Harley Quinn – Issue #1 – February 2014 (DC Comics)

TITLE: Harley Quinn – Issue #1 YEAR: February 2014 COMPANY: DC Comics Writers: Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti Artist: Chad Hardin Colorist: Alex Sinclair Letterer: John J. Hill Cover: Amanda Conner & Paul Mounts Editor: Katie Huberg Group Editor: Mike Marts Created by Paul Dini & Bruce Timm For those who grew up watching the old episodes of the popular “The Batman Adventures” animated series and have watched the character Harley Quinn evolve from the animated series, to comic books […]

The Osamu Tezuka Story: A Life in Manga and Anime – July 2016 – (Stonebridge Press)

TITLE: The Osamu Tezuka Story: A Life in Manga and Anime YEAR: July 2016 COMPANY: Stonebridge Press By Toshio Ban and Tezuka Productions Translation by Frederik L. Schodt I have interviewed numerous manga creators and anime professionals in my lifetime and I always purchase or read a lot of books and interviews (most of often in Japanese) as a resource. While there are books out there released in the US that are academic (a deep introspective of their oeuvre) to […]

The New Teen Titans – vol. 1, issue #16 – February 1982 (DC Comics)

TITLE: The New Teen Titans vol. 1, issue #16 YEAR: February 1992 COMPANY: DC Comics Writer/Co-Creators/Artist: Marv Wolfman and George Perez Embellisher: Romeo Tanshal Letterer: John Costanza Colorist: Adrienne Roy Editor: Len Wein When I was still a child, I felt that “The New Teen Titans” vol. 1, issue #16 was the ultimate issue to own. For one, I loved “The New Teen Titans” but it would introduce me to a series that would literally captivate me and make me […]

Freex vol. 1, Issue #1 – July 1993 (Ultraverse)

TITLE: Freex vol. 1, Issue #1 YEAR: July 1993 COMPANY: Ultraverse Writer: Gerard Jones Penciller: Ben Herrera Inker: Mike Christian Letterer: Tim Eldred Color Design: Paul Mounts Editor: Chris Ulm In 1993, writer Gerard Jones and penciller Ben Herrera would create the series “Freex” for Malibu Comics imprint, Ultraverse. Where as other groups in the Ultraverse saw a purpose of using their powers for good, Freex focuses on a group of teens with supernatural abilities that are treated as outcasts. […]

Maison Ikkoku – Issue #2 – 1993 (Viz Comics)

TITLE: Maison Ikkoku Issue #2 YEAR: 1993 COMPANY: Viz Comics Story and Art by Rumiko Takahashi English Adaptation by Gerard Jones For many fans of Rumiko Takahashi, many know of her work from series such as “Ranma 1/2”, “Inuyasha”, “Urusei Yatsura” and possibly her most recent work, “Rin-ne”. But there was one series that dealt with no supernatural powers, it focused on human relationships among those who lived in an apartment known as “Maison Ikkoku. The series which began in […]

Elementals – The Natural Order TPB – November 1988 (Comico Comics)

TITLE: Elementals – The Natural Order TPB YEAR: November 1988 COMPANY: Comico Comics By Bill Willingham Back in 1983, Bill Willingham’s superhero team Elementals made its debut in Texas Comics “Justice Machine Annual”. The following year, “Elementals” would receive a 29-issue run from 1984-1988, a 26-issue run from 1989-1993 and a 3-issue run from 1995-1996.  And a plethora of one-shots and mini-series. Because finding Comico Comics back issues were somewhat troublesome back in the late ’80s and there was no […]

Youngblood #0 – December 1992 (Image Comics)

TITLE: Youngblood #0 YEAR: December 1992 COMPANY: Image Comics Creator/Writer/Penciller: Rob Liefeld Penciller: Dan Fraga Inks: Danny K. Miki Color Design: Brian Murray Lettering: Kurt Hathaway Technical Assistant: Richard Horie Color Separations: Digital Chameleon Editor: Eric Stephenson for Malibu Comics Back in 1987, writer/artist Rob Liefeld was just starting out in the comic book industry.  While his first major work would not be published until the “Hawk and Dove” DC Comics series of 1988, his work would appear as a […]

Quantum and Woody – Vol. 1, Issue 1 – June 1997 (Acclaim Comics)

TITLE: Quantum and Woody – Vol. 1, Issue 1 YEAR: June 1997 COMPANY: Acclaim Comics Created by Christopher Priest and MD Bright Script/Plot/Pencils by Christopher Priest and MD Bright Inker: Greg Adams Letters: Comicraft’s Dave Lanphear Color Art: Atomic Paintbrush Assistant Editor: Omar Banmally Editor: Lynaire Thompson Editor-in-Chief: Fabian Nicieza For those who have read Marvel Comics and DC back in the ’80s, many are probably familiar with Christopher Priest’s work.  Known back then as Jim Owsley (his real name […]