Great Covers: Marvel Around The World 4

Just the same as the last three times: here's a collection of the covers to more international editions of Marvel material that I've gathered over the years. These are often fascinating for how they're colored or the manner in which the publishers used localized talent to do their own interpretations of the Marvel characters. So … Continue reading Great Covers: Marvel Around The World 4

Blah Blah Blog – The Year That Was 1990

A post from my ancient Marvel blog concerning sales figures from the year 1990 The Year That Was--1990 April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General Once again dipping into the files, here are some more Direct Sales marketplace sales figures from many years ago. Remember, these were just the number … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – The Year That Was 1990

BHOC: MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #24

Here's another book I got out of a 3-Bag. This was likely the reason I bought the 3-Bag in the first place, as FANTASTIC FOUR had become my favorite comic book series and the Thing was on his way to becoming my favorite Marvel character (though at this moment, I was still more partial to … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #24

Brand Echh – Nukla #1

Dell was a powerhouse in the industry from the mid-1940s all the way up to the start of the 1960s when a series of bad decisions cost them their market share and also bifurcated the company into two competing operations, Dell and Gold Key. Their big money was made on their Disney comics, and they … Continue reading Brand Echh – Nukla #1

Blah Blah Blog – Ten Classics

A post from my vintage Marvel blog in which I did an audience-participation exercise to try to find ten classic Marvel stories. As I recall, given my rules, this proved to be impossible. Ten Classics April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General Yesterday's Gripe-Fest went over so well that I … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – Ten Classics

BHOC: INCREDIBLE HULK #208

I continued to prowl through the 3-Bags at all of our local department stores and toy stores whenever I got the opportunity, and it was always exciting whenever a new batch would show up. They represented another batch of comics that I had missed buying when they were new on the racks that I had … Continue reading BHOC: INCREDIBLE HULK #208

Comics In The Wild

Among the many wonders that the Internet has given us over the years is access to everybody's photo albums--both individual and organization. And so, many images have turned up where people happen to have their newly-purchased comic books with them, or where they're in evidence on spinner racks or newsstand kiosks. As with so many … Continue reading Comics In The Wild

Blah Blah Blog – Answering Reader Questions

An entry from my old Marvel blog in which I answer some questions from the audience. Monday, 6:03 April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General Okay, I figure I'll maybe answer a few of the questions that have been tossed around in the blog responses, and call it a day … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – Answering Reader Questions

BHOC: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #97

This was another book that I bought at Bush's Hobbies, the hole-in-the-wall collectibles store that had a good stock of vintage comic book back issues, and which was not all that far from my home. I picked up this issue because I was interested in reading the Origin of the Justice League, one of the … Continue reading BHOC: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #97

5BC: Five Times DC Self-Mythologized

While as we've seen, Marvel was relatively quick to begin to self-mythologize its creative staff and editorial Bullpen, rival publisher DC (then known as National Periodical Publications in an attempt to disguise the fact that they published evil comic books in the aftermath of the senate hearings) wasn't as quick to follow suit. Even creator … Continue reading 5BC: Five Times DC Self-Mythologized