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  • Issue #1
    Star-Studded Comics (1963 Texas Trio) 1

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    Star-Studded Comics 1 - September 1963 (Following content information for this issue, see a "Brief History of Star-Studded Comics" written by Rick Kelsey) Format: Four-color photo offset for cover and ditto interior Staple bound on side of pages. Original price was 35 cents Color cover by Howard Keltner features the Changling, the Defender, Doctor Weird, and the Astral Man. This was the first color cover EVER for a fandom-produced publication. "Let's Talk It Over!" column with notes and discussion by the Texas Trio. Stories: "The Defender in Slaves of the Brain Ray" A text story by Larry Herndon and illustrations by Richard "Grass" Green "Introducing Dr. Weird" Comic story with script and art by Howard Keltner "The Astral Man" A text story by Tommy Fisher "The Changling In Fearfull [sic] Weapon!" Comic story with script and art by Buddy Saunders A BRIEF HISTORY OF STAR-STUDDED COMICS by Rick Kelsey THE BEGINNING: On February 15, 1963, three young men who loved comic books met at a Carrollton, Texas home to talk about the hobby and the possibility of starting their own comic book. They did just that. The comic was called Star-Studded Comics and those three young men, Larry Herndon, Howard Keltner, and Buddy Saunders, became the "Texas Trio." When the "Texas Trio" started Star-Studded Comics in the early 1960s, it was an exciting time in comic books. New heroes and new teams were premiering like Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Magnus Robot Fighter, the Justice League of America. And old heroes were being revived like the Flash, Green Lantern, and Captain America. This was a time before VCRs, DVDs, CD-Roms, personal computers, and cellular phones and when checking your mail meant looking in the mailbox in front of your home not turning on the computer and logging onto the internet. Even comic books stores didn't exist. You got the latest issues of Batman, Superman, the Hulk, or Donald Duck from wire racks in convenience stores, drug stores, grocery stores, and the "five-and-10" shops such as Winn's, Ben Franklin's, and TG&Y. And comic book conventions weren't happening yet. All of that helped to make the entertainment value of comic books all the greater and all the more precious. Fans wanted to meet one another and one way to do that was to publish your own comic book or magazine. Many tried but few succeeded as well as "Star-Studded Comics." The problem? A fan-published comic or magazine didn't usually last or appear with the regularity and dependability of a professional comic. Many fan publications ended or went AWOL after one issue. If you think self-publishing today is a tough job, imagine doing that in the 1960s without computers, desktop publishing software, word processing programs, Fax machines, photo-copiers, a home printer, the internet, or even an electric typewriter. Then toss in the fact that there was little, if any, profit to be made publishing your own comic or magazine. So you couldn't make a living from that. Most of these fan publications were done out of the love of the hobby. And when all of your spare time from your job or school is spent working on a comic or mag, your enthusiasm and dedication can quickly fade. Yet, the "Texas Trio" published 18 issues of Star-Studded Comics and in its time became well-known among fans and professionals alike, gave many future comic writers and artists a start in the industry, and entertained many, many people. And today the comic is a collectors' item and a reminder of a wonderful time when comic books were one of the best entertainment sources and a great escape for youngsters. If you want to know more about the history of Star-Studded Comics and the super-heroes, villains, stories, and artwork that appeared in this publication, check out the book "The Best of Star-Studded Comics" by Bill Schelly which is available at the author's website www.billschelly.com Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #2
    Star-Studded Comics (1963 Texas Trio) 2

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    Star-Studded Comics 2 - December 1963 Format: Four-color photo offset for cover and ditto interior Staple bound on side of pages. Original price was 35 cents Color cover by Buddy Saunders features the Defender, the Changling, Powerman, and Mercury "Let's Talk It Over!" column notes that circulation of this issue was 275 copies and has letters from Harold Julian, Edward Gee, Jim Brown, Edward Simpson, John McGeehan, Paul Gambaccini, and Bob Schneiber. Issue has advertisements for other fan-published comics. Stories: "The Defender" Comic story with script by Larry Herndon and art by Richard "Grass" Green and Howard Keltner. "The Changling in the Case of the Untouchable Spy!" Comic story by Buddy Saunders "Powerman" A text story by Howard Keltner "Introducing Mercury, Messenger of the Gods in Return to Earth!" A comic story by with script and art by Buddy Saunders Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #3
    Star-Studded Comics (1963 Texas Trio) 3

