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ACE logo -- three letters in circle

I’m happy to help spread the word that Jon B. Cooke, a familiar name to folks who enjoy reading about the stories behind the comics, is helming a new magazine called ACE — All Comics Evaluated set to launch 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 wrote a retro-spective on Robin the Boy Wonder for the first issue, as his 75th anniversary is nigh.

You might have seen me ask a couple of months ago for anybody 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 started 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 issue are due soon. I’ve no mail-subscription 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 first issue hits the racks in March. While I don't have anything in the second, I’ve already booked assignments for the next couple after that. And I sincerely hope to be writing about Robin's 100th anniversary somewhere in another quarter-century's time.

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