Brand Echh #1: Megaton Man #1

As the Direct Market for comic books opened up in the early 1980s, all sorts of new players poured in, and all sorts of new comic book publishers, many of them short-lived, hawked their wares--including a couple that were a bit surprising. One of those was undoubtedly Kitchen Sink Press, who had made their bones … Continue reading Brand Echh #1: Megaton Man #1

Marvel Comix: Rolling Stone (UK edition) October 18, 1969

It's relatively commonly known that rock newspaper Rolling Stone did a big cover story on the Marvel Comics phenomenon in 1972, emblazoning a Herb Trimpe Hulk on the cover of the magazine. What is less known (and I didn't realize this myself until just recently) is that the United Kingdom version of Rolling Stone ran … Continue reading Marvel Comix: Rolling Stone (UK edition) October 18, 1969

Blah Blah Blog – Reader Mail

Another old blog post from my long-scrubbed Marvel blog of the early 2000s, this one answering some questions posed by the audience. Reader Mail April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General What say we spend today answering some of the questions that've been asked by readers of previous posts?>I've read … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – Reader Mail

BHOC: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #182 & THE WORLD’S GREATEST SUPERHEROES

The week this issue of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN came to my spinner rack in the neighborhood 7-11 was a big one for comic book happenings. In addition to the release of a regular slate of comic books, two other things were going on that grabbed my attention. The first was the launch of DC's new Newspaper … Continue reading BHOC: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #182 & THE WORLD’S GREATEST SUPERHEROES

The Sales Figures of Marvel’s Jim Shooter

Well, not really Jim Shooter's directly, not in the same was as the Irwin Donenfeld sales charts we looked at last week. But I'm reasonably certain that I cribbed these newsstand tracking sheets from Jim Shooter's old web page a decade or so back, and he would have been there when they came in--so we'll … Continue reading The Sales Figures of Marvel’s Jim Shooter

Brand Echh: Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom #5

In the 1960s, one of the factors that enabled DC/National Comics to become the best-selling comic book publisher of the era was the shattering of Dell Comics. Dell had been a powerhouse in the field for more than a decade, far and away the best-selling comics company--a company whose wares were so known and trusted … Continue reading Brand Echh: Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom #5