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By Brian Jacks


SLG Publishing announced this week that Scott Saavedra¹s cult magazine, Comic Book Heaven, would have its early and long out of print self-published issues collected in a hardcover format titled Flee, Puny Humans! The Comic Book Heaven Collection.

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Comic Book Heaven debuted in 1996 as a side-project of Scott Saavedra, a life-long comics fan and professional graphic designer who is best known to comics readers as the creator of the series It's Science with Dr. Radium, Dr. Radium, Man of Science, and Java Town.

Saavedra describes CBH as "a smart-alec tour guide pointing out the least-traveled and most under appreciated corners of a still largely misunderstood popular culture realm: the comic book. I also think it's kind of funny but that's just me."

Comic Book Heaven was originally produced as a E-zine for seven issues, from 1995 to 1998, before being published by Slave Labor Graphics as a semi-annual digest-sized magazine, now on its eighth issue (due later this month). Saavedra has found over the years that there are many other collectors of these strange old comics likehimself, and has developed many friendships as a result of the magazine. Rick Bradford of Indy Magazine has described it as "an unabashed celebration of comic books at their goofiest." And Diamond Comics' Previews magazine said it is "a hilarious gem that's perfect for anyone who loves vintage comics or strange looks into pop culture. Scott Saavedra dissects the comics of bygone days with scalpel-like wit tempered with a genuine love for the material."

Saavedra describes the genesis of the book in this way: "When I was young, I was quickly seduced by comics and never hesitated to take them seriously. At some point, while reading an old issue of Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen (wherein Superman briefly turns into a mole), it suddenly dawned on me that comic books were deeply and truly strange (and in the most wonderful, entertaining kind of way). It was then that I knew in my heart that I had to find a way to exploit this epiphany for my own ends. I had always wanted to create my own magazine and now I had the perfect subject: the moldy pile of comic books piled high in my home!"

This new collection will contain the best of the material from the self-published issues, with revised text and an improved design. Included will be such features as "Me Am Weird," Scott's sardonic summaries of strange plotlines; his Monstrous Marvel Chart, comparing creatures from Silver Age Marvel Comics; "Tough Talk," citing his favorite lines from comic-book crooks, unintentionally hilarious ads, and many more fun looks at comic books of the past.

Flee, Puny Humans! The Comic Book Heaven Collection is a 112-page Hardcover book with a retail price of $19.95. It will be available in finer book stores and comics specialty shops everywhere in March 2003.


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