Topic: Comic Books - New
TODAY'S FEATURE IS BLOG #4037 - This past 2015 San Diego Comic Con International I made sure to visit the TwoMorrows booth on the exhibit floor.
I was there Friday to pick up the latest issues of the Jack Kirby Collector that had been printed since last year's SDCC. I'll review blog those later here in this blog.
Then as usual on a late Sunday afternoon, I hit the publishers / dealers for any last minute deals to be had.
I didn't make any deals at John Morrow's booth, but I did pick up a copy of Alter Ego #134 to read. (See photo of John & AE 134 to the left.)
Why? Well that issue had a cover that was very familiar. Sol Brodsky was on the cover. Actually an illustration of Sol drawn by John Romita Sr. It was the same image I had seen years ago, on Marvel Age #22, when the comic publication was remembering Sol Brodsky soon after his passing.
Remembering how much I enjoyed reading more about Sol, I thought I would give this magazine a read, as on the cover it also stated: Rememberances By His Friends... John Romita, Stan Lee, Herb Trimpe, Stan Goldberg, Daid A Kraft, and Roy Thomas. Plus an article by Janna Parker, (Sol's daughter).
So I finished reading it last night. Pretty darn good treasury compiled by the Editor, Roy Thomas!
On the Table of Contents it showed a 7-Part Section on "Sol Brodsky - Stan Lee's 'Right-Hand Man".
Part One was the Editorial: 'Better Call Sol' on page 2.
Page 7 was Part Two - "Dad Loved Comic Books" - An interview with Janna Parker, Sol's daughter.
Part Three was "Sol Was A Great Company Man" - Stan Goldberg's story of Sol. Stan was with Sol during the Timely / Atlas / Marvel years.
Part Four: 'A Eulogy By Stan Lee'.
Page 35 had 'A Few Choice Words On Sol Brodsky' - written by John Romita Sr.
Part Six had "We Need A Lot More Guys Like Him" - Interview with Herb Trimpe on Sol.
And Part Seven had: 'For The Love Of Sol' - David Anthony Kraft worked with Sol at Marvel & also at Skywald. Interesting stories by David on Sol.
The Seven Part Section on Sol Brodsky was worth the cover price for me! I had seen credits by Sol Brodsky in the early Marvel years, as he was an inker as well. I mentioned I had read the Marvel Age #22 back in 1985 after Sol had passed. Here is a scan of that cover.
Not many 'production' people got mentioned on Marvel Comics pages, but Sol and also Flo Steinberg were a couple of the exceptions.
I had also picked up a few of the 'Skywald' Comics during its brief publishing period. 'Skywald' was named after Sol BrodSKY and Israel WALDman. The circulation of those comics and magazines were sparse in the San Diego area during 1970 - 1973, bnut I was able to pick up a few off the newstands. Here is a link to all of the Skywald publications.
There were other articles in this issue of Alter Ego. The ones I enjoyed were:
'Seal of Approval: The History of the Comics Code' - Continuing Chapter 6 of Our Serialization of the 1998 Study by Dr. Amy Kiste Nyberg. This article was very good in presenting its topic. I viewed good photos of the publishers involved with the Code, as well as comic book issues that either helped change the Code or were published after the Code was revised. Very good presentation!
Dan Barry & Flash Gordon Part III was okay for me, since it was Part III and I hadn't seen the earlier two parts, it took me a little while to catch up.
Mr. Monster's Comic Crypt column was pretty cool! The article was on 'Real Clue Crime Stories' comics published by Hillman Periodicals. I have not read any of the comics in this series, so this was an introduction to me on the series.
Thre was also... "Alter Ego's Multi-Part Tribute To G.B. Love & RCC - Part 2'. Five pages on G.B., which I enjoyed reading.
Lastly there was an obit on Stan Goldberg, (1932 - 2014), whose work I had enjoyed over the years, at Marvel & Archie Comics. I had met Stan at Comic-Con International and took in a panel on him a few years back as well. Stan was the main colorist during the early years of the then new Marvel Comics, and he chose the colors for the characters.
FCA #193 was included in the back of this magazine, with emphais on Fawcett's Invasion of France. Captain Marvel comics printed in the French language.
This was a real fun magazine to read! I would have to give it a Near Mint (NM) 9.4 out of a 10.0 comic book grade.
You can find it online at this link for purchase.
Addendum: For further reading on Sol Brodsky... See his Wikipedia entry, and his GCD entry.
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