This was another issue that I purchased in a 3-Bag, the most readily available source of recent back issues in 1978. In that time before widespread comic book stores and trade paperback collections, these plastic bags containing three recent books (typically about nine months old) could be found in the toy departments of department stores, … Continue reading BHOC: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #170


I can remember finding the 3-Bag in a Kay-Bee toy store in a mall outlet that my family didn't typically frequent. It was an exciting moment, for there, wrapped in plastic, was one of the issues of FANTASTIC FOUR that I had missed between those found in the drug store's bin of affidavit returns and … Continue reading BHOC: FANTASTIC FOUR #182


Another source of comics to me during this period were the 3-Bags sold in chain department stores, supermarkets and toy stores in this era. For those who don't remember, each clear plastic bag would contain three recent comic books--my studies indicate that they tended to be around nine months old when released--for a single price. … Continue reading BHOC: INVADERS #13