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    Star-Studded Comics 3 - March 1964 Format: Four-color photo offset for cover and ditto interior Staple bounded on sides of pages Original price was 35 cents Color cover by Biljo White features the Eye and the Changling "Let's Talk It Over!" column notes that circulation of this issue was 250 copies and has letters from Tom McGeehan, Steve Hayward, Joe Byrne, Paul Gambaccini, and Paul Weinstein. Issue has advertisements for other comic fandom publications. Also has an advertisement of comics "for sale or trade" and includes Aquaman #1 for 75 cents, Flash Annual #1 for 75 cents, Showcase Green Lantern for 60 cents, Journey Into Mystery #86 (Thor) for 50 cents. Stories: "Introducing The Eye" A comic story with script and art by Biljo White "The Origin of the Changling" A text story by Buddy Saunders "Mr. Mystic" A text story by Robert Butts and illustrations by Howard Keltner Some pages to this story are single sided. "The Blue Streak in Ride A Deadly Missile" A comic story by Ken "Kente" Tesar. Some pages to this story are single sided Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #3COPY
    Star-Studded Comics (1963 Texas Trio) 3COPY

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    Photocopy of the original. Okay quality, some areas on a few of the interior pages did not xerox very well and are difficult to see/read.
    Cover by Biljo White features the Eye and the Changling. "Let's Talk It Over!" column notes that circulation of this issue was 250 copies with letters from Tom McGeehan, Steve Hayward, Joe Byrne, Paul Gambaccini, and Paul Weinstein. Several advertisements for other comic fandom publications. An advertisement of comics "for sale or trade" prices Aquaman #1 for 75 cents, Flash Annual #1 for 75 cents, Showcase Green Lantern for 60 cents, Journey Into Mystery #86 (Thor) for 50 cents.
    Stories: "Introducing The Eye" A comic story with script and art by Biljo White, "The Origin of the Changling" A text story by Buddy Saunders, "Mr. Mystic" A text story by Robert Butts and illustrations by Howard Keltner (some pages to this story are single sided), "The Blue Streak in Ride A Deadly Missile"A comic story by Ken "Kente" Tesar (ditto single sided).
    8 1/2-in. x 11-in., 66 pages, black and white xeroxed pages. Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #4
    Star-Studded Comics (1963 Texas Trio) 4
    • Staple rust.

    Star-Studded Comics 4 - June 1964. Issue number 4 appeared in two different formats; please see individual items notes to see which printing is listed. First printings have staples on the sides of the pages. On second printings, the cover is a wraparound format with the staples in the center of the pages. Also in first printings, in Chapter 1 - "A Gathering of Heroes!" pages 2 of 3 were mistakenly switched. Second printings of this issue correct that mistake. Format: Photo offset printing Staple bounded on sides of pages Original price was 50 cents. First price increase for comic. The first three issues cost 35 cents. Color cover by Don Fowler (AKA Buddy Saunders) features the Liberty Legion - Doctor Weird, Astralman, Changling, Defender, Mercury, and Powerman "Let's Talk It Over!" column notes that circulation of this issue was 300 copies and has letters from Dave Bibby, Al Russell, Robert E. Kennedy, Hugh Surratt, Mark Clemens, and Jerry Phillips. Issue has full page advertisements of other fan publications and magazines. Issue #4 of Star-Studded Comics is the only issue to feature a book-length team-up saga of "The Liberty Legion" -- Doctor Weird, Astral Man, Changling, Defender, Mercury, and Powerman. The story by Larry Herndon and Buddy Saunders is divided into five chapters: Chapter 1 - "A Gathering of Heroes!" Art by Ron Foss (Pages 2 of 3 of Chapter 1 were accidently switched. Second printings of this issue corrects that mistake.) Chapter 2 - "Doom of the Deadly Deluge!" Art by Don Fowler Chapter 3 - "Menace of the Solar Lance!" Art by Richard "Grass" Green. Note "Office of Texas Trio" on splash page with collector fleeing with his comics! Chapter 4 - "Threat of the Molten Metal!" Art by Biljo White Chapter 5 - "The Showdown!" Art by Howard Keltner Cover price $0.50.

