Photo: Ron Barlow & Bernie Wrightson c. 1974
R.I.P. Ron Barlow (1949-2022).
Ron commissioned and published Bernie Wrightson's Badtime Stories, the first deluxe comic fanzine devoted to a single artist.
Ron worked as an editor at Woody Gelman's Nostalgia Press, where he edited hardcover reprints of classic comic strips including the finest Alex Raymond Flash Gordon strips. It was at Nostalgia Press that Ron edited EC: Horror Comics of the 1950s.
Ron and his partner, Bruce Hershenson, published the earliest full-color EC reprints, under the East Coast Comix imprint.
In 1972 , Ron and Bruce staged the first and only EC Comics convention, attended by most of the EC staff. For that convention, they published EC Lives, a collection of articles about EC Comics written by EC creators.
Ron was active in Star Trek fandom, and owned and operated the Federation Trading Post in Manhattan c. 1973.
Joel's contacted other friends of Barlow's on Facebook for their reminiscences. Here's Bruce Hershenson's: