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ALTER EGO #152

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Highly Recommended. Edited by Roy Thomas. Nearly the entire issue presents Larry Ivie—maybe the most important Silver Age comic book artist/writer you never heard of, unless you are my age and remember his magazine Monsters and Heroes! He conceived (and named!) the Justice League of America—he helped develop the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents—he brought EC art greats to the world of Edgar Rice Burroughs—and he created Monsters and Heroes, one of the first magazines ever to bridge the gap between fan and pro! Artist/friend Sandy Plunkett chronicles this unsung star’s career, with art by Wood, Frazetta, Crandall, Krenkel, Doolin, and others.

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Nearly the entire issue presents Larry Ivie—maybe the most important Silver Age comic book artist/writer you never heard of, unless you are my age and remember his magazine Monsters and Heroes! He conceived (and named!) the Justice League of America—he helped develop the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents—he brought EC art greats to the world of Edgar Rice Burroughs—and he created Monsters and Heroes, one of the first magazines ever to bridge the gap between fan and pro! Artist/friend Sandy Plunkett chronicles this unsung star’s career, with art by Wood, Frazetta, Crandall, Krenkel, Doolin, and others.

Fortunately Larry was a collector first and foremost, and kept all the material he drew himself and that he loved. So this is filled with rarely-seen and never-before-seen Ivie art and story pages spotlighting Justice League, Hawkman, The Atom, Sandman, and Superman! Plus all the artists he touched on, so we have rare pieces by Al Williamson, Frank Frazetta and the other EC artists. Plus the Fawcett Collector looks at the legal battle between DC and Fawcett, Michael T. Gilbert examines "The Supremely Sleazy, Suggestive Victor Fox Comics”, Bill Schelly talks about his new book, Sense of Wonder, with lots of photos and artwork, and more!

The Ivie article is a wonder in itself. I knew of Ivie mostly from his rare fanzine work and his previously mentioned magazine, that was coming out just as I was getting into fandom and collecting. But he was a fan-turned-pro, as he journeyed from Salt Lake City to New York, attended Burne Hogarth's School of Visual Arts, became lifelong friends with Al Williamson and Roy Krenkel, hung out with the EC veterans. He actually wrote The History of the Comic Book in 1973 for Nostalgia Press, which would have been one of the earliest and perhaps best of the comic histories...but it never saw print. Here we are treated to the cover painting, art intended for it, and far more.

He created Altron Boy for his magazine, and this features artwork from the unpublished Altron Boy Annual. He also painted covers for the equally loved Castle of Frankenstein, another early magazine that tried to bridge the gap between fandom and the pro world.

Includes two sidebars, the first by sci-fi novelist and early fan writer Dick Lupoff, the second "Day-Tripping at Larry Ivie's Comicbook Mecca" by Louis M. Brill.

Beautifully illustrated throughout with just a treasure-load of great artwork. One of the best-illustrated issues yet.

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Item Code AE152
Publisher Twomorrows
Publish Date 2018
Binding Magazine
Dimensions 8x11
# Pages 96pg
Color Text/Partial Color
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