Comics Revue

Comics Revue is a bi-monthly small press comic book published by Manuscript Press and edited by Rick Norwood. Don Markstein edited the publication from 1984 to 1987 and 1992 to 1996.

As of 2014, it has published more than 300 issues, making it the longest running independent comic book (beating the record of Cerebus the Aardvark). It reprints comic strips such as Alley Oop, The Amazing Spider-Man, Barnaby, Batman, Buz Sawyer, Casey Ruggles, Flash Gordon, Gasoline Alley, Hägar the Horrible, Krazy Kat, Lance, Latigo, Little Orphan Annie, Mandrake the Magician, Modesty Blaise, O'Neill, Peanuts, The Phantom, Rick O'Shay, Sir Bagby, Star Wars, Steve Canyon, Tarzan, Akwas, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Artists whose work has appeared in Comics Revue include most of the best known names in comics art: Jack Kirby, Milton Caniff, Hal Foster, Charles Schulz, Al Williamson, George Pérez, Roy Crane, Russ Manning, and Burne Hogarth.

In issue #200, Comics Revue featured the only English language publication of "The Dark Angels", the last Modesty Blaise story, by Peter O'Donnell and Romero.

In 2006, it was revealed in Absolute Crisis on Infinite Earths that the Batman stories published in Comics Revue actually happened on Earth-1289.

In October 2009, the magazine re-launched as a bi-monthly title with twice the number of pages and reprinting Sunday strips in color. Each issue now includes at least one complete story.

Issue #300 includes a complete index to all comic strips published in Comics Revue #1-300.


  • Comics Buyer's Guide, "Rick Norwood has produced this labor of love for years now, and it continues to be a bargain. (list of contents) Absolutely recommended." -- Maggie Thompson.
  • Tony Isabella, Comics Buyer's Guide, "Not every strip will be a winner with every reader, but I like Comics Revue enough to give it four Tonys." [1]
  • Louis Cance, Hop! No. 112, "Comics Revue Ce mensuel propose dans ses 68 pages une belle sélection de grands classiques de la BD américaine avec..." (Comics Revue. This monthly magazine reprints in its 68 pages a beautiful selection great classic comic strips from America, including...") (list of contents)

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Akwas by Mike Roy is a Sunday only adventure comic strip which ran from June 14, 1964, to March 28, 1965, and was syndicated through 1972. It featured the Native American character Akwas in realistic historical adventures set before Christopher Columbus' voyage to the Americas.

The best format is the half page; the strip is also found in a third of a page and tabloid formats, which drop one or more panels.

There were four stories: Cricket Kidnapped, The Dream Fast, Mission to the Huron, and Jessakid. Toward the end of the strip, as it appeared in fewer and fewer newspapers, Mike Roy attempted to revive interest by giving Akwas superpowers. The strip ended shortly after this.

None of the stories have been reprinted, but one Akwas strip can be seen on the cover of Comics Revue #266.

Arcade (comics magazine)

Arcade: The Comics Revue is a magazine-sized comics anthology created and edited by cartoonists Art Spiegelman and Bill Griffith to showcase underground comix. Published quarterly by the Print Mint, it ran for seven issues between 1975 and 1976. Arriving late in the underground era, Arcade "was conceived as a 'comics magazine for adults' that would showcase the 'best of the old and the best of the new comics.'" Many observers credit it with paving the way for the Spiegelman-edited anthology Raw, the flagship publication of the 1980s alternative comics movement.

Barnaby (comics)

Barnaby was a comic strip which began 20 April 1942 in the newspaper PM and was later syndicated in 64 American newspapers (for a combined circulation of more than 5,500,000).

Created by Crockett Johnson, who is best known today for his children's book Harold and the Purple Crayon, the strip featured a cherubic-looking five-year-old and his far-from-cherubic fairy godfather, Jackeen J. O'Malley, a short, cigar-smoking man with four tiny wings. With a distinctive appearance because of its use of typography, the strip had numerous reprints and was adapted into a 1940s stage production. The usually caustic Dorothy Parker had nothing but praise: "I think, and I'm trying to talk calmly, that Barnaby and his friends and oppressors are the most important additions to American Arts and Letters in Lord knows how many years."

