Your Comics Code at Work – Plastic Man #63 pt 2

All three of the stories presented in PLASTIC MAN #63 in 1956 were reprints of earlier Plas adventures. And all three of them ran up against problems withe the relatively new Comics Code, requiring them to make revisions. Obviously, these revisions were imperative to prevent the sort of chaos and murder that was generated when … Continue reading Your Comics Code at Work – Plastic Man #63 pt 2

The Cruelty of Through The Wringer

I watched the Hulu documentary BATMAN AND BILL the other night, about the struggle to get credit for Batman's co-creator Bill Finger, and it put me in the mind of this story which saw print in AMAZING WORLD OF DC COMICS #10, an issue of DC's house-produced fanzine. I have a really strange love/hate relationship … Continue reading The Cruelty of Through The Wringer

Blah Blah Blog – The World According To 1984

A post from the old Marvel blog looking back at some Direct Sales market sales figures from 1984. The World According To 1984 April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General Talking about this month's rankings at the beginning of the week, and excavating through the crank file yesterday put me … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – The World According To 1984

BHOC: MARVEL TRIPLE ACTION #35

This issue of MARVEL TEAM-UP also came out of a 3-Bag at around this same time. I suspect it may have been bagged with FANTASTIC FOUR #182 and ETERNALS #11, but I have no way of proving that for certain. In any case, I got this issue not so much because I wanted it as … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL TRIPLE ACTION #35

Your Comics Code At Work – Plastic Man #63

The Comics Code was introduced in 1955 and marked a sea change for the comic book industry. In an attempt to stave off concerns that comics were warping the young minds who were reading them (to say nothing of the minds of the many adults who would occasionally peruse one) the industry created the Comics … Continue reading Your Comics Code At Work – Plastic Man #63

Brand Echh – Captain Marvel #1

Here's a book that pissed off both Marvel and DC's brass--both for different reasons. It's also a really good example of the kinds of schlock that started to turn up on newsstands as novice publishers began trying to jump onto the pop art super hero craze that kicked off in the mid-1960s. There are no … Continue reading Brand Echh – Captain Marvel #1

Blah Blah Blog – The Mechanics of Comic Book Editing

Here's another post from my old Marvel blog about the process of editing. Okay, howsabout we start off today with a little bit of chatter on the mechanics of comic book editing. Every editor does things a little bit differently, so this is really just a breakdown of how I go about it. And even … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – The Mechanics of Comic Book Editing