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I wonder if The Comics Journal ever reviewed Firestorm to elicit such a burn, as tame and tender as it was. Maybe they just negatively reviewed a Conway comic one too many times? Hey, at least he didn’t sue them.

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On the latest FIRE & WATER PODCAST, we follow the Pied Piper into THE FURY OF FIRESTORM #6 (Nov. 1982) by Gerry Conway, Pat Broderick, Rodin Rodriguez, and Gene D’Angelo. 

[Above] Gerry was getting a bit meta with the fanzine talk. :) And Piper’s transformation is downright creepy!

All That Could Have Been: Jorge Zaffino by Dylan Williams
My Comics Journal reading was spotty around this time, so I completely missed this retrospective. It’s thoroughly researched, features a bit of unpublished, rare art, and it’s excellently written; you couldn’t expect any less from the late Dylan Williams.

All That Could Have Been: Jorge Zaffino by Dylan Williams

My Comics Journal reading was spotty around this time, so I completely missed this retrospective. It’s thoroughly researched, features a bit of unpublished, rare art, and it’s excellently written; you couldn’t expect any less from the late Dylan Williams.

The Comics Journal has posted Gary Groth’s interview with Barry Windsor-Smith. I always forget what an articulate and vocal champion of comics BWS is, but I enjoy the revisit every chance I get. 
Listen to Joe McCulloch as he convinces you that Weapon X is the greatest thing there is (even though you may already like that comic a whole lot, the way I do). Joe leaves little room for argument.
And what BWS nod would be complete without some Solar?

The Comics Journal has posted Gary Groth’s interview with Barry Windsor-Smith. I always forget what an articulate and vocal champion of comics BWS is, but I enjoy the revisit every chance I get. 

Listen to Joe McCulloch as he convinces you that Weapon X is the greatest thing there is (even though you may already like that comic a whole lot, the way I do). Joe leaves little room for argument.

And what BWS nod would be complete without some Solar?

Todd McFarlane Week - #6

"Fuck, I got more power than… Fuck if people want to… They don’t know how much power I got, that’s the scary part." - from The Comics Journal #152, interview by Gary Groth

I wish I could say that this quote about sums it up, how it’s funny in or out of context, but it doesn’t sum anything up. It doesn’t matter, it’s just good copy. The speculator boom is an odd, sad thing, especially in hindsight. Sure, Todd was popular and sold books and he could afford to go independent (in contrast, that’s not quite the same as Ditko walking away from a hit into the hands of the only other game in town), but does power mean having your brother buy a million copies of Spawn to inflate numbers? Like I said: what does it matter? That was a lifetime ago. Right now, as back then, I’m too busy trying to find the hidden spider on the cover to care too much.

Todd McFarlane Week - #5

"I want the guy who rams full speed into a brick wall, because I think those guys accomplish more things. If nothing else, they’re cooler to watch, anyway." - from The Comics Journal #152, interview by Gary Groth

Although still reprints, these comics were no longer exclusively Gil Kane reprints. These stories in particular are pretty difficult to get through. But how about them covers, hah?

Todd McFarlane Week - #4

"I’m not doing this for me; I feel there’s other guys who cracked some of the pavement for me, it’s time for me to help crack it." - from The Comics Journal #152, interview by Gary Groth

These were new covers for reprints for classic Gil Kane issues of Amazing Spider-Man, which merged both ends of the spectrum (in terms of everything).

I like those little corner boxes in the bottom left when the cover artist would do something in it. Only a few people did that… Todd, Erik Larsen… maybe Jim Valentino? The first may have been Paul Smith many years before.

Todd McFarlane Week - #3

"I mean, fuck, I didn’t let some little thing like not being able to write stop me…" - from The Comics Journal #152, interview by Gary Groth

Todd’s Spider-Man was a huge deal back then and I loved them. I liked the stories fine, even though it read a little raw, but it seemed less traditional in a weird way. I especially liked how he would respond to criticisms in the letters column, refereed by editor Jim Salicrup

Todd McFarlane Week - #2

"I fear utopia, because I’m going ‘Fuck, we’re going to all eat spaghetti and macaroni and like it?’ " - from The Comics Journal #152, interview by Gary Groth

These Wolverine bookends remind me that comics used to have pin-ups. Who can afford the luxury anymore? We’re missing out on potential soggy cigarettes, classic McFarlane Pudgy Noses, and random mouth blood. 

