Graphic Story Magazine

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This 1974 cover was Howard Nostrand's first humorous horror art since his stories for Harvey Comics' Flip during the early 1950s.

Graphic Story Magazine was an American magazine edited and published by Bill Spicer in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

As writer and historian Steve Grant describes the magazine's roots,

Out in California, Bill Spicer created a truly wonderful fanzine with no specific orientation, Fantasy Illustrated, that had as much in common with the nascent underground comics as with the mainstream. By the early 70s, Spicer positioned himself as a progressive force and changed the name to Graphic Story Magazine ... [and] started a newsletter called Graphic Story World.[1]

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There were nine issues of Graphic Story Magazine with pages per issue varying from 32 pages to the 64-page Basil Wolverton issue #14 (Winter 1971-72) which featured Wolverton's Powerhouse Pepper, Shock Shannon, The Story of Man, The Counter Culture, Common Types of Barflize and Wolverton caricatures, plus an interview with Wolverton.

The run ended with #16 (Summer 1974), which included "The Wishing World" by Mark Evanier and John Pound, "Routine" by George Metzger, a story by Bob Powell (Colorama) and Bhob Stewart's interview with artist Howard Nostrand (later reprinted in The Comics Journal). The front cover by Nostrand showed a decaying, skeletal comic book artist returning from the grave to deliver a completed story to a comic book publisher.


The newsletterGraphic Story World became Wonderworld. Spicer later teamed with Evanier to edit and publish Fanfare, covering popular culture in general.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Grant, Steven (October 27, 1999). "Master of the Obvious, Issue #13". Comic Book Resources. (column). Archived from the original on August 15, 2011.  (requires scrolldown)

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