The Comics Buyer’s Guide: 1971-2013

Robert Greenberger

Robert Greenberger is best known to comics fans as the editor of Who's Who In The DC Universe, Suicide Squad, and Doom Patrol. He's written and edited several Star Trek novels and is the author of The Essential Batman Encyclopedia. He's known for his work as an editor for Comics Scene, Starlog, and Weekly World News, as well as holding executive positions at both Marvel Comics and DC Comics.

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9 Responses

  1. Martha Thomases says:

    Maggie Thompson is one of my heroes, and it’s always an honor when someone confuses me for her.

  2. George Haberberger says:

    It is a shame the CBG is ceasing but I let my own subscription lapse a about 4 years ago because of all the news on the internet.

    By the way, I am currently reading a book named, “The Holy or the Broken” about the Leonard Cohen song, Hallelujah. It is written by Alan Light. Does anyone know if this is the same Alan Light that started CBG?

  3. Alan Light says:

    Thank you for the very nice article. One minor correction: The Alan Light who is a music writer is a different guy.

  4. Paul1963 says:

    Sad news. I was a subscriber for over 20 years, but accidentally allowed it to lapse in late 2011. I kept meaning to renew, but never got around to it. The Internet really did make CBG superfluous as a news source, but the columns remained a steady source of enjoyment each month.

  5. Vince Argondezzi says:

    The end of an Era…

  6. JosephW says:

    I’m sorry to see the zine end. I must admit when I got my first renewal notice this past summer I ultimately decided against renewing as I’d already read most of the “news” weeks before the issue ever arrived, and I was largely reading little more than the reviews (which, in some cases, were for titles that had come out 6 months prior–of course, that wasn’t as much of a problem with the reviews for the TPBs and OGNs) and some of the “special” columns, especially “Ask Mr Silver Age” and “Dear Captain” as well as the comic strips. Even reading “Oh, So?” didn’t seem as important, especially after the zine went to the monthly format.

    As it turns out, renewal would’ve been a bittersweet deal. Choosing not to renew meant my final issue would be #1697 (Jan 2013). If I extended with a 1-year renewal, that would make my last issue #1709 (Jan 2014). As we now know, the last issue to be published will be #1699.

    I do think it’s a bit silly to stop at #1699, though.

  7. Rick Keating says:

    I received CBG #1699 in the mail today (Jan. 14), and it’s clear that it wasn’t published with the intention of being the last issue. On the bottom of page 4, there’s a blurb for issue 1700. Seems a bit odd that the folks at CBG wouldn’t acknowledge the final issue in the final issue. Looks like the decision to end publication was arbitrarily imposed on CBG by F+W Media. You’d think they’d let Maggie and company have a “farewell” issue.

    As to “Wizard”, to the best of my recollection, I’ve only read one issue. So it was never a “must read” title for me. On the other hand, I’ve had a CBG subscription (initially shared with two co-workers) since the mid 1990s.

    Ironically, I found I had less time to read the monthly incarnation of CBG than the weekly version, which I’d read cover to cover during lunch. That was especially true of the 200+ page issues in the early days of the monthly format. I’d try to read them cover to cover, but after a while, gave up. I still read all the columns, but I got into the habit of skimming a lot of other stuff. Issue 1699 is 58 pages. A more manageable chunk than 200+ pages. Maybe I’d have done less skimming these last few years if I hadn’t gotten in the habit back in the 200 page days.

    I wonder if it might have been better had CBG remained a weekly? That, combined with the website, might have kept it viable.