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Rocket’s Blast #014

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21 one-sided mimeograph/ditto pages. 

 

Editorial features include:

Captain America cover by Buddy Saunders.  "THE FEATURE" profiles Howard Keltner.  "THE COMIC REVIEWER: A Key to Gold Key” by Steve Perrin.  "Wanted: A Good Team (Simon & Kirby)“ by John Ferrazzano and illoed by P. Alfieri.  "ROCKETEER GOSSIP" by Rick Weingroff.  "Graviteer Battles Magnus," text story written/illustrated by Buddy Saunders.   "THE ROCKET ROLL" lists new members: John G. Fantucchio, Larry Herndon, Paul Gambaccini, Rick Durell, and Margaret Gemignani.  "LETTERS TO THE EDITOR" from John Page, Howard Keltner, Mike Friedrich, Paul Gambaccini, Buddy Saunders, Doug Storer & Frank Lamb. 

 

Ads become more abundant with this issue, which includes one of Howard Rogofsky's first ads.  

 

 

Rocket’s Blast #015

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22 one-sided mimeograph/ditto pages (plus one additional page printed on 2 sides).

 

Editorial features include:

Spider-Man cover by Buddy Saunders.  "ROCKETEER GOSSIP" by Rick Weingroff.  "Wanted: Dead or Alive" by Bernie Bubnis.  "THE COMIC REVIEWER" by GB Love (Amazing Spider-Man #1) and Steve Perrin (2 separate columns).  An article about Lev Gleason’s ”Daredevil" written/illustrated by Rick Durell.  "THE BEST OF S-F" — Bob Harner 3rd on the first four ERB paperbacks published by Ace.  "THE FEATURE" profiles Steve Perrin.  Art by Raymond Miller and Glen Johnson.  "LETTERS TO THE EDITOR" from L.L. Simpson, Dan Fleming, Paul Seydor, and Bill Regier. 

 

 

Rocket’s Blast #016

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Mimeograph/ditto pages.  (11 pages blank.)

 

Editorial features include:

The Shield cover by Buddy Saunders.  "ROCKETEER GOSSIP" by Rick Weingroff.   "The Late and Great Captain Flagg" written/illoed by Howard Keltner.  “THE FEATURE" profiles Don Foote.  "THE FAN COMMENTATOR" by Mickey Martin.  "A History of Weird Science" by Bill Spicer (with Weird Science #12 cover tracing in ditto).  "Group Strips" by Steve Utley.   "LETTERS TO THE EDITOR" from Phil Leibfred, Rick Durell, Frank Lamb, and Ed Gee. 

 

Ads for:

BULLSEYE #2

JEDDAK #1

MASK & CAPE

 

 

Rocket’s Blast #017

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Mimeograph/ditto pages.  (9 pages blank.)

 

Editorial features include:

Captain Atom cover by Howard Keltner.   "The Magnetism of Magnus" by Bob Harner 3rd.  "ROCKETEER GOSSIP" by Rick Weingroff.   Pin-up section by Raymond Miller.   "THE BEST OF S-F" — Bob Harner 3rd reviews “When Worlds Collide by Edwin Balmer and Philip Wylie.   

"Man of the Atom" — Rick Weingroff writes about Capt. Atom.  "THE COMIC REVIEWER" by Steve Perrin (reviewing Adventure Comics #300).  "THE FEATURE" profiles Paul Gambaccini.   "COMIC READER EXTRA" — insert written/illustrated by Jerry Bails.  "LETTERS TO THE EDITOR" from Ed Gee, Terry Peters, Paul Gambaccini, Robert Malisani, Rick Weingroff, Howard Keltner, and Leonard Rodriguez.

 

Ad for:

HERO #2

 

 

Rocket’s Blast #018

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All-ditto issue.  (5 pages blank.)

 

Editorial features include:

Green Lantern cover by Buddy Saunders.   "THE FEATURE" profiles John McGeehan.   Article comparing comics of the early '60s to the 1940s and '50s by John McGeehan.  "A Voice from the Minority, or Is There Anything with Comics Today That Talent Couldn’t Cure?“ — opinion by Bill Spicer (lettered/illustrated by Spicer).  "THE BEST OF S-F" by Bob Harner 3rd.  "Flashy" — short story by Bill Regier & Chuck Moss.  "Human Torch" article written/illustrated by Raymond Miller.  "ROCKETEER GOSSIP" by Rick Weingroff.  "THE ROCKET ROLL" lists new members: Marvin Wolfman, Lucien Kettle, Donald Petrone, Dick Memorich, Jeremy Barry, and Sherman Howard.  "LETTERS TO THE EDITOR" from John McGeehan, Marvin Wolfman, Dave Bibby, John Page, Rick Weingroff, Alan Weiss, Walt Taylor, and James E. Brown.

