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Star Reach (also spelled Star*Reach) was an influential, American science fiction and fantasy comics anthology published from 1974 to 1979 by Mike Friedrich. It is unrelated to the early MS-DOS computer game of the same name.

Publication history

One of the first mainstream independent comic books, and the first with any significant distribution, Star*Reach bridged the gap between the countercultural underground comics and traditional Marvel/DC Comics fare, providing mature genre stories for an adult audience. The fan press of the time referred to this and the comics magazine Heavy Metal as "ground-level publications".[1] Along with such other examples as Flo Steinberg's Big Apple Comix, published in 1975, and Harvey Pekar's naturalistic Everyman series American Splendor, first published in 1976, Star*Reach was a forerunner of the late-1970s rise of the modern graphic novel, and of the 1980s' independent comics.

Eighteen issues were released between 1974 and 1979. Contributors included such Marvel and DC writers and artists as Howard Chaykin, Jim Starlin, and Barry Windsor-Smith. It also included prose short stories by such respected authors as Roger Zelazny, who wrote the 13-page "The Doors Of His Face, The Lamps Of His Mouth", with illustrations by Gray Morrow, in issue #12 (March 1978).

Friedrich's company grew into a small publishing house, also called Star*Reach, that published the comic book series Quack; Imagine; and Lee Marrs' Pudge, Girl Blimp, along with a number of one-shot comics. The company ceased publishing in 1979.

Eclipse Comics repackaged some of the original Star*Reach and Imagine material as Star*Reach Classics in 1984.

Contributors

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Johnny Achziger   •   Neal Adams   •   Jeff Bonivert   •   Frank Brunner   •   Howard Chaykin   •   Mark Cohen   •   Gene Day   •   Steve Englehart   •   Fabio Gasbarri   •   Michael T. Gilbert   •   Dick Giordano   •   Sitoshi Hirota   •   Robert Gould   •   Eric Kimball   •   Paul Kirchner   •   Steve Leialoha   •   Gray Lyda •   Lee Marrs   •   Al Milgrom   •   Jeffrey Morgan   •   Gray Morrow   •   Dean Motter   •   Masaichi Mukaide   •   Michael Netzer (Nasser)   •   P. Craig Russell   •   Dave Sim   •   Walt Simonson   •   Steve Skeates   •   Mary Skrenes   •   Bob Smith   •   Ken Steacy   •   Jim Starlin   •   Joe Staton   •   Mike Vosburg   •   Mal Warwick   •   Len Wein   •   Barry Windsor-Smith   •   Mark A. Worden   •   John Workman   •   Roger Zelazny

Footnotes

  1. Burchett, Rick, and Ed. Mantels, "Whizzard Talks to Steranko", Whizzard vol. 2, #11 [issue #16] (Summer 1978; published by Marty Klug, 5730 Chatport Road, St. Louis, Missouri), p.13

References

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