The same thing as last time, this is a continuation of our tour through the very first AMAZING HEROES Preview Special covering comic books that were meant to be coming out in 1984. CAPTAIN AMERICA #300 ran into editorial difficulties and wound up being broken into two regular-sized issues, so not everything (not that there's … Continue reading AMAZING HEROES #39 1984 PREVIEW SPECIAL, C-F

FANTASTIC FOUR #286 John Byrne’s Way

If there's a moment that truly crystalized the Direct Sales marketplace and helped to forge it into a meaningful distribution pipeline for comics, it was with the release of X-MEN #137 in which creators Chris Claremont and John Byrne wrapped up what is today known as "The Dark Phoenix Saga" in a double-sized issue that … Continue reading FANTASTIC FOUR #286 John Byrne’s Way

Blah Blah Blog – All My Love To Long Ago

A post from my old Marvel blog looking back on some stories that I had edited in the past. All My Love To Long Ago May 12, 2009 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General I don't often get the opportunity to reread the books I've worked on over the years. Once they're … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – All My Love To Long Ago


So this was another issue that I got in a plastic 3-Bag at either a department store or a toy store, and it was the last part that I hadn't read of this four-part Skrulls storyline--a storyline that I read entirely out of sequence, beginning with the concluding chapter. It was the last multi-part storyline … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL’S GREATEST COMICS #74

Brand Ecch: Mighty Comics #43

You've waited long enough for another dose of my favorite Silver Age camp super hero strip, Archie's The Web. As we've gone over before, in an attempt to hop onto the super hero fad of the mid-60s, archie resurrected a number of their 1940s characters and presented them in what was almost a parody of … Continue reading Brand Ecch: Mighty Comics #43


It's been said over the years that Marvel's publisher Martin Goodman had an unwavering faith in the sales appeal of Ant-Man. How much of that was due to him hearing about the sell-through numbers on the earliest appearances of the Atom over at rival DC I do not know--but it does account for the reason … Continue reading WC: TALES TO ASTONISH #38

Blah Blah Blog – The Stars

A post from my ancient Marvel blog concerning the fact that it's the creators, not the editors and back-staff, that readers care about. The Stars May 18, 2009 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General Read a piece over the weekend in which, in speaking about a particular project that had recently been … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – The Stars


This issue of MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE was another that I got in a 3-Bag, and quite likely the reason that I picked up that particular 3-Bag in the first place. As I've said before, during this time, FANTASTIC FOUR was my favorite comic book, and so anything featuring a member of the FF drew me like … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #33


Back in the 1980s, in a time before the internet and when comic book solicitations catalogs only ran maybe the name of the comic book and its creative team in most instances, the biannual AMAZING HEROES PREVIEW SPECIAL became like a bible of fans who were hungry to know more about what was coming up … Continue reading AMAZING HEROES #39 1984 PREVIEW SPECIAL, A & B

Forgotten Masterpiece: The Block

In the course of his comic book career, for all that he had a bombshell-like impact upon the field, pushing the boundaries of what could be done graphically in comics, Jim Steranko only produced a small handful of stories. Many of these have been reprinted time and again over teh years,,attracting new audiences. But this … Continue reading Forgotten Masterpiece: The Block