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Comics Buyer's Guide (1971) comic books 1972

  • Issue #11
    Comics Buyer's Guide (1971) 11

    24 pgs, B&W on newsprint.

  • Issue #12
    Comics Buyer's Guide (1971) 12

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  • Issue #13
    Comics Buyer's Guide (1971) 13

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    The Buyers Guide for Comic Fandom #13, March 1972. This issue consists of two sections and 44 pages. It contains no editorial material of note, except for a small featurette about the issues cover artist John G. Fantucchio. In addition to the cover art and featurette art, Fantucchio drew some art adjacent to the issues mailing box. --review by Russ Maheras. 24 pgs, B&W on newsprint.

  • Issue #14
    Comics Buyer's Guide (1971) 14

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  • Issue #15
    Comics Buyer's Guide (1971) 15

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    May 1972 issue.

  • Issue #16
    Comics Buyer's Guide (1971) 16

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    The Buyers Guide for Comic Fandom #16, June 1972. This issue consists of two sections and 60 pages. It is the largest TBG to date, and is probably why publisher Alan Light started thinking about a bi-weekly rather than a monthly publishing schedule, a change he implemented just two issues later. More than anything else, it was the change to a bi-weekly, and then to a weekly schedule that propelled TBG to the top of the adzine heap for good. At the time, most areas of the country did not yet have a comic book store, so the only way to fill the comics merchandising needs of an exploding comics fan population was through conventions or adzines. Conventions were fine if one lived near a large urban area, or if one did not mind waiting for the big annual cons to roll around, but if one wanted to scratch that comics itch more frequently, adzines were pretty much the only other realistic option for the majority of fans, which is why TBGs soon-to-be weekly frequency would quickly put it light years ahead (pun intended) of the competition. TBG #16 contains no editorial material of note, and the Captain Marvel Jr. cover is by Bill Black. --Russ Maheras, contributing

  • Issue #17
    Comics Buyer's Guide (1971) 17

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    The Buyer's Guide for Comic Fandom #17 (July, 1972) is an early-era comics ad zine featuring comic for sale lists and ads for the many fan publication of the period. This issue features a Klaus Janson cover portraying Kirby's Lightray and Darkseid. Features an editorial by Alan Light, and a half-page ad from Buddy Saunders who, years later, would open the first Lone Star Comics store in Arlington, Texas. 16 pages, black and white on newsprint, tabloid 11.5-in. x 17.5-in. NOTE: Early issues were mailed free to interested comic collectors; back issues could be ordered at 25c ea. Later the publication moved to paid subscriptions.

  • Issue #18
    Comics Buyer's Guide (1971) 18

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    August 1972 issue.

  • Issue #19
    Comics Buyer's Guide (1971) 19

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    August 15, 1972 issue. Don and Maggie Thompson's column, Beautiful Balloons, begins in this issue.

  • Issue #20
    Comics Buyer's Guide (1971) 20

    September 1, 1972 issue.

  • Issue #21
    Comics Buyer's Guide (1971) 21

    The Buyer's Guide for Comic Fandom # (September 15, 1972) is an early-era comics ad zine featuring comic for sale lists and ads for the many fan publication of the period. This issue features a Jim Hanley cover featuring the Captain Marvel Family. Features an announcement that Don and Maggie Thompson had a baby (Stephen), and an obit for Max Fleischer. Also features a full page ad for George McGovern for president, and a buyer seeking Incredible Hulk #1 for $10. 16 pages, black and white on newsprint, tabloid 11.5-in. x 17.5-in. NOTE: Early issues were mailed free to interested comic collectors; back issues could be ordered at 25c ea. Later the publication moved to paid subscriptions.

  • Issue #22
    Comics Buyer's Guide (1971) 22

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    October 1, 1972 issue.

  • Issue #23
    Comics Buyer's Guide (1971) 23

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    October 15, 1972 issue.

  • Issue #24
    Comics Buyer's Guide (1971) 24

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    November 1, 1972.

  • Issue #25
    Comics Buyer's Guide (1971) 25

    November 15, 1972.

  • Issue #26
    Comics Buyer's Guide (1971) 26

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    December 1, 1972.

  • Issue #27
    Comics Buyer's Guide (1971) 27

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    Don Rosa cover. 24 pages of ads.