Comic Fandom Monthly, No. 2 (October 1971), page 4-5


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Comic Fandom Monthly, No. 2 (October 1971), page 4-5


An article about comics to pick up this month.


Joe Brancatelli


Comic Fandom Monthly, No. 2 (October 1971)


Tony Ieabella

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It's a lazy September morning, and I'm
feeling pretty good for this early in the
day. There's a cool breeze blowing in from
Lake Erie--I live about two miles from a re-
latively clean piece of that far-famed water
way--through my window. The Cleveland Plain
Dealer printed my full-page article on Green
Lantern this Monday, which I have given edi-
tor Brancatelli permission to reproduce with
in these esteemed pages (Ed. Note: never one
to pass up an article, Tony's story will ap-
pear next issue. -JB). The article will pay
for the new shelves I put in for my collec-
tion. Fandom giveth and fandom taketh away.
In all, a pretty wonderful week. And how are
I think I'll start this month with a mom-
ent of clarification, Mally Stoelting's com-
ment that I went pro. In a sense, I am a
professional writer. Although my living in-
come comes from my editorial assistant's job
at the Plain Dealer, I do write for dollars
occasionally. I've ghost written for people
and I have done other writing for the paper
and for local magazines. I have not written
for comics as of yet. This misinformation is
not Nally's fault. It was printed as such in
Minotaur and I should have made myself more
clear at the time.
Not that I wouldn't. like to “go pro" in
the sense that Wally means in his kind com-
ments about my work. I'm cutting out those
smaller writing jobs to concentrate on a few
things that pay more--like articles in news-
papers--and using whatever free time this
gives me to write things like this--which
pay nothing except that inner glow of hav-
ing brightened somebody's drab existance--
and comic strips for zines like Minotaur--to
practice my techniques of comics writing.
Should some sage editor buy my work for the
four-color frivolities, I can say, with rea-
sonable accuracy, that you'll hear about it.
Get on your.MINO, get set...
Speaking of Minotaur, friends, I will be
doing a lot of comic scripts for that zine
in the months to come. Minotaur and the BPP
are unique zines and you'll see how unique
shortly. BPP's floundering father, Carl Gaf-
ford, and myself have been working on a tale
to end all tales. It's spread out over sev-
eral issues, and what we are doing won't be
evident for at least half those issues. Tho-
ugh my word might be biased as I'm person-
ally involved, I'm of the opinion that you
wont want to miss what's coming. You can get
#13 for 40¢ from BPP; l4O Lone Oak Drive;
New Milford, Connecticut, 06776. And while
your at it, why not write Carl or myself and
tell us what you think.

Canadian-Style Satire
Moving to the current comics scene, Ron
Liberman just sent me the first issue of a
Canadian political humor magazine, Fuddle
Duddle. Even if you're only vaguely familiar
with Canadian politics and political figures
Of today, I think you'll find Fuddle Duddle
worth the paltry 25¢ that JRD Publishing
Company asks. The art is wonderful, in a
Mort Drucker style and the satire is hilari-
ous. The premiere issue is available from
JRD; P.O. Box 46l; Station A Ottawa; Canada
P.C. KIN 852 for 25¢. Recommended.

Korean—Style Terror
If it's still on the stands when you get
this, I highly suggest you pick up a copy of
Ghostly Tales #91 with Sanho Kim's full book
novel, "The Bloody Mermaid". Sanho Kim has
been turning out really facinating stuff for
Charlton for years now, and is hardly ever
mentioned in the fanzines. Here is a man who
grew up with a comic book medium entirely
different than our American comics. He tells
his stories differently, perhaps better.
Frankly, here is a story-teller that bears
watching. He could be the best.

Good Old American Fun
And lest we forget our American crafts-
men, I have to give well-deserved kudoes to
Nelson Bridwell, Gil Kane, and Roy Thomas.
They've given us some cherished moments of
laughter this week; and those moments are
all too few.
In DC special #l5, Nelson Bridwell col-
lects five of those unbelievable Jack Cole
Plastic Man stories. They are wild. They're
wonderful. They're nonsensical forays into
chaos. But I have not enjoyed a comic book
more since...
Spider Man #l03. King Kong vs. SpiderMan.
It's all here in four colors. J. Jonah Jame-
son does a magnificent job in his major role
as Carl Denham. Gwen Stacy is great as Ann
Darrow. And this one is the Marvel to read
this month. Roy Thomas and Gil Kane did it
Use The Right Tool...
Has anyone besides myself noticed how
much better the work of John Buscema is in
the Avengers #94 than it has been since he
took over the pencilling chores on Fantastic
Fear and Thor? I'm working on a theory here,
a theory that comic magazine publishers may
find it to their advantage to use artists on
strips that the artist can really get into.
Did Gil Kane's later Green Lantern work come
anywhere near his Captain Aetien work? Has
John Romita done SpiderMan recently with
half the excitement he puts into Capt. Amer-
iea the past few issues? Isn't Gene Colan
getting bored with Daredevil as of late.
Dynamic drawing is what sells comics, my
friends. That's what has kept Jack Kirby and
Steve Ditko on top of the heap but no ar-
tist can get excited about a strip he does
not like or a strip he's gotten bored with.
I would like to see more artist switchs to
new or different strips and keep switching
until they find one they really want. The
right tool for the right job.

Bummer of the Month
This month's coveted bummer of the month
award goes to the DC staffer that chose to
reprint "The Cosmic Idiots" in issue #207 of
World's Finest. The story speaks favorably
of political assanination (if done by the
good guys). Right on, DC.
That's it for this issue, heroes. Remem-
ber to send those new character creations
Just create a character with a descriptive
name (Example: The policeman of the l900's--
Officer Billy Clubb of the Curbstone Cops)
and send it to me, Tony Isabella, at ll203
Peony Avenue in beautiful Cleveland, Ohio,
the mistake on the lake. Zip code is 44lll.
The first prize winner will get the worst
page of artwork Jim Steranko ever did for
Marvel Comics! You don't believe it? Well,
take a look at X-Men #51, page l4. Isn't it
putrid? This comic page has a thousand uses
it does. Blackmail Steranko with it by thre-
atening to put it on the open market. Use it
for a booby prize. Keep the kids quiet by
letting them color it. Wow!
The second prize is the Bill Stillwell
drawing that this zine used for the back co-
ver last issue. How many other contests do
you know of where the second prize is better
than the first?
Transilvane lives in the hearts of Comic
Fandom Monthly, your cheap columnist, your
extemporaneous editor, and the rest of those
gruesome ghouls in tis zine. Back next ish.