Wizard Presents: Kurt Busiek's Astro City No.1/2
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Story Title: "The Nearness of You"
Cover Date: 1996
Cover Price: None. This was a coupon offer issue (submitters paid shipping charges) with Wizard Magazine #62. Package included two tear sheets of Astro City Travel/Tourist promotional literature, and a certificate-of-authenticity from the publishers.
Credits: Kurt Busiek (Writer), Brent Anderson (Pencils and Cover Art), Will Blyberg (Inker), Comicraft's John Roshell (Lettering and Design), Alex Sinclair & Wildstorm FX (Colors), Ann Huntington Busiek (Managing Editor), Len Kaminski (Story Idea)
Publisher: Homage Comics and Gareb Shamus Enterprises (Wizard)
Michael Tenicek*, Jack-in-the-Box (Zachary Johnson), The Razorhawks*, The Hanged Man, The All-American*, Slugger*, The Time-Keeper*, The Tempus Fugitives*, Eterneon*, The Silver Agent, M.P.H., Samaritan, Winged Victory, The First Family (Augustus Furst, Julius Furst, Natalie Furst, Nick Furst), The Lamplighter*, The Old Soldier, Starwoman, The N-Forcer, Beautie, The Halcyon Hippie*
* denotes first appearance
Narrative Voice: This story is told from the third person.
Date of Story: The story starts in 1996, spans several months, and then diverts to a brief flashback from 1943. It mingles with several dream sequences that tap into a darker, alternate time stream.
Astro-naut Captures Ersatz Ed
Notes: The book also featured a four page sketch gallery, showing the process of a page from script, to page setup, to penciling to lettering. Events: This issue's Events & Annotations list.