  • Issue #5
    Star-Studded Comics (1963 Texas Trio) 5

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    Star-Studded Comics 5 - September 1964 Format: Photo offset printing Staple bounded on sides of pages Original price was 50 cents Color front cover by Richard "Grass" Green features Xal-Kor the Human Cat, Dr. Weird, Cyclops, and the Fog. Back cover of Dr. Weird by Howard Keltner. First issue to feature full page picture on back cover. "Let's Talk It Over!" column notes that circulation of this issue was 350 copies, has a photograph of the Texas Trio, and letters from Jerry Bails, Bill Harris, Tom Jones, Ronn Foss, Paul Weinstein, Donald Ensign, Dennsi Richard. Issue has full page advertisements of other fan publications and magazines. Stories: "The Origin of Xal-Kor the Human Cat!" A comic story by Richard "Grass" Green "Doctor Weird in the Phantom Felons" A comic story by Al Kuhfeld "The Fog Versus The Web" A comic story by Bill "Biljo" White "Cyclops" A comic story by Ed Lahmann Cover price $0.50.

  • Issue #6
    Star-Studded Comics (1963 Texas Trio) 6
    • Staple rust. Rust migration.

    Photo offset printing; staple bounded on sides of pages; black and white interiors. Color cover by D. Bruce Berry features Powerman. Back cover and inside back cover feature photographs of comic fandom. Many of the people who worked on Star-Studded Comics, other comic fanzines, other comic-related publications, and who had letters printed in these magazines are pictured here. "Let's Talk It Over!" column notes that the circulation of this issue was 400 copies and has letters from Gary Acord, Steve Perrin, Ed Lahmann, Al Kuhfeld, and Bill Spicer. Comic stories: Powerman in "Riddle of the Runaway Rocket" (script by Howard Keltner, art by D. Bruce Berry), "The Blade" (script and art by Bill "Biljo" White), Dr. Weird in "Satin [sic] Hirelings" (script by Phil Liebfred, pencils by Al Weiss, inks by Scott Bell), Mr. Mystic in "Doom of the Titan Wraith" (text story by Robert Butts with illustrations by Buddy Saunders as "Don Fowler"), "Cyclops" (script and art by Ed Lahmann). Cover price $0.50.

  • Issue #7
    Star-Studded Comics (1963 Texas Trio) 7
    • Staple rust. Rust migration.
    • Staple rust/migration.
    • Staple rust/migration.
    • Staple rust/migration.
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    • Signed by George R.R. Martin (interior, personalized "To Jim, who must be as ancient as me, if he has this") with Lone Star Comics certificate of authenticity. Staple rust.

    Star-Studded Comics 7 - July 1965 Format: Photo offset printing Wrap-around binding with staples in center. Original price was 50 cents Color cover by Howard Keltner features large picture of Dr. Weird and smaller shots of the Defender, the Fog, the Human Cat, and Powerman. First issue with color back cover features full page picture of the Defender versus Crystal Stone. "Let's Talk It Over!" column notes that it has been two years since the Texas Trio had their first meeting and decided to publish a comic book. Also states that the circulation of this issue was 1,000 copies and has letters from Jerry Phillips, Roger Elwood, Dave Bibby, Russ Manning, and Roy Thomas. Issue also has ads for other fan published magazines. Stories: Xal-Kor the Human Cat "Meets the Coil" Comic story with script and art by Richard "Grass" Green Dr. Weird versus "The Thing Out of Time" Comic story with script and art by Landon Chesney The Fog in "Meet Misty" Comic story with script and art by Bill "Biljo" White Powerman versus "the Blue Barrier" Text story by George R.R. Martin with illustrations by Buddy Saunders and Don Fowler. Note: Don Fowler and Buddy Saunders were the same person. The Defender Comic story with script by Al Kuhfeld and art by Dick Tatge and Kuhfeld Cover price $0.50.

