(December 1992)

Now, 1992 Series
Volume:
1
Price:
2.50 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
?
Brand:
Now Comics
Barcode:
?
Editing:
Tony Caputo (Editor in chief); Joan Weis (Editor)
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Modern Age US
Binding:
saddle-stitched

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Kato / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Val Mayerik (signed) (painting)
Inks:
Val Mayerik (signed) (painting)
Colors:
Val Mayerik (signed) (painting)
Letters:
?

Genre:
martial arts
Characters:
Ned Karthage; Hayashi Kato; Faye Ripien

Karthage Must Be Destroyed (Table of Contents)

Kato of the Green Hornet / comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script:
Mike Baron
Pencils:
Val Mayerik
Inks:
James Sherman
Colors:
Suzanne Dechnik
Letters:
Andrea Albert

Genre:
martial arts; crime
Characters:
Hayashi Kato; Paul Reid; Sandy Sragow; Ned Karthage; Spitting Cobras (villains); Faye Ripien (villain); Rex (villain)
Synopsis:
Concluded from last issue: Kato spots the archer and catches the arrow. The bowman, dressed like a ninja, escapes easily. Hayashi gets Sragow and two more playmates back into the hotel, but a room service deliverer turns out to be another assassin, joined by three others coming through the window from the balcony above. They all fail. Kato takes an unenthusiastic Sragow to a rural monastery, then travels to Ned Karthage's country home. The big man doesn't like his property being invaded, but convinces Kato that Faye Ripien would frame him. Late at night, Hayashi sneaks into her office and finds documents that explain everything, but she and Rex, who was the archer, walk in on him. He defeats Rex and turns both over to the authorities. At the monastery, Sragow announces that with the help of acupuncture treatments he is clean and feeling great. Kato tells him the truth: a routine but contractually required physical examination had revealed the rock star to be HIV positive. His dying slowly in a hospital would not have released Faye from legal obligations that would have cost her a fortune, but his being murdered would have. Kato goes home, and both he and Paul decide to get tested.

Indexer Notes

A third Kato solo adventure ("Kato III") was prepared, written again by Mike Baron and with fully painted interior art by Anthony "Bob" Bilau, announced first as a two-issue miniseries, then as a graphic novel (this subtitled "Dragons in Eden"); however, it was left unpublished when NOW ceased operations after January 1995 cover date releases.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

What NOW? / promo (ad from the publisher) / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
Typeset; ? (for logos)

Characters:
Various
Synopsis:
Listings for sixteen NOW Comics releases, including cover repros for fifteen, three 3-D specials without covers, two versions of two others (the alternates have their own covers), creative talent credits for all, and also a listing for a Speed Racer video, with cover repro.

Indexer Notes

This feature, a centerspread between pages 13 & 14 of Sequence 1, appeared in most NOW releases cover dated October 1992-May 1993, usually but not always in the center.

Kato II Letters (Table of Contents)

letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Joan Weis
Colors:
?
Letters:
Typeset; ? (for logos)

Synopsis:
Letters from readers Delmo (the Saint) Walters, Jr., Jacob Gilbert and Dave Evans, commenting on issue #1 of this series, with editorial replies.

Indexer Notes

There is no explanation as to how NOW received letters about last month's issue in time for them to see print here; the feature has a yellow background, with black and red used for the logo.

Show Stoppers (Table of Contents)

photo story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (photos)
Inks:
? (photos)
Colors:
? (photos)
Letters:
Typeset; ? (for logos)

Synopsis:
Photos of NOW Comics creative talent, Mr. T (then the subject of a NOW comic), TV's Green Hornet Van Williams and fans at various then-recent comic conventions, with captions. There is also a boxed list of NOW's regular staff.

Indexer Notes

This feature appeared on the last interior page of most NOW releases cover dated October 1992-March 1993.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Kato
  2. 1. Karthage Must Be Destroyed
    Kato of the Green Hornet
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
    What NOW?
  4. 3. Kato II Letters
  5. 4. Show Stoppers
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Ted Watson
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Ted Watson