Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Epic Illustrated

Bimonthly bedsheet-size 98-page, Comic-strip and art magazine (1980-1986), ed Archie Goodwin. Subtitled The Marvel Magazine of Fantasy and Science-Fiction, EI was created in response to the popularity of Heavy Metal. Its aim was to offer US comics writers and artists a wider scope for their creations than was possible in Marvel Comics's regular line, and in this sense it was successful, being one factor that led Marvel to set up its Epic series of comic books. Nevertheless EI's content was uneven, although many issues had covers by some of the best US comics and other artists, including Frank Frazetta, Neal Adams, Barry Windsor-Smith, Jeffrey Jones, Mike Kaluta and John Bolton.

The content was mostly fantasy, with some sf; frequently several pages were devoted to Fantasy-Art portfolios. Contributors of strips included Adams, Vaughn Bode (1941-1975), Howard Chaykin, Frank Brunner (1949-    ), Richard Corben, Kaluta, Bernie Wrightson and Charles Vess. [RT]

This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.