Contents include: "Steve Ditko, Man of Mystery" article; "The Day Flash Gordon Died" article; Q&A with Bob Cosgrove; "The First Inhumans" article (funny animal characters); "The First Injustice Society" article; a two-page Defender strip by Greim; letters (Mike Friedrich, Robert Gluckson, Doug Fratz, others); more.
Characters in fan art include: Flash Gordon, Ming the Merciless, Dr. Zarkov, Dale Arden, Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, Blue Beetle, Question, Captain Atom, Creeper, Hawk and Dove, Mr. A, Spectre, Deadman, Mr. Justice, Mysterious Traveler, Super Rabbit, Li'l Pan, Sir Spot, Mighty Mouse, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Flash, Quicksilver, Defender, Hulk, Barbarella, Black Condor
Offset/ditto, 16 pages plus mailing wrapper, side-stapled.
There may be more contributors than listed above.
Interview with Alberto Giolitti.
Editor: Mike Main.
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This issue consists of an installment of the Steve Ditko checklist.
The bulk of this issue is an exhaustive index to the first 400 issues of Alan Light's The Buyer's Guide for Comic Fandom. Other features include a tribute to Steve Ditko, "Is Publisher Greed Killing the Comic Book Industry?", commentary on The Comics Journal's "anti-superhero bias", and "Paperbacks, the Unsung Collectible".
1st printing: July 2002, 5½ x 7", beige cover, (printing indicated in the indicia), "maybe 30-40 copies" mostly sent to reviewers**
2nd printing: April 2003, 7 x 8½", yellow cover (printing indicated in the indicia), "maybe 100 copies" **
** According to publisher Russ Maheras, who also says: "There are also about 6-7 ashcan versions with white cover stock, side-stapled, and 8.5 x 11 in size, and they have 'first printing' on the indicia."
Front cover by Mark Shultz, back cover by Al Feldstein.
Editorial features include:
“BLAST FROM THE READERS,” featuring a letter from Peter Krupkowski reminiscing about his involvement with SPA FON. “Fan Fun in the Sunshine State” by Gary Brown, with reproductions of numerous COMIC COMMENTS covers. “Steve Ditko’s Spider-Man” by James Van Hise. “A Look at Some of the Lee/Ditko Spider-Man Reprints, or Moving the Sixties into the Eighties” by JVH. “Reed Crandall — Illustrator of Super-Heroes” by JVH. “The Monster Squad” by JVH. “The Monster Maker,” comic story written by JVH and drawn by Tom Sutton (reprinted from GRAVE TALES #2 (1991). “A Thousand Heroes with One Face” by Stuart Hopen. “The Crimson Wings of Silence,” preview of a graphic novel written by Stuart Hopen and drawn by Russ Martin. “Mark Schultz on Drawing Comics” by JVH.
Al Feldstein limited edition prints
Comics on CDRom
CONAN OF CIMMERIA Vol. 1 by Robert E. Howard
Facsimile pulp reprints by Otis Adelbert Kline
THE BURROUGHS NEWSBEAT
THE FANTASTIC WORLDS OF HP LOVECRAFT
THE FANTASTIC WORLDS OF ROBERT E. HOWARD
and YE OLDE FANZINE SHOPPE
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