|The last issue, #1699.|
Quite a lot about the history of comics, both as a hobby and as an entertainment medium, can be seen in the pages from its 42-year history. It was a history that was filled with highs and lows and quite a few changes. Some changes were caused from external events; others, from moves by its owners.
It isn’t my intent to tell those stories now — there are a number of posts that could be written telling some of those stories, and I expect to at some point down the road. But now, just at the announcement of its cancellation, I hope to provide some broad perspective on the magazine.
|"Daring! Original! Inevitable!" #1, 1971|
|The Buyer's Guide #100|
|An original Frank Thorne cover, TBG #106.|
The advertising base continued to grow — now including Steve Geppi, today of Diamond Comic Distributors, whose testimonial ad for TBG ran in #71 (Mar. 1, 1975). As a result, the newspaper continued to expand — some issues had as many as four folded over sections — with the Thompsons’ column expanding to take up nine full pages of the newspaper by 1976. (The largest issue of TBG was #190, the July 8, 1977 issue, which ran 148 pages, including a 52-page catalog from Mile High Comics.) And pure entertainment features were added, with Fred Hembeck launching his Dateline cartoon.
|Walter Koenig, featured on #201.|
|TBG #237, 1978, on the Spidey TV show|
|#483, the second Krause ish. "Comics" was added to the logo|
|#547, from the second Krause year, 1984|
The Thompsons added “Oh, So?” a letters-column feature that was populated by fans and creators alike. Erik Larsen was one of the writers in that first column; and over the course of the next decade-plus, John Byrne sent dozens of letters that were published. Don also began the "Comics Guide" review column, continuing the review work he'd done in "Beautiful Balloons" in TBG.
|The ballot, as it appeared in comics.|
|#575, one of the theme issues|
|CBG #866, 1990|
|The new tabloid size in 1992|
|#1077, from 1994|
|#1257, cover by Jim Steranko and J. David Spurlock|
|#1277: One of the best articles, and covers|
|CBG passed Dell Four Color's issue count in 1999.|
|#1499, an example of the return to news covers|
|#1595, August 2004, the first magazine issue|
In the end, the redesign bought another eight years, and just over a hundred issues.
|At 292 pages, #1596 was the largest issue.|
|#1697 (Jan 2013), completing 42 years|
Update: Maggie's blog post appears here.
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