SHOWCASE #50 and the Non-History of Yankee Doodle Dandy

This one isn't about a comic book feature that saw print but rather one that didn't--at least not in its original intended form. SHOWCASE was the round-robin series that would move from editor to editor throughout the DC stable, each of whom was expected to debut some new feature within its pages as a try-out … Continue reading SHOWCASE #50 and the Non-History of Yankee Doodle Dandy


This is, I think, one of the most discussed comic book stories of all time, so I don't know that I'm going to have a whole lot that's new to add to the conversation. What I can bring to the table is some personal perspective. I would have been 19 years old in 1986 when … Continue reading Perfect Game – BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, Book One

Blah Blah Blog – The Rules

A post from my old Marvel blog outlining the conditions for readers to post responses to my content. The spirit of these rules still persists, though not these conditions specifically, as we are no longer on The Rules July 3, 2008 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General It seems like the … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – The Rules


This issue of MARVEL TALES was another book that I got out of a 3-Bag from a department store or toy store. It reprinted AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #99, a story that I've seen an argument for being the Silver Age end of the story begun in AMAZING FANTASY #15. Scripter Stan Lee would write one more … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL TALES #80

Doctor Who: Village of the Angels

I may be in the minority here, but I am not a huge fan of the Weeping Angels. I agree that they were the centerpoint of one of the best single episodes of the new series, "Blink", which was genuinely scary and well put together. The problem is that the attributes of the Angels as … Continue reading Doctor Who: Village of the Angels


At this point, there'd been another cycling of the 3-Bags of comics available at department and toy stores, and so I wound up over the course of several weeks picking up a number of recent books that I had earlier missed; in most cases because I hadn't been reading Marvel titles yet. The window on … Continue reading BHOC: IRON MAN #99

The First Spider Man Story

As we've covered in a number of different earlier posts, the chain of causality which led to the creation of the Amazing Spider-Man, Marvel Comics' signature creation, is long and tangled. Every once in a while I see people make reference to this story in relation to it. And in fact, there isn't any direct … Continue reading The First Spider Man Story