 

Ads for: 

FIGHTING HEROES #2  

ROCKET'S BLAST SPECIAL #1

STAR STUDDED COMICS #1

 

 

Rocket’s Blast #019

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All-ditto issue.  (6 pages blank.)

 

Editorial features include:

Miss Liberty cover by Buddy Saunders.   "THE COMIC REVIEWER" by GB Love.  “THE BEST OF S-F" — Bob Harner 3rd reviews “Brain Twister by Mark Phillips.  "Frontline Combat" article by Bill Spicer (with excellent ditto tracing of Frontline Combat #1 by Spicer).  "Man of Iron" article on Robotman by Glen Johnson with art by Raymond Miller.  "ROCKETEER GOSSIP" by Rick Weingroff.  "COMIC READER EXTRA" by Jerry Bails.  "ROCKET'S BLAST PIN-UP PAGE" #1 by Raymond Miller.  "LETTERS TO THE EDITOR" from Jeremy Barry Jerry Bails, Richard Merkin, Buddy Saunders, Jim Hamilton, Biljo White, Robert Malisani, and Paul Gambaccini. 

 

Announcement of Nebraska Fan Meeting, said to be "sponsored by Jerry Bails and Biljo White” (but wasn’t, which Bails states in a letter in Rocket’s Blast #20).

 

Ads for:

COMICS: PAST PRESENT & FUTURE

FIGHTING HEROES #3

 

 

Rocket’s Blast #020

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All-ditto issue.  (8 pages blank.) 

 

Editorial features include:

Captain Marvel cover by Howard Keltner.   "THE FEATURE" profiles Dave Bibby.  "ROCKETEER GOSSIP" by Rick Weingroff.  "Justice by Lightning," article about Captain Marvel by John Ferrazzano with art by P. Alfieri (and "mastered" by Buddy Saunders).   Green Lama Pin-Up by Raymond Miller.

"The Rise of the Atomic Knights" by Walt Taylor with art by Alan Weiss.   "Captain Marvel Comic Books from Spain" by John McGeehan.  "THE BEST OF S-F" — Bob Harner 3rd reviews “Some Will Not Die” by Algis Budrys.  "LETTERS TO THE EDITOR" from Stan Lee, letter from Jerry Bails (about NebraskaFan Meeting), Carter De Paul, Robert Malisani, Bill Spicer, and Fred Bronson. 

 

Ads for: 

BLACK STAR #1

COMICDOM #1 

FIGHTING HEROES #4

KOMIK HEROZ OF THE FUTURE #2

STAR #1

 

 

Rocket’s Blast #021

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All-ditto issue.  (4 pages blank.)

 

Editorial features include:

"THE FEATURE" profiles Doug Storer.  "The Right Direction" — EC article by Paul Gambaccini.  "THE BEST OF S-F" — Bob Harner 3rd writes about Edgar Rice Burroughs ACE pocketbooks.  "ROCKETEER GOSSIP" by Rick Weingroff.  

All Star #7 tracing by Raymond Miller.  "The Original Shield with Dusty" written/illustrated by Howard Keltner.  "LETTERS TO THE EDITOR" from Bernie Bubnis, Jerry Bails (explains why Captain Marvel can never be published because of court settlement), Marvin Wolfman, Biljo White, Bill Regier, Buddy Saunders, Jim Pobst, and Rick Weingroff.

 

Ads for:

STAR #1

ROCKET'S BLAST SPECIAL #1

 

 

Rocket’s Blast #022

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All-ditto issue.  (5 pages blank.)

 

Editorial features include:

Mr. Scarlet cover by Buddy Saunders.   "THE FEATURE" profiles Bob Harner 3rd.  "THE BEST OF S-F" — Bob Harner 3rd reviews “Glory Road” by Robert Heinlein.  "ROCKETEER GOSSIP" by Rick Weingroff.  "Flesh & Blood of the Ink" — article on pulps by Alan Simons.  Interior illos by Raymond Miller.   "LETTERS TO THE EDITOR" from John McGeehan, Bernie Bubnis, Tom Lauria, Bill Spicer, Marc Nadel, Alan Simons, Paul Gambaccini, and Rick Weingroff. 

