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

Blah Blah Blog – Reader Questions 1

Two posts from my old Marvel blog, the first of which is a call for reader questions and the second is the first portion of answers to those questions. Call for Reader Questions May 22, 2009 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General It's been a while since we've done one of these, … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – Reader Questions 1


This issue of MARVEL TRIPLE ACTION was another book that I picked up as part of a 3-Bag purchased either at a department store or a local toy store. It reprinted an issue of AVENGERS that was about a decade old at that point. And during that time, AVENGERS was a very different book than … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL TRIPLE ACTION #38

Comics Creators in the Wild 11

Another installment of our popular feature where we showcase vintage photographs of popular comic book creators from days gone by. This is sometimes known as "Stan Lee and friends" given how often Lee was photographed over the years. Mark Gruenwald and Nel Yomtov at a convention in the late 1980s Renee Witterstaetter at a party … Continue reading Comics Creators in the Wild 11


This cover to TALES OF SUSPENSE #46 has always struck me as odd. For one things, we don't actually see the title character in costume--that inset image of Tony STark donning his armor feels like an afterthought to me, an add-on. Additionally, the crimson Dynamo who is so touted here bears only a marginal resemblance … Continue reading WC: TALES OF SUSPENSE #46

Blah Blah Blog – Reader Questions 2

Another post from my old Marvel blog in which I respond to queries from the audience. Reader Questions 2 May 27, 2009 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General Day Two of our snappy answers to your stupid questions. Or should that be the other way around? >I've got problems with my MS … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – Reader Questions 2


This was another comic book that I bought in a 3-Bag bundle from a department store or a toy store. The new creative team on MARVEL TEAM-UP, Chris Claremont and John Byrne, had first worked together on IRON FIST, the recently-cancelled martial arts super hero series. Before it went away, they had begun a subplot … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL TEAM-UP #63