  • Issue #8
    Star-Studded Comics (1963 Texas Trio) 8

    Star-Studded Comics 8 - March 1966 Format: Photo offset printing Wrap-around binding with staples in center. Original price was 50 cents Color cover by Richard "Grass" Green features Xal-Kor the Human Cat. Back cover features the Changling, Powerman, the Defender, the White Dragon, and Doctor Weird. "Let's Talk It Over!" column notes that a reprint of issue number four is available and that it is in the wrap-around format not the stapling on the side which was used in the first printing of issue number four. Asks readers if there would be any interest in a Star-Studded Comics Annual. Although there was favorable response, the Texas Trio never did a Star-Studded Comics Annual. Notes that the print run of this issue was 500 copies. Issue also has an advertisement for "The Guidebook to Comic Fandom" which is "designed primarily for the fan who wishes to know more about Fandom; its history, current status and activity, and its future." Full page ad for "The Broken Sword" a comic strip serial by Poul Anderson and George Barr which will begin in Trumpet number four, a fanzine published by Tom Reamy. First issue in which the letters are moved from "Let's Talk It Over!" In this issue, they are featured in "From Our Readers" and contain letters Al Kuhfeld, Donald D. Ensign, Landon Chesney, George R.R. Martin, Leonard Tirado, and Jerry Page. Stories: Xal-Kor the Human Cat in "Operation Big Move!" Comic story with script and art by Richard "Grass" Green The White Dragon Strikes Back! Text story by John Wright with illustrations by Don Fowler (AKA Buddy Saunders) Doctor Weird in "The Slaves of the She Beast!" Comic story with script by Raymond Miller and art by Landon Chesney The Changling in "Agent of the C.I.A.!" Text story by Buddy Saunders with illustrations by Don Fowler (AKA Buddy Saunders) Powerman and the Defender versus Zygot Comic story with script by Al Milgrom and art by J. Star and Don Fowler (AKA Buddy Saunders) Cover price $0.50.

  • Issue #9
    Star-Studded Comics (1963 Texas Trio) 9

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    Star-Studded Comics 9 - Summer 1966 Format: Photo offset printing Wrap-around binding with staples in center. Original price was 50 cents Color cover by Buddy Saunders Features Doctor Weird. Back cover by D. Bruce Berry for Vale Proditor! "Let's Talk It Over!" notes print run of this issue was 500 copies. "From Our Readers" features letters from Dennis Richard, John Melvin, Landon Chesney, John Wright, George R.R. Martin, Dave Bibby, and William C. Lee. Full page ad for audio tapes of a Captain Marvel serial, the Superman Broadway play, and the Mad Magazine Broadway play. Stories: Dr. Weird in "The Curse of Skullwing!" Comic story with script by Larry Herndon and art by Alan Weiss Powerman versus "The Transmuter" Comic story with script by Dave Bibby and art by Bill Dubay Vale Proditor! Text story by Howard Waldrop and illustrations by Buddy Saunders. Today Waldrop is a noted science fiction writer. This was possibly his first published story. Xal-Kor the Human Cat in "A Friend in Need!" Comic story with script and art by Richard "Grass" Green Cover price $0.50.

  • Issue #10
    Star-Studded Comics (1963 Texas Trio) 10

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    Star-Studded Comics 10 - Winter 1967 Format: Offset/Lithograph process Wrap-around binding with staples in center. Original price was 50 cents Color cover by Buddy Saunders features the Defender. Back cover by Buddy Saunders. "Let's Talk It Over!" notes print run of this issue at 500 copies. No letters in this issue. This issue also has a report and photographs of the Southwestern Con 1966 - the FIRST comic convention ever held in the state of Texas. Issue also has a half-page advertisement for the June 16-18, 1967 Houston Comic-Con, the second comic con held in Texas. Last issue with text stories. From #11 on are entirely comic stories. Stories: The Defender in "The Widow Worshipers!" Comic story with script by Larry Herndon and art by J. Star and Al Milgrom Dr. Weird in "Only Kids are Afraid of the Dark!" Text story by George R.R. Martin and illustrations by Buddy Saunders Xal-Kor the Human Cat in "Xal-Kor to the Rescue!" Comic story with script and art by Richard "Grass" Green "The Bloody Mary!" Comic story with script and art by Buddy Saunders Cover price $0.50.

