From screen to page, thanks to Back Issue…
Back Issue later this year plans to release a two-issue look at the often-forgotten TV tie-in comics of the Bronze Age — both live action and cartoons.
Dig these descriptions from publisher TwoMorrows:
Back Issue #128
July 2021 – 84 FULL-COLOR pages
This “Bronze Age TV Tie-ins” issue tunes in to television-inspired comic adaptations of the 1970s to the early 1990s, including The Bionic Woman, Dark Shadows, Emergency, H. R. Pufnstuf, Hee Haw, Lost in Space, Primus, Sledge Hammer, Superboy, V… even Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp! Featuring Ken Bald, Primus star Robert Brown, Cary Bates, David Campiti, Mark Evanier, John Francis Moore, Lost in Space’s Bill Mumy, Jim Salicrup, Alex Saviuk, Jack Sparling, Joe Staton, Marv Wolfman, and more. TV comic montage cover designed by Michael Kronenberg. Edited by Michael Eury.
Back Issue #129
August 2021 – 84 FULL-COLOR pages
“TV Toon Tie-ins” issue! The Bronze-tastic World of Hanna-Barbera Comics, Underdog, Mighty Mouse, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Pink Panther, Battle of the Planets, and wildlife protectors Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl. Bonus: Scott Shaw! digs up Captain Carrot’s roots! Featuring the work of John Byrne, Ernie Colon, Jim Engel, Mark Evanier, Gary Fields, Michael Gallagher, Frank Johnson, Win Mortimer, Paul Norris, Marie Severin, Steve Skeates, Merrie Spaeth, Joe Staton, Tony Tallarico, Alex Toth, Bill Williams, and more. Repurposing a 1972 Charlton Hanna-Barbera Parade cover by Ray Dirgo and friends. Edited by Michael Eury.
A few thoughts:
— This concept is long overdue and big credit to editor Michael Eury for pulling these issues together. It’s really easy to forget just how many TV comics there used to be — and it’s amazing to see some of the profoundly surprising titles that existed, even if only for a few issues. I marvel at this every month during BRONZE AGE BONANZA, as well as during our weekly RETRO HOT PICKS.
— Back Issue #128 is due June 23 and Back Issue #129 is scheduled for July 21. Both are subject to change, however, thanks to the vagaries of publishing today.
— Both issues, $9.95 each, will be available at comics shops and through magazine sellers, but you can also order them directly from TwoMorrows. They are up for pre-order now. (Click here.)
— PAUL GULACY and SHANG-CHI to Get Much-Deserved TwoMorrows Spotlight. Click here.
— BRONZE AGE BONANZA: The 1970 INDEX. Click here.