Brand Echh – Herbie #14

One of the most memorable and idiosyncratic characters of the silver age of comics was Herbie Popnecker. Herbie started out as the star of a single one-off mystery/supernatural story, but proved so popular with the readership of the American Comics Group that he was brought back time and time again, and eventually gained his own … Continue reading Brand Echh – Herbie #14

Brand Echh – Adventures Into The Unknown #154

The American Comics Group was a regular presence on the nation;s newsstands from the mid-1940s through to the close of the 1960s. They did a wide variety of comic books with their own unique flavor--but the one genre that they mostly avoided was super heroes. Editor and main writer Richard Hughes reportedly had little interest … Continue reading Brand Echh – Adventures Into The Unknown #154

Brand Echh – Fatman, The Human Flying Saucer #1

As we talked about last time, Captain Marvel was just about the biggest and most popular super-heroic character during the Golden Age of Comics. So it was perhaps almost inevitable that, with a new super hero boom striking the industry in the mid-1960s, the creators behind the Captain's good works would try to strike gold … Continue reading Brand Echh – Fatman, The Human Flying Saucer #1

Brand Echh – Captain Marvel #1

Here's a book that pissed off both Marvel and DC's brass--both for different reasons. It's also a really good example of the kinds of schlock that started to turn up on newsstands as novice publishers began trying to jump onto the pop art super hero craze that kicked off in the mid-1960s. There are no … Continue reading Brand Echh – Captain Marvel #1

Brand Echh – Sick #48

In the mid-1960s, Joe Simon was in the middle of a court battle attempting to recapture the rights to Captain America, an effort which would eventually come to nothing in part thanks to an affidavit made out by his old partner Jack Kirby specifying that he was aware at all times that everything created for … Continue reading Brand Echh – Sick #48

Brand Echh – Unearthly Spectaculars #2

Upon hearing that Captain America co-creator Joe Simon had joined forces with Harvey Publications to release a new line of super hero titles to capitalize on the new wave of costumed hero popularity, both Martin Goodman and Stan Lee were concerned. They both had a ton of respect for Simon's commercial abilities, and feared that … Continue reading Brand Echh – Unearthly Spectaculars #2

Brand Echh – Thunderbolt #57

For a short period in the mid-1960s, under the editorship of Dick Giordano, bottom-rung publisher Charlton had a very nice line of up-and-coming super hero comics. It didn't last long--the market dip in the post-BATMAN TV show craze put the kibosh on all sorts of super hero aspirations. In this instance, though, we're going to … Continue reading Brand Echh – Thunderbolt #57