Thug the Unkindly

One of the best of the fan cartoonists of 1960s and 1970s fandom was Alan James Hanley. Hanley had grown up during the Golden Age of Comics and had retailed a fondness for their adventures and their style of storytelling. In particular, he was a aficionado of Captain Marvel, and the Captain's demise caused him … Continue reading Thug the Unkindly

Brand Echh – Demon Hunter #1

I've written here before of the short-lived Atlas Comics line of titles that appeared for a brief year in 1975 before vanishing without a ripple. But just to recount the basics for newcomers: after Martin Goodman sold Marvel to Cadence Industries, his expectation was that his son Chip, whom he'd been grooming for the role … Continue reading Brand Echh – Demon Hunter #1

Blah Blah Blog – The Ones That Did It, Part 2

An entry from my long ago Marvel blog, part of a week-long series about how I first became a Marvel reader. The Ones That Did It pt. 2 April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General Continuing another stroll down memory lane, to look at the comics and paraphernalia that made … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – The Ones That Did It, Part 2


This was another book that came to me in trade from my buddy Donald Sims. It was released during that period when Marvel was focused hot and heavy in coming up with monster/suspense series similar in approach to their super hero offerings, an effort that only had mixed results. The lead character who debuts here, … Continue reading BHOC: DEAD OF NIGHT #11

Forgotten Masterpiece: THE DAREDEVILS #8

Because he was such a popular and influential comic book creator, most everything that Alan Moore wrote for mainstream publishers has been reprinted and in virtually continuous print since he first started writing in the very late 1970s. But occasionally, there's a little bit of something that's been overlooked--partly because it appeared in an oddball … Continue reading Forgotten Masterpiece: THE DAREDEVILS #8

Brand Echh – Plastic Man #16

As interest in comic books and super heroes began to grow in the 1960s, several fly-by-night companies attempted to get in on the action. One such organization was Super Comics, published by Israel Waldman. Waldman's M.O. was to try to make a buck as cheaply as possible, and so for his Super Comics output, he … Continue reading Brand Echh – Plastic Man #16

Blah Blah Blog – Monday Reader Mail

Another post from my long-vanished Marvel blog in which I answered some more questions from the readers. Monday Reader Mail April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General It's been a few weeks since I've done this, so let's pull a few questions from the response-threads, and lay down some answers:>Ditko … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – Monday Reader Mail


This is another comic that I got from my friend Donald Sims, with whom I would often trade books. There's no way of tracking precisely when each book that I got in trade with him came into my possession, so I'm estimating as best I can. We were in each others' orbits for two school … Continue reading BHOC: CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN #81

Perfect Game – DETECTIVE COMICS #500

When I think abut the Christmas season, I'm often put in mind of this issue of DETECTIVE COMICS, the seminal issue #500. I bought it on Christmas eve, 1980, and I don't know that any of the gifts I received the following morning were a match for that reading experience. It's all tangled up in … Continue reading Perfect Game – DETECTIVE COMICS #500

Blah Blah Blog – Lunch with Colan

A post from my ancient Marvel blog concerning artist Gene Colan coming into the offices for lunch. Lunch with Colan April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General Secret plans were hatched around the Marvel offices yesterday to take me out for a special birthday lunch--but I snafued them completely and … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – Lunch with Colan