Lee & Kirby: FANTASTIC FOUR #1, Part One

FANTASTIC FOUR #1 was the beginning of what would grow into the Marvel Age of Comics, where Stan Lee and Jack Kirby revolutionized the field and unleashed a wave of characters and concept that have achieved worldwide popularity and renown in the decades since. So it's now seen as an important issue. And from what … Continue reading Lee & Kirby: FANTASTIC FOUR #1, Part One


On that same weekly trip to the 7-11 I came across and was delighted by this issue of CAPTAIN AMERICA, a title that I didn't normally read. And it had everything to do with this cover, where, rather than Cap's usual masthead partner the Falcon, the co-star in this particular issue was the Human Torch. … Continue reading BHOC: CAPTAIN AMERICA #216

In Our Next STAR BLAZERS Adventure – Episode 29

EPISODE 29 "Yes, the children. Many of them had never known how beautiful Earth could be. Now they do. What if they had to come down here and live again? Leave the sun and the sky and the grass and live again like pale ghosts. It could happen again, you know. And it would be … Continue reading In Our Next STAR BLAZERS Adventure – Episode 29


My brother Ken was still reading the occasional war comic, and so this issue of WEIRD WAR TALES, which eventually came into my possession. This is the kind of comic book that really doesn't get made any more, one designed to be read and enjoyed once, by any novice reader, and then discarded. There were … Continue reading BHOC: WEIRD WAR TALES #58

Best of Have Gun – Will Travel – Death of a Gunfighter

#2 - S02Ep26 - "Death of a Gunfighter" I have a great deal of affection for this episode specifically for how many times it turns the direction of the plot. Having worked in the field of storytelling for around thirty years now, I've got a pretty ingrained sense of where a given story is going … Continue reading Best of Have Gun – Will Travel – Death of a Gunfighter

5BC: Five Best Comics of 1978

We start off this time with a bit of a forgotten masterpiece (despite the fact that it's been reprinted at least once.) This issue of INCREDIBLE HULK, with its horrifying story of children and cannibalism packed a punch and really stayed with you--top notch work by writer Len Wein and illustrators Jim Starlin and Alfredo … Continue reading 5BC: Five Best Comics of 1978


Fifth grade had just begun when the mailman delivered my subscription copy of FLASH #256. It was in fifth grade that I met my first friend who was enthusiastic about comic books as opposed to simply occasionally reading them like most kids of that era. Don Sims was his name, and we became good friends … Continue reading BHOC THE FLASH #256

In Our Next STAR BLAZERS Adventure – Episode 28

EPISODE 28 "I can't believe it. Just a year. Just one year ago people were living in underground cities with no sunlight, like moles. That year we spent on the Argo, it was hard--but it was wonderful, too. We were doing something really important! All of those funny, adventurous star blazers..." -- Nova After a … Continue reading In Our Next STAR BLAZERS Adventure – Episode 28