Brand Echh: Fast Willie Jackson #1

The 1970s saw a rise in representation for African-Americans in popular culture--although that representation wasn't always sensitively done. But with Blaxploitation films bringing in big box office returns (especially as compared to the cost to produce) people suddenly became aware of a large black audience that wasn't being tapped--and a variety of players moved to … Continue reading Brand Echh: Fast Willie Jackson #1

Secrets Behind The Comics 3

More secrets revealed by Stan Lee in 1947! Alan Sulman isn't terribly well remembered these days. So it's nice to have these names and caricatures. It's also nice to see what a script looked like at Timely in 1947. Stan helpfully provides empty panel layouts for the readers of this book. Syd Shores was a … Continue reading Secrets Behind The Comics 3

BHOC: GREEN LANTERN #105

Picked up the latest issue of GREEN LANTERN on my weekly excursion to my local 7-11 on Thursday, the day when new comic books came out. It would have been an automatic buy regardless, but that's really a pretty cool cover. The fragmenting of Green Lantern amidst Sonar's sonic waves is a visual effect I … Continue reading BHOC: GREEN LANTERN #105

Lee & Kirby: The Cover to FANTASTIC FOUR #1

This past week I was called upon to do some work on the upcoming AUGUST 1961 Omnibus that Marvel is going to be releasing as part of the 60th Anniversary of the publication of FANTASTIC FOUR #1. The massive book will collect all of the other Marvel titles that were also on sale on or … Continue reading Lee & Kirby: The Cover to FANTASTIC FOUR #1

Lee & Heck & Hartley: The Misguided Mix-Up of TALES OF SUSPENSE #67 & #68

The early days of the Marvel Age of Comics, it must be said, were a pretty ramshackle and fly-by-night period. For all that these comics in general have come to be regarded as timeless masterpieces in certain circles today, at the time they were being produced, they were still largely no more than a way … Continue reading Lee & Heck & Hartley: The Misguided Mix-Up of TALES OF SUSPENSE #67 & #68

Blah Blah Blog – Editor School

A post from my old Marvel blog concerning a series of classes given to the editors of that period by Klaus Janson. Editor School April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General Yesterday began another cycle of Editor Classes here at Marvel, presided over by Klaus Janson, in which the editorial … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – Editor School

BHOC: T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS #1

I first encountered the THUNDER Agents in the pages of Maurice Horn's WORLD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF COMICS, a two-volume set of books chronicling all sorts of comic book series from around the world. My local library had them in stock, though for some reason they weren't kept with the other books on comics, but rather over … Continue reading BHOC: T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS #1