Brand Echh – Witzend #3

By 1967, Steve Ditko had become an industry legend. By this point, he had left Marvel and his two best-known creations, Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, behind. But he was on the cusp of revealing the character whose outlook and point of view most closely resembled his own--and he did it in the third issue of … Continue reading Brand Echh – Witzend #3

Blah Blah Blog – More Bad Comics

A post from my defunct old Marvel blog concerning writing SECRET DEFENDERS More Bad Comics April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General Continuing with our sequence on BAD COMICS I WROTE, today the spotlight turns towards the first ongoing series I ever helmed as a writer, SECRET DEFENDERS.SECRET DEFENDERS was … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – More Bad Comics

BHOC: CAPTAIN AMERICA #219

I bought this issue of CAPTAIN AMERICA from my regular 7-11, though I'm not sure exactly why. I wasn't at this point a regular reader of the title (though I would become one with this issue) and the one issue that I'd sampled previously ad been a reprint of a 1960s Human Torch story. But … Continue reading BHOC: CAPTAIN AMERICA #219

Lee & Kirby & Ditko & Everett: The linked stories of X-MEN #1, AVENGERS #1 and DAREDEVIL #1

I've seen different bits and pieces of this story told in assorted places, but I cannot recall anyplace where the entire sequence of events was laid out in a single recounting, so I thought that was worth doing. In the spring of 1963, with the super hero titles that his firm had been producing doing … Continue reading Lee & Kirby & Ditko & Everett: The linked stories of X-MEN #1, AVENGERS #1 and DAREDEVIL #1

Blah Blah Blog – Distribution and Content

A post from my old Marvel blog concerning how the switch-over to the Direct Market system impacted on the types of books and stories we made. Distribution and Content April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General Continuing on one of the points that came up yesterday in discussing the old … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – Distribution and Content

BHOC: STAR WARS #1-3

I think it's likely that virtually every child of a certain age owned copies of the above three comic book stories in 1977 and 1978. Not only did STAR WARS #1 represent the first Marvel comic book to sell over a million copies since the Golden Age but these issues were also collected in Treasury … Continue reading BHOC: STAR WARS #1-3

The Death of Menthor

Once we get to the 1960s, the deaths of super hero characters becomes a more frequent occurrence, though still relatively a rarity (and usually the characters who meet their end--Lightning Lad, Junior Juniper, Ferro Lad--either aren't the headliners of their series but rather one member of an ensemble. And some of them, like Lightning lad, … Continue reading The Death of Menthor