For the past two decades, Mark Bellomo has written hundreds of articles for such publications as ToyFare, Wizard Magazine, Lee’s Toy Review, Tomart’s Action Figure Digest, Antique Trader, Mentalfloss.com, and for Toy Shop Magazine, where he served a lengthy tenure as their Action Figure Columnist. He has written several composition and rhetoric textbooks, and has published award-winning critical articles on writers of the American Modernist movement.
Bellomo has also authored a number of bestselling books on toys and popular culture: The Ultimate Guide to Vintage Star Wars Action Figures: 1977-1985, Warman’s Action Figures Field Guide, two editions of The Ultimate Guide to Vintage Transformers Action Figures, The Picker’s Pocket Guide to Star Wars Toys, Warman’s Field Guide to Transformers, three editions of The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe: 1982-1994, Totally Tubular 80’s Toys, and The Art of Transformers: Fall of Cybertron for IDW Publishing. Furthermore, as of the release of its 20th edition, Bellomo is the author-of-record and editor for Toys & Prices, the largest publication of its kind regarding post-WWII toy and assorted collectibles.
Mark is also busy providing forewords, introductions, and editorial notes for a bevy of IDW Publishing’s most important licensed properties: G.I. Joe: The Best of Larry Hama, the eight volume Transformers Classics trades, four volumes of G.I. Joe: Special Missions, the 30th Anniversary Edition of G.I. Joe: Silent Interlude, and the patriotic 4th of July-themed G.I. Joe Treasury Edition. He also presided over the company’s foray into reprinting NOW Comics’ entire run of The Real Ghostbusters comic books in a two-volume set, Real Ghostbusters Omnibus, as well as supervised IDW’s ambitious fifteen-volume hardcover project, G.I. Joe: The Complete Collection, which is “… G.I. Joe like you’ve never seen it before… the full run of original Real American Hero, Special Missions, and Yearbook tales, placed in proper reading order,” having contributed lavish notes, definitive essays, and related facts and essential ephemera to these seminal texts.
When he’s not finishing the construction of the largest action figure/toy resource site in the world–which encompasses his personal collection of 65,000+ action figures (accessories, creatures, mail-aways, pack-in promotions, playsets, role play items, vehicles, and weapon systems) from 1964-present and 120,000+ comic books from the forties and fifties up through the Modern Age–Bellomo also functions as a pop culture consultant and talking head for major auction houses, video game companies, television programs, and motion pictures. He has contributed to Syfy’s Collection Intervention, Amazon Prime’s Batteries Not Included, the History Channel’s American Pickers, Netflix’s smash-hit The Toys That Made Us, and is the subject of YouTube’s recently rereleased 18-part documentary, Collectable Spectacle.