BHOC: ETERNALS #11

This issue of ETERNALS came out of the same 3-Bag as yesterday's FANTASTIC FOUR, I believe. As I've related earlier, my prior encounters with the series didn't make me a fan--Jack Kirby's work in the 1970s was an acquired taste, and one I hadn't quite acquired yet. There was always something fascinating and powerful about … Continue reading BHOC: ETERNALS #11

Brand Echh – Unearthly Spectaculars #2

Upon hearing that Captain America co-creator Joe Simon had joined forces with Harvey Publications to release a new line of super hero titles to capitalize on the new wave of costumed hero popularity, both Martin Goodman and Stan Lee were concerned. They both had a ton of respect for Simon's commercial abilities, and feared that … Continue reading Brand Echh – Unearthly Spectaculars #2

BHOC: FANTASTIC FOUR #182

I can remember finding the 3-Bag in a Kay-Bee toy store in a mall outlet that my family didn't typically frequent. It was an exciting moment, for there, wrapped in plastic, was one of the issues of FANTASTIC FOUR that I had missed between those found in the drug store's bin of affidavit returns and … Continue reading BHOC: FANTASTIC FOUR #182

Brand Echh – Thunderbolt #57

For a short period in the mid-1960s, under the editorship of Dick Giordano, bottom-rung publisher Charlton had a very nice line of up-and-coming super hero comics. It didn't last long--the market dip in the post-BATMAN TV show craze put the kibosh on all sorts of super hero aspirations. In this instance, though, we're going to … Continue reading Brand Echh – Thunderbolt #57

Blah Blah Blog – The Year That Was: 1966

A look at some old sales information--in this case, from 1966. The Year That Was -- 1966 April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General Continuing our discussions of sales figures, the following information is cribbed from John Jackson Miller's Comics Chronicles site (www.comichron.com). Among other things, John is attempting to … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – The Year That Was: 1966

BHOC: MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #21

Another book I pulled up out of the Big Bin of Slightly-Older Comics in my local drugstore. I was a huge Fantastic Four fan, so any time any book would show up with even a cursory connection to the FF, it went into the must-buy pile. This is an issue that wasn't reprinted for the … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #21

Brand Echh – Dynamo #4

Having left Marvel in 1965 because he was unhappy with the way the books were created--where the artist was having to do the lion's share of the plotting as well as illustrating, thanks to the "Marvel method"--veteran artist Wally Wood was recruited by the start-up Tower Comics to help create and launch their new line. … Continue reading Brand Echh – Dynamo #4

Blah Blah Blog – The House of Memo

This was another behind-the-scenes post on the making of the HOUSE OF M Event series. The House of Memo April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General I'm told that Tuesday's blog entries, containing the background material on HOUSE OF M, set a site record as the most-viewed blog entry so … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – The House of Memo