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The Amazing World of DC Comics was DC Comics' self-produced fan magazine of the mid-1970s. Running 17 issues, the fanzine featured DC characters and their creators, and was exclusively available through mail order. Primarily text articles, with occasional strips and comics features, Amazing World offered a great deal of insight into Bronze Age DC corporate and creative culture.

The Amazing World of DC Comics
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Carmine Infantino's cover art for The Amazing World of DC Comics #1
EditorCarl Gafford #1
Allan Asherman #2–7
Bob Rozakis #8
Neal Pozner #9
Paul Levitz #10–14, Special Edition #1
Cary Burkett #15–17
CategoriesDC Comics news and publicity
FrequencyBimonthly
PublisherDC Comics
First issueJuly/August 1974
Final issue
Number
April 1978
17
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

The bulk of the issues were edited by Allan Asherman and later by Paul Levitz and then Cary Burkett; individual issues were edited by Carl Gafford, Bob Rozakis, and Neal Pozner.

Contributors included Burkett, Ramona Fradon, Jack C. Harris, Nestor Redondo, Steve Skeates, Michael Uslan, Wally Wood, and Mark Gruenwald (in one of his few credits outside of Marvel Comics).[1]

Contents

Publication historyEdit

DC production manager Sol Harrison conceived of the idea of a DC "pro-zine," and assigned Bob Rozakis—who got his start in the industry through his many letters to comic book letter columns—to oversee its development.[2] In addition to editing, Rozakis wrote for the publication and oversaw the letters page. Amazing World was co-edited by a group of fellow young fans-turned-DC Comics editorial employees that Rozakis termed the "Junior Woodchucks."[2][3] Carl Gafford was a key contributor to the zine, doing editing, writing, production work and color separations.

Cost for a single issue subscription was US $1.50.

ContentsEdit

Amazing World occasionally featured previously unpublished stories and artwork, including:

The premiere issue contained the following features:

Issue #7 promoted The Legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, by Gerry Conway and Nestor Redondo, a four-part King Arthur treasury edition series that was never published.[7]

Issue #14 (March 1977) stated that Clark Kent's hometown of Smallville was in Maryland. Some years later, the Maryland location was supported in the actual comics with a map of Smallville and the surrounding area that was published in New Adventures of Superboy #22 (October 1981), which situated Smallville a few miles west of a large bay very similar to Delaware Bay. (The same map placed Metropolis and Gotham City on the east and west sides of the bay — thus placing Gotham in New Jersey.)[8]

In addition to the 17 regular issues, in 1976 DC published an Amazing World of DC Comics Special Edition[9] in conjunction with the Super DC Con '76 comic book convention, held February 27–29, 1976, at the Americana Hotel, in New York City.

Character contestEdit

The Amazing World of DC Comics sponsored character-design contests that resulted in three winners:

  • Nightwing (alter-ego: Lara Londo) – created by long-time Legion of Super-Heroes fan Robert Harris. The character's name was later changed to Nightwind and her alter-ego was renamed "Berta Harris" after her creator. Announced in Amazing World #12.
  • Crystal Kid (alter-ego: Rondo Kane ) – created by Robert Cohen of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The character's alter-ego was renamed "Bobb Kohan" in honor of his creator. Introduced in Amazing World #14.
  • Lamprey (alter-ego: Angela Majors) – created by Scott Taylor of Portland, Texas. Lamprey's alter-ego was later changed to "Tayla Skott" in honor of her creator. Introduced in Amazing World #14.

All three characters appeared in DC continuity as Legion Academy students in Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 2, #272 (Feb. 1981).

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Articles by Gruenwald include "The Martian Chronicles" (a history of the Martian Manhunter) in issue #13 and several articles on the history of the Justice League in issue #14.
  2. ^ a b Rozakis, Bob (October 17, 2011). "A Day at the New York Comic-Con". Anything Goes. Archived from the original on July 15, 2013. Retrieved July 15, 2013. Back in the very early days of our careers at DC Comics, then VP/Production Manager Sol Harrison decided that we "kids" should put together a company-backed fanzine called Amazing World of DC Comics. He came to my desk and said, "Go get the rest of your pals and bring them to my office." So I went to my compatriots and said, "Sol wants to have a Junior Woodchucks meeting." I was making a joke, using the name of the faux-Boy Scouts that Huey, Dewey and Louie of Donald Duck fame belonged to. But the name stuck...and we became DC's Junior Woodchucks."
  3. ^ "Meet the Woodchucks, "Amazing World of DC Comics #1 vol. 1, #1 (DC Comics, July/Aug. 1974), p.29.
  4. ^ The Amazing World of DC Comics #2 (1974).
  5. ^ The Amazing World of DC Comics #13 (1976).
  6. ^ The Amazing World of DC Comics #15 (Aug. 1977).
  7. ^ Kelly, Rob (n.d.). "DC – Lost Treasuries". TreasuryComics. Archived from the original on October 26, 2015. I guess the most infamous "lost" DC treasury comic was the ambitious King Arthur book. Intended as four-part series by Gerry Conway and Nestor Redondo, the book was heavily promoted in the seventh issue of DC's self-published fanzine, Amazing World of DC Comics, as well as in ads that ran in their Sept. 1975 issues.
  8. ^ Amazing World of DC Comics #14 (March 1977).
  9. ^ Volume 3, Special Edition #1 (February 1976).

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