Comics in the Wild 4

Here is yet another assortment of vintage comic books being sold or consumed in old photos collected from across the Internet. This looks like some enthusiastic fans until you realize that they've gathered up these "horrible comic books" to burn them. In this dressing room comic books are the thing. That's MASTER COMICS #36 that … Continue reading Comics in the Wild 4

Brand Echh: Charlton Premiere #3

We've talked about CHARLTON PREMIERE in the past. It was Charlton's attempt at a SHOWCASE-style series that would debut a different character or concept every issue. A try-out comic, in other words. No series that appeared in CHARLTON PREMIERE ever graduated into its own book, but a few of the stories are noteworthy in some … Continue reading Brand Echh: Charlton Premiere #3


I picked up this issue of TALES OF SUSPENSE during that selfsame first visit to The Batcave, the comic book specialty shop located just off of the South Shore Mall, the first ever genuine comic book shop that I had been to. And I bought it for a singular reason: its age. I could tell … Continue reading BHOC: TALES OF SUSPENSE #30

Secrets Behind the Comics 2

Here's the second portion of SECRETS BEHIND THE COMICS, editor Stan Lee's self-published pamphlet which purported to give the inside story on how comic books were made. Even in 1947--and this applied to virtually all of the publishing house of the period, not just Timely--the Editor was the Key Man. This section does give us … Continue reading Secrets Behind the Comics 2

Blah Blah Blog – How Far is Too Far?

An entry from my Marvel blog of days gone by talking about the resiliency of the characters and determining which aspects of them are up for grabs and mutable, and which are inviolate. It's still a pretty good question. How Far is Too Far? April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – How Far is Too Far?


This was yet another back issue that I picked up during my first trip to the Batcave, the very first full-on comic book specialty store that I had ever been in. I was drawn to this issue for a single, specific reason: somewhere in my travels, I had learned that this issue reprinted the 1950s … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #20

Great Covers: SUPERMAN #145

Saw this cover the other day for the first time since it was originally published and was struck by how simple and how powerful the image here is. It's really a case where less is more, and the juxtaposition of the background American flag and the burning Superman cape forge an inescapable connection. Great use … Continue reading Great Covers: SUPERMAN #145