Lee & Kirby & Ortolani: Farewell to the King

In response to having serialized his final Fantastic Four story, the wonderful Leonardo Ortolani sent me over an additional tale very much in the same spirit which I had never seen before. He told me that he had done it in early 1994, right after Jack Kirby passed, and that it ran in a fanzine … Continue reading Lee & Kirby & Ortolani: Farewell to the King

Blah Blah Blog – Comics I Screwed Up, Part One

A post from my old Marvel blog concerning comic book projects that I made something of a mess of. Comics I Screwed Up pt 1 April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General There's no getting around it. If you do this job for any length of time, no matter how … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – Comics I Screwed Up, Part One

Great Covers: MASTER COMICS #29

I haven't posted one of these in a long time, but this cover is just too good not to share. It's the work of Mac Raboy, the regular artist on Captain Marvel Jr. and the subject of a recent biographical book put out by TwoMorrows. And it's a scream. The expression on Hitler's face in … Continue reading Great Covers: MASTER COMICS #29

The First and Last of Herbie

Herbie Popnecker was introduced in a short one-off story that originally saw print in FORBIDDEN WORLDS #73. It was intended as a throwaway tale, one more short strange adventure to fill the pages of the anthology series. But the story and the character proved popular with readers, and creator Richard Hughes subsequently brought him back … Continue reading The First and Last of Herbie

Blah Blah Blog – Continuity

A post rescued from my defunct Marvel blog of years ago, concerning continuity. Wednesday, 5:08 April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General Continuity. Some people have asked about it, and its role in comic book storytelling. So here's what I can tell you:Continuity is a tool. It is not an … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – Continuity

BHOC: FANTASTIC FOUR #184

Another book that came to me out of a 3-Bag, this issue of FANTASTIC FOUR would have been the reason I bought the 3-Bag in question, regardless of what other titles might have been inside it. FF was, by this point, my favorite comic book series, and so an opportunity to fill in another missing … Continue reading BHOC: FANTASTIC FOUR #184

Lee & Kirby: More Thoughts on FANTASTIC FOUR #1

I recently got an e-mail from Glen David Gold, the fine writer and Kirby enthusiast, who had a few additional thoughts about FANTASTIC FOUR #1 and how it may have been put together. We ended up corresponding a bit dissecting these questions, and so with Glen's permission, I'm going to post some of that correspondence … Continue reading Lee & Kirby: More Thoughts on FANTASTIC FOUR #1

Blah Blah Blog – Mark Gruenwald Memorial

A post from my ancient Marvel blog concerning a tribute to the late Marvel executive editor Mark Gruenwald held at MoCCA. Tuesday, 4:00 April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General Sick at home today, trying to recuperate from whatever bug I picked up while traveling. But while it was fresh … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – Mark Gruenwald Memorial

BHOC: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #170

This was another issue that I purchased in a 3-Bag, the most readily available source of recent back issues in 1978. In that time before widespread comic book stores and trade paperback collections, these plastic bags containing three recent books (typically about nine months old) could be found in the toy departments of department stores, … Continue reading BHOC: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #170