In Our Next STAR BLAZERS Adventure – Episode 36

EPISODE 36 "To the Star Force. You are an enemy to be admired. Once again you have demonstrated your great ability, second only to mine. But count your days--they are numbered. Signed, Desslok of Gamilon." - Homer, reading Desslok's message. As Monday rolled around, events in the world of STAR BLAZERS began to pick up … Continue reading In Our Next STAR BLAZERS Adventure – Episode 36

BHOC: Power Records: The Fantastic Four

I've mentioned before that, since beginning to follow the adventures of the Fantastic Four, I was very interested in reading the first issue of the series, such was my desire to know more about the history of comics. I had been on the lookout for a copy of ORIGINS OF MARVEL COMICS for a few … Continue reading BHOC: Power Records: The Fantastic Four

SHAZAM! Captain Marvel and Billy Batson

This is going to be kind of a weird one. The upcoming SHAZAM movie looks like a lot of fun, and I'll no doubt be there on opening weekend to watch it. But it does complete the character's transformation from his original conception as Captain Marvel into something else. Based on everything we've seen so … Continue reading SHAZAM! Captain Marvel and Billy Batson

5BC: Five Best Comics of 1981

1981 was a year of many anniversaries, and many anniversary issues as a result. This 25th anniversary issue of FLASH was built around a premise that was even then a bit old: Barry Allen wakes up in a hospital room, his body paralyzed and horribly scarred from the accident when lightning struck his police laboratory. … Continue reading 5BC: Five Best Comics of 1981

In Our Next STAR BLAZERS Adventure – Episode 35

EPISODE 35 "My name is Mazer. I don't know what to do!" - Mazer And so we reached the end of another broadcast week of STAR BLAZERS, this time with an episode that owed much of its structure and dramatics to EPISODE 13. But while that previous installment was designed to give us greater insight … Continue reading In Our Next STAR BLAZERS Adventure – Episode 35

BHOC: ACTION COMICS #478

Another month had gone by, and so another issue of ACTION COMICS had shown up at my local spinner rack in the 7-11 I frequented. ACTION was, by this point, a regular buy for me, despite the fact that most of the individual stories in this particular stretch were pretty forgettable--and indeed, I don't know … Continue reading BHOC: ACTION COMICS #478

Lee & Ditko: AMAZING FANTASY #15

It caused quite a stir a couple of years ago when the entirety of the original artwork to AMAZING FANTASY #15, containing the very first Spider-Man story, was anonymously donated to the Library of Congress. The art was among the earliest to go missing from Marvel's warehouse back in the late 1970s/early 1980s and nobody … Continue reading Lee & Ditko: AMAZING FANTASY #15

BHOC: FANTASTIC FOUR #189

I bought FANTASTIC FOUR #189 at my regular 7-11--I can remember biking home up Granny Road with it. But the book was about to hit a prolonged production snag, as it turns out, and like CAPTAIN AMERICA #216 before it, it was the second seemingly-new Marvel title that would turn out to contain a reprint. … Continue reading BHOC: FANTASTIC FOUR #189

In Our Next STAR BLAZERS Adventure – Episode 34

EPISODE 34 "Torbac, what are you up to? You have definite instructions to patrol the fringe of the Telezart area, not to advance into it. Prince Zordar of your Comet Empire has put me in charge of the defeat of the Star Force. I give the orders!" - Leader Desslok We were very much into … Continue reading In Our Next STAR BLAZERS Adventure – Episode 34