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Partners For Life - The Interviews: John Romita

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Well the book is now out and on the shelves (you can order it from Amazon using the link on the side of this page). I'm not exactly sure as to the reasons why but a large portion of the text wasn't used. That includes some great interviews, so rather than lose them completely I've decided to run them here over the coming months as a companion piece to the book itself so you can see all of the great stuff that couldn't be fit into the book proper.

Feel free to print these interviews out and place them in your book. Otherwise enjoy these little pieces and then run out and buy a copy of the book so you can read the rest.

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JOHN ROMITA

John Romita Senior started drawing after spending a year in commercial art. His first jobs were for Stan Lee's Atlas group in 1949. Romita drew mostly horror and romance stories, but also several war, western and crime features for Western Publishing. After the folding of Atlas, he went to National, where he did anonym…

Partners For Life - Articles: Wonder Woman

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Well the book is now out and on the shelves (you can order it from Amazon using the link on the side of this page). I'm not exactly sure as to the reasons why but a large portion of the text wasn't used. That includes some great interviews and articles, so rather than lose them completely I've decided to run them here over the coming months as a companion piece to the book itself so you can see all of the great stuff that couldn't be fit into the book proper.

Feel free to print these interviews and articles out and place them in your book. Otherwise enjoy these little pieces and then run out and buy a copy of the book so you can read the rest.

Today we look at what could have been if John Romita had joined Andru and Esposito back in 1959. This article is a new one and doesn't appear in the book itself, but you can read more about Andru, Esposito and Wonder Woman in the book Partners For Life.

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WONDER WOMAN

H.G. Peter was a tired man by 1958. His …

Groucho - En Marx Brother Bag Facaden

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Yep, that title got me too.

I've got a mild case of writers block right now so I'm going to attempt to clear it by writing about some of my favourite things around the house. First up is a recent addition to my growing library on Groucho Marx and the Marx Brothers.

Roughly translated the title of the book you're seeing is along the lines of; "Groucho - A Marx Brother At The Back of something". I mean, I really don't know for sure because I don't speak, or read, Danish, or whatever language this book was printed in. I'm assuming Danish as it was published in Denmark in 1985.

I found this little gem in one of my favourite haunts, the Lions Club Bookmart at Glen Osmond. It's a rare time that I go there and not come out weighed down with several books, all at genuine early 1980s prices. How genuine? This sucker cost me a whopping $2.00. Not bad for a book I can't read. The pictures are good though and I love the cartoon on the front.

The back isn'…

Partners For Life - The Interviews: Murphy Anderson

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Well the book is now out and on the shelves (you can order it from Amazon using the link on the side of this page). I'm not exactly sure as to the reasons why but a large portion of the text wasn't used. That includes some great interviews, so rather than lose them completely I've decided to run them here over the coming months as a companion piece to the book itself so you can see all of the great stuff that couldn't be fit into the book proper.

Feel free to print these interviews out and place them in your book. Otherwise enjoy these little pieces and then run out and buy a copy of the book so you can read the rest.

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MURPHY ANDERSON

Murphy Anderson is one of the all-time great comic artists. His career spans over 50 years, and includes characters as diverse as Hawkman, the Spectre, the Atomic Knights and Buck Rogers. His clean style and detailed brushwork set the tone for many of the DC Comics of the Silver Age. He created the definitive portra…

Superman's Sealed Section Revealed

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You can say what you want about the physical quality of the 1970s and '80s Australian reprint comics, but jeez, this issue of Superman The Comic is what they were all about. Everything that was cool about these reprints is perfectly summed up in this one, gigantic reprint. And it has a sealed section as well, just like a filthy porn section in an otherwise decent magazine.

According to the essential Australian DC reprint site, this book came out in December 1979, meaning that I more than likely wouldn't have been able to afford to buy it from the newsagents. We grew up poor and in 1979 $1 was a decent chunk of change. It could get me about 10 to 20 American comics, usually without covers, although I did manage to buy the entire run of Iron Fist once for roughly $2 the lot, from a second hand store that I used to ride 30 minutes to reach, or walk about 90 minutes. Or it would buy me 20 books from the local library when they'd do their book sales. They sold books for 5 cents …

Partners For Life - The Interviews: Sal Buscema

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Well the book is now out and on the shelves (you can order it from Amazon using the link on the side of this page). I'm not exactly sure as to the reasons why but a large portion of the text wasn't used. That includes some great interviews, so rather than lose them completely I've decided to run them here over the coming months as a companion piece to the book itself. Perhaps one day I'll be able to produce a 'directors cut' of the book where some of what was left out can be added in. Until then, enjoy! Feel free to print these interviews out and place them in your book - it'll give the book a more rounded view and show you somewhat of what the original manuscript looked like. Also, keep an eye on Mike Netzer's site. He's preparing an overview of what's happened with the book and I for one am looking forward to reading what he discovers. I've turned over my correspondence and other information, so hopefully he can get to the bottom of it all…

Partners For Life - The Interviews: Martin Thall

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Well the book is now out and on the shelves (you can order it from Amazon using the link on the side of this page). I'm not exactly sure as to the reasons why but a large portion of the text wasn't used. That includes some great interviews, so rather than lose them completely I've decided to run them here over the coming months as a companion piece to the book itself. Perhaps one day I'll be able to produce a 'directors cut' of the book where some of what was left out can be added in. Until then, enjoy! Feel free to print these interviews out and place them in your book - it'll give the book a more rounded view and show you somewhat of what the original manuscript looked like.

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MARTIN ROSENTHALL

Martin Rosenthall began in comics in the late 1940s at the age of 18. Amongst his first jobs was Wally Woods’s comic book debut, inking Rosenthall’s pencils at Fox. Using the names Marty Thall and Emrose, Martin Rosenthall did comics during the …