Doctor Who: Ascension of the Cybermen

We're into the endgame now, although I'm not quite certain that writer and showrunner Chris Chibnall realizes that. Because this is an episodes that's packed with more questions and precious few answers. I suspect it's really going to be a matter of how well next week's episode serves to tie all of these threads together … Continue reading Doctor Who: Ascension of the Cybermen

Introducing “Comics” McCormick

The closest contender to Supersnipe for self-reflective comic book series of the Golden Age of Comics was the "Comics" McCormick feature, which ran for about half-a-dozen issues of TERRIFIC COMICS ("Loaded with Action!") beginning in 1944. "Comics" McCormick was the brainchild of Ed Wheelan, a former newspaper strip artist who had originated the Minute Movies … Continue reading Introducing “Comics” McCormick

Blah Blah Blog – More Pricing

A post from my long-gone Marvel blog where I answer some reader questions relating to the pricing of comic books. More Pricing April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General Everybody seems to like this whole thread about format and content and distribution and pricing, so let's play with it for … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – More Pricing


I almost did it the previous month. That issue had a 1960s DC-style cover that promised an impossible situation for the wall-crawler to get out of, and it piqued my interest seeing it on the racks--though not quite enough to pick it up. Which is good, as it turns out, because as would happen again … Continue reading BHOC: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #179

Introducing Supersnipe

Among the mostly-forgotten series of the Golden Age of Comics, there are a few which self-reflexively turned their gaze on the comic book industry itself, and what effect it might be having on its youthful readers. Perhaps the best-remembered of these was Supersnipe, a character who made his debut in Volume 2 #3 of Street … Continue reading Introducing Supersnipe

Blah Blah Blog – My Unknown Greats, Part 4

A post from my old Marvel blog concerning comics that I edited and liked that largely flew under the radar. My Unknown Greats pt. 4 April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General Today's Unknown Great won an Eisner award, but it also killed one or two projects in its wake. … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – My Unknown Greats, Part 4


I'm pretty sure that this issue of MISTER MIRACLE was bought for my brother Ken while on a trip to our grandparents' house one weekend. It was another small exposure for me of the Jack Kirby Fourth World mythos. But for all that it's a pretty great comic by a top-flight creative team, it did … Continue reading BHOC: MISTER MIRACLE #23

Perfect Game – Introduction

There's no such thing as a perfect comic book--or really, a perfect anything. Into any production some error or weakness is going to creep. It's inevitable, and will be so long as human beings are responsible for creative work. But that doesn't mean that on occasion perfection isn't approached. Every once in a while a … Continue reading Perfect Game – Introduction