5BC: Five Best Comics of 1979

This issue of MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE featured John Byrne's first outing with the team as both writer and artist, a time travel adventure that had Ben Grimm coming face-to-face with the earliest version of himself as seen and characterized in FANTASTIC FOUR #1 and #2. Byrne does a great job of capturing the period of the … Continue reading 5BC: Five Best Comics of 1979


I bought this issue of ACTION COMICS at my usual 7-11. In fact, this was the summer where, now being allowed to travel to the 7-11 on my own, I buckled down and spent a week determining when the new comics would arrive each week. Rather than simply asking somebody, I instead made a pilgrimage … Continue reading BHOC: ACTION COMICS #476


We now begin to approach an important crossroads in my comic book reading history. My family frequented a local drugstore, part of a chain, pretty regularly, and one day during this summer, the store put in this huge bin of comics. In my mind’s eye, it was massive, though in reality it was probably a … Continue reading BHOC: ACTION COMICS #458


A pretty sharp cover by Jose-Luis Garcia Lopez kicks off this latest issue of ACTION COMICS. Garcia Lopez is very much an artist’s artist, and was another exciting new figure on the DC scene in the 1970s, who somehow never quite became a break-out star, largely because he never did a long sustained run on … Continue reading BHOC: ACTION COMICS #475


I think this was another purchase at the little candy store next to the barber where I’d get my hair cut. I know it was an issue that I’d seen and passed up in favor of other fare earlier, so it’s likely that a more limited selection made me take it home in this instance. … Continue reading BHOC: ACTION COMICS #474


Got this comic not at the 7-11 but rather the small candy store down the row from my barber, which carried a very small selection of titles, mostly Superman and Batman books. I can remember gripping the corner of the cover so much during the bike ride home that I left an impression in the … Continue reading BHOC: ACTION COMICS #473