 

Ads for:

SUPER STAR #1

CHARACTER GET TOGETHER #1 (from Vern Debes)

STAR STUDDED COMICS #2

FIGHTING HERO #5

MASK & CAPE #2

JEDDAK #2

 

 

Rocket’s Blast #023

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All-ditto issue.  (3 pages blank.)

 

Editorial features include:

Cover by Buddy Saunders.  “THE FEATURE” profiles Raymond Miller.  Article on Captain Fearless Comics #1 by Bill Regier.   “What Happened to the Shield and Black Hood" by Rick Weingroff.   Black Hood art by Buddy Saunders.  Nightmare and Sleepy pin-up by Raymond Miller.  “ROCKETEER GOSSIP" by Rick Weingroff.  "LETTERS TO THE EDITOR" from Buddy Saunders and Marv Wolfman.

 

 

Rocket’s Blast #024

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All-ditto issue.  (4 pages blank.) 

 

Editorial features include:

Buddy Saunders Atoman cover.   "The Origin of Atoman" by GB Love.  "THE BEST OF S-F" — Bob Harner 3rd reviews "The Synthetic Man" by Robert Heinlein.  “ROCKETEER GOSSIP" by Rick Weingroff.  "SPOTLIGHT ON THE PRO'S: #1 — Joe Giella" by Bernie Bubnis.  "ROCKET'S BLAST PIN-UP #3" of Black Angel Pin-up by Raymond Miller.   Repro of All Stars #8 by Saunders. "THE FEATURE" profiles Tom McGeehan. Letters page called "BLAST FROM THE READERS" for the first time, with letters from George R. R. Martin (1st LOC about free issue he received - #23), Andrew Fraknoi (criticism that Love takes 2 pages to respond to), Rick Durell, George Lawson, Mike Friedrich, Bill Spicer, Greg Suriano, Marc Nadel, Jim Hamilton, James E. Brown, and Andy Zerbe. 

 

Ready sheet for HEROES HANGOUT #1 is the first appearance of photo-offset in ROCKET’S BLAST.

 

Ads for: 

CHARACTER GET TOGETHER

COMI-RAMA #2

FANTASTIC CREATURES

HEROES' HANGOUT #1 (offset insert with Roger Brand art)

HORROR SCREEN WORLD

ROCKET'S BLAST SPECIAL #2

THE COMIC HERO

 

 

Rocket’s Blast #025

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All-ditto issue.  (4 pages blank.)

 

Editorial features include:

Hawkman cover by Alan Weiss.  “The Atom" by Sherman Howard with 2 pages of color (ditto) pin-ups of the Atom (both Golden & Silver Age) by Alan Weiss.  "THE FEATURE" profiles Margaret Gemignani.   "Comic Books Controversy, Crisis and Censorship" — part 1 of a long article written/laid out/lettered by Bill Spicer.  "An Interview with Leonard Darwin" of the Comics Code Authority by Bill Spicer.  Planet Comics #52 repro.   "News from DC."   "THE BEST OF S-F" by Bob Harner 3rd.  "THE ROCKET ROLL" of new subscribers includes George R.R. Martin.  “BLASTS FROM THE READERS” includes LOCs from Jerry Bails, Fred Bronson, Mike Vosburg, Mike Baker, Jim Rossow, Marvin Wolfman, George R. R. Martin, Marc Nadel, and Phil Leibfred.

 

Ads for:

ALIEN (The New International Fanzine - sold thru Bob Bell)

CHARACTER GET TOGETHER 1

COMI-RAMA 2

FANTASTIC CREATURES 2

FIGHTING HEROES 7

HORROR SCREEN WORLD

KOMIX ILLUSTRATED 11

THE COMIC HERO 1

THE COMIC WORLD NEWS 

 

 

Rocket’s Blast #026

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All-ditto issue.  (4 pages blank.)

 

Editorial features include:

Cover of The Spectre By Don Fowler (aka Buddy Saunders).  "The All Winners Squad" by Don Foote, illustrated by Buddy Saunders.  "THE BEST OF S-F" — Bob Harner 3rd reviews Algis Budrys' short story collection "Budrys' Inferno."  "Capt. Marvel vs. Spy Smasher" article by Raymond Miller.  "ROCKETEER GOSSIP" by Rick Weingroff.  Doll-Man pin-up by Mike Reed.  Cover tracing of Captain America #78 by Howard Waldrop.   "THE ROCKET ROLL" listing new subscribers including Russ Manning.  “BLASTS FROM THE READERS” includes LOCs from Rick Durell, Ron Fradkin, Raymond Miller, Russ Manning, Biljo White, Larry Rothenberger, Kent Russell, Paul Gambaccini, Howard Keltner, Buddy Saunders, and Larry Walczak.

