Ian Rakoff

Author: Ian Rakoff (Screenwriter, editor and comic book collector)
I have no inclination to justify my interest in comics. It’s enough to read them. In childhood the American comics were unique. It was similar to Hollywood. Though conceived in other countries, America was where the culture developed and flourished. The size, the shape and the substance of the American comic book opened a world of retreat, ownership and collectability.I relished smelling a...
Author: Ian Rakoff (Screenwriter, editor and comic book collector)
It’s always miffed me slightly. So many females in my life had been derisory about my attachment to comics, except my fiancée Erica – we were together during my exile into the comic book wilderness. For five years I abstained; I didn’t read, buy or refer to comics. When Erica left me I despaired. Without her everything seemed pointless. I contemplated suicide. The breakup...
Author: Ian Rakoff (Screenwriter, editor and comic book collector)
The initial connection with a comic book milieu was in the early 1970s. I’d been evicted from my pokey little flat in the World’s End, Chelsea; bath in the kitchen, shared lavatory, paraffin heater, the relentless roar of traffic and the smell of pollution – bad news for someone with an asthma history. However, compared to living on the jungle green slopes of Table Mountain...
Author: Ian Rakoff (Screenwriter, editor and comic book collector)
Sometime soon after the dissolution of my marriage plans I drifted into the Fulham Road Popular Book Exchange and while rummaging found masses of contemporary and old American comics. I opened one of the earliest issues of The Amazing Spider-Man and was instantly hooked.I scoured the Book Exchanges across London and scooped up a load of vintage items. I checked for that Captain Marvel Adventures...
Author: Ian Rakoff (Screenwriter, editor and comic book collector)
My childhood collection of comic books survived intact until I was poised to start studying architecture at the University of Cape Town. My big problem was; my mother disapproved of the comics. Mom wanted a law passed against grown boys reading comics. My father said that was enough, and mom kept quiet.L Mabusela never had a bad word to say about comic books. Confined to my sickbed I was...