Casey Ruggles

Casey Ruggles is a Western comic strip written and drawn by Warren Tufts that ran from 1949 to 1954.

Danny Frolich

Danny Frolich (a/k/a Dany Frolich) is an American artist from New Orleans. He designed many Mardi Gras floats, scrolls, Mardi Gras dubloons, and cups.He was active in science fiction fanzines of the early 1970s, and in the short-lived New Orleans underground comix scene of that era, primarily as a contributor to the underground publications of Big Muddy Comics. His work appeared in (among others) Swamp Fever and Cosmic Capers, and Big Muddy published one issue of Frolich's own Trivial Annoyances in 1972. He has worked as an illustrator (he did the cover and interior illustrations for Left of Africa by Hal Clement, The Magic Talisman by John Blaine, Comics Revue magazine, the 2001 release of Forgotten Tales of Love and Murder by Edgar Rice Burroughs, and the 2016 Tullus comic book.

As of 1999, he was living and working in Destin, Florida.Frolich has been an active science fiction fan. His art appeared in fanzines and journals such as Orcrist.

Don Markstein's Toonopedia

Don Markstein's Toonopedia (subtitled A Vast Repository of Toonological Knowledge) is a web encyclopedia of print cartoons, comic strips and animation, initiated February 13, 2001. Donald D. Markstein, the sole writer and editor of Toonopedia, termed it "the world's first hypertext encyclopedia of toons" and stated, "The basic idea is to cover the entire spectrum of American cartoonery."

Markstein began the project during 1999 with several earlier titles: he changed Don's Cartoon Encyberpedia (1999) to Don Markstein's Cartoonopedia (2000) after learning the word "Encyberpedia" had been trademarked. During 2001, he settled on his final title, noting, "Decided (after thinking about it for several weeks) to change the name of the site to Don Markstein's Toonopedia, rather than Cartoonopedia. Better rhythm in the name, plus 'toon' is probably a more apt word, in modern parlance, than 'cartoon', for what I'm doing.

Gary Panter

For the sheriff of Midland County, Texas, see Gary Painter.Gary Panter (born December 1, 1950) is a cartoonist, illustrator, painter, designer and part-time musician. Panter's work is representative of the post-underground, new wave comics movement that began with the end of Arcade: The Comics Revue and the initiation of RAW, one of the second generation in American underground comix.

Panter has published his work in various magazines and newspapers, including Raw, Time and Rolling Stone magazine. He has exhibited widely, and won three Emmy awards for his set designs for Pee-Wee's Playhouse. His most notable works include Jimbo, Adventures in Paradise, Jimbo's Inferno and Facetasm, which was created together with Charles Burns.

Gasoline Alley

Gasoline Alley is a comic strip created by Frank King and currently distributed by Tribune Content Agency. The strip debuted on November 24, 1918; it is currently the longest-running strip in the United States, and the second-longest-running strip of all time in the United States, after The Katzenjammer Kids. Gasoline Alley has received critical accolades for its influential innovations. In addition to new color and page design concepts, King introduced real-time continuity to comic strips by depicting his characters aging over generations.

George DiCaprio

George Paul DiCaprio (born October 2, 1943) is an American writer, editor, publisher, distributor, and former performance artist, known for his work in the realm of underground comix. He has collaborated with Timothy Leary and Laurie Anderson. He is the father of American actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

Joe Schenkman

Joseph Quarles "Joe" Schenkman (born September 8, 1947) is an American publisher and underground cartoonist.

Schenkman was part of underground cartooning's original wave, active in the late 1960s as a regular contributor to Rat Subterranean News, Gothic Blimp Works and the East Village Other in New York City.

List of American comics

This is a list of American comics, by publishing company.