  • Issue #11
    Star-Studded Comics (1963 Texas Trio) 11
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    Star-Studded Comics 11 - Summer 1967 Format: Offset/Lithograph process Wrap-around binding with staples in center. Original price was 50 cents Color cover by George Metzger features Dr. Weird and back cover features Gully Foyle by Stanley Pitt. "Let's Talk It Over!" column notes that the print run of this issue was 500 copies. "From Our Readers" has letters from Harold Julian, Gordon Flagg Jr., and Mickey Schwaberow. Issue also features a column called "Bidgee" by John Ryan which tells of comic related news from Australia and features descriptions and art of a popular Australian comic strip called "Gully Foyle." Stories: Dr. Weird in "Black Rite" Comic story with script by George Metzger and Peter Grant and art by George Metzger and Rick Shubb The Changling in "Scabbard Strikes!" Comic story with script and art by Ron Harris Dr. Weird in "Dr. Weird Meets The Demon" Comic story with script and art by Buddy Saunders Cover price $0.50.

  • Issue #12
    Star-Studded Comics (1963 Texas Trio) 12
    • Staple rust. Rust migration.

    Star-Studded Comics 12 - Winter 1967 Format: Offset/Lithograph process Wrap-around binding with staples in center. Original price was 50 cents Color cover by Richard "Grass" Green features the Xal-Kor the Human Cat. Back cover features last page of story in color. "Let's Talk It Over!" column notes that this issue's print run was 500 copies and has letters from Gordon Flagg Jr., Craig Yoe, John Ryan, and Dave Bibby. Column also has an announcement that the Southwestern Con 1968 will be held in Dallas on June 21-23, 1968. This issue also features a detailed article and photos on the Houston Con 1967 - the second comic convention held in Texas. Stories: A four-part epic tale of Xal-Kor the Human Cat. This is the only issue of Star-Studded Comics to feature a book-length tale of one super-hero - Xal-Kor Versus The Invincible Vole!" Part 1 - "The Origin of the Invincible Vole!" Story by Richard "Grass" Green. Art by Richard "Grass" Green and Landon Chesney Part 2 - "Xal-Kor...Defeated!" Story by Richard "Grass" Green and art by Richard Buckler Part 3 - "At Death's Door..." Story and art by Richard "Grass" Green Part 4 - "The Tide Turns!" Story and art by Richard "Grass" Green Cover price $0.50.

  • Issue #13
    Star-Studded Comics (1963 Texas Trio) 13
    • Minor staple rust.

    Star-Studded Comics 13 - June 1968 Format: Offset/Lithograph process Wrap-around binding with staples in center. Original price was 50 cents Color cover by Buddy Saunders features the Powerman. Back cover is reprint of a cover from the Australian comic Captain Justice "Let's Talk It Over!" column and "From Our Readers..." letters are typeset. This issue does not have any note regarding the press run of this issue. "From Our Readers..." features letters by Fred Hembeck, Richard Kyle, Greg Kishel, Bill Spicer, and George Metzger. Issue also features a column called "Bidgee" by John Ryan which tells of comic related news from Australia and a feature, photos, and art of Australian artist Monty Wedd. Issue also has a full page advertisement for the Southwestern Con 1968, a comic convention held in Dallas, Texas. Stories: Powerman in "War of the Weaponer!" Comic story with script by Leonard Tirado Jr. and Larry Herndon and art by Alan Hutchinson The Defender in "The House Where Terror Lived!" Comic story with script by Larry Herndon and art by Richard Buckler Western adventure comic story "Boy, You Sure Don't Look Like A Hero!" Story and art by Alan Weiss Cover price $0.50.

