Lee & Kirby & Goldberg & Hartley: The Unlikely Cameos of Jack Kirby

Reader Steven Thompson asked me a question about this recently, so this piece exists entirely due to his interest--you can thank him if you find anything here of value. There was a time-honored tradition of writers and artists inserting themselves into their stories, and Stan Lee and Jack Kirby were no different. In general, the … Continue reading Lee & Kirby & Goldberg & Hartley: The Unlikely Cameos of Jack Kirby

Blah Blah Blog: Civil War Record

A post from my vintage Marvel blog concerning the making of CIVIL WAR Civil War Record April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General Missed a day yesterday unexpectedly, so I'm going to try to double-up a little bit here on the progressing story of CIVIL WAR's development.After the outline and … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog: Civil War Record

Best of Blake’s 7 – Rumours of Death

S03EP08 - In the aftermath of the conclusion to series 2 and the departure of star Gareth Thomas, BLAKE'S 7 was forced to reinvent itself moving into its third series. It did so over the course of the year's first three episodes, much in the manner that the series began. In this new era, it … Continue reading Best of Blake’s 7 – Rumours of Death

Blah Blah Blog: What the Fans Want

A post from my decade-old Marvel blog concerning trying to please the demanding and mercurial fan audience. What the Fans Want April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General Spent the past weekend at Wizard World Philadelphia, where Marvel met a great crowd of enthusiastic readers. Got to spend a little … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog: What the Fans Want

5BC: Five Best Forgotten DC Retcons

In any long-running series, there's going to be a magnetic pull among a certain type of writer to want to change things, to make adjustments to details, to eliminate contradictions in the stories that have been told and to introduce new information about foundational events. These ideas can sometimes be additive and sometime be destructive, … Continue reading 5BC: Five Best Forgotten DC Retcons

Blah Blah Blog: Classic or Catastrophe–YOU DECIDE!

A post from my old Marvel blog about the cyclical nature of the audience's response. Classic or Catastrophe--YOU DECIDE! April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General I was tickled to discover that I'd made the top of somebody's kill-list. You know the ones, the "what I'd do if I miraculously … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog: Classic or Catastrophe–YOU DECIDE!

Best of Blake’s 7 – Star One

S02EP13 - This was the finale to the second season/series of BLAKE'S 7 and is a watershed episode in both for the transition moment that it represents and the unfulfilled potential of what might have been . It aired in the United Kingdom on April 3, 1979. By this point, a lot had changed since … Continue reading Best of Blake’s 7 – Star One