This particular issue would be my candidate for most underwhelming oversized anniversary issue of the era. It was heavily promoted throughout the DC titles of the era--and who could resist that story hook? It's the day the Batman retires! But honestly, it's a pretty bleh read, tedious, and with the central thesis really being fitted … Continue reading BHOC: BATMAN #300

The First Quicksilver Story

Quicksilver was one of the many second banana super heroes who profligated throughout the Golden Age of Comics, filling up the back pages of assorted anthology titles and providing thrills but not being so memorable or distinct that they ever became stars themselves. Occasionally, one of these back-page crime-busters would break out and become a … Continue reading The First Quicksilver Story


My subscription to JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA was still ticking along, though I wouldn't renew it again after it too ran its course like my FLASH subscription. So the next comic that I got was my sub copy of this issue. This is one that I hardly recall at all, and I don't think I've … Continue reading BHOC: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #155

Brand Echh – Tod Holton, Super Green Beret #1

If there's ever an award given for the most tone-deaf comic book of the 1960s, then TOD HOLTON, SUPER GREEN BERET stands a pretty good chance of winning. It was published in the opening days of 1967 and attempted to introduce a new wartime super hero soldier character. Unfortunately for its creators, the war was … Continue reading Brand Echh – Tod Holton, Super Green Beret #1

Blah Blah Blog – Mortality

A post from my 13-year-old Marvel blog concerning some then-recent deaths within the industry. Mortality April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General As has been reported almost everywhere in the comic book blogosphere, we got hit with a real double-whammy yesterday.Upon arriving to work, we were dumbfounded to learn that … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – Mortality


This was the fourth chapter in Superman's clash with the super-powered android Amazo, a conflict designed as the backdrop through which to introduce a new and marketable new piece of Kryptonian lore to the mythos: the Supermobile. Having accomplished that over the past two issues, it was time to get this story wrapped up this … Continue reading BHOC: ACTION COMICS #483

Brand Echh – Fantastic Four Chronicles #2

A short-lived publication from the early 1980s, FantaCo's CHRONICLES series of fanzines devoted each issue to a specific Marvel title (until their final annual, in which every comic book series published up to that time was reviewed.) These fanzines were pretty great, chock full of interesting information and articles as well as checklists and indexes--and … Continue reading Brand Echh – Fantastic Four Chronicles #2


Following up from yesterday's entry, I moved into the second of the two issues of MARVEL TALES that I had purchased from my local drugstore's Big Bin of Should-Have-Been Pulped Comics. Like the previous issue, this one was produced by the team of Stan Lee, Gil Kane and John Romita--and it was reading reprints such … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL TALES #72