Rocket's Blast and the Comicollector SC (2002 James Van Hise) comic books
Volume 1 - 1st Printing, May 2000. This issue features articles on Steve Ditko's work in the 1950's, the second generation of E.C. Fanzines, The Art of Comics featuring Gil Kane, Orson Welles' time as a pulp writer, and Highlights on the Shadow: Ed Cartier. Back cover is color reprint of Weird Tales (July 1936) by Margaret Brundage. Softcover, 8.5" x 11", 128 pages, B&W. Cover price $9.95.
Volume 2 - 1st Printing, Summer/Fall 2001. Front cover art by Frank Frazetta. Special Edgar Rice Burroughs issue featuring; "The Golden Age of Tarzan" comic strips, the pulp artwork of "Tarzan at the Earth's Core", 9 page gallery of Russ Manning's Tarzan artwork, a 13 page artists portfolio featuring work from Roy Krenkel, Virgil Finlay, J. Allen St. John and Bret Blevins, Dave Hoover comic strips, "Star Trek" creator, Gene Roddenberry's thoughts on "Tarzan of the Apes", an interview with artist Gary Gianni conducted by Rocket's Blast veteran Jim Van Hise, and special tribute to Rocket's Blast founder, G.B. Love. Softcover, 8.5" x 11", 128 pages, B&W. Cover price $9.95.
Volume 3 - 1st Printing. This third volume of Rocket's Blast and the Comicollector showcases horror comics of the Golden Age, with special emphasis on the classic E.C. Comics pre-code era. A comprehensive issue-by-issue examination of EC's Weird Science, an overview of horror comic artist Johnny Craig, and a never-before-published "Don Rosa's Information Center" from the 1970's are among the vintage gems to be found within the pages of this treasury book. Softcover, 8.5" x 11", 128 pages, B&W. Cover price $9.95.
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1st Printing - Boasting a full-color Conan cover painting by Mark "Xenozoic Tales" Schultz, this fourth volume of Rocket's Blast Comicollector features an extensive interview with Schultz as well as material from the forthcoming Conan hardback published by Wandering Star. Additional articles focus on Robert E. Howard, the Silver Age Flash, Steve Ditko's Spider-Man, and the Golden Age art of Reed Crandall. Softcover, 8-in. x 11-in., 128 pages. Cover price $9.95.