A two-sided flip-book issue. On one side: Who is Paul Mavrides? The Comics Journal tells all in April 1994, but to give you a hint, he happens to be the lone cartoonist taking on the California State Tax Board's landmark decision that comic books are not artistic expression. Need more? How 'bout: The Church of the SubGenius, The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers in "The Idiots Abroad," graphic design for director Alex Cox, Anarchy Comics, RE/SEARCH, The New Yorker, velvet paintings, The Realist, American Splendor, gum cards, Village Voice, Heavy Metal, and High Times? If you want to hear from a man behind the scenes on all these phenomena, pick up The Comics Journal #167. You'll also find the second and concluding half of the definitive interview with Burne Hogarth, creator of Dynamic Anatomy and Tarzan in the comics!
On the other side: Remembering Jack Kirby. Reminiscences, tributes and critical commentary from Will Eisner, Neil Gaiman, Paul Chadwick, Steve Rude, Chester Brown, Rick Veitch, Don Heck, Joe Sinnott, Jim Woodring, Marie Severin, Alan Moore, R.C. Harvey, Mark Schultz, Alex Toth, Richard Corben, Stan Lee and many more, with a cover portrait by Jaime Hernandez.
The Kirby tribute and the Mavrides and Hogarth interviews may be issue #167's features, but the real star of TCJ remains the range of regular features that mark it as the industry's best all-around magazine. The Journal's Newswatch section is the only source of real journalism on comic books, one that keeps readers who care deeply about the art of comics informed on the business and legal decisions that affect the entire industry. Plus, the Journal's review section is the only place you'll find people who take comics seriously discussing what comics are and what comics can be. And the Journal's "Hit List" section provides a reliable guide for sifting through the mass of comics junk — to help you find the good stuff. The only logical conclusion: keep up with The Comics Journal, and keep up with the state of the art in comics.
1995 Harvey Award Winner, Best Biographical, Historical, or Journalistic Presentation