(1996)

Image, 1996 Series
Published in English (United States) United States
 
Price
19.95 USD; 27.50 CAD
Pages
196
On-sale Date
1996-07
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Homage Comics
Brand
Homage Comics
ISBN
0-9653290-0-3 Search at WorldCat
Barcode
9780965329002 90000
Printer
Printed in Canada
Editing
Ann Busiek (credited as Ann Huntington Busiek) (managing editor)
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock
cardstock cover; glossy interior
Binding
softcover
Publishing Format
collected edition

Issue Notes

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Astro City / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Alex Ross (credited) (painting)
Inks
Alex Ross (credited) (painting)
Colors
Alex Ross (credited) (painting)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Samaritan
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Introduction (Table of Contents: 1)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Kurt Busiek (credited)
Letters
typeset

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In Dreams (Table of Contents: 2)

Astro City / comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script
Kurt Busiek (credited)
Pencils
Brent Anderson (credited as Brent E. Anderson)
Inks
Brent Anderson (credited as Brent E. Anderson)
Colors
Steve Buccellato (credited); Electric Crayon (credited)
Letters
Richard Starkings (credited); John Roshell (credited as Comicraft's John Gaushell)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In my dreams I fly.
Genre
superhero
Characters
Samaritan [Asa Martin]; Rich; Karen; Shakira; Dr. Saturday; Honor Guard [MPH; The Black Rapier; Cleopatra; Quarrel [Jessica Darlene Taggart]; N-Forcer; Beautie]; The Menagerie Gang [Foxy Loxy]; Ms. Cavendish; The Living Nightmare
Synopsis
Though Samaritan devotes every moment of his waking day to using his great powers to aid humanity, it is only in dreams that he can enjoy them.
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Indexer Notes

The Biro Island in the story is most likely an homage to comics creator Charles Biro. Jack-in-the-Box's name appears in a newspaper's headline. The Irregulars appear on a page pinned on Asa Martin's office wall. Asa Martin is assigned an article on the First Family to proof-check. Gnomes, The Deacon, and Pyramid are discussed at an Honor Guard meeting.

The Scoop (Table of Contents: 3)

Astro City / comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script
Kurt Busiek (credited)
Pencils
Brent Anderson (credited as Brent E. Anderson)
Inks
Brent Anderson (credited as Brent E. Anderson)
Colors
Steve Buccellato (credited); Electric Crayon (credited)
Letters
Richard Starkings (credited); John Roshell (credited as Comicraft's John Gaushell)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The salary's acceptable, then?
Genre
superhero
Characters
Eliot Mills; The Silver Agent; Jack Meskin; Karnus; Shirak the Devourer; The Honor Guard [Max O'Millions; Cleopatra; Leopardman; Kitkat; Starwoman; The N-Forcer; The Bouncing Beatnik]; The Old Soldier
Synopsis
Newspaper editor Eliot Mills explains the meaning of the brief, seemingly insignificant article he has framed on his wall to a novice reporter.
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Indexer Notes

Samaritan's battle with The Living Nightmare headlines a newspaper. Other newspaper headlines include references to The First Family, Commando K, and The Experimentals. Eliot Mills' cup says "World's Finest Granddad" in the style of the classic World's Finest Comics logo. In 1959, The Frontiersman advertises cigarettes. Homages include Briefer's, Toth's Fineries, Maneely's, Tripp's, Jack Meskin, Elias Street Station, Feldstein's Bar & Grill, and Iger Square Station. In Mills' story, The Lamplighter and The All-American are referred to as having just retired in 1959. The Silver Agent's tragic fate is obliquely referred to.

A Little Knowledge (Table of Contents: 4)

Astro City / comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script
Kurt Busiek (credited)
Pencils
Brent Anderson (credited as Brent E. Anderson)
Inks
Brent Anderson (credited as Brent E. Anderson)
Colors
Steve Buccellato (credited); Electric Crayon (credited)
Letters
Richard Starkings (credited); John Roshell (credited as Comicraft's John Gaushell)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
This is the greatest city in the world.
Genre
superhero
Characters
Jack-in-the-Box [Zachary Johnson]; Andrew Eisenstein; Tamra Dixon; The Deacon; Quarrel [Jessica Darlene Taggart]
Synopsis
A small-time crook sees Jack-in-the-Box unmasked and has to decide what to do with that knowledge.
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Indexer Notes

Homages in this story include the Chesler neighborhood, Biro Island, Craig Avenue Bar & Grill, Ingels Street, Davis Grocers, Kamen's Deli, and Elder's Gym. Winged Victory, The Confessor, Boilermaker, The Middleman, and Samaritan are mentioned in the story.

Safeguards (Table of Contents: 5)

Astro City / comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script
Kurt Busiek (credited)
Pencils
Brent Anderson (credited as Brent E. Anderson)
Inks
Brent Anderson (credited as Brent E. Anderson)
Colors
Steve Buccellato (credited); Electric Crayon (credited)
Letters
Richard Starkings (credited); John Roshell (credited as Comicraft's John Gaushell)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Morning in Shadow Hill, below the looming bulk of Mount Kirby's eastern face--Shadow Hill, where night falls first in Astro City.
Genre
superhero
Characters
Marta; The Hanged Man; Mr. Irons; Winged Victory; Darcy Conroy; Shellie; Jenny; Mama (Marta's mother); Nicu (Marta's father); First Family [Nick Furst; Natalie Furst; Julius Furst; Augustus Furst; Rex]; Unholy Alliance [Demolitia; Flamethrower; Glowworm; Spice; Slamburger]
Synopsis
Each morning Marta commutes from Shadow Hill to downtown Astro City. But when a co-worker offers her a place in her apartment in town, Marta has to choose between her traditional life at home and life in the city.
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Indexer Notes

Homages in this story include Mount Kirby, Grandenetti Ave., Kiefer St., Szenic's Market, Fass Gardens, Rensie Avenue, Derbyfield, Binderbeck Plaza, and the Grant, Miller, Conroy, McConnell & Ingersoll law firm. Honor Guard and Samaritan are mentioned in the story.

