This month, The Comics Journal unearths a long-lost interview of the legendary cartoonist and illustrator Noel Sickles. Sickles drew the adventure strip Scorchy Smith that inspired Milton Caniff (Terry and the Pirates and Steve Canyon) to further refine Sickles' chiaroscuro style which was later championed by Alex Toth. The interview is conducted by another legendary cartoonist, the late Gil Kane, and the comics historian Ron Goulart. This is a fascinating conversation among three articulate members of the profession, part history, part shop talk. This issue boasts an expanded reviews section, featuring analysis of an amazingly broad spectrum of comics — from The Invisibles to Skibber Bee Bye to Peanuts, from Jack Cole to Rick Geary to Mark Kalesniko, and from Astro City to Berlin — as well as a number of fascinating essays about foreign comics. In addition to the award-winning news and analysis that the Journal is known for, The Comics Journal #242 also marks the return of critic R. Fiore and his Funnybook Roulette column.