The Comics Journal No. 53, Winter 1980

Featuring interviews with Trina Robbins, Harlan Ellison, Kelly Freas, and Murray Boltinoff; an essay by Harlan Ellison; illustrations by Willie Blyberg.

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Blood and Thunder (p. 21)

Newswatch (p. 8)

Bill Sherman, “The Trina Robbins Interview” (p. 46)
Gary Groth, “The Harlan Ellison Interview” (p. 68)
Dr. Jeffrey Eliot, “At Home With Kelly Freas” (p. 114)
Robin Snyder, “Murray Boltinoff Interview” (p. 132)

Ed Via, “Project Pegasus: The Six-Month War” (p. 37)
Margaret O’Connell, “Ho, Ho, Ho, Howard--A Feeble Yuletide Yarn” (p. 40)
Bill Sherman, “Panels of History” (p. 42)
Richard Howell, “The American Comic Strip at Its Finest” (p. 44)

John Clifton and Joe Sinardi (illustrations), “The 7 Deadly Comics Cliches” (p. 59)
Harlan Ellison, “Postscript from Ellison” (p. 108)
Dwight R. Decker, “Stahlmann The Man of Steel: Adolf Hitler’s Comics Masterpiece” (p. 122)

Dale Luciano, “Cinema Journal: Star Trek 1979--A Space Odyssey” (p. 110)
Greg Potter, “Panel Progressions: Neal Adams” (p. 139)

Willie Blyberg, “Illustration” (p. 147)

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4 Responses to The Comics Journal No. 53, Winter 1980

  1. Robert says:

    I remember this issue so well. It started the lawsuit with Michael Fleischer all those years ago. I remember Harlan’s comment about how great his stories were and the intent of the compliment was not to insult the writer.

    I remember reading the interview several times and it’s the interview that got Harlan barred from the jounal in the first place.

  2. Mark Owens says:

    As always, Harlan will make his point by any means, whether it be fire & brimstone or with a warm feather. He aims to get the correct reader’s attention. To him…fuck all the rest of them. I know and he has never failed to get my attention.

  3. Mr Gone says:

    I bought that issue, I remember the interview as long and rambling. As well as trashing comic book artists and writers Ellison put down Tolkein, Tom Wolfe, Mailer, Capote, Hunter S. Thompson and gave only grudging praise to John Irving and Joan Didion. He found time to favourable compare his own work to that of Borge. Soon after I read Music for Chameleons, The White Album and The Fight and then gave up reading Ellison.

  4. Carl Rosenberg says:

    I still remember this issue and the subsequent issue with letters in response to the interview with Harlan Ellison. These are the only issues of The Comics Journal I’ve seen–a friend of mine who read it lent them to me not long after they appeared, knowing I was a reader of Ellison. I gather Ellison and editor Gary Groth became estranged, but I nevertheless admire both Ellison’s work and what little I saw of this magazine, not just the interview with Ellison, but the other features, such as the interviews with Trina Robbins and Kelly Freas. The overall coverage seemed to me at a high level.

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