Blah Blah Blog – Introduction

Photo Header From The Original BLAH BLAH BLOG Back between the years 2007 and 2010, I wrote a regular blog for Marvel.com, titles BLAH BLAH BLOG. I was by far the most conscientious blogger among my colleagues, posting in excess of 600 entries as compared to the 30 or so that others did. Sadly, those … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – Introduction

BHOC: ACTION COMICS #480

I bought this issue of ACTION COMICS on one of my weekly runs to the 7-11. This would have been right after the second INCREDIBLE HULK television movie aired for the first time. That production led to a regular weekly program for the green goliath and turned my brother into a short-term Hulk booster. But … Continue reading BHOC: ACTION COMICS #480

The Last Bucky Story

As 1949 started, it seemed as though Timely's attempt to spark renewed interest in its super hero titles through the addition of new shapely female sidekicks for its heroes really hadn't gotten the desired effect. Sales hadn't increased--if anything, they continued to slide--and so at least in the case of Captain America, the decision was … Continue reading The Last Bucky Story

BHOC: GREEN LANTERN #101

I bought this issue of GREEN LANTERN on one of what had become my regular weekly Thursday trips to my local 7-11--Thursday being the day that the new comics came in, a fact that I had worked out over the preceding summer. I was a regular reader of GL's adventures--he was my second-favorite DC hero … Continue reading BHOC: GREEN LANTERN #101

BHOC: DAREDEVIL #134

As I mentioned yesterday, on this particular forage into the drug store's Big Bin of Slightly Older Comic Books, I came upon two issues of DAREDEVIL that I bought. The first, covered yesterday, introduced the Torpedo. This second issue also featured the Torpedo, as well as Spider-Man's old enemy the Chameleon--the first time I'd run … Continue reading BHOC: DAREDEVIL #134

The Death of Bucky!

By 1948, things were growing progressively more difficult for super heroes on the sales front. In te aftermath of World War II, other genres--crime, romance and horror chief among them--were increasingly popular, and the fad for super heroes had just about run its course. Over at Timely Comics, things were no different. As a bulwalk … Continue reading The Death of Bucky!

BHOC: DAREDEVIL #126

As I've mentioned previously, all throughout this period I would semi-regularly check back in at the Big Bin of Slightly-Older Comics that my local drugstore chain kept, pretty much any time my family went there. The way this would typically work is that I'd have developed an interest in a particular title, and so I'd … Continue reading BHOC: DAREDEVIL #126

BHOC: BATMAN FAMILY #16

Bought this issue of BATMAN FAMILY at my regular 7-11. I was reading the title regularly, the only BATMAN book I was following so routinely, and I can't actually tell you why. Maybe it was the format, possibly it was that I liked the Man-Bat solo stories. But I wasn't particularly a fan of either … Continue reading BHOC: BATMAN FAMILY #16

Captain America Musters Out!

The postwar era provided challenges for many of the super-powered costumed crusaders who filled the pages of the nations comic books as, without a ready-made national enemy to fight, they were faced with a crisis of irrelevancy. And none encountered this existential ennui more directly than Captain America. Cap had been created to win the … Continue reading Captain America Musters Out!

BHOC: PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #15

People sometimes wonder about the fact that it took me so long to become a fan of Spider-Man and a regular reader of his adventures. Considering that he was immensely popular and the flagship character of the Marvel line, to say nothing of one of the best characters ever conceptualized, it does seem strange. But … Continue reading BHOC: PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #15