A few years earlier, in 1973, I did Halloween as Spider-Man in a store-bought Ben Cooper costume, with my younger brother Ken attired as Batman.
For Halloween in 1975, my mother created a homemade Flash costume for me, since there wasn’t one commercially available. I had it for years.
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #114 December, 1974Already a regular reader of JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA (whenever I could find copies–this was only the third issue I’d ever read), this wonderful 100-Page Super-Spectacular introduced me to their predecessors, the Justice Society of America. I’d already encountered the notion of Earth-2 in the pages of FLASH, but this … Continue reading BHOC: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #114
An example of the boiler plate letter that DC would send out in response to fan mail, which i received a copy of in 1974. This boiler plate was updated over the years, with information adjusted and changed. This example is from earlier, likely the late 1960s.
Cover to FLASH #225 by Nick Cary, from a sketch by Carmine Infantino
THE FLASH #225 February, 1974 I missed FLASH #225 on the stands, since I wasn’t able to get to a place that sold comics on my own at this point. But I got a second chance a few months later, when I found it in a Waldbaums supermarket in one of those “3 Comics For … Continue reading BHOC: FLASH #225
Cover to SUPERMAN #268, my first comic, by Nick Cardy from a sketch by Carmine Infantino
August, 1974 Who is the mystery man that controls every move of the Flash’s life? Turns out he was none other than FLASH writer Cary Bates. Somehow magically transported to the fictitious Central City by the power of his own imagination, Cary found himself aiding the Scarlet Speedster in battle against the villainous Trickster. I … Continue reading BHOC: FLASH #228
FAMOUS FIRST EDITION #C-261974I sent away for this oversized reproduction of the first issue of ACTION COMICS from 1938, fearing that I might miss it otherwise. (I needn’t have worried–my local 7-11 even had one of those big cardboard display racks for DC’s Treasury Editions, it turned out.) The book arrived in a massive cardboard … Continue reading BHOC: FAMOUS 1st EDITIONS #C-26
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #109 February, 1974 What’s better than one super hero? A whole swarm of ‘em! That’s what JLA promised, and that’s what it delivered. After reading this issue, my first, JLA instantly became my second-favorite title, and the only other book to which I had a subscription (starting with #121.) JLA was experiencing … Continue reading BHOC: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #109