In the early 1940s, as a myriad of would-be publishers heard about the overwhelming success of Superman nd rushed into the marketplace offering their own get-rich-quick versions of a comic book super hero, the reality is that nobody quite understood just what factors made Superman work. And so, everything was tried, and creativity--both good and … Continue reading 5BC: The Five Most Unique Super Heroes of the Silver Age
This was another book that came to me in trade from my buddy Donald Sims. It was released during that period when Marvel was focused hot and heavy in coming up with monster/suspense series similar in approach to their super hero offerings, an effort that only had mixed results. The lead character who debuts here, … Continue reading BHOC: DEAD OF NIGHT #11
My brother Ken continued to intermittently read assorted war comics, most of which eventually ended up with me, This issue of WEIRD WAR TALES was the next. In the 1970s, DC had some success with the word WEIRD, cross-breeding their supernatural/mystery titles with other genres--WEIRD WESTERN TALES has given the world Jonah Hex, for example, … Continue reading BHOC: WEIRD WAR TALES #59
While it was one of the longest-running titles in the DC stable, dating back to the very earliest years of the outfit’s publishing ventures, throughout the 1970s ADVENTURE COMICS felt very much like a series without a niche. When I first noticed it, it was starring the Spectre (and had temporarily added the word WEIRD … Continue reading BHOC: ADVENTURE COMICS #453
I picked up this issue of ADVENTURE COMICS primarily for the Manhunter from Mars back-up story, although the fact that Aquaman was battling the Justice League’s first foe, Starro was also a draw. But while the Sea King’s adventures were typically well-drawn, they usually struck me as being dry–it was difficult to connect with his … Continue reading BHOC: ADVENTURE COMICS #451
Now, I know that I picked up this issue of ADVENTURE COMICS because of the appearance of the Flash’s foe the Weather Wizard. Which is perhaps the only time in history that sentiment has ever been uttered. I was familiar with Aquaman, of course, from other comics I had read and from the SUPER-FRIENDS and … Continue reading BHOC : ADVENTURE COMICS #450
A nice, simple design, with good use of the color hold.