  • Issue #14
    Star-Studded Comics (1963 Texas Trio) 14

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    Star-Studded Comics #14, December 1968. Format: Offset/Lithograph process. Wrap-around binding with staples in center. Original price was 75 cents - second price increase for the comic. Star-Studded Comics started at 35 cents. It increased to 50 cents on issue #4. Color cover by Sam Grainger features the Astral Man. Back cover by Howard Keltner features the Defender. "Let's Talk It Over!" column notes the increase to 52 pages with this issue. It also notes that they have back issues of numbers 7, 12, and 13 - all others have sold out; it does not have any note regarding the press run of this issue. A detailed article and photos on the Southwestern Con 1968 comic convention held in Texas is in this issue. Stories include the Astral Man versus The Adder (2nd appearance of the Astral Man, 1st app. was issue #1.), comic story with script by Howard Keltner and art by Sam Grainger. "Till Time and Times Are Done," comic story with script and art by Steve Kelez. The Defender appears in "Menace of the Assassin," comic story with script by Raymond Miller and Larry Herndon, and art by Howard Keltner and Mickey Schwaberow. "Excel - Man of the Future," comic story with script and art by Ronn Foss. Robert E. Howard's "Gods of the North!" AKA "The Frost Giant's Daughter," probably the first legal comic book adaptation of a story by Conan creator Robert E. Howard. This adaptation was scripted by Larry Herndon and penciled by Steven Kelez, "and a host of others," and inked by Alan Hutchinson. Powerman in "The Other Side of the Sky," comic story with script by Howard Keltner and art by Ron Harris. Cover price $0.75.

  • Issue #15
    Star-Studded Comics (1963 Texas Trio) 15
    • Staple rust with migration.
    • Staple rust.
    • Staple rust.

    Star-Studded Comics #15, May 1969. Format: Offset/Lithograph process. Wrap-around binding with staples in center. Original cover price: 75 cents. Color cover by Richard "Grass" Green features Xal-Kor the Human Cat. Back cover by Alan Weiss is of Dr. Weird. "Let's Talk It Over!" column features letters from Charles Schreck, Larry Bigman, Carl Gafford, Robert Bloch, Harry Warner Jr., David Brown, Al Kuhfeld, William Taylor Jr., Richard "Grass" Green, Ron Lightburn, Jon Jensen, George R.R. Martin, and Ronn Foss. There is also a note from Glenn Lord, the agent for the Robert E. Howard estate at that time, which explains the history of the Howard story "Gods of the North" (aka "The Frost Giant's Daughter"), which was adapted into comic book form in the previous issue. Stories: "Xal-Kor the Human Cat vs. The Glow Worm," (script by Richard "Grass" Green, art by Green and Landon Chesney); "King of the Hill" (script and art by Steve Kelez) - Note: This story was uncredited. In the next issue, it was revealed that Steve Kelez did the story and art. Many readers mistakenly believed that Buddy Saunders did this story. Also features Dr. Weird in "Death in the Skull-World!" (script by Larry Herndon, art by M. Schwoberow and Alan Weiss); "It's Wildman and Rubberoy the Fantastic Plasticy" (Their first appearance? Script and art by Richard "Grass" Green); "The Battle of...Credibility Gap" (script and art by Alan Weiss); The Defender in "The Coming of the Black Monster!" (Part One of a Two Part Story, script by Larry Herndon and art by Mickey Schwaberow and Stephen Stanley); issue also features a four-page portfolio of characters by Dave Cockrum. Cover price $0.75.

  • Issue #16
    Star-Studded Comics (1963 Texas Trio) 16
    • Staple rust with migration.
    • Staple rust.

