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1987 And All That: Zatanna Special #1

A column in which Matt Derman (Comics Matter) reads & reviews comics from 1987, because that’s the year he was born.

Zatanna_1Zatanna Special #1 by Gerry Conway (not credited), Gray Morrow, Ben Oda, Carrie Spiegle, John Costanza

I was very excited to dig into this comic, because Zatanna is an awesome and often underused character, and the special is 64 pages, meaning I was in for a triple-sized treat of backwards magic greatness. Unfortunately, 64 pages ended up being far, far too few for the narrative told here, so instead of a dense punch of Zatanna awesome, I got a poorly-aimed slap. That’s not to discredit the book entirely, because there are some juicy ideas and lots of excellent artwork, but there’s also a jumbled rush to the pacing from top to bottom that greatly lessens the effects of any enjoyable bits.

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Year of the Artist, Day 70: Gray Morrow, Part 1 – Blazing Combat #3

02-11-2014 03;38;29PM (2)

Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Gray Morrow, and the story is “Water Hole!” from Blazing Combat #3, which was published by Warren and is cover dated April 1966. This scan is from Blazing Combat, a trade collecting all four issues, which was published by Fantagraphics in 2009 and is well worth your ducats. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 45: Marshall Rogers, Part 1 – Detective Comics #475

01-11-2014 10;57;48AM (2)

Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Marshall Rogers, and the issue is Detective Comics #475, which was published by DC and is cover dated February 1978. This scan is from The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told, my beat-up edition of which came out in 1988. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 10: Steve Ditko, Part 5 – Creepy #14

10-14-2013 11;48;37AM (2)

Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Steve Ditko, and the story is “Where Sorcery Lives!” from Creepy #14, which was published by Warren and has a cover date of April 1967. These scans are from Creepy Presents Steve Ditko, my copy of which was published in 2013 by Dark Horse. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 9: Steve Ditko, Part 4 – Creepy #11

10-13-2013 03;53;06PM (2)

Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Steve Ditko, and the story is “Beast Man!” from Creepy #11, which was published by Warren and has a cover date of October 1966. These scans are from Creepy Presents Steve Ditko, my copy of which was published in 2013 by Dark Horse. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 6: Steve Ditko, Part 1 – Daring Love #1

10-12-2013 11;45;10AM (2)

Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Steve Ditko, and the story is “Paper Romance!” from Daring Love #1, which was published by Gillmor Magazines (an imprint of Key Publications) and has a cover date of September 1953. These scans are from Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives volume 1, my copy of which was published in 2009 by Fantagraphics. Enjoy!
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for August 2013

CreepyPresentsSteveDitko (2)

“Someone got hurt, someone got high, some of them left the rest behind”
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for July 2013

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“Can you picture what will be / So limitless and free”
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 66: Detective Comics #529

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Detective Comics #529, which was published by DC and is cover dated August 1983. Enjoy!
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Comics You Should Own flashback – Detective #471-476

Are these really as good as their reputation? Read on to find out!
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