Blah Blah Blog – Comic Book Merchandise

A post from my vintage Marvel blog concerning why we are attracted to comic book merchandise. Friday, 10:16 April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General I was at the comic shop last night, looking over the rows of action figures and statues and bisques and life-size comic book props, and … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – Comic Book Merchandise

BHOC: DETECTIVE COMICS #287

I bought this issue of DETECTIVE COMICS during that same first visit to Bush's Hobbies, and I bought it for the same reason: it was old. I believe it was likely the oldest copy of DETECTIVE in the actual boxes (though I wouldn't be surprised if some earlier issues were either on the wall or … Continue reading BHOC: DETECTIVE COMICS #287

Brand Echh – Fightin’ 5 #40

Here's a great example of the fact that you never know what's going to become a successful property over time. This issue of Charlton's FIGHTIN' 5 comic--a series that featured the adventures of a group of Blackhawk-like non-powered adventurers--also showcased, unheralded, the first appearance of a character who remained a footnote in comic book history … Continue reading Brand Echh – Fightin’ 5 #40

Blah Blah Blog – The Appeal of Reading Comics

A post from my old Marvel blog speaking about one of the hidden appeals that reading comics holds for some readers. Thursday, 6:19 April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General These short weeks are murder. I wind up trying to pack five days' worth of work into three days' worth … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – The Appeal of Reading Comics

Lee & Kirby: The Enigmas and Non-Enigmas of FANTASTIC FOUR #8

I suspect that this post is going to put some noses out of joint. How can it not, given the subject matter that we're about to get to? So I want to state right up front that I'm not looking to give any insult to anyone. As always, I'm looking to try to ferret out … Continue reading Lee & Kirby: The Enigmas and Non-Enigmas of FANTASTIC FOUR #8

Blah Blah Blog – Creative Retreat

A short post from my days-of-yore Marvel blog concerning one of our regular Marvel creative retreats, which was then in progress. Creative Retreat April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General We're holding one of our creative retreats this week, so there'll be far less blogging than usual, if any. In … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – Creative Retreat

BHOC: BATMAN FAMILY #18

At about this time, the next issue of BATMAN FAMILY came out, and I bought it at my trusty, reliable 7-11. I had been purchasing BATMAN FAMILY regularly almost since the beginning, and though I missed the vintage reprints in the transition over to the new Dollar Comics format, that didn't stop me from partaking. … Continue reading BHOC: BATMAN FAMILY #18

Brand Echh – Avengers Chronicles #4

The fourth issue of FantaCo's short-lived CHRONCILES series carried with it a new logo for the title--things were perhaps already growing dicey between the company and Marvel, whose output they were reviewing and indexing in these publications. And interview they had run in their FANTASTIC FOUR edition, #2, had earned them the ire of Marvel's … Continue reading Brand Echh – Avengers Chronicles #4

Blah Blah Blog – Reader Questions 2

A post from my old Marvel blog of the last decade in which I answer some more questions from the audience. Reader Questions 2 April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General Another day of reader questions from the mailbag:> Really, right now I just want to know if the SI: … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – Reader Questions 2