Abstract Studios

Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore

Echo by Terry Moore

Rachel Rising by Terry Moore

Motor Girl by Terry Moore

AC Comics

Antarctic Press

Ape Entertainment

Pocket God by Allan Dye and Dave Castelnuovo

Goblin Chronicles by Troy Dye, Tom Kelesides, and Collin Fogel

Arcana Studio

All Fall Down by Casey Jones

Archie Comics

Archaia Studios Press

Critical Millennium

Basement Comics

Beyond Comics

Gekido by Graig Weich & B. Wilson

Code Name: Justice by Graig Weich

Ravedactyl by Graig Weich

Justice by Graig Weich

Gekido vs. Code Name: Justice by Graig Weich & B. Wilson

Blue Juice Comics

The Accelerators by RFI Porto and Gavin Smith

Aether & Empire by Mike Horan and Bong Ty Dazo

Anne Bonnie by Tim Yates

Cellar Door Publishing

Minister Jade

Centaur Publications

Charlton Comics

DC Comics

Dark Horse

Devil's Due

Dumbbell Press

Max Rep in the Age of Astrotitans

EC Comics

Eclipse Comics

Evil Ink Comics

Kill Audio

Evil Twin Comics

Action Philosophers!

Fantagraphics Books

Acme Novelty Library by Chris Ware

Eightball by Daniel Clowes

Frank by Jim Woodring

Hate by Peter Bagge

Love and Rockets by Jaime Hernandez and Gilbert Hernandez

Naughty Bits by Roberta Gregory

Palestine by Joe Sacco

Fenickx Productions LLC


First Comics

Flat World Knowledge

Atlas Black: Managing to Succeed

Gilberton Publications

Classics Illustrated

Harris Comics

Harvey Comics

Hermes Press

IDW Publishing

Image Comics

Laizen Comics

The Dreamhoppers

Manuscript Press

Comics Revue

Modesty Blaise Quarterly

Marvel Comics

Mirage Studios

Bade Biker & Orson by Jim Lawson

Barabbas by Dan Vado and Gino Atanasio

Bioneers by A.C. Farley

Commandosaurs by Peter Laird

Dino Island by Jim Lawson

Fugitoid by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird

Gizmo by Michael Dooney

Gobbledygook by various artists

Grunts by various artists

Gutwallow by Dan Berger

Hallowieners: Invasion of the Halloween Hot Dogs by Ryan Brown

Hero Sandwich

Melting Pot by Kevin Eastman and Eric Talbot

Mirage Mini-Comics

Paleo by Jim Lawson

Planet Racers by Peter Laird and Jim Lawson

Plastron Cafe by various artists

Prime Slime Tails

The Puma Blues by Stephen Murphy and Michael Zulli

Rockola by Ryan Brown

Stupid Heroes by Peter Laird

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and related titles by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird

