trust me.
So we have a cover, an add and a table of Contents you say, how about some real content. Damn, you sure are impatient. Relax, it's coming. take this first feature for example. The winners of the First Annual Jack Kirby Comics Industry Awards (sponsored by Amazing Heroes).
Here are some of the winners and runner ups.
Best Single issue- Swamp Thing Annual #2, Best artist- Dave Steven for the Rocketeer (other nominees Howard Chaykin, Jaime Hernandez, Steve Rude, Bill Sienkiewicz for New Mutants [yes these would have been my pics also]), Best writer-Alan Moore, Best Art Team-Steve Bissette and John Tottleben, Best B&W series -Cerebus, Best New Series-Zot!
Not a dog in the list!
What about news? Didn't AH always have 4 or 5 pages dedicated to news (remember this is pre-Internet). Yes they did and here are a couple gems from the Newsflashes section.
First an announcement of the upcoming Tim Truman Scout Series. I don't think Scout has gotten a lot of discussion on the boards but it is a great (and very personal story for Truman). it is one of the forgotten gems of the 80s.
This one is interesting because it tells of the sneak peak at the Lloyd Llewellyn preview in L&R 13. LlLl was early Daniel Clowes work prior to him hitting it big with Eightball. It is trippy and surreal. Definately ahead of its time.
And now we get into the meat of the issue.
This is a nice 8 page feature explaining who Doc Stearn is, where he came from and Micheal T. Gilbert's future plans for the character.
Here is a cool page from the original Doc Stearne comic via Wow Comics 1940 that inspired Gilbert to update the character.
That's cool, you say, but what does this issue have to offer that I don't know about? How about a nice and concise 2 page article on the non-EC horror books from the '50s? It is just a taste of what was out there, but that is the point of the story.
At this point, we are only half way through this fine magazine, so how about a 15 page overview of Deadman. Who he is, where he came from and why he is important.
They even included this awesome house add for Strange Adventure.
The issues finishes off with reviews of Squadron Supreme #1, Hex#1DC Comics Presents #85 as well as some other books.
I have to include one last ad because it is so great. This is from Steve Ditko's return to Charleston. Isn't this great? Zack, this is for you.
Wow, that was a lot for $2.25. I hope you enjoyed it.