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In its 28th year as the pre-eminent magazine of comics journalism and criticism, The Comics Journal re-vamps its format with more color, more pages, better paper, higher quality printing, and a fresh, new design. Content is also rejuvenated with expanded news and commentary sections, the inclusion of a comics section, and wider and more contemporaneous coverage of current comics publishing. This issue's cover feature is Alex Toth, with an examination of his life and work by Bob Levin, critical essays, an interview, and 30 pages of rare comics from one of Toth's most fertile creative periods in the 1950s, in both black-and-white and color. Our pre-election 2004 political coverage includes interviews with Steve Bell, the controversial editorial cartoonist for British newspaper The Guardian and recent winner of the British Press Awards' coveted Gong for "Cartoonist of the Year," and Steve Brodner, one of America's most preeminent illustrators and political satirists, whose work has appeared in periodicals from The New Yorker to Rolling Stone to The Atlantic Monthly to Harper's magazine. Reviews of the most noteworthy current comics and graphic novels and our columns on every facet of comics from manga to European comics to mini-comics and even (gasp!) mainstream comics round out the issue.

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