Another of the Modern Comics reprints of classic Charlton comics that I picked up in 3-bags at the Two Guys was this issue of CAPTAIN ATOM. my first exposure to the character. This was a bit of a transition issue in the original run as, having helped to originate the character several years before, Steve … Continue reading BHOC: CAPTAIN ATOM #84


Another book that came in the Modern Comics 3-Packs that I bought that day at Two Guys was this issue of E-MAN, reprinted from the earlier Charlton printing. Like many of the Charlton covers of this era, it had a painted cover, this one by he series artist Joe Staton. I wasn’t a big fan … Continue reading BHOC: E-MAN #9


Two-Guys was a low-rent department store chain in the New York area in the 1970s–something of an equivalent to K-Mart years later. Because it was cheaper than most regular department stores in our area, albeit just a bit shabbier, my family shopped there frequently. And tat’s where I first came across Modern Comics. These were … Continue reading BHOC: BLUE BEETLE #3


Got this comic not at the 7-11 but rather the small candy store down the row from my barber, which carried a very small selection of titles, mostly Superman and Batman books. I can remember gripping the corner of the cover so much during the bike ride home that I left an impression in the … Continue reading BHOC: ACTION COMICS #473


Now, this was an important comic book in my own personal development that had noting to do with its contents. But this issue of ALL-STAR COMICS was the first comic that I bought for myself at our neighborhood 7-11 after finally being given permission to cross the multi-lane thoroughfare Horseblock Road in order to get … Continue reading BHOC: ALL-STAR COMICS #67


The next comic I bought was a regular on my list: BATMAN FAMILY. The switch-over to all-new material hadn’t dampened my enthusiasm for big, oversized comics. This lovely Jim Aparo cover is a hair deceptive, though–indicating that Robin, Batgirl and Man-Bat will all be sharing linked stories in this issue, which wasn’t the case. But … Continue reading BHOC: BATMAN FAMILY #12


The arrival of a subscription copy was a welcome event all through my childhood, and so the appearance of FLASH #251 was no exception. This is one of the better covers of this era–doing a color knock-out on Iris helps to cement focus more clearly on the Flash and the Golden Glider, rather than Iris’s … Continue reading BHOC: FLASH #251


Now this was and is a favorite comic book of mine. This issue of JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA arrived in the mail via subscription. I’d been seeing ads for it for a week or two in other books, so I was primed for it. And it did not disappoint. It was one of two comics … Continue reading BHOC: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #144