RIP Wizard Magazine 1991-2011

Published on January 25th, 2011

wizard1On Monday Gareb Shamus announced that Wizard:The Guide To Comics and Toyfare will no loner be in print production.For many of us who grew up in the 90’s (pre-Facebook,Myspace) our only big comic news outlet was Wizard: The Guide to Comics. Wizard  started in 1991 by Gareb Shamus and Stephen Shamus and over a period of 20 years proceeded to do something unheard of before with a comics magazine. They got a different artist each month to draw the cover that incorporated characters not only from the big 2 but also from smaller publishers.

They made the point of if you were in Wizard you were a name in comics. A large part of the success of the magazine itself was due to the comic boom of the 90’s where you saw a lot  of comic super stars emerge more as rock stars to the public rather then just considered geeky artist or writers ,in fact most of the founders of Image who jumped ship  from Marvel and DC are among that list. Not only could you get news stories and interviews with artist and writers but they also gave you toy news, movie updates and a price guide at the back of the magazine. In later years  people felt that the magazine tended to lose sight of what the comic community really wanted to read about and seemed to stretch themselves by taking on Con’s and focusing more on Comic Book Hollywood franchises.Wizard ends with Issue#235.

I can tell you that this was the first magazine I ever subscribed to as a kid and I have spent many hours face first into a ton of articles published by Wizard. While many people had lost hope for the once a month publication I still saw a ton of potential in them to turn it around.In fact I can safely say that if it wasn’t for Wizard Comic Impact would not be here.I wish every one over there the best of luck on turning the Wizard web site into something more productive with Wizard World. I also hope they remember the essentials that they started off with while regrouping  for their online publication in February as that was the heart of a great comics news publication!

Sheldon Lee

Sheldon@comicimpact.com