Doctor Who: The Vanquishers

I can't honestly say that I was disappointed by The Vanquishers, the wrap-up chapter of this season of DOCTOR WHO and the one in which, by necessity, all of the plot threads must be gathered together and tied off. But that's because my expectations were so low--and I must sadly report that they were met … Continue reading Doctor Who: The Vanquishers

WC: SUPERBOY #86

It's probably difficult to conceive of it from a 21st century perspective, but going into the early 1960s, SUPERBOY was one of the top three best selling titles in the industry. The entire family of Superman titles led the pack in terms of reader interest, buoyed by the popularity of the Last Survivor of Krypton … Continue reading WC: SUPERBOY #86

Blah Blah Blog – Reader Questions 4

An entry from my old school Marvel blog of days gone by, this one answering more questions posed by the readership at that time. Reader Questions 4 August 1, 2008 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General Took a day off for an editorial meeting—of which there’ll hopefully be some video footage next … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – Reader Questions 4

BHOC: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #173

The 3-Bag package was a godsend to me, at least during the year or so when the books so packaged were from a point before I had started reading Marvel titles. It gave me an easy (if somewhat inconsistent) way of catching up on recent books that I had missed. There was a period in … Continue reading BHOC: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #173

The Comic Book Guide For The Artist-Writer-Letterer

In 1973, there was a growing segment of comic book fandom made up of people who aspired to enter the field themselves. A number had already crossed that threshold in the later 1960s, but the floodgates were thrown open wide in the early 1970s--for all that the field was in pretty bad shape and getting … Continue reading The Comic Book Guide For The Artist-Writer-Letterer

Brand Echh: Charlton Bullseye #7

We've talked a bit here about CHARLTON BULLSEYE, Charlton's last gasp attempt at producing new content by soliciting work gratis from fans and would-be creators. Publication would be the only compensation that such hopefuls would receive--but undaunted, and sensing an opportunity to have their work distributed from coast to coast, the response was overwhelming. Honestly, … Continue reading Brand Echh: Charlton Bullseye #7

BHOC: MARVEL’S GREATEST COMICS #72

This is another comic book that I got out of a 3-Bag, and almost certainly the reason why I bought it in the first place, given that I was obsessed with the Fantastic Four at that point. I have a dim recollection that it was bought in a local Two Guys department store that my … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL’S GREATEST COMICS #72

Doctor Who: Survivors of the Flux

Well, that was a bit of a mess, albeit an exciting mess. But it really doesn't bode well for satisfyingly wrapping up al of the disparate threads of this season in a single final episode. It also felt very much like a lot of the business along the way, while fun, was really there as … Continue reading Doctor Who: Survivors of the Flux

WC: STRANGE TALES #111

STRANGE TALES had been a long-running suspense/monster series that transitioned into becoming a super hero title as the Silver Age got under way. But it was a lesser Marvel title, especially at the early part of that transition, and so back issues were relatively plentiful and relatively affordable when compared with FANTASTIC FOUR or AMAZING … Continue reading WC: STRANGE TALES #111