 

Ads for:

HORROR SCREEN WORLD #6

STAR-STUDDED COMICS #3

 

 

Rocket’s Blast #027

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All-ditto issue.  (5 pages blank.)

 

Editorial features include:

Cover of the Web by Howard Keltner.   "SPOTLIGHT ON THE PROS: #2 - Mike Sekowsky" by Bernie Bubnis.   "INSIDE THE COVER" of Marvel Mystery #8 by Rick Durell  (with Xerox insert of the cover).  “A Page from the Golden Age” by Raymond Miller.  "Seduction of the Innocent" article by Paul Gambaccini.  "ROCKETEER GOSSIP" by Rick Weingroff.   Article about Edgar Rice Burroughs paperbacks by Rick Weingroff.  Thrilling Comics #22 tracing by Raymond Miller.   “THE BEST OF S-F” —Bob Harner 3rd reviews "Passport to Eternity" by J.G. Ballard.  Spider-Man pin-up by Chuck Rogers Jr.  The "ROCKET ROLL” of new subscribers.  Late News sent in from Jerry Bails and Bernie Bubnis.   “BLASTS FROM THE READERS” includes LOCs from John McGeehan, Larry Herndon, Al Milgrom, and Dave Bibby. 

 

Ads for:

CHARACTER GET TOGETHER #2 & 3

COUNTDOWN 2

FANTASY ILLUSTRATED #1 (offset insert)

FIGHTING HERO COMICS #8

THE COMIC WORLD #4

WONDERFUL WORLD OF KOMIX #1

 

 

Rocket’s Blast #028

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All-ditto issue.

 

Last issue as Rocket's Blast, merges with The Comicollector and changes name to Rocket's Blast and the Comicollector (RBCC) with #29.

 

Editorial features include:

Cover by Buddy Saunders.  “THE BEST OF S-F" — Bob Harner 3rd reviews "The Puppet Masters" by Robert Heinlein.   "ROCKETEER GOSSIP" by Rick Weingroff.  "A WORD FROM THE EDITOR" by GB Love.   "Comic Books Controversy, Crisis and Censorship Part Two" by Bill Spicer, with 8 pages of letters compiled by Spicer concerning the Comics Code Authority.  The "ROCKET ROLL" of new subscribers.  "BLASTS FROM THE READERS" includes an LOC from George R. R. Martin.  Art by Raymond Miller.

 

Ad for: 

FIGHTING HERO COMICS #9

 

 

Rocket’s Blast Comicollector / RBCC #029

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This issue is the first after merging with Ronn Foss' The Comicollector.

 

Editorial features include:

Cover by Buddy Saunders.  An article about Pocket Size Comics by Raymond Miller.   ”THE BEST OF S-F" — Bob Harner 3rd reviews "Drunkard's Walk" by Frederik Pohl.  A piece on the waning popularity of Batman by Rick Weingroff.  "ROCKETEER GOSSIP" by Rick Weingroff.  "A Word from the New Editor of Comicollector" by G.B. Love.  A feature on Blue Streak and Doctor Medusa by Ronn Foss.  Black Fury art by Biljo White.   "PROFESSIONAL PONDERINGS" by Bernie Bubnis.   "SPOTLIGHT ON THE PROS: #3 - The DC Group" by Bernie Bubnis.  Letter from Texas Trio member Larry Herndon.

 

NOTE: Early ditto issues of RBCC are notorious for having variable page counts; it appears as though editor GB Love would occasionally shift around the ad content depending on when he assembled the issues.

 

Ads for:

HERO #4

THE COMIC HERO #2 

 

 

Rocket’s Blast Comicollector / RBCC #030

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Ditto issue.  (1 page blank.)

 

Editorial features include:

Cover by Buddy Saunders.  Notice by GB Love to attend Bernie Bubnis' Comic Fan Convention in July.  "ROCKETEER GOSSIP" by Rick Weingroff.  Newsboy Legion & Guardian Pin-up by Don Fowler (aka Buddy Saunders).  "SPOTLIGHT ON THE PROS: #4 - Marvel and Gold Key" Bernie Bubnis and Ron Fradkin visit with Flo Steinberg at Marvel, and Bill Harris at Gold Key.   "Air Fighters Comics" tracing by Raymond L Miller.  ”THE BEST OF S-F" — Bob Harner 3rd reviews ”President Fu Manchu" by Sax Rohmer.   "Capt. Marvel - Has He Returned From Limbo?" article by Buddy Saunders.  "PROFESSIONAL PONDERINGS" by Bubnis.   "The 1963 Alley Tally" report by Ronn Foss.  "ON THE DRAWING BOARD" — latest news courtesy of The Comic Reader.   "Capt America, The Greatest Original Revival of All-Time" by Ronn Foss.   "THE DEALER AND THE COLLECTOR" by Phil Seuling.  "The Twister" pin-up by Biljo White.  Open letter of thanks from Ronn Foss.   “BLASTS FROM THE READERS” includes LOCs from Jerry Bails, Larry Herndon, Andrew Fraknoi, Ed Lahmann and Paul Thompson Jr.

