The Last Bucky Story

As 1949 started, it seemed as though Timely's attempt to spark renewed interest in its super hero titles through the addition of new shapely female sidekicks for its heroes really hadn't gotten the desired effect. Sales hadn't increased--if anything, they continued to slide--and so at least in the case of Captain America, the decision was … Continue reading The Last Bucky Story

BHOC: GREEN LANTERN #101

I bought this issue of GREEN LANTERN on one of what had become my regular weekly Thursday trips to my local 7-11--Thursday being the day that the new comics came in, a fact that I had worked out over the preceding summer. I was a regular reader of GL's adventures--he was my second-favorite DC hero … Continue reading BHOC: GREEN LANTERN #101

BHOC: DAREDEVIL #134

As I mentioned yesterday, on this particular forage into the drug store's Big Bin of Slightly Older Comic Books, I came upon two issues of DAREDEVIL that I bought. The first, covered yesterday, introduced the Torpedo. This second issue also featured the Torpedo, as well as Spider-Man's old enemy the Chameleon--the first time I'd run … Continue reading BHOC: DAREDEVIL #134

The Death of Bucky!

By 1948, things were growing progressively more difficult for super heroes on the sales front. In te aftermath of World War II, other genres--crime, romance and horror chief among them--were increasingly popular, and the fad for super heroes had just about run its course. Over at Timely Comics, things were no different. As a bulwalk … Continue reading The Death of Bucky!

BHOC: DAREDEVIL #126

As I've mentioned previously, all throughout this period I would semi-regularly check back in at the Big Bin of Slightly-Older Comics that my local drugstore chain kept, pretty much any time my family went there. The way this would typically work is that I'd have developed an interest in a particular title, and so I'd … Continue reading BHOC: DAREDEVIL #126

Captain America Musters Out!

The postwar era provided challenges for many of the super-powered costumed crusaders who filled the pages of the nations comic books as, without a ready-made national enemy to fight, they were faced with a crisis of irrelevancy. And none encountered this existential ennui more directly than Captain America. Cap had been created to win the … Continue reading Captain America Musters Out!