FOOM, a.k.a. Friends Of Ol' Marvel, was the successor operation to the haphazard Marvelmania International once teh latter had gone belly-up. Stan Lee, now Marvel's publisher, still saw value in having a fan publication that could further ingratiate the readership with Marvel, as well as a place where the assorted licensing efforts that they'd begun … Continue reading FOOM #1

Blah Blah Blog – My First Marvel

A posting from my Marvel blog of long ago, polling the audience as to what their first remembered encounter with Marvel in any form was, and talking about my own. My First Marvel April 20, 2009 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General By now, I'm sure that everybody has been suitably stunned … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – My First Marvel


MARVELMANIA was a short-lived operation set up in 1969 to sell licensed merchandise of the Marvel characters. It was positioned in the books as a spiritual successor to the Merry Marvel Marching Society, Marvel's in-house fan club, but in fact it was a separate fly-by-night organization entirely, one set up and licensed by Don Wallace. … Continue reading MARVELMANIA CATALOG #1

The First Ghost Rider Story

The original Ghost Rider made his debut in 1949, in the pages of Magazine Enterprises' TIM HOLT #11. Nobody involved could have anticipated that the character, in a series of transformative forms, would still be a going concern today--and might have starred in a pair of big budget movies. While the publishers at Magazine Enterprises … Continue reading The First Ghost Rider Story

Blah Blah Blog – Everything You Wanted To Know About Cake

An entry from my blog of many years ago, this one talking about my then-recent appearance on FOOD NETWORK CHALLENGE: LAST CAKE STANDING as a guest judge, a role I fulfilled on a few occasions.. Everything You Wanted To Know About Cake April 22, 2009 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – Everything You Wanted To Know About Cake


I got this issue of INCREDIBLE HULK, with its very nice Jim Starlin-drawn cover, in one of those 3-Bags sold in department stores and toy stores. The books in those bags were always about nine months old, so this was a way, at least during the first year of my starting to read Marvel books, … Continue reading BHOC: INCREDIBLE HULK #217

Superman: This Island Bradman

What is the rarest Superman comic book in existence? That's a question that would invite a great deal of debate. But there's some compelling evidence to indicate that it may be this one. This Superman custom comic book had a print run of only around 200 copies total, and was distributed to an incredibly select … Continue reading Superman: This Island Bradman