Monday, August 15, 2022

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Comic Effect #44

Find out why Rob Salkowitz recommends Comic Effect as the in-depth magazine for comics nostalgia, a fanzine dedicated to the “Golden Age” of modern-day readers: focusing on the late 1960s to 1970s.

The term “Golden Age” usually refers to comics from the 1930s and 40s. But in fact every reader has their own “golden age” when the experience of reading comics is fresh and new, everything seems enchanting and creative, and the world is suddenly that much brighter. If you ask many middle-age comic fans, that often turns out to correspond to the ages of 7-11.

Jim Kingman’s fanzine Comic Effect is dedicated to exploring that Golden Age for a certain generation of readers. Each issue features in-depth reviews of specific comic issues or storylines, most often from the late 1960s-70s. The issues chosen for review are not generally considered historically “important” for their art or storyline. They are, however, issues that a surprising number of fans remember fondly. The reviews often emphasize the reviewer’s own impressions, recollections of the time and place where the issue was purchased, and evocations of the general era. Such an approach might seem dangerously prone to self-indulgent sentimentality, but this is rarely the case. Comic Effect is nostalgia in the best possible sense — well-observed, well-written, well-informed, and a pure delight to read.

Kingman leads off each issue with an editorial and sets the tone by writing many of the reviews, though other contributors have picked up an increasing share lately. Highlights of the latest issue include a look at Joe Simon’s unique take on 1960s hippie culture, “Brother Power the Geek,” a review of the Silver Age career of the Spectre, and a synopsis of the Seven Soldiers of Victory series from Adventure Comics 437-443. More information on Comic Effect, including the very reasonable subscription costs, can be found at


Comic Effect #44

Jim Kingman, ed.

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Rob Salkowitz is a Seattle-based writer and authority on all manner of aging newsprint. You can e-mail your comments and queries to Rob at Use "ComicBase" as the subject line.

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