Like FOOM before it, THE AMAZING WORLD OF DC COMICS was a fan magazine produced in-house–in this case, at National Periodical Publications. The work was done by the “Junior Woodchucks”, a group of young editorial and production members who had been brought on staff. It was a very fine publication and represents a terrific inside look at what DC was like during the 1970s, which was a tumultuous time of change for the firm. This second issue included a timely interview with writers Cary Bates and Elliot S! Maggin who were among editor Julie Schwartz’s go-to men for stories in his editorial office. Neither man gave many interviews during this period, so it’s a rare bit of insight.
This issue also introduces newcomer Michael Uslan, who would go on to be instrumental in bringing Batman back to movie theaters in the late 1980s and beyond.
There was also an informative piece about the unsold 1961 SUPERBOY television pilot and the series that would have been made from it had it been picked up. This was information that it was impossible to get pretty much anywhere else.
The Direct Currents section gave an excellent preview of upcoming DC releases, as well as news about upcoming plans (sme of which never reached fruition, sadly.)
We’ll look at more of this issue in the weeks ahead.
4 thoughts on “THE AMAZING WORLD OF DC COMICS #2”
Extremely interesting information here. By late ’74 my only interest in comics was rebuilding my late 50’s – early 60’s collection that my mom had thrown away about nine years earlier.
I didn’t think that Cary Bates or Elliot S. Margin came off too well in that interview.
I lived in a small town near Monterey called Marina. In the summer of ’75 I went to my first SD Comic Con, staying with my dad in the Bachelors Officer’s Quarters. I got there a few days early and my dad took me to Pacific Comics in Pacific Beach, where I got this magazine. I still have it. I’m sure I was the only person in the area to have this and many other treasures I got that week.
After reading that interview I can see why Cary Bates and Elliot S. Maggie never wrote much for Marvel.