BHOC: SUPER-VILLAIN TEAM-UP #3

This was another issue that I pulled out of my drugstore's Big Bin of Slightly Older Comics, which was filled with books that had been reported destroyed to the distributor but had instead been sold off to the drugstore chain at a cut-rate price. This manner of double-dipping, the "affidavit returns" system, is one of … Continue reading BHOC: SUPER-VILLAIN TEAM-UP #3

The Imaginary Spider-Man Episodes of the Grantray-Lawrence Marvel Super Heroes 1966 Cartoon

As many know, and as we've talked about here in the past, the Marvel characters first came to television in 1966, in the form of a syndicated animated series produced by Grantray-Lawrence. The series ran five days a week and featured five Marvel characters: Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk, Captain America and the Sub-Mariner. But … Continue reading The Imaginary Spider-Man Episodes of the Grantray-Lawrence Marvel Super Heroes 1966 Cartoon

Brand Echh: The Double Life of Private Strong #1

For most of the Golden Age of Comics, the partnership of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby had been a sales juggernaut. While they had their occasional flops, more often than not the combo was responsible for hit after hit--enough so that their names would sometimes be called on in the advertising, something that typically was … Continue reading Brand Echh: The Double Life of Private Strong #1

Blah Blah Blog – Reader Mail

Another post from my 2007-2010 Marvel blog, this one answering questions posed by the readership. Reader Mail April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General So I figured, given the response of the last few days, it was time to either do some more reader mail segments, or to finally write … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – Reader Mail

Secrets Behind the Comics 6

The wrap-up to our sequence on this self-published book Stan Lee put out in 1947 giving detailed information about the comic book business (albeit detailed information aimed at a relatively young readership.) Al Jaffee just celebrated his 100th birthday last month, and was a regular and celebrated contributor to MAD Magazine for many decades, responsible … Continue reading Secrets Behind the Comics 6

Blah Blah Blog – It’s All Cyclic

A post from my long-ago Marvel blog concerning how certain patterns often recur in the manner in which the audience reacts to change. It's All Cyclic April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General Here's one of the things I've realized about this business: it's all cyclic. The same patterns repeat … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – It’s All Cyclic