by Jon B. COOKE - 176 page Trade Paperback with COLOR
The CBA Magic returns, in COMIC BOOK ARTIST BULLPEN! It collects every issue of the little-seen labor of love fanzine published in the early 2000s by JON B. COOKE (editor of today’s Comic Book Creator magazine), just after the original Comic Book Artist ended its TwoMorrows run. Featured are in-depth interviews with some of comics’ major league players, including GEORGE TUSKA, FRED HEMBECK, TERRY BEATTY, and FRANK BOLLE—and an amazing all-star tribute to Silver Age great JACK ABEL by the Marvel Comics Bullpen and others. That previously unpublished all-comics Abel appreciation (assembled by RICK PARKER) includes strips by JOE KUBERT, WALTER SIMONSON, KYLE BAKER, MARIE SEVERIN, GRAY MORROW, ALAN WEISS, SERGIO ARAGONÉS, MORT TODD, DICK AYERS, and many more! Includes the never-released issue #7, a new bonus feature on JACK KIRBY’s unknown 1960s baseball card art, and a 16-page full-color section, all behind a Jack Kirby cover!

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ISBN13: 978-1-60549-105-9

Spring 2022 - 84-page FULL-COLOR magazine
Jack Kirby Collector #83 presents « Famous Firsts », documenting the ways Jack was a pioneer in comics and life! From being the first mainstream creator to work coast-to-coast, to helping launch today’s Direct Market of comic book distribution, his innovations are countless, and we’re showcasing some major ones, including: the Romance Comics genre, Kid Gangs, double-page spreads, Black heroes, new formats, super-hero satire, and more! Featuring our regular columnists, and the 2021 Kirby Virtual Panel from Comic-Con International, moderated by Mark Evanier. Plus a gallery of Jack’s pencil art from Captain America, Jimmy Olsen, Captain Victory, Destroyer Duck, Black Panther, and more! Featuring a Fighting American cover by Kirby and Mike Machlan! Edited by John Morrow.

Diamond Comic Distributors Order Code: JAN221706

Summer 2022 - 84 FULL-COLOR pages
From out of the swamp comes a look at the amazingly eclectic and diverse life of the multi-talented Stephen R. Bissette, best known for his collaboration with Alan Moore on Swamp Thing. The career-spanning chat discusses his early love of dinosaurs and his development from graduate of the Joe Kubert School to breakout as a pro (Heavy Metal, Scholastic, DC), independent efforts with his Spiderbaby Grafix (Taboo, Tyrant, etc.), and his long-running stint as instructor at the Center for Cartoon Studies. Also, Part One of our Mike Gold interview on his Chicago youth, start in underground comix, and arrival at DC Comics, right in time for the DC Implosion! Plus Part Two of our interview with Bud Plant on his publishing days, years as comic shop owner, and start in mail order—and CBC’s usual crew of contributors shares their latest insights! Edited by Jon B. Cooke.

Diamond Comic Distributors Order Code: JAN221705

September 2022 - 84 pages (FULL COLOR)
It’s a celebration of veteran artist Don Perlin—artist of Werewolf By Night, The Defenders, Ghost Rider, Moon Knight, 1950s horror, and just about every other adventure genre under the four-color sun! Plus Golden Age artist Marcia Snyder—Marvel’s early variant covers—Marvelmania club and fanzine—FCA (Fawcett Collectors of America), Michael T. Gilbert on Cracked Mazagine, et al. Edited by Roy Thomas.

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September 2022 - 84 FULL-COLOR pages
Classic Heroes in the Bronze Age! The Lone Ranger and Tonto, Flash Gordon, Popeye, Zorro and Lady Rawhide, Son of Tomahawk, Jungle Twins, and more! Featuring the work of Cary Bates, Gaylord DuBois, Russ Heath, Dan Jurgens, Gil Kane, Joe Kubert, Joe R. Lansdale, Don McGregor, Ruben Procopio, Frank Thorne, Tim Truman, George Wildman, Thomas Yeates, and other star creators. With a classic 1979 fully painted Gold Key cover of Flash Gordon. Edited by Michael Eury.

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October 2022 - 84 FULL-COLOR pages

Not-Ready-for-Primetime Marvel Heroes! Mighty Marvel’s Bronze Age second bananas: Doc Samson, Jack of Hearts, Thundra, Nighthawk, Starfox, Modred the Mystic, Woodgod, the Shroud, Thunderbird and Warpath, Stingray, Wundaar, and more! Featuring the work of Kurt Busiek, Peter David, Steve Englehart, Steve Gerber, Keith Giffen, Steven Grant, Bill Mantlo, David Michelinie, Roger Stern, Roy Thomas, and other A-list talent. Edited by Michael Eury.

Diamond Comic Distributors Order Code: MAY221811

December 2022 - 84 FULL-COLOR pages
Dinosaur Comics! Interviews with Xenozoic®’s Mark Schultz and dino-artist extraordinaire William Stout! Plus: Godzilla at Dark Horse, Sauron villain history, Dinosaurs Attack!, Dinosaurs for Hire, Dinosaur Rex, Dino Riders, Lord Dinosaur, and Jurassic Park! Featuring Arthur Adams, Stephen Bissette, Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum, Gary Gerani, Randy Stradley, Roy Thomas, and many more. Re-presenting a 1992 Xenozoic® cover by Mark Schultz. Edited by Michael Eury.

