ACE Is the Place
Jon B. Cooke, a familiar name to folks who enjoy reading about the stories behind
the comics, is editing a new magazine called ACE — All Comics Evaluated that launches in March. The moniker is meant to indicate both that each issue will include a price guide and that stuff from across the incredibly wide spectrum of today's comics scene will be covered. I have a retrospective in the first issue on Robin the Boy Wonder, whose 75th anniversary is nigh.
You might have seen me ask a couple of months ago for anyone in possession of the expanded Web version of a Robin article I ran in Comicology back in 2000 to please contact me. I'd truly been asking for a friend, no wink-wink nudge-nudge about it, but as it turns out he had to step aside and the assignment landed in my lap. Not wanting to repeat myself, I wrote this new retrospective from scratch; of course, with so much in the world of Boy (and Girl) Wonders having gone down in the past 15 years — and this being a different venue with different demands on the tone of the piece — that was sort-of mandatory regardless.
Copies of the first issue and/or a monthly pull can be reserved at your local comics shop, if you're lucky enough to have one, although initial orders for that first issue are due today. I don't have subscription-by-mail info yet, and there's none at the magazine's site or its Facebook page at this writing, but I shall certainly pass that along when I can and post here again when the issue hits the racks in March. While I don't have anything in the second issue, from the third on I'll probably be a regular presence, and I sincerely hope to be writing about Robin's 100th anniversary in another quarter-century's time.