TCJ ARCHIVE

The Len Wein Interview

In this 1979 interview, Len Wein talks about working for Marvel and DC, what it means for storytelling when fans instead of professional writers take over; balancing commercial considerations with creative ones; the origins of Swamp Thing; the thought process behind superhero team-ups like X-Men and The Defenders’ how he writes Batman, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Superman, and much more. Continue reading

 

One Picture Does Not A Comic Make

In his review of Masters of Comic Book Art from The Comics Journal #49 (August 1979), Kim Thompson makes a distinction between illustration and sequential comic art. Continue reading

 

Claire Bretécher: Triumphant Despite Traitorous Translation

In this review from The Comics Journal #42 (October 1978), Kim Thompson critiques National Lampoon’s Claire Bretecher translation. Continue reading

 

The Comics Journal No. 44, January 1979

Featuring an interview with Marv Wolfman; an essay by Marilyn Bethke; Jim Korkis on animation. Continue reading

 

The Comics Journal No. 45, March 1979

Featuring an interview with Joe Staton; reviews of Doonesbury, Batman, and the Superman movie; an essay on German comics. Continue reading

 

The Comics Journal No. 46, May 1979

Featuring an interview with Will Eisner; reviews of Superman and Jack C. Harris’s Wonder Woman; an essay on X-Men. Continue reading

 

The Comics Journal No. 47, July 1979

Featuring an interview with Will Eisner; a review of Steve Englehart. Continue reading

 

The Comics Journal No. 48, August 1979

Featuring interviews with Samuel R. Delany, Len Wein, and Kenneth Smith; Pierce Askegren on Harlan Ellison; a glimpse at the British Underground comics Continue reading