The United States of Esoterica

Back Issue
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Author:  redsonsuperman [ Tue Jan 06, 2009 6:17 am ]
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Anyone else experienced the joy of reading this magazine, which comes out six times a year?

As a result of my pull guy f'king up and forgetting to get me the Previews book, I went to another nearby comic shop and stumbled across the Mutants Issue of BI (No.29, August).


It was easily one of the best things I've read about comics in years. There were detailed stories that peeled back what the creators were thinking when they made some of my favorite stories of my childhood.

It's like going to convention and asking one of the writers, why did you make his skin blue? Or why did you kill off that character?

the look back on the Claremont-Byrne run was awesom. curiously, several interview requests for Claremont went unanswered, but Byrne, Roger Stern and Jim Shooter share stories that made for a great read.

the Pro2Pro interview between Ann Nocenti and Arthur Adams re: Longshot was awesome...

Anyway, I'm kicking myself that I never ordered this book before.

I'm going to buy up some of the back issues of Back Issue today.

Author:  Primus [ Tue Jan 06, 2009 10:35 am ]
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I also suggest trying Alter Ego also by TwoMorrows. It's been a while since I read it, but where Back Issue focuses more on the SIver Age, Alter Ego focuses on the Golden Age.

Both are great magazines and put Wizard to shame. It shows what a magazine done by people who really love the medium and a magazine done as a way to hype their buddies differ.

Author:  redsonsuperman [ Thu Jul 23, 2009 10:51 pm ]
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Another home run by the folks at Back Issue.

If you were a comic book fan in the 70s-80s, I can't stress enough how enjoyable you'll find this publication.

This month they go through the origin of the Hobgoblin with the writers who were all responsible at the time.

Now it starts as a character created by Roger Stern. Stern says Hobby was supposed be this crazy corportate leader Roderick Kinglsey.

He leaves book before revealing it and Tom DeFalco decides Kingsley's already been eliminated as a candidate and is going to make him Richard Fisk.

DeFalco didn't trust his new boss James Owsley, who demands to know who Hobby will be. DeFalco lies and says it is Ned Leeds, never intending that to be the guy.

Owsley decides to KILL Leeds in a one-shot that he writes, Spiderman vs. Wolverine.

Peter David is then charged with revealing the identify and decides to go through with Leeds, now dead, being Hobby.

MAcendale took over as the new hobby, but stern returned to eventually write that leeds wasn't really HObby and that in fact, it was Rod Kingsley, his first choice from the very start.

CRAZY SHIT on the history of a character, eh?

Author:  Primus [ Fri Jul 24, 2009 12:15 am ]
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The cool thing is that now that you know, go back to some of those Stern written issues and you see the clues jumping out at you. (I actually met Roger way before the reveal in the mainstream Marvel U and he told me. I went back and read the issues and there it was staring me in the face.)

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