 

Ad for: 

FIGHTING HERO COMICS #10

 

 

Rocket’s Blast Comicollector / RBCC #031

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Ditto issue.  (2 pages blank.)

 

Editorial features include:

"Kenton of the Star Patrol" on the cover by Ronn Foss.  

"A Gallery of Heroes from Wings Comics" illustrated by Bill Spicer.  "SPOTLIGHT ON THE PROS: #5 - Steve Ditko" by Bernie Bubnis.  "THE BEST OF S-F" — Bob Harner 3rd reviews “Something Wicked This Way Comes” by Ray Bradbury.  Wonder Comics #1 tracing by Raymond Miller.  "ROCKETEER GOSSIP" by Rick Weingroff.  "A WORD FROM THE EDITOR" by GB Love.  Lash Lightning pin-up by Biljo White.  "A Reflection from the Past" by Ed Lahmann.  “BLASTS FROM THE READERS” includes LOCs from Ron Fradkin, Ray Bartel, Jerry Bails, George R.R. Martin, Ed Lahmann,  Steve Perrin, and Dennis Richard.

 

Ads for:

DOWN UNDER #1

KOMIX ILLUSTRATED #12

COMIC CAPER #2

FANTASY HERO #3

THE COMIC JOURNAL #1

COMIC HERO #2

 

 

Rocket’s Blast Comicollector / RBCC #032

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Ditto issue.  (1 page blank.)

 

Editorial features include:

"ROCKETEER GOSSIP" by Rick Weingroff.  "The 'Horn of Plenty' Years" by Raymond Miller on comics published from 1940-43.  A Quicksilver pin-up by Don Fowler (aka Buddy Saunders).  "Metamorphosis or Darkness: The Changing Shadow" by Howard Waldrop.  "THE BEST OF S-F” by Bob Harner 3rd.  "A WORD FROM THE EDITOR " wherein GB explains the reasons for going bi-monthly, and thanks Julie Schwartz for the "plug" he gave RB-CC in a JLA comic. "BLASTS FROM THE READERS" includes LOCs from Doug Potter, Paul Gambacini, Ronn Foss, Tom Lauria, and Bill Spicer.

 

Ads for: 

ACTION HERO #3

BATMANIA #1

COMIC FAVORITE #1

COUNTDOWN #3

FANTASTIC #5

FANTASY HEROES HANGOUT

FANTASY ILLUSTRATED #2

FIGHTING HERO #12

FLARE COMICS #1

HEADLINE #3

HOUSE OF HEROES #1

MASK & CAPE #3 & 4

MEN OF MYSTERY #1

ROCKET'S BLAST SPECIAL #4

STAR #1 (from Bill Placzek)

THE COMIC HERO #2

THE COMIC JOURNAL #1

THE COMIC WORLD #6

THURIA #1

 

 

 

Rocket’s Blast Comicollector / RBCC #033

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Ditto issue.  (1 page blank.)

 

Editorial features include:

Cover of Blue Beetle by Raymond Miller.  "Gambaccini in Wonderland" by Paul Gambaccini on his visit to the MAD Magazine offices.  "THE BEST OF S-F" — Bob Harner 3rd reviews “Limbo” by Bernard Wolfe.  Cover tracing of Dardevil #26 by Chuck Rogers.  Cartoons by Bill Regier & Chuck Moss.  "ROCKETEER GOSSIP" by Rick Weingroff.  "Wizard of the Wireless” by Mike Friedrich, will full-page illo by Ronn Foss.

First installment of ”SEULING'S CORNER" by Phil Seuling.   “The Birth of the Comic Book" by Lee Whittlesey.   A pin-up of Green Hornet by Biljo White.  "BLASTS FROM THE READERS" includes an LOC from George R. R. Martin.

 

Ads for:

ROCKET'S BLAST SPECIAL #1

FANTASY ILLUSTRATED #2