Bill Schelly Talks with the Founders of Comic Fandom Vol.2

By Bill Schelly

The Community Behind the Comics

The genesis of comic fandom took shape with a brainy crew of amateur authors, editors, and artists who in the early 1960s gave fans of all comic books, from science fiction to superheroes, a like-minded community in which to exchange their ideas, sharpen their minds, and share their passions.

Among the comic-book pioneers in this volume:

  • ROY THOMAS, former editor-in-chief at Marvel Comics, reflects in a lengthy interview about LBM (Life Before Marvel), including growing up in Jackson, Missouri; discovering comic fandom; and landing a very short-lived job at DC
  • RICHARD KYLE, who coined the phrase “graphic novel,” chats about his long association with comic fandom, from buying Action #1 right off the rack, to publishing his own fanzines and running a popular bookstore in Long Beach, California
  • BUD PLANT, a pioneer in selling comic books through the mail, remembers the days when valuable comics could be bought by the stack at flea markets—his flagship mail-order store is still going strong, nearly 50 years later
  • STEVE PERRIN, a prolific contributor to comic fanzines of the 1960s, talks about his more recent accomplishments as an equally prolific game designer

With photos, illustrations, and index.

A rousing paean to the primeval world of comic fandom!

Product details

  • Series: Bill Schelly Talks with the Founders of Comic Fandom
  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Pulp Hero Press (August 7, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1683901568
  • ISBN-13: 978-1683901563

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