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Chris Tolworthy

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Ancient One

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Subj: thanks, and some responses
Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 at 11:20:36 am EST (Viewed 176 times)
Reply Subj: Part 2.
Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 at 07:16:10 pm EST (Viewed 180 times)

Thanks again. Most of these can be handled by just rewording of making a simple correction, which I have now done. If you have time to look at the next edition before it's final - and add any comments - the link is here Hopefully this lets people add notes, but not edit the text directly):

I'm putting the link publically because I reckon anybody who's reading this far probably has some expertise somewhere and can hopefully save me from embarrassment.

Regarding the figure of 85 titles, that was from Michael Vassallo, the author of the Secret History of Marvel Comics. He wrote on Facebook:

    ANC took over Goodman's distribution on November 1, 1956 as Goodman was ramping up his comic book line. While the comics code had killed the output of many companies, driving most out of business, Goodman kept expanding until by early 1957 had almost 85 different comic book titles on the newsstands. But unbeknownst disaster loomed.

I imagine that includes bimonthly titles. I have asked him to clarify the number in case it was a typo.

Regarding Metallo, thanks for spotting that. I had wanted to avoid a lengthy history of all the different Metallo characters - Kirby's was of course in 1961 - but my short version ended up combining two of them. So I expanded the section to show the evolution of Metallo from 1942 to Kirby's final version (Iron man).

Regarding the signatures, I am grateful to be prompted, because part of the discussion of what a signature meant in 1961 was previously buried later in the book and you are right, as it stands this isn't very clear and could be seen as contradictory. So I moved the later part to the front and revised it.

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