February 2023 - 84 FULL-COLOR pages
Spies and P.I.s! Nick Fury, from Howling Commando to Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.! Ms. Tree’s Max Allan Collins and Terry Beatty reunite in a Pro2Pro interview, and Mark Evanier reports on his Crossfire series! Plus: a Hydra villain history, Will Eisner’s John Law, Checkmate, and private eyes Tim Trench and Mike Mauser. With Pat Broderick, D.G. Chichester, Kim DeMulder, Steve Erwin, Tom Grindberg, Tony Isabella, Denis Kitchen, Paul Kupperberg, Joe Staton, Roy Thomas, Greg Wright, and many more. Featuring a jaw-dropping Fury S.H.I.E.L.D. cover by Dave Johnson! Edited by Michael Eury.

Diamond Comic Distributors Order Code: SEP222042

Summer 2022 - 84-page FULL-COLOR magazine
Jack Kirby Collector #84 is a Steve Sherman Tribute Issue, dedicated to Jack’s DC Comics assistant and close friend for 50 years! Featuring tributes and reminiscences from Kirby family members, close friends, comics creators, and fellow professionals within the entertainment industry where Steve used what he learned from Jack as a puppeteer on films like Men in Black and TV projects including Pee Wee’s Playhouse and O.G. Readmore. There’s also Mark Evanier’s in-depth interview with Steve about their days assisting Kirby, Steve’s discussion with Rand Hoppe and Tom Kraft of the Jack Kirby Museum about Kirby’s Speak-Out Series (In The Days of the Mob, Spirit World), photos and Kirby memorabilia from Steve’s personal collection, and an interview with Steve’s wife Diana Mercer about their lives together, both in and out of comics and Kirby. All behind a never-published 1974 Kirby cover, done expressly for Steve and inked by Mike Royer. Edited by John Morrow.

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November 2022 - 84 pages (FULL COLOR)
Golden Age great Emil Gershwin, artist of Starman, Spy Smasher, and ACG horror – in a super-length special Mr. Monster’s Comic Crypt by Michael T. Gilbert—plus a Gershwin showcase in Peter Normanton’s From The Tomb—even a few tidbits about relatives George and Ira Gershwin to top it off! Also FCA (Fawcett Collectors of America), and other surprise features! Edited by Roy Thomas.

Diamond Comic Distributors Order Code: JUN222000

January 2023 - 84 pages (FULL COLOR)
Celebrating the 61st Anniversary of Fantastic Four #1—’cause we kinda blew right past its 60th—plus a sagacious salute to Stan Lee’s 100th birthday, with never-before-seen highlights—and to FF #1 and #2 inker George Klein! Spotlight on Sub-Mariner in the Bowery in FF #4—plus sensational secrets behind FF #1 and #3! Also: FCA (Fawcett Collectors of America), Michael T. Gilbert in Mr. Monster’s Comic Crypt, a Jack Kirby cover, and more! Edited by Roy Thomas.

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Fall 2022 - 84-page FULL-COLOR magazine
Jack Kirby Collector #85 brings to life « Kirby: Animated », detailing how Kirby and his concepts leaped from celluloid, to paper, and back again! From his 1930s start on Popeye and Betty Boop and his work being used on the 1960s Marvel Super-Heroes show, to Fantastic Four (in both 1967 and 1978), Super Friends/Super Powers, Scooby-Doo, Thundarr the Barbarian, and Ruby-Spears: it’s the ultimate look at Jack’s work in, and influence on, animation! Then comics and animation’s Evan Dorkin talks about his Kirby inspirations and an abandoned Kamandi animated series. Plus our regular columnists, and from 2017’s Baltimore Comic-Con: Mark Evanier celebrates Kirby’s 100th birthday with Tom King, Walter Simonson, Mark Buckingham, Jerry Ordway, Dean Haspiel, John K. Snyder III, and the Kirby Museum’s Rand Hoppe. With a gallery of Jack’s pencil art, and an unpublished Kirby cover inked by Evan Dorkin. Edited by John Morrow.

Fall 2022 - 84 FULL-COLOR pages
Don McGregor’s life and talent is spotlighted in a comprehensive retrospective in CBC #29, the first issue we’ve devoted predominately to a writer! From his Hopalong Cassidy obsessed Rhode Island childhood to obsequious presence on Marvel Comics letters pages in the 1960s and early ’70s debut as Warren Publications scripter, to his breakout and blossoming at the House of Ideas, the superb scribe discusses his triumphs on Black Panther, Killraven, Sabre, Detectives Inc., Ragamuffins, and so much more. Behind Sandy Plunkett’s gorgeous cover art featuring two of Don’s most important characters, the startlingly sensitive, progressive, and experimental writer shares insight about his landmark storytelling and a career breaking new ground in comics as few would ever dare. Plus Robert Menzies offers a detailed look at Herb Trimpe’s fascinating mid ’70s visit to the United Kingdom, when he worked on Marvel’s British comics weeklies. Also included this ish is the second part of Mike Gold’s career-spanning talk, examining the First Comics years and groundbreaking tenure at DC Comics (with front row seat to the Implosion debacle!), and much more! And, of course, the usual gang of clever contributors share their latest, including the legendary Fred Hembeck! Edited by Jon B. Cooke.

March 2023 - 84 pages (FULL COLOR)
In-depth look at The Young All-Stars—the late-1980s successor to All-Star Squadron! Interviews with first artist Brian Murray and last artist Lou Manna—surprising insights by writer/co-creator Roy Thomas—plus a panorama of never-seen Young All-Stars artwork! All-new cover by Brian Murray! Plus FCA (Fawcett Collectors of America), Michael T. Gilbert in Mr. Monster’s Comic Crypt, and beyond! Edited by Roy Thomas.