Lovece (right) with Stan Lee, signing autographs together at 1993 Comic-Con International, San Diego
|Notable works||Hailing Taxi: The Official Book of the Show
Lost and Found
Hokum & Hex
Frank Lovece is an American journalist, author, comedy performer and comic book writer. He was additionally one of the first professional Web journalists, becoming an editor of a Silicon Alley start-up in 1996.
For an Entertainment Weekly article on direct-to-video movies representing themselves as theatrical releases, he produced the first — and, after the article's publication, only — home video to obtain an MPAA rating.
Early life and career 
Raised in Morgantown, West Virginia, Frank Lovece attended West Virginia University in that city, graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in communication. He was the arts/entertainment editor of the college newspaper, the Daily Athenaeum; held posts in student government; and interned with both the WWVU statewide radio news service, and, in Washington, D.C., the USDA Cooperative Extension Service.
He became a stringer for the New York City / Long Island newspaper Newsday in the late 1980s, becoming a weekly TV columnist there in 2003. Lovece's book Hailing Taxi: The Official Book of the Show, was published in 1988, the first of several books he would write on topics including the TV series The Brady Bunch and The X-Files, and on the Godzilla movie series.
By the 1990s, Lovece was a weekly syndicated columnist for United Media / NEA, and a writer for periodicals including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, Penthouse, Billboard, and Entertainment Weekly, where he wrote features and reviewed home video releases and comic books. For an Entertainment Weekly article on direct-to-video movies representing themselves as theatrical releases, he produced the first — and, after the article's publication, only — home video to obtain an MPAA rating.
Comic books 
Lovece and artist Mike Okamoto created the four-issue miniseries Atomic Age (Nov. 1990 - Feb. 1991) for Marvel Comics' creator-owned Epic Comics imprint. The series was among the items featured in the Bowling Green State University exhibition "The Atomic Age Opens: Selections from the Popular Culture Library". Collaborator Al Williamson won the 1991 Eisner Award for Best Inker for his work on that and other series that awards-year, with Okamoto winning the The Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award.
Lovece went on to write stories for Epic's anthology series Clive Barker's Hellraiser, and wrote the nine-issue run of Hokum & Hex for Marvel's Razorline imprint, created by novelist Barker. Other work includes such children's comics as the licensed series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (including one story penciled by Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko), VR Troopers and Masked Rider. The Hellraiser story "For My Son", by Lovece and artist Bill Koeb, originally published in Clive Barker's Hellraiser Summer Special #1 (Summer 1992), appears in Checker Publishing's Clive Barker's Hellraiser: Collected Best, Volume 1 (ISBN 0-9710249-2-8), though with the last page inexplicably missing; the complete story appears in an authorized online version from web publisher Wowio.
Also for Marvel, Lovece wrote for the series Nightstalkers and for The Incredible Hulk and Ghost Rider annuals, as well as an inventory story for Alpha Flight. He additionally wrote a Vampirella inventory story for Harris Comics. His three-part child-abuse drama "Egg" ran in Dark Horse Comics' Dark Horse Presents #110-112, where editor Bob Schreck opined, "Frank is probably the most under-exploited, most sensitive writer this field has to offer".
Later career 
Beginning in 1996, he served as a Web site editor and streaming video producer at the Silicon Alley startup Gist TV (Gist.com). He later became a Web editor at Hachette Filipacchi, creating sites for Sound & Vision and Popular Photography magazines, and, from 2001 to 2004, at the Sci-Fi Channel television network, creating sites for Battlestar Galactica, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, The X-Files, The Incredible Hulk, Legend of Earthsea and other television shows, movies and miniseries. In 2002, he began a longtime association with Habitat magazine, writing about New York City real estate.
In 2005, Lovece and photographer Matthew Jordan Smith collaborated on the book Lost and Found, a photojournalistic record of families of abducted children and the work of The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
Since 2005, and as of 2013, Lovece in addition to his Newsday column and features has been a movie critic for Film Journal International. He had previously been a movie critic for the TV Guide website and for the northern New Jersey newspaper The Record.
- Lovece, Frank. TV Trivia: Thirty Years of Television (1984) New York: Beekman House / Publications International. ISBN 0-517-46367-9
- Lovece, Frank, with Jules Franco. Hailing Taxi: The Official Book of the Show (1988) New York: Prentice Hall Press ISBN 0-13-372103-5, ISBN 978-0-13-372103-4
- Edelstein, Andrew J., and Frank Lovece. The Brady Bunch Book (1990) New York: Warner Books. ISBN 0-446-39137-9
- Lovece, Frank (1992). The Television Yearbook. New York: Perigee Books / Putnam Publishing. ISBN 0-399-51702-2, ISBN 978-0-399-51702-0
- Lovece, Frank. The X-Files Declassified (1996) New York: Citadel Press. ISBN 0-8065-1745-X, ISBN 978-0-8065-1745-2
- Lovece, Frank. Godzilla: The Complete Guide to Moviedom's Mightiest Monster. Originally scheduled 1998 by William Morrow / Quill. ISBN 0-688-15603-7; ISBN 978-0-688-15603-9. Subjected to prior restraint in U.S.; released overseas.
- Smith, Michael Jordan (photographer), and Frank Lovece. Lost and Found (2006) New York: Filipacchi Publishing. ISBN 1-59975-611-0, ISBN 978-1-59975-611-0
- Lovece, Frank (December 22, 2006). "We Are Marshall". (movie review), Film Journal International. Archived from the original on July 18, 2011.
- "FrankLovece.com". (official site). Archived from the original on November 23, 2010.
- "Frank Lovece". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on July 22, 2010.
- The Washington Post, August 9, 1991: Style section, p.D6
- "The Atomic Age Opens: Selections from the Browne Library". Browne Popular Culture Library News. May 31, 1995. Archived from the original on June 10, 2010.
- Frank Lovece at the Grand Comics Database
- "Hellraiser Collection 06". Wowio.com. Archived from the original on July 11, 2011.
- Schreck, Bob. Dark Horse Presents #110 (June 1996), p. 9
- Frank Lovece at Habitat
- Lovece, Frank (2006, n.d.). "Behind the Scenes of Lost and Found". TakeGreatPictures.com. Archived from the original on November 23, 2010.
- "Lost and Found". National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. 2006, n.d. Archived from the original on November 23, 2010.
- Frank Lovece at Film Journal International
- Rotten Tomatoes: Frank Lovece
- Lovece, Frank (February 8, 1991). "Hearts, Flowers, Freeways". (review of L.A. Story), The Record. p. 5 (Lifestyle/Previews). Archived from the original on November 23, 2010. Via website The Compleat Steve.
- "Lovece, Frank" at The Unofficial Handbook of Marvel Comics Creators. Retrieved September 13, 2012. Archived from the original on September 13, 2012.
- "Comics". CliveBarker.com. Archived from the original on December 31, 2010.
- Meyer, Ken Jr. (March 15, 2010). "Nimbus 3 (Sept. 1977)". Ink Stains (column) 14, ComicAttack.net. Archived from the original on March 24, 2010.
- Lovece, Frank, ed. (September 1977). Nimbus (3). Archived from the original on July 25, 2011.
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