Blah Blah Blog – Behind the Curtain

An entry from my Marvel blog of the mid-2000s asking and answering the question: at what point did I as a reader become aware of the personalities behind the stories I had been reading? Behind the Curtain April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General I really did intend to do … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – Behind the Curtain

BHOC: MARVEL PREMIERE #25

This was another book that I dug up in my local drugstore's Big Bin of Somewhat-Older Comic Books, books that were reported as having been destroyed but were instead being sold off the back of the truck at five for a dollar--a great bargain for me. I was continuing to explore different avenues in the … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL PREMIERE #25

A Guide To Marvel’s Unannounced 1970s Reprint Issues

It was the scourge of the decade, and virtually every comic book collector of the period experienced it on one occasion or another. You would go to your local newsstand outlet, drug store or convenience store that stocked a spinner rack, pick through it to find exciting new releases, then pay for your books and … Continue reading A Guide To Marvel’s Unannounced 1970s Reprint Issues

Brand Echh – Blue Beetle #54

This obscure issue of Charlton's BLUE BEETLE series--not the version re-conceptualized by Steve Ditko but the earlier, super-powered version, seems like any other throw-away Charlton comic of the era--good for a few moments of entertainment, but not at all memorable for any particular reason. But this issue is noteworthy for being one of the earliest … Continue reading Brand Echh – Blue Beetle #54

Blah Blah Blog – I Was A Teenage Moron

A post from my Marvel blog of long ago talking about my own fannish opinions and assumptions before being hired at Marvel. I Was A Teenage Moron April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General For some reason, Marvel's servers seem to have eaten the last few paragraphs of the previous … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – I Was A Teenage Moron

Brand Echh – Life With Archie #42

As the super hero boom of the 1960s began to reach its fever pitch, even those publishers who eschewed costumed crime-fighters as a rule began to dip their toe into the masked avenger pond. So it was that even Archie Comics attempted to produce a sub-line of stories featuring the red-headed kid next door as … Continue reading Brand Echh – Life With Archie #42

The Unknown Vince Colletta

An awful lot has been written about longtime inker Vince Colletta, most of it not good. These days, the man's primary claim to fame is having inked several years' worth of Jack Kirby's pencils on THOR. In doing so, Colletta would routinely simplify backgrounds and eliminate details or even whole figures in order to make … Continue reading The Unknown Vince Colletta

Blah Blah Blog – History II

An installment of my old Marvel blog concerning Marvel's first attempt to brand the company's output with that name in 1947. History II April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General Another quick bit of history that I came across while doing some research. The attached page ran in CAPTAIN AMERICA … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – History II