A Marvel-ous Evening with Stan Lee

It was one of the great, mythic misfires of the Marvel Age of Comics. Looking for ways in which he could spread his wings and move from being just a comic book editor and writer, Marvel's Stan Lee presided over a one-night-only event at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan on Wednesday, January 5th 1972. Reportedly, the … Continue reading A Marvel-ous Evening with Stan Lee

Forgotten Masterpiece: EERIE #32

From the mid-1960s all the way through the earliest days of the 1980s, Warren Publications provided a bit of an alternative to the mainstream comic book marketplace dominated by Marvel and DC (as well as Archie and Harvey and Gold Key, etc.) Warren's particular forte was in doing horror magazines, very much influenced, at least … Continue reading Forgotten Masterpiece: EERIE #32

BHOC: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #156

I dutifully picked up this next issue of JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA, one of my favorite titles when I was even younger than I was at its time of release. But since the departure of writer Steve Englehart, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA was going through something of a slump--new author Gerry Conway was crafting solid … Continue reading BHOC: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #156

Brand Echh: The Scorpion #3 and the Marvelization of Atlas Comics

The short mid-1970s history of Atlas Comics represents one of the great missed opportunities in the history of comics. For a brief, shining second, it seemed as though there would be another mainstream publisher in the field, one that would challenge Marvel and DC for supremacy in the marketplace and create greater competition, and by … Continue reading Brand Echh: The Scorpion #3 and the Marvelization of Atlas Comics

Blah Blah Blog – Reader Questions 7

Another old post from my Marvel blog of a decade ago, in which I answer some questions from teh readership. Reader Questions 7 April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General All right, we're getting down to the end on Reader Questions, so we should have this all wrapped up by … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – Reader Questions 7

Lee & Kirby: The Pencils of FANTASTIC FOUR #49

An awful lot of the production work materials from the comic books created in the formative years of the industry are long gone, discarded as unimportant "work product" on the way to producing finished comic book issues, which were the goal point all along. Fortunately, a lot of the original artwork has survived (though far … Continue reading Lee & Kirby: The Pencils of FANTASTIC FOUR #49

Forgotten Masterpiece: LUNATICKLE #2

There was no greater success story in the world of comic books in the 1950s as MAD Magazine. Even in the world of magazine publishing, the only thing that perhaps bettered it was the rise of PLAYBOY. When Harvey Kurtzman and Bill Gaines switched the dying EC line's breakout hit from a comic book to … Continue reading Forgotten Masterpiece: LUNATICKLE #2