Blah Blah Blog – No AMAZING SPIDER-MAN This Week

A post from my old Marvel blog concerning the fact that this was the first skip week in the release schedule of teh three-times-per-month AMAZING SPIDER-MAN schedule. No AMAZING SPIDER-MAN this week! April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General Sad but true, there will be no issue of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – No AMAZING SPIDER-MAN This Week


Another Marvel reprint title that came out of a 3-Bag. I seem to recall getting this particular issue at the Two Guys discount store, where they carried 3-Bags and to which my family would regularly go when we needed household goods. On this particular day there were a few 3-Bags in the batch on that … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL TALES #81


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

Blah Blah Blog – Bad Comics I Bought Part Five

A post from my decade-old Marvel blog, one of a series in whic I discussed early Marvel purchases that didn't make me a regular reader. Bad Comics I Bought pt. 5 April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General Concluding this week's reflections on Marvel issues of the past that I … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – Bad Comics I Bought Part Five


I can distinctly remember looking at the cover to this issue of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN when it first came out, through the window of a candy store near to where my Grandmother lived. At that time, I hadn't yet taken the plunge into buying Marvel books--but this cover, very much in the DC style of the … Continue reading BHOC: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #169


I almost did it the previous month. That issue had a 1960s DC-style cover that promised an impossible situation for the wall-crawler to get out of, and it piqued my interest seeing it on the racks--though not quite enough to pick it up. Which is good, as it turns out, because as would happen again … Continue reading BHOC: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #179


As I've mentioned previously, all throughout this period I would semi-regularly check back in at the Big Bin of Slightly-Older Comics that my local drugstore chain kept, pretty much any time my family went there. The way this would typically work is that I'd have developed an interest in a particular title, and so I'd … Continue reading BHOC: DAREDEVIL #126


People sometimes wonder about the fact that it took me so long to become a fan of Spider-Man and a regular reader of his adventures. Considering that he was immensely popular and the flagship character of the Marvel line, to say nothing of one of the best characters ever conceptualized, it does seem strange. But … Continue reading BHOC: PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #15


I was wholly in the tank for the Fantastic Four by this point, and my interest in them led me to purchase a copy of this Big Little Books release from a local Stationary store. It had been issued several years previously, during the period when the first FANTASTIC FOUR cartoon was airing on Saturday … Continue reading BHOC: FANTASTIC FOUR IN THE HOUSE OF HORRORS