By the time this issue of JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY was published, he series had crystalized into its final form. The short one-off adventures of the Thunder God Thor now gave way to an impressively long serialized story that ran consistently from issue to issue without a break for several years. In addition, the character's background … Continue reading WC: JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #118


Continuing our look back at the AMAZING HEROES PREVIEW SPECIAL for 1985. I don't believe that GALAXY COMICS ever saw the light of day, but I may be wrong about that. Along the same lines, I'm not sure that HANG ON FOR ADVENTURE was ever released. WEST COAST AVENGERS lost the HAWKEYE AND THE by … Continue reading AMAZING HEROES #62 1985 PREVIEW SPECIAL, F-M

Brand Echh: The Comet #1

Archie Comics' attempt to get back into the super hero marketplace in 1983 under their Red Circle imprint was, by all accounts, a bit of a mess. It was an experiment that played itself out over around two years, and which produced some interesting experiments as well as a bunch of just out-and-out junk. The … Continue reading Brand Echh: The Comet #1

(Not So) Great Covers: THRILLING COMICS #57

There's no question that Alex Schomburg was one of the finest cover artists of the Golden Age of Comics. He cut his teeth at Timely, where he excelled in crafting spectacularly complex images of Captain America, the Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner battling just hordes of enemy soldiers or criminals or war machines or whatever. … Continue reading (Not So) Great Covers: THRILLING COMICS #57


Here's another issue of SUPERMAN'S PAL, JIMMY OLSEN that I got as part of my Windfall Comics purchase of 1988, where I bought a box of around 150 Silver Age comics from a guy I met at my local Post Office for the measly sum of just $50.00. There were proportionately more Mort Weisinger Superman … Continue reading WC: SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #70


Continuing our look at the yearly AMAZING HEROES preview Special, this one for 1985. CAPTAIN CARROT: THE OZ-WONDERLAND WAR did eventually see print, but as three double-sized issues rather than six regular-sized one. CHALLENGER never quite happened, and neither did BLOCKBUSTER, which is listed here as 'Charlton Project." COMICO BIJOU was a no-show at comic … Continue reading AMAZING HEROES #62 1985 PREVIEW SPECIAL, C-F


A good deal away from my family's home in Farmingville was the Sun-Vet Mall, situated at the intersection of Sunrise Highway and Veteran's Highway. It was too distant to be any sort of regular shopping destination for my parents, but they did wind up going there occasionally despite the distance--there must have been some specific … Continue reading BHOC: FLASH #179


Somehow, somewhere along the way, I skipped over this issue of MARVEL SUPER-HEROES in recounting the different comic books I read growing up. And while it's not something that anybody but myself is going to be aware of, it bugs me enough that I'm going to go ahead and go over this issue with you … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #63