The Menomonee Falls Gazette

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The Menomonee Falls Gazette
Type weekly
Format tabloid newspaper
Founder(s) Jerry Sinkovec and Mike Tiefenbacher[1]
Publisher Street Enterprises
Editor-in-chief Mike Tiefenbacher (1971–1976)[2]
Founded December 13, 1971
Language English
Ceased publication March 3, 1978
City Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
Country U.S.
Circulation 1,300 (August 1976)[1]
Sister newspapers The Menomonee Falls Guardian
This ad for The Menomonee Falls Gazette ran in DC Comics in 1974.

The Menomonee Falls Gazette (subtitled "The international newspaper for comic art fans") was a weekly tabloid published in the 1970s by Street Enterprises that reprinted newspaper comic strips from United States and UK. Comic strips reprinted in this publication normally fell into the adventure and soap opera category. (Humor strips were collected in a sister publication, The Menomonee Falls Guardian.)[3] Typically, a full week's worth of a particular strip was collected on a single page of The Gazette. Although The Gazette was available via newsstand distribution, the bulk of their sales came from subscriptions.

Street Enterprises was the partnership of publisher Jerry Sinkovec and editor Mike Tiefenbacher, who ran the operation out of a storage trailer in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. Fans of adventure comic strips, which by the early 1970s had mostly disappeared from American newspapers, they started The Menomonee Falls Gazette to keep the genre alive.[1]

Contributing writers to The Menomonee Falls Gazette included R. C. Harvey. The publication is popular among comic strip collectors. Back issues are frequently put up for sale on eBay.

Publication history[edit]

A precursor to The Menomonee Falls Gazette was Edwin Aprill's Cartoonist Showcase (1968–1971),[4] which published reprints of Tarzan, Secret Agent Corrigan, Modesty Blaise, and James Bond.[5]

The first issue of The Menomonee Falls Gazette was published December 13, 1971.[6]

In the fall of 1972, The Gazette had 780 subscribers in 47 U.S. states, 10 countries, Midway Island, and Puerto Rico.[6] (By August 1976 the circulation of The Gazette was up to 1,600.)[1]

The Gazette published ballots for the 1973 Goethe Awards (for comics published in 1972).[7]

The Gazette published two issues of a free supplement called The Gazette-Adevertiser (one in 1973, and one in 1975) to attract more subscribers.

The June 2, 1975, issue featured a Jack Kirby interview.[8]

The final issue was published on March 3, 1978. (There were a total of 232 issues, but the final issue was mislabeled on the outside cover as #234.)

In November 1973,[9] Street Enterprises took over publishing the long-running comics fanzine The Comic Reader (originally started in 1961 under the title On the Drawing Board by the "Father of Comics Fandom" Jerry Bails).[10] With the cancellation of The Menomonee Falls Gazette, Street Enterprises moved many of the strips featured in The Gazette over to The Comic Reader.[11]

List of comic strips[edit]

Comic strips reprinted in The Menomonee Falls Gazette include:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Svoboda, Wayne. "Dynamic Duo Fights Fiercely," Milwaukee Sentinel (Aug. 27, 1976).
  2. ^ Tiefenbacher entry, Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999. Accessed Feb. 4, 2016.
  3. ^ Team Up[dead link]
  4. ^ Schelly, Bill. Founders of Comic Fandom: Profiles of 90 Publishers, Dealers, Collectors, Writers, Artists and Other Luminaries of the 1950s and 1960s (McFarland, 2010),pp. 55–56.
  5. ^ Cartoonist Showcase entry, Grand Comics Database. Accessed Feb. 19, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Englebert, John. "Remember Adventure Comics? They're in Print Again," Waukesha Daily Freeman (September 2, 1972), p. 19.
  7. ^ Miller, John Jackson. "GOETHE/COMIC FAN ART AWARD WINNERS, 1971-74," Comics Buyer's Guide (July 19, 2005). Archived September 20, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Dorf, Shel. "Let's Visit!," The Menomonee Falls Gazette #181.
  9. ^ With The Comic Reader #101 (November 1973).
  10. ^ Yutko, Nick. "1961," Absolute Elsewhere, Oct. 3, 1998. Archived 2009-10-15 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved July 16, 2008.
  11. ^ Beginning in The Comic Reader #164 (Jan. 1979).

Sources[edit]

  • T. Hegeman, editor. An Index to Articles Appearing in the Menomonee Falls Gazette and the Menomonee Falls Guardian (Oneonta, N.Y. : T. Hegeman, 1979). Created for CAPA-alpha #175; also distributed in APA-I #20.

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