ALTER EGO shines the light on publisher Victor Fox

by Jeff

mar111388 ALTER EGO shines the light on publisher Victor FoxMedia Release — ALTER EGO magazine, fresh off a nomination for “Best Comics-Related Journalism” in the 2011 Eisner Awards, looks to prove itself again worthy of that honor with a groundbreaking examination of unscrupulous 1940s publisher Victor Fox. Issue #101, shipping in May, conducts an exhaustive look at the notorious Fox Comics of the 1940s—Blue Beetle, Phantom Lady, The Flame, and others—and the often less-than-honest business practices of the man who convinced a young Will Eisner to create a knock-off of Superman, which immediately attracted the ire—and attorneys—of the company that became today’s DC Comics. Alter Ego tracks the output of Fox, which featured art by such Golden Age luminaries as MATT BAKER, LOU FINE, JOE SIMON, JACK KIRBY, GEORGE TUSKA, FLETCHER HANKS, ALEX BLUM, and others, and all are represented in this remarkable issue.

It also gives readers a ringside seat at the “Superman vs. Wonder Man” courtroom battle, including actual court depositions and recollections of WILL EISNER, JERRY IGER, SHELDON MAYER, JERRY SIEGEL, HARRY DONENFELD, WILL LIEBERSON, and VICTOR FOX himself. Alter Ego #101 also features Part I of an interview with JACK MENDELSOHN, artist/writer for Mad, Jacky’s Diary, and others, plus FCA (Fawcett Collectors of America) with MARC SWAYZE and C.C. BECK, and MICHAEL T. GILBERT digging up comics history in Mr. Monster’s Comic Crypt. The issue features a cover by Marvel artist DAVE WILLIAMS, and is edited by ROY THOMAS.

84-page magazine with COLOR
Print version: $7.95 cover price
Digital Edition: $3.95
Diamond Order Code: MAR111388

In anticipation of the issue’s release, TwoMorrows Publishing is letting readers download a FREE PDF preview of the issue at this link:

Click to access AlterEgo101Preview.pdf

This preview features a good sampling of the various interviews, articles, and art from the issue.

The full issue is available for pre-ordering as a PRINT or DIGITAL EDITION directly from TwoMorrows at this link (print customers will receive a free link to the digital edition):

ALTER EGO #101 will be on sale in comic book stores on Wednesday, May 18.

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