Move over, Spiderman, it's Amy vs. Joey

April 03, 1993|By Beth Hannan | Beth Hannan,Contributing Writer

The names of Mary Jo and Joey Buttafuoco were misspelle yesterday in an article on the front page of the Saturday section.

The Sun regrets the error.

As if three TV movies, endless talk shows and countless jokes aren't enough, now there are two Amy Fisher comic books.

Yes, the lurid saga of how Amy Fisher tried to kill Mary Jo Buttafucco, the wife of her alleged lover, Joey Buttafucco, will soon be available at comic book stores, courtesy of Eclipse Comics and First Amendment Publishing.

FOR THE RECORD - CORRECTION

"We thought things would die down to a certain extent, but [the media coverage of Fisher] just keeps going on and on," said Beau Smith, vice president of sales and marketing for Eclipse.

Both companies have a history of dealing with real-life figures. Eclipse Comics began five years ago with Iran-contra trading cards, the first in a series of current-event cards, which each featured a drawing of a Iran-contra participant and a description of his role.

Eclipse's version of the Amy Fisher story, depicted in "True Crime Comics No. 2," is based on trial transcripts, so readers can make up their own minds about the case. It will be in comic book stores in late June.

Neither the Fisher family nor the Buttafuccos would cooperate with either company's comic book.

First Amendment Publishing was founded in response to legislation passed in Nassau County, N.Y., that restricted the sale of some types of trading cards. In 1992 the company released "Sex Maniacs!" trading cards, featuring historical figures such as the Marquis de Sade and Caligula, specifically so that the American Civil Liberties Union could challenge the law. The case is still pending in court.

First Amendment's "Amy Fisher/Joey Buttafucco" comic book is the first in its new "He Said/She Said" flip-book line. Half of the comic book presents Fisher's version of the crime; when flipped over, it has a second cover and story featuring Joey Buttafucco's version of the case.

Both versions are based on trial testimony and statements made to the media. The black-and-white comic book also includes a glossy color pinup of Fisher, complete with smoking gun, and an eight-page satirical look at the case that includes comments from the company's editorial staff, an "Ask Amy/Ask Joey" column, a tongue-in-cheek letters-to-the-editors page and lists such as "The Top 5 Most Self-Righteous Commentators."

"This story begged for a comic book," said Joseph Mauro, spokesman for First Amendment. "Frankly, this whole thing belongs in a comic book."

"Amy Fisher/Joey Buttafucco" will be in stores in two weeks to three months.

Mr. Mauro expects the book to do very well. The company recently sold approximately 20,000 copies in one day.

Mr. Smith and Mr. Mauro say that their companies watch the news for ideas for their next projects.

Eclipse is working on "True Crime Comics Special No. 2: The Standoff in Waco," based on David Koresh and his followers in Texas. It should be in stores in July.

The second issue of First Amendment's "He Said/She Said" will feature Woody Allen and Mia Farrow. Several other editions are in the discussion stage, including a possible Charles-Diana issue.

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