Frank Miller’s first published work in Gold Key’s Twilight Zone #84. A question.
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On 5/10/2022 at 4:28 PM, NoMan said:

Did Miller do the whole book? Each story? Cover? Or just one story? If so, which story? 
 

thanks in advance. 

These might help:

https://www.comics.org/issue/32321/

http://readallcomics.com/the-twilight-zone-84/

 

 

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One story only a few pages as I recall.  Hens tooth rare in 9.2 or above.  High Grade collectors are usually happy if they even able to find  7.5's or 8.0's. Also 1 Miller story in #85, again all but impossible to find in 9.2 or above.

Sent mine in last Oct perhaps they will be back this coming Oct???

 

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Does Twilight Zone 84 beat out Weird War Tales 64 as Miller’s first? GCD has them both at June 1978? (shrug)

Weird War Tales # 64.jpg

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On 5/11/2022 at 9:20 AM, Jayman said:

Does Twilight Zone 84 beat out Weird War Tales 64 as Miller’s first? GCD has them both at June 1978? (shrug)

Weird War Tales # 64.jpg

I think they are released in same month, but obviously Frank Himself would have corrected this a long time ago if it was inaccurate. Also Twilight Zone 84 has no published credits, he is tentatively credited with the three-page story "Royal Feast"  and the writer is unknown.. 

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On 5/11/2022 at 6:44 PM, NoMan said:

I wonder what the source is for the info FM did the pages in 84? 

Merely curiosity? Or is there another reason for asking?

Overstreet has noted it for at least 28 years.  I went back to 1994 the oldest one I have handy.  I first recall seeing it mentioned in the early-mid 1990s in CBG (Comic Buyers Guide).  Miller has confirmed it as well in interviews.  For a long time no one seemed to care that much about the Zone issues, but in moderns times its must have 1st this and 1st that. 

Serling by Miller - Cool!

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On 5/11/2022 at 9:20 AM, Jayman said:

Does Twilight Zone 84 beat out Weird War Tales 64 as Miller’s first? GCD has them both at June 1978? (shrug)

 

While same cover date (or cover code for GK's), As I recall reading Gold Keys books at the time were distributed for sale 4-5 months prior to cover date and Marvel and DC was approx 3 months.  Any GK/Whitman/Western experts here?

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On 5/11/2022 at 7:13 PM, MAR1979 said:

Merely curiosity? Or is there another reason for asking?

Overstreet has noted it for at least 28 years.  I went back to 1994 the oldest one I have handy.  I first recall seeing it mentioned in the early-mid 1990s in CBG (Comic Buyers Guide).  Miller has confirmed it as well in interviews.  For a long time no one seemed to care that much about the Zone issues, but in moderns times its must have 1st this and 1st that. 

Serling by Miller - Cool!

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Curiosity. Thank you. 

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On 5/12/2022 at 3:23 PM, NoMan said:

Curiosity. Thank you. 

In my opinion the Zones and the Weird War are not indicative of what would follow for Miller. Peter Parker 27-28 interiors we saw good solid glimpses but for my eyes the first time Miller truly looked like Miller is Daredevil 158.

 

 

Anyone know who inked Miller on those Twilight Zone issues?

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Mike's Amazing World gives Weird War Tales #64's release date as 7 March 1978 and Twilight Zone #84's as 6 April 1978.  GCD credits Miller as penciller and inker of the story in TZ #85, with -script from Arnold Drake.

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On 5/18/2022 at 1:50 PM, Mr bla bla said:

Since when has that become hot / un vougue: chasing iconic artists first book or early work? 

Not sure sure when it became "hot" but at least for Miller after Overstreet noted Zone's #84 (and 85) it in the Mid 1990's it became a curiosity for some collectors.  Nowadays its 1st this 1st that in an endless loop. I personally am more a fan seeking out definitive and or historical works by a Comic artist.

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So speaking of Zone #85 as child i picked my copy up from a comic vendor at an indoor flea market around the time of the 1983 Film.  I recall the dealer had half a long box full of GK Zones and #85 I though was in nicest shape. I recall paying $2.50 which at the time for me was no small amount.  If and when it is ever graded and returns from CGC we'll see how well I did with that original purchase price :) 

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