The Comic Reader #95 (1973)

Since The Comic Reader was the "TV Guide for comics", let’s take a look at the notable comics listed to go on sale in March 1973. In italics is the original listing, in plain text are my comments.
 
Daredevil (100, June) This issue’s special story is "Mind Storm" and the staff hopes it’ll be a special treat for the reader. Take a surreal look back through Daredevil’s life to his origin, his enemies, his personal life, as well as an introspective glance at the man himself. Script by Steve Gerber, pencils by Gene Colan, inks by John Tartaglione, and colors by George Roussos. (3/6)
 
If memory serves, this is the issue that guest stars the publisher of Rolling Stone magazine. 30 years ago, Rolling Stone was a big cultural force, publishing influential interviews and articles, and having a very strong influence on the popularity of certain albums and musicians. It’s hard to imagine any magazine having such an influence today, let along having the editor appear in an issue of Daredevil.
 
Spider-Man (121, June) The Green Goblin returns for another battle with Spider-Man, the outcome of which will create the greatest "Turning Point" in Spidey’s life. Script by Gerry Conway, art by Gil Kane and John Romita. Cover by Romita. Part 1 of 2 (3/13)
 
For once, the hype fit the story. This is the legendary issue in which Gwen Stacy is killed, a story immortalized in the first Spider-Man movie. It’s one of the very few issues of the Gerry Conway run that’s even readable; he was always a very hot and cold writer. Conway was hot when he cared about the story, cold when he was just hacking it out – as he did for about 100 issues of Justice League of America.
 
Fear (14, June) "The Demon Plague" features (a) the whole world going insane; (b) The Man-Thing and Jennifer trapped in the mystic Mists of Maalock; (c) a universe called Sandt and a wizard called Dakimh; (d) the swamp monster in combat with Mongu the gliadiator; or (e) all of the above. The correct answer is (e) and it’s all in 16 pages scripted by Steve Gerber, pencilled by Val Mayerik, and inked by Chic Stone. A reprint fills out the issue. (3/20)
 
They sure don’t make comics like that anymore. 16 pages of chaos and mystery by Steve Gerber, who was insanely prolific at the time. Just in this one month, Gerber wrote Daredevil, Sub-Mariner, Fear and  Shanna the She-Devil. And this is a slow month for Gerber. By ’76 he’d be writing up to six issues per month.
 
Hero for Hire (10, June) Cage begins his trackdown of the man responsible for the death of Frank Jenks in #5. It takes him back to Jenks’ snobbish widow, into an ambush in his office, and finally a death trap in the sewers. Script by Steve Englehart, art by George Tuska and Billy Graham. (3/20)
 
Christmas! Marvel’s great blaxploitation hero fights a death trap in the sewers. It’s street level, baby!
 
Warlock (6, June) Reed Richards, alias the Brute is this issue’s super-villain. Plot by Ron Goulart and Roy Thomas, script by Mike Friedrich, and art by Bob Brown and Tom Sutton (3/27)
 
This was an ambitious comic that never really got off its feet until it was revived by Jim Starlin in a legendary run. This book had an odd storyline: there’s another version of the Earth, exactly opposite from the sun from our Earth. Warlock is the first being on the planet with super-powers, and he becomes a messiah. The comic is an odd mix of vision, daftness and Bronze Age mediocrity.
 
Mister Miracle (14, July) The escape artist takes on a Satan-worshipping cult led by Madame Evil Eyes in "The Quick and the Dead." Script & pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Mike Royer. (3/6)
 
Madame Evil Eyes. Nobody did it better than King Kirby.
 
Young Love (106, July) This issue features an unusual story about a Viet Nam veteran and a nun, "Veil of Love" (3/15)
 
Yes, there were still love comics published in 1973. Funny how they don’t list the credits in the issue, isn’t it?
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