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Paul Kupperberg on July 18th, 2020

What was the comic book news in 1961?

Many, many (many!) years ago, when Paul Levitz and I were first starting to make our mark, Jerry Bails, comics historian, indexer, one of the fathers of comic book fandom, was kind enough to lend his personal collection of the early print fanzines he had produced that had helped kickstart our hobby to a couple of fans halfway across the country.… Read the rest

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Paul Kupperberg on July 18th, 2020

Or, How I Stopped Worrying and Started Cutting Up Silver Age Comic Books

First of all, I didn’t know it was any age of comic books at the time. I was a reader making the transformation to fan; readers read comics, maybe saved them, but didn’t collect and wasn’t aware of their history.… Read the rest

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Paul Kupperberg on June 12th, 2020

I’ve always admired the hell out of Denny O’Neil (May 3, 1939 – June 11, 2020). I admired his skill as a writer. I admired his ability to continually grow and hone his craft, whether in comic books or prose. I admired the simple, surefooted way he approached story and dialogue and his calm, confident style of editing, as well as his knack for explaining and teaching what he knew.… Read the rest

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Paul Kupperberg on May 12th, 2020
Keith Giffen, me, Marty Pasko, at Terrificon, August 2017.

I made Marty Pasko my comedy bitch one night at a comic book convention in the late-1970s or early-1980s. I could always make Marty laugh; I’m a fairly funny guy and he was a fairly easy audience, but I didn’t own him until that night when a bunch of us were gathered in somebody’s hotel room where some drinking might have been taking place, and I announced, likely apropos of nothing, that I could crack Marty up in just three random phrases.… Read the rest

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Paul Kupperberg on April 19th, 2020

From Weird War Tales #76 (February 1979), here’s “The Fire Bug,” a 5-pager I wrote that was illustrated by Howard Chaykin, lettered by Ben Oda, colored by Jerry Serpe, and edited by Paul Levitz.

How ironic! Choke!<

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Paul Kupperberg on March 21st, 2020
Cover by HOWARD PORTER.

I’ve always liked this story, “Visions of Glory,” the framing sequence for the 80-page Justice League Quarterly #16 (September 1994), the “All Glory Issue” featuring four stories starring General Glory. General Glory was a star spangled parody of the straitlaced, upright Captain America created by the irrepressible Keith Giffen and J.M.… Read the rest

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Paul Kupperberg on March 17th, 2020

Glossary: Tandy Corporation was the parent corporation of Radio Shack.
Radio Shack was a chain of stores that sold electronics.
TRS-80 (i.e. Tandy/Radio Shack 80 Micro Computer System), a desktop computer launched in 1977, running TRSDOS, with 48KB memory.

I wrote this Tandy Computer Whiz Kids comic, a Radio Shack custom comic giveaway, in 1985 for Archie Comics.… Read the rest

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Paul Kupperberg on March 13th, 2020
Paul Kupperberg’s Illustrated Guide to Writing Comics
by Paul Kupperberg. Cover by Steven Butler. Foreword by Joe Staton.

PAUL KUPPERBERG’S ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO WRITING COMICS
By Paul Kupperberg

Foreword by Joe Staton • Cover by Steven Butler
Charlton Neo Media
Trade Paperback, Illustrated, 126 pages
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Paul Kupperberg on March 1st, 2020

The second of my Phantom Stranger scripts for Action Comics Weekly to be drawn by the legendary (even then!) Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez. “Tommy’s Monster” in ACW #641 (March 7, 1989) is an unabashed homage to one of my earliest comedy influences, the television and absurdist humor writer Jack Douglas‘ “The Boy Who Cried Dinosaur” from his first short story collection, My Brother Was an Only Child (Dutton, 1959), which, for your entertainment pleasure, follows the PS tale in this post.… Read the rest

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Paul Kupperberg on February 21st, 2020

Browsing through old DC Comics house ads reminds me of probably my all-time favorite comic book, Showcase, a title I would eventually get to contribute to. Here’s the introduction I wrote in 1992 for the collected THE ESSENTIAL SHOWCASE (1956-1959) volume.… Read the rest

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