Reconnaissance (Table of Contents: 6)

Astro City / comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script
Kurt Busiek (credited)
Pencils
Brent Anderson (credited as Brent E. Anderson)
Inks
Brent Anderson (credited as Brent E. Anderson)
Colors
Steve Buccellato (credited)
Letters
Richard Starkings (credited); John Roshell (credited as Comicraft's John Gaushell)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Once upon a time... there was a little old man who lived in an undistinguished rooming house on the north side of Astro City.
Genre
superhero
Characters
Mr. Bridwell; Astro City Irregulars [El Robo; Palmetto; Ruby; Juice; Homegirl; Stray]; Crackerjack [Eugene Wallace]; Samaritan; Starwoman; Gnomicron; Quarrel [Jessica Darlene Taggart]; Steel Devil; Jack-in-the-Box; Nightingale; Sunbird
Synopsis
An alien disguised as a human gathers information to report to his superiors about the superheroes of Earth, including, to his surprise, his neighbor Crackerjack.
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Indexer Notes

Also listed under Color Art & Separations are several other people, most not by their full names. Mr. Bridwell is named after longtime DC editor E. Nelson Bridwell. Homages in this story include Nordling's Department Store and Klein St. Cleopatra's battle with Gnomicron headlines a newspaper. Starwoman appears on a cover of Current, the magazine where Samaritan works. The alien has a file on Confessor, but no pictures. On the walls of his apartment, Mr. Bridwell has articles mentioning the First Family and N-Forcer. According to Mr. Bridwell's computer, Jessica Darlene Taggart is Quarrel II.

Dinner at Eight (Table of Contents: 7)

Astro City / comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script
Kurt Busiek (credited)
Pencils
Brent Anderson (credited as Brent E. Anderson)
Inks
Brent Anderson (credited as Brent E. Anderson)
Colors
Steve Buccellato (credited)
Letters
Richard Starkings (credited); John Roshell (credited as Comicraft's John Gaushell)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The zyxometer, still working in my office gives me the news: there's a securities heist in progress at the Astro City Stock Exchange.
Genre
superhero
Characters
Samaritan; Winged Victory; N-Forcer; Quarrel [Jessica Darlene Taggart]; Cleopatra; The Black Napier; MPH; Beautie; Crackerjack; Goldenboy; First Family [Rex; Nick Furst; Natalie Furst; Astra Furst; Julius Furst; Augustus Furst]
Synopsis
Samaritan and Winged Victory go on a date, but end up discussing business. Samaritan tells how he came to the present from the future to prevent the space shuttle disaster in 1986, but when he returned to his time, it had changed and he no longer existed there. Winged Victory grows frustrated with the differences between her and Samaritan, but they come to an understanding and seal it with a kiss before heading back to work.
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Indexer Notes

Also listed under Color Art & Separations are several other people as "& Pals." Samaritan refers to a battle with Eterneon. Homages in this story include Judge Marston, Senator Haney, Goscinny's Fine Dining, Stallman Street, Arriola's Taco Cafe, and Sekowsky Street.

Infrastructure (Table of Contents: 8)

text article / 11 pages (report information)

Script
Kurt Busiek (credited)
Pencils
Alex Ross (credited) (illustrations); Brent Anderson (credited as Brent E. Anderson) (illustrations)
Letters
typeset

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[Issue #1 Cover] (Table of Contents: 9)

Astro City / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Alex Ross (credited) (painting)
Inks
Alex Ross (credited) (painting)
Colors
Alex Ross (credited) (painting)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Samaritan
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[Issue #2 Cover] (Table of Contents: 10)

Astro City / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Alex Ross (credited) (painting)
Inks
Alex Ross (credited) (painting)
Colors
Alex Ross (credited) (painting)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Silver Agent; Eliot Mills
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[Issue #3 Cover] (Table of Contents: 11)

Astro City / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Alex Ross (credited) (painting)
Inks
Alex Ross (credited) (painting)
Colors
Alex Ross (credited) (painting)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Jack-in-the-Box
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[Issue #4 Cover] (Table of Contents: 12)

Astro City / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Alex Ross (credited) (painting)
Inks
Alex Ross (credited) (painting)
Colors
Alex Ross (credited) (painting)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Winged Victory; Marta
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[Issue #5 Cover] (Table of Contents: 13)

Astro City / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Alex Ross (credited) (painting)
Inks
Alex Ross (credited) (painting)
Colors
Alex Ross (credited) (painting)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Crackerjack
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[Issue #6 Cover] (Table of Contents: 14)

Astro City / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Alex Ross (credited) (painting)
Inks
Alex Ross (credited) (painting)
Colors
Alex Ross (credited) (painting)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Samaritan; Winged Victory
Reprints
Editing
Related Scans
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Astro City
  2. 1. Introduction
  3. 2. In Dreams
    Astro City
  4. 3. The Scoop
    Astro City
  5. 4. A Little Knowledge
    Astro City
  6. 5. Safeguards
    Astro City
  7. 6. Reconnaissance
    Astro City
  8. 7. Dinner at Eight
    Astro City
  9. 8. Infrastructure
  10. 9. [Issue #1 Cover]
    Astro City
  11. 10. [Issue #2 Cover]
    Astro City
  12. 11. [Issue #3 Cover]
    Astro City
  13. 12. [Issue #4 Cover]
    Astro City
  14. 13. [Issue #5 Cover]
    Astro City
  15. 14. [Issue #6 Cover]
    Astro City
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