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Animating Amy Fisher -- First Amendment Publishing releases a new comic book, ''The Joey Buttafuoco/Amy Fisher Story''

She has been the subject of three TV movies, endless exposés, and numerous tell-alls, including Amy Fisher: My Story, just out in bookstores. What's left for the Amy Fisher story? The big leagues: comic books and trading cards.

First Amendment Publishing, a Long Island trading-card company, has branched into comic books with The Joey Buttafuoco/Amy Fisher Story, a he said/she said account of the alleged love triangle. The $3 comic book — being distributed in the U.S., Canada, and Britain — reportedly sold 10,000 copies in its first day of release. ''Spiderman doesn't sell that well,'' says Larry Spitz, owner of L&S Comics in Merrick, N.Y. ''X-Men doesn't even sell that well.'' Buoyed by its success, First Amendment has issued a $5 limited edition of the comic book that comes with trading cards featuring Joey, Amy, and Mary Jo.

No reaction from the Fisher camp, but Joey, who's waiting to hear if a grand jury will indict him for statutory rape, has been autographing copies in front of the Nassau County courthouse. Spitz is trying to arrange a formal autograph-signing session at his store — ''Provided he's not indicted, of course.'' Everybody's got his limit.

Originally posted Apr 16, 1993 Published in issue #166 Apr 16, 1993 Order article reprints