Personal Best: AVENGERS #1

This book has been on my list to write about for a while now, but given the sad news regarding the health of artist George Perez, it now seems like something I should get too sooner rather than later. For those who are unaware, george has been diagnosed with inoperable and terminal cancer, and he's … Continue reading Personal Best: AVENGERS #1

WC: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #17

This is a weirdly awkward cover, but one that works nonetheless. And I think it was new to me when I got this book, although I had read the story in this issue both in the third AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Pocket Books collection of classic issues, and MARVEL TALES (where a new cover had been commissioned.) … Continue reading WC: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #17

Blah Blah Blog – Five Year Rule

An entry from my long-ago Marvel blog, this one talking about an editorial philosophy that fell to the wayside for a bit. Five Year Rule October 6, 2008 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General Back in the 1980s, there was a general guideline at Marvel that said it wasn’t wise to refer … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – Five Year Rule

BHOC: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #157

My subscription to JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA was still in force, and so this next issue arrived one day in my mailbox. This was an issue of some note, both because it featured the wedding of the Atom (at a time when super hero weddings was still a relatively rare occurrence) and because only a … Continue reading BHOC: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #157

Great Covers: BATMAN #383

This is a pretty striking BATMAN cover, especially for the era. It's a good use of graphic design combined with a limited palette to achieve an effect. It's subtle, but you really can't miss that white-held portrait of Batman superimposed over the night's activities.the strong red-orange backgrounds giving the whole cover a bit of punch. … Continue reading Great Covers: BATMAN #383

The First Patsy Walker Story

MISS AMERICA MAGAZINE had started out as simply MISS AMERICA COMICS, solo-starring the patriotic character then being featured in Timely's MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS as well. But buying tastes were beginning to change in the marketplace, and so publisher Martin Goodman switched gears, transitioning MISS AMERICA into a hybrid magazine aimed at girls. The super-heroine would … Continue reading The First Patsy Walker Story

Blah Blah Blog – Spidey Answers pt. 4

An entry from my Marvel blog of years gone by, this one further answers to assorted reader questions concerning the then-active "Brand New Day" era of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. Spidey Answers pt. 4 October 15, 2008 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General It’s Day Four of Spidey answers, and we’re nowhere near close … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – Spidey Answers pt. 4

The Last Two-Gun Kid Story

The Two-Gun Kid was one of the longest-running characters in the Marvel line. He was created in 1948 in TWO-GUN KID #1 and over the next three decades he'd appear in not only his own magazine but also in stories featured in other western anthologies. This original Two-Gun Kid wasn't a masked cowboy, but rather … Continue reading The Last Two-Gun Kid Story