    Star Studded 16 - November 1969 This is the first issue titled just "Star Studded" - no "Comics" in the title. Format: Offset/Lithograph process Wrap-around binding with staples in center. Original price was 75 cents Color front cover by Howard Keltner features Dr. Weird and back cover is by Jim Sullivan "Let's Talk It Over!" column announces that Star-Studded Comics has a new publisher, Joe Bob Williams. Says that the Texas Trio are still the editors but Williams will handle all of the "paper work." Letters from Peter Jaksa, Don Ensign, Charles Schreck, Richard "Grass" Green, Ronn Foss, Jon Wilmunen, and Richard Kyle. Issue also features John Ryan's "Bidgee" column which tells of comic related news from Australia. This column also appeared in issues 11 and 13. In this issue, "Bidgee" tells about artist Stanley Pitt and reprints three pages of his "Silver Star" strip. Issue has two pages of photos from the Southwestern Con 1969, a comic convention held in Texas, and a four page portfolio with artwork by Keith Fukumitsu, Dave Cockrum, Gary Kato, and Mike Chadwell. Stories: "Doomsday" Comic story with script by Larry Herndon and art by Jim Starlin "Hero Material" Comic story with script and art by Dennis Fujitake "Planet of Peril" Comic story with script and art by Jim Sullivan The Defender in "The Fury and the Vengence!" (Part Two of a Two Part Story) Comic story with script by Larry Herndon and art by Mickey Schwaberow and Stephen Stanley Dr. Weird in "The Castle on Demon Mountain!" Comic story with script by Larry Herndon and art by Rudy Franke Cover price $0.75.

  • Issue #17
    Star-Studded Comics (1963 Texas Trio) 17
    • Staple rust with minor migration.
    • Staple rust.

    Star-Studded 17 - Summer 1971 Issue title is just "Star Studded" - no "Comics" in the title. Format: Offset/Lithograph process Wrap-around binding with staples in center. Original price was $1 - price increase of 25 cents from last issue. First issue with a full color painted cover. The cover is by Jerry Mayes. Back cover by Sam Grainger features the Warrior of Llarn. "Let's Talk It Over!" has letters from Rick Manugian, Billy Leavell, Harry Warner Jr. Issue also has "Behind the Swords," in which "prominent sword and sorcery authors...share their thoughts on the 'hows and whys'" of their sword and sorcery creations. This issue features Gardner F. Fox discussing Kothar the Mighty and John Jakes discussing 'Dark Pilgrimage.' Stories: "The Knight and the Barbarian!" Comic story with script and art by Alan Weiss "Warrior of Llarn" A comic adaptation of Gardner F. Fox's novel "Warrior of Llarn" with script by Roy Thomas and art by Sam Grainger. The story features the first double page color spread for a comic story in Star-Studded Comics. "Siren Defeats Excel!" Comic story by Ron Foss. Only "horizontal" story to be done in Star-Studded Comics. Real-life photos are also used in the story. "Dragonfly" Comic story with script by Alan Weiss and art by Weiss and Scott Bell Cover price $1.00.

  • Issue #18
    Star-Studded Comics (1963 Texas Trio) 18

    Star-Studded 18 - Summer 1972 (LAST ISSUE) Issue titled just "Star Studded" - no "Comics" in the title. Format: offset lithograph process Original price was 75 cents. Price drop by 25 cents as compared to last issue. Only issue in which the cover is NOT in color. Cover and the pages in the center of the book are on a light-blue colored paper. Front cover is by Steve Fritz and back cover is by Raymond B. W. Wong This is the final issue of Star-Studded Comics. It was printed on newsprint paper and bound with glue instead of staples. "Let's Talk It Over!" column has letters from Gardner F. Fox, Al Christensen, Harry Warner Jr., Bill Schelly, and Kent Russell. Column also notes that Jim Starlin and Dave Cockrum, who have work in this issue and previous issues, recently became professionals "for the comic publishers in NYC." Also notes that Dr. Weird now has his own comic and that issues one and two are available for 35 cents each. There is a full page ad for issue number two in this issue. Stories: "Jabberwocky" Comic story with script and art by Steve Fritz Dr. Weird in "The Miracle" Comic story with script by Jim Starlin and art by Starlin and Howard Keltner "Double Jeopardy!" Comic story with script and art by Dennis Fujitake Un-Man Comic story with script and art by Dave Cockrum Cover price $0.75.