Usagi Yojimbo (volume 2) and related titles by Stan Sakai

Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa by Ryan Brown

Xenotech by Michael DooneyNew England Comics

The Tick

Paul the Samurai

Man-Eating Cow

Chainsaw Vigilante

Oni Press

Nicolas Comics

Mr. Grapefruit**


Gad Quad**

Body Guys**

Eohippus And Friends**

College Buddies**

Herman The Hitchiker**

Super Science Squad**Pacific Comics

Poison Press

Cavalcade of Boys

Red Giant Entertainment

Amped by Bryan Augustyn

Arena: Earth

Banzai Girl

The Blood Conspiracy


Catie & Josephine

Crow Scare



Duel Identity


The First Daughter

God Mode


Jade Warriors

Journey To Magika



Last Blood

Legends of the Stargrazers


Medusa's Daughter

Midnight Piano

Modern Magic

Monster Isle by Larry Hama

Mrs. Hero

Pandora's Blogs


The P.S.I.C.E.T. Identity

Roboy Red


Shadow Children


Shockwave Darkside

Sore Thumbs


Teen Angel




Warlords of Oz

Wayward Sons

Wayward Sons: Legends


Renegade Comics

Holiday Out

Ms. Tree

normalman by Jim Valentino

Open Season by Jim Bricker


Shanda Fantasy Arts

Albedo Anthropomorphics by Steve Gallacci

Shanda The Panda by Mike Curtis

Slave Labor Comics

Johnny the Homicidal Maniac by Jhonen Vasquez

Milk & Cheese by Evan Dorkin

Top Cow Productions

Valiant Comics

Archer & Armstrong



Eternal Warrior

H.A.R.D. Corps


Magnus, Robot Fighter


Psi Lords

Quantum and Woody


The Second Life of Dr. Mirage


Solar Man of the Atom

Turok Dinosaur Hunter


X-O Manowar


Virgin Comics

Zombie Broadway


Manuscript Press

Manuscript Press is a small press publisher started by Rick Norwood in 1976 and currently located in Mountain Home, Tennessee. It specializes in previously unpublished novels by science fiction authors such as Hal Clement and R. A. Lafferty and also in reprints of comic strips such as Prince Valiant, Modesty Blaise, Alley Oop, and Buz Sawyer. Manuscript Press also publishes a magazine of comic strips, Comics Revue, one of the longest running small press comic books with more than 300 issues to its credit. Between 1995 and 2000 it published 25 issues of Modesty Blaise Quarterly. In 2003 it published two book volumes of Modesty Blaise comic strips, Live Bait and Lady in the Dark, but did not print any further volumes after the British company, Titan Books, began publishing its own line of Modesty Blaise reprints.

Michele Wrightson

Michele Wrightson (née Robinson) (October 25, 1941 – May 30, 2015), also known as Michele Brand, was an American artist who worked in the comic book industry. The former wife of underground cartoonist Roger Brand, she started out as an underground comix cartoonist. Later, when she was married to comics artist Bernie Wrightson, she made her name as a colorist. She was a key contributor to the first all-female underground comic, It Ain't Me, Babe, as well as its follow-up series, Wimmen's Comix.

Modesty Blaise

Modesty Blaise is a British comic strip featuring a fictional character of the same name, created by author Peter O'Donnell and illustrator Jim Holdaway in 1963. The strip follows Modesty Blaise, an exceptional young woman with many talents and a criminal past, and her trusty sidekick Willie Garvin. It was adapted into films in 1966, 1982, and 2003, and from 1965 onwards eleven novels and two short story collections were written.

Modesty Blaise Quarterly

Comics Revue presents Modesty Blaise was a small press magazine sized comic book published by Manuscript Press which reprinted Modesty Blaise comic strip stories by Peter O'Donnell illustrated by the artists Jim Holdaway (JH), Enrique Badia Romero (ER), John M. Burns (JB), Patrick Wright (PW), Neville Colvin (NC). It ran 25 issues between 1995 and 2000. With issue 23, all the MB stories had been reprinted in either Comics Revue presents Modesty Blaise or Comics Revue, so the contents of the last two issues was decided by reader vote. Issue 24 carried "The Galley Slaves" and 25 reprinted "Butch Cassidy Rides Again".

Rick O'Shay

Rick O'Shay is a Western comic strip created by Stan Lynde in 1958. It was distributed worldwide through the Chicago Tribune Syndicate until publication ended on March 8, 1981.

Romano Felmang

Romano Felmang (born 1941) is an Italian artist best known for his illustrations of American comic strip characters such as The Phantom and Flash Gordon.Felmang was born in Rome. His first work, in 1962, was a Phantom story titled Kaniska, which was never published in its original form, but which gained him entry to the SPADA brothers, neighbors who published Italian comic books. He was drafted, however, before any of his stories could be published. In 1966, the SPADA brothers published his Phantom story Raiders of the Great King Tomb, and he has since drawn a large number of stories for them and for other publishers, featuring The Phantom, Flash Gordon, Rip Kirby, and Secret Agent X-9. Since 1987, he has produced many stories for SEMIC International. His work has been published in Italy, France, Norway, Denmark, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia, and in the United States he has drawn covers for Comics Revue.

Stan Lynde

Myron Stanford Lynde (September 23, 1931 – August 6, 2013) was an American comic strip artist, painter and novelist.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (comic strip)

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic strip was started on December 10, 1990 by Creator's Syndicate as a daily. The strip ceased publication in January 1997.

The strip ran seven days a week, but (at least for part of its run) the Saturday strips consisted only of fan art and was not part of the storyline, which was published Monday-Friday. The Sunday edition featured a mix of puzzles and fan art early on, but later switched entirely to a fan-art format.

Among the creators who worked on the strip were Ryan Brown, Dan Berger, Jim Lawson, Michael Dooney, Steve Lavigne and Dean Clarrain.

Some of the TMNT daily strips have been reprinted in Comics Revue.

There is no book reprint collection of the daily comic strips.

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