Another book that came from that post-Church candy store. And look as that ominous call-out at the upper right: Still Only 20 Cents. I hadn’t ever experienced a price increase before, so I had no idea what this signaled–but I would find out very soon. It’s a pretty terrific overwrought Nick Cardy cover, though. But … Continue reading BHOC: FLASH #227


The Treasury Edition became the format of choice for my Father, who would occasionally bring me home a comic book from one of his frequent cigarette runs. It wasn’t long before this BATMAN treasury edition appeared. The Neal Adams figure used for this cover was only a few months old, but was dramatic as hell, … Continue reading BHOC: LIMITED COLLECTORS’ EDITION #C-25


It came in a big cardboard mailer, the first comic book that I’d ever sent away for, and my first experience with the Treasury Edition format. This was the FAMOUS FIRST EDITION reprint of ACTION COMICS #1, the first appearance of Superman. Now, at this point I had only read something like half-a-dozen Superman comics … Continue reading BHOC: LIMITED COLLECTORS’ EDITION #C-26


While I was waiting for my copy of the ACTION COMICS #1 Treasury Edition, I got this 100-Page issue of BATMAN. This book too wound up getting thrown out, so I must have had it before whatever moment set my father off and doomed my small comic book collection. Consequently, because I only had it … Continue reading BHOC: BATMAN #255


I owned two separate copies of this issue of FLASH, one of which was initially bought for my younger brother Ken. And it’s a good thing, too, because at some point soon after getting this issue, my father got angry with me for some infraction that I’d made and threw out all of my comic … Continue reading BHOC: FLASH #226


I know that I owned this SUPERMAN 100-Page Super-Spectacular–my second book in this beloved format–but i remember relatively little about it beyond that. I’d imagine that this is because I didn’t have it for very long, for reasons that will become apparent in a few entries. I’ve always loved this format–the size and heft of … Continue reading BHOC: SUPERMAN #272


A little bit vague about exactly where this book came from, but I do remember my Mother reading it to me, or at least parts of it. This was the second part of a two-part story, but I’m not even sure that I realized that at the time, given how thoroughly the first chapter was … Continue reading BHOC: ACTION COMICS #431

Great Covers – AVENGERS #223

A famous AVENGERS cover by Ed Hannigan and Klaus Janson whose concept we know from trailers will be enacted in live action during the CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR film. It’s a great, simple idea, the white background makes everything pop, and the cover copy plusses it up an extra bit. Hannigan was one of the … Continue reading Great Covers – AVENGERS #223