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The Comics Journal Library, Vol. 6: The Writers (The Comics Journal Library #6)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  25 ratings  ·  6 reviews
From the cool passion of sci-fi and occasional comics writer Harlan Ellison to the soap opera explorations and genre twisting of X-Men writer Chris Claremont and Howard the Duck creator Steve Gerber, between 1966 and 1985 a generation of writers emerged that changed the face of American comic books forever. Many were fans every bit as much as they were professionals, creat ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published February 17th 2006 by Fantagraphics (first published February 1st 2006)
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I read this right after reading Sean Howe's history of Marvel comics, which was particularly good timing - it's nice to have a broader scope of the times in which these interviews were conducted. I'm always up for a good Comics Journal interview, I wish they'd collect all their interviews in books like this, because I'm kind of a luddite and don't want to read them all on the archive, even though it'd be cheaper, save space, possibly cost less energy. Can't go wrong with TCJ interviews i ...more
Jun 06, 2007 Simon rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in pop culture or comics history
A collection of interviews culled from the Comics Journal during the late seventies and early eighties.

Only one (the Chris Claremont interview) is really particularly dated, referencing contemporary X-Men storylines that are pretty much forgotten now. The others are far more interesting than most of the comics the era comes from, ranging from insights into the day-to-day routine for creators hidebound by corporate restrictions on what comic books could be, considerations of 'art' (with at least
A surprisingly disjointed book, The Writers tackles several major comics-themed issues head on with writers and dilettantes such as Harlan Ellison, Steve Gerber, and Chris Claremore - as well as dull, uninvolved commentary revolving around narcissism, defeatism, and professional panderism.

The interviews with Ellison and Gerber are fascinating, and on a lesser scale, parts of the tete-a-tetes with the others. For the most part, however, the book is comprised of Gary Groth pissing off big name wri
I normally avoid The Comics Journal like the plague; their articles and interviews are generally in-depth, but the attitude of arrogance and elitism drips off every page, and this ever-present sense of disdain is commented on by a few of the interviewees herein. But when I saw the list of writers whose interviews were reprinted in this volume - Chris Claremont, Gerry Conway, Steve Englehart, Steve Gerber, Archie Goodwin, Alan Moore, Denny O'Neil, Len Wein, Marv Wolfman, and Harlan Ellison (inclu ...more
This collection of interviews with comics writers (mostly), conducted in the seventies and eighties, provides some fascinating insights into the state of the mainstream industry twenty-thirty years ago. Things have changed a lot, often in ways unanticipated at the time. The one big disappointment here is that the notorious Harlan Ellison interview seems pretty lame and inane today.
I really only picked this up for the Harlan Ellison interview, which is dynamite. The rest is only so-so.
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