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Comics Buyer's Guide

Entry updated 4 April 2017. Tagged: Comics, Publication.

US tabloid Media Magazine. Published by Alan Light/Krause Publications/F+W Media. Format and publication schedule both varied over the years: tabloid format on newsprint February 1971 to #1595 (June 2004); letter-size perfect-bound magazine printed on a mix of newsprint and slick paper to 2005; letter-size saddle-stapled magazine on newsprint from late 2009 onward. Publication schedule was monthly to #18 (August 1972); twice-monthly to #86 (18 July 1975); weekly from 1975 to June 2004; monthly thereafter. Editors included Alan Light, Don Thompson (1935-1994) with Maggie Thompson until 1994; Maggie Thompson alone until 2006; Brent Frankenhoffer from 2006 to the end, with Thompson as Senior Editor. 1699 issues, 1971 to 2013.

Probably the most important US publication dealing with Comics, this began as The Buyer's Guide to Comics Fandom, changing in 1983 to Comics Buyer's Guide under Krause Publications. The magazine served as an introduction to the field for fans and professionals, as well as providing a marketplace for collectors to trade and sell back issues. A great many important comics creators appeared, including the artists C C Beck, Jack Kirby and Alex Toth, who produced many cover illustrations. Authors included Peter David, Mark Evanier, Ron Goulart, Tony Isabella and Rick Norwood. As with so many print publications, Internet competition proved too much for Comics Buyer's Guide and in 2013 it quietly folded. Many of its best features and related materials are archived online. An important companion title was Comics Collector. [GSt]

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