Great Covers: GREEN LANTERN #61

This is a pretty stunning GREEN LANTERN cover by series regular Gil Kane. More than anything, it's the posterlike coloring that really makes it pop--those striking blues and magentas. The sketch for this cover was almost certainly done by Carmine Infantino, who had been brought on as DC's cover designer in an attempt to make … Continue reading Great Covers: GREEN LANTERN #61

Brand Echh: Wham-O Giant Comics #1

In 1967, toy manufacturer Wham-O released a single issue of WHAM-O GIANT COMICS not to newsstands, but rather distributed to toy stores and department stores alongside its product line of frisbees and hula hoops .The gimmick here was that this was intended to be the largest comic book ever done in terms of its overall … Continue reading Brand Echh: Wham-O Giant Comics #1

Blah Blah Blog – The People’s Award

A post from my decade-old Marvel blog in which I inaugurate the first and only year of the Golden Loeb Awards. Sadly, I no longer have the image of the trophy. The People's Award April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General Back in the office for a brief moment after … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – The People’s Award

BHOC: MARVEL TALES #92

I picked up this issue of MARVEL TALES on my regular weekly run to the 7-11 on Thursday, the day when new comic books would be released, as I'd worked out earlier in my travels. These runs were a regular ritual by this point, something that it took extraordinary circumstances to prevent me from doing. … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL TALES #92

Super Anti-Hero in Forest Hills

Given all of the recent chatter concerning Abraham Riesman's recent biography of Stan Lee entitled TRUE BELIEVER, I thought it might be of interest to post a few of the Marvel-related articles that he references in his text. And so here is this piece from the April 1, 1965 issue of the Village Voice, one … Continue reading Super Anti-Hero in Forest Hills

Lee & Kirby & Simon: Captain America Before and After 2

Continuing on in our compare-and-contrast between a story originally produced by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby for the inaugural issue of CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS, cover-dated March 1941, and it's Marvel Age remake, this one in the pages of TALES OF SUSPENSE #64. The prior issue had featured Cap's origin, and so as to cut down … Continue reading Lee & Kirby & Simon: Captain America Before and After 2

Blah Blah Blog – Civil War Battle Strategy

Another post from my long-ago Marvel blog, this one concerning more of the planning for the CIVIL WAR Event series. Civil War Battle Strategy April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General Continuing our trek through the formative stages of the CIVIL WAR crossover.At this point, with the first issue more-or-less … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – Civil War Battle Strategy

Even More on Color Separations

I ran across this Swedish printing of FANTASTIC FOUR #76 in my travels, and thought I'd share it. As happened on a not-infrequent basis, the local publisher, either by accident or because they were unfamiliar with what the colors of the characters were supposed to be, inadvertently switched the film for the yellow and cyan … Continue reading Even More on Color Separations

5BC: The Five Most Unique Super Heroes of the Silver Age

In the early 1940s, as a myriad of would-be publishers heard about the overwhelming success of Superman nd rushed into the marketplace offering their own get-rich-quick versions of a comic book super hero, the reality is that nobody quite understood just what factors made Superman work. And so, everything was tried, and creativity--both good and … Continue reading 5BC: The Five Most Unique Super Heroes of the Silver Age