Todd McFarlane Week - #1

"Who cares that 20 years ago [comics] used to have dialogue on their pictures? The kids don’t like that anymore, obviously." - from The Comics Journal #152, interview by Gary Groth

Spawn was one of the wordiest Image comics, oddly enough. Also, that Batman spoof? Written by Peter David, who would go on to debate Todd about the value of words. Forget all that, look at that awesome Batman cover on top.

Dennis Fujitake Week - #14
Creator bios that appeared in Dalgoda #1. The only other picture I’ve seen of Fujitake is in a group shot on a cover of some local  Hawaiian fanzine. Maybe it was the Hawaii State Comic Collectors Club newsletter (a club founded by Fujitake and other Ditko disciples Stan Sakai and Gary Kato). I at least know that the paper was pink.
I should mention that the Dalgoda series featured a back up serial, Grimwood’s Daughter, written by Jan Strnad & drawn by Kevin Nowlan. The subsequent series, Flesh & Bones, featured The Bojeffries Saga written by Alan Moore & drawn by Steve Parkhouse. Great stuff all around; it was destined to fail.

Dennis Fujitake Week - #14

Creator bios that appeared in Dalgoda #1. The only other picture I’ve seen of Fujitake is in a group shot on a cover of some local  Hawaiian fanzine. Maybe it was the Hawaii State Comic Collectors Club newsletter (a club founded by Fujitake and other Ditko disciples Stan Sakai and Gary Kato). I at least know that the paper was pink.

I should mention that the Dalgoda series featured a back up serial, Grimwood’s Daughter, written by Jan Strnad & drawn by Kevin Nowlan. The subsequent series, Flesh & Bones, featured The Bojeffries Saga written by Alan Moore & drawn by Steve Parkhouse. Great stuff all around; it was destined to fail.

Dennis Fujitake Week - #11
Sister image to essay on Steve Ditko’s Shade the Changing Man written by Ed Via (again, forThe Comics Journal #49). No homages here; this graceful spot is all Fujitake.

Dennis Fujitake Week - #11

Sister image to essay on Steve Ditko’s Shade the Changing Man written by Ed Via (again, forThe Comics Journal #49). No homages here; this graceful spot is all Fujitake.

Dennis Fujitake Week - #10
Spot illustration for the essay SHADE: The Death of an Innovation written by Ed Via (The Comics Journal #49). All of these characters were created and designed by Steve Ditko, but check out that Gil Kane swipe mime in the middle there.

Dennis Fujitake Week - #10

Spot illustration for the essay SHADE: The Death of an Innovation written by Ed Via (The Comics Journal #49). All of these characters were created and designed by Steve Ditko, but check out that Gil Kane swipe mime in the middle there.

Dennis Fujitake Week - #9
Another eye catching cover featuring Steve Ditko’s late 70s creation Shade the Changing Man. Fujitake was born to draw this series, and we’re lucky enough that he drew Shade a couple more times.

Dennis Fujitake Week - #9

Another eye catching cover featuring Steve Ditko’s late 70s creation Shade the Changing Man. Fujitake was born to draw this series, and we’re lucky enough that he drew Shade a couple more times.

Dennis Fujitake Week - #8
This is one of the few times Dennis Fujitake drew Marvel villains (ahem), an honor reserved for the first TCJ interview with then Marvel Editor-In-Chief Jim Shooter. There’s something lovely and natural about Molten Man’s casual arm crossing.

Dennis Fujitake Week - #8

This is one of the few times Dennis Fujitake drew Marvel villains (ahem), an honor reserved for the first TCJ interview with then Marvel Editor-In-Chief Jim Shooter. There’s something lovely and natural about Molten Man’s casual arm crossing.

Dennis Fujitake Week - #7
Spot Illustration for The Comics Journal, boiling down their basic point of view to one cartoon.

Dennis Fujitake Week - #7

Spot Illustration for The Comics Journal, boiling down their basic point of view to one cartoon.