Talk about historical! The first issue of the venerable fanzine ALTER EGO to be edited by fan artist Ron Foss from 1962 (issue # 5) shows up online this morning with articles about starting a comic book collection and speculation as to whether the JLA was too crowded. Interesting to note the bits of Marvel creeping in around the edges although most coverage was still given to the popular National (now DC) line. Also features the fan hero, THE ECLIPSE.
Here’s 13 pages of creepy Gil Kane stories for your Friday the 13th including one inked by the great Ralph Reese (the ONLY time I’ve ever seen him do Kane I think!) in the manner of his mentor Wallace Wood!
Stan Lee’s various impressive (but sometimes controversial due to his intros) Marvel trade collections of the late 1970′s paved the way for the gazillion Marvel graphic novels and collections since. BRONZE AGE BABIES takes a look at all of them today along with contents and commentary.
Finally, in a regular Friday feature, SILVER AGE COMICS revisits FANTASTIC FOUR # 4, arguably one of the most important comics to Marvel continuity and history ever published–Johnny Storm brings back THE SUB-MARINER…who oddly enough becomes a recurring villian as well as a rival to Reed Richards for the Invisible Girl’s affections!