This was another comic book that I came into possession of through swapping with my buddy Donald Sims, and it was an acquisition of some great interest. In general, for me during this period, any comic book with a 20 cent price tag seemed old somehow, vintage--even though I had started reading during the last … Continue reading BHOC: X-MEN #87

Brand Echh – The Heap #1

There really wasn't a lousier time to try to start up a new color comic book line than the very early 1970s, but this didn't stop Skywald. Skywald was a joint venture of Israel Waldman, who had previously been behind the I.W./Super comics line of unauthorized golden age reprint titles distributed directly to department stores … Continue reading Brand Echh – The Heap #1

Blah Blah Blog – Rolling Stone

A post from my old Marvel blog, pointing to a transcript of a Marvel article from Rolling Stone. The transcript is no longer there, but Barry Pearl has helpfully transcribed it here: . Flo Steinberg sadly passed away a few years ago. Rolling Stone April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – Rolling Stone


First off, what a great name for a comic magazine. I can't help but thinking to myself, "As opposed to the SECRET HOUSE OF SINISTER LOVE", which may have been down the block. Anyway, in attempting to cash in on a corner of the growing marketplace for gothic romance stories in the early 1970s, DC … Continue reading Great Covers: SINISTER HOUSE OF SECRET LOVE #2

Lee & Kirby & Simon: Captain America Before and After 1

As the Marvel line began to grow in the 1960s, editor Stan Lee decided that he had a problem. He based this supposition on some of the fan mail that he'd been receiving no doubt--mail that would ask questions about how a given Marvel character could be in the midst of life-or-death jeopardy in one … Continue reading Lee & Kirby & Simon: Captain America Before and After 1

Blah Blah Blog – Many Thanks

A post from my vintage Marvel blog of yesteryear about an artist sending a drawing to me. Many Thanks April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General I make it a general policy not to buy or collect original art—not because it isn't beautiful or worthwhile, but because it can lead … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – Many Thanks


Hey, we were just talking about this issue while discussing PETER PARKER, SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #2 last week. This was another book that came my way from my school friend Don Sims, who no doubt purchased them both at around the same time. Now that i was starting to follow the character, it was I suppose … Continue reading BHOC: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #164