The Comics Buyer's Guide
has ceased publication.
I learned of The Buyer's Guide for Comic Fandom
) on the letters page of the second or third issue of Jack Kirby
in 1972 and I subscribed immediately. I think #19 was the first issue I received in the mail. Mostly an adzine in newspaper format, TBG
did however feature a nominal amount of editorial content. Now What?
by Murray Bishoff
was my introduction to the intoxicating realm of comic book news that I have had an insatiable hunger for ever since. The paper was published biweekly at first but then upgraded to weekly in about 1976 and I looked forward to receiving it in the mailbox every week.
helped me cross the borderline from reader to (gulp) creator. Don
and Maggie Thompson
published a few spot illustrations of mine in their Beautiful Balloons
column in the late1970s and, by 1980, I had drawn a handful of covers for the newspaper (my X-Men cover
to 1979's issue 304 is shown up above). Fred Hembeck
rose to fame drawing for TBG; Terry Beatty
took his place when Fred
left and, when Terry
announced in early 1982 he
was leaving I drew up a sample comic commentary page and sent it in with the offer to draw more on a regular basis. I was as pleased as punch when editor/publisher Alan Light
wrote back that I should keep the pages rolling in. Thank you, Alan
, for that nod! (Here
is a nice article to which Alan
have posted comments, and here
is Mark Evanier
sold his creation in 1983 to Krause Publications
. The new publisher reformatted TBG
to more closely resemble an actual newpaper and they included more articles. They renamed TBG
as The Comics Buyer's Guide
) and installed the Thompson
as editors. The change in appearance to the paper was jarring at first but I came to like it (even though my cartoons no longer appeared at full-page size). In the 1990s the format changed again, this time to a magazine, and my interest in it waned.
I keep a list of things that I used to like quite a bit but which are no longer available. (Most items in the list are food products like Kellogg's Concentrate cereal
and the Marathon candy bar
.) I now reluctantly add TBG/CBG
to that list.