BHOC: INCREDIBLE HULK #220

My brother Ken continued to be enamored with the Incredible Hulk, especially now that the first TV movie had aired, and so he continued to pick up issues of various Hulk comic books whenever the opportunity presented itself to him. As with the other books he bought during this time, this one eventually wound up … Continue reading BHOC: INCREDIBLE HULK #220

Lee & Kirby: The Four Work Stages of Lee & Kirby

Whenever the conversation turns to the question of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and their collaborations during the 1960s and who was responsible for doing what--a question that I don't think can ever be definitively or conclusively answered--one of the misconceptions that I see come up time and time again is the notion that Lee … Continue reading Lee & Kirby: The Four Work Stages of Lee & Kirby

5BC: Five Best Comics of 1986

It's impossible to encapsulate how seismic the effect of THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS was on the field of comic books. Not only did it introduce a more prestigious package for comics (and a then-unheard-of cover price of $2.95) but interest in the series also inaugurated the now-common process of repackaging collections of recent storylines into … Continue reading 5BC: Five Best Comics of 1986

BHOC: SUPERMAN #320

Another issue of SUPERMAN that I bought at my local 7-11. It's got something of a strange cover image to it--I'm not certain how intrigued a potential reader would likely to be by the notion that Solomon Grundy was stealing Superman's cape. It's not exactly a big stakes question, after all. But what do I … Continue reading BHOC: SUPERMAN #320

In Our Next STAR BLAZERS Adventure – The Modern Era

After FINAL YAMATO was released in 1983, it would be more than 25 years before we'd get another YAMATO/STAR BLAZERS project, though there were always rumors about new things in the pipeline, rumors that would never quite be borne out. It's taken a very long time, but the last decade has been very encouraging for … Continue reading In Our Next STAR BLAZERS Adventure – The Modern Era

In Our Next STAR BLAZERS Adventure – The Classic Era

One of the most compelling discoveries for me when I first became a fan of STAR BLAZERS and began to plug into the loose network of fandom that existed at that time was that there had been additional YAMATO stories produced after the two series that had made up STAR BLAZERS. Finding a way to … Continue reading In Our Next STAR BLAZERS Adventure – The Classic Era

BHOC: FLASH #258

Shortly thereafter, my local mailman also brought me my subscription copy of that month's issue of THE FLASH. I have to admit, this cover really freaked me out when I was younger. There was something about the manner in which the Flash's skin was melting off his bones that I found especially disturbing. When coming … Continue reading BHOC: FLASH #258

BHOC: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #151

At around this time, the main delivery brought me the next issue of JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA in my subscription. This was the first issue scripted by new regular writer Gerry Conway. Conway would go on to write the series steadily for around 60 issue over the next five years, providing the title with some … Continue reading BHOC: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #151