Brand Echh: Charlton Bullseye #1

Charlton had been a player in the comic book marketplace going back to the days of the Golden Age of Comics. They were widely regarded as the shlockiest of publishers, whose paper and printing was markedly inferior to that of the competition. There was some very good work buried among the many Charlton publications, but … Continue reading Brand Echh: Charlton Bullseye #1

Brand Echh – Blue Beetle #54

This obscure issue of Charlton's BLUE BEETLE series--not the version re-conceptualized by Steve Ditko but the earlier, super-powered version, seems like any other throw-away Charlton comic of the era--good for a few moments of entertainment, but not at all memorable for any particular reason. But this issue is noteworthy for being one of the earliest … Continue reading Brand Echh – Blue Beetle #54

BHOC: CAPTAIN ATOM #83

Also available in one of the new Modern Comics 3-Bags was this issue of CAPTAIN ATOM, the issue prior to the one I’d purchased previously. This was a bit of a mixed blessing, in that it meant that I knew exactly how this story turned out and much of what happened in it before I … Continue reading BHOC: CAPTAIN ATOM #83

BHOC: BLUE BEETLE #1

The first big surprise of the summer came during a routine trip to the Two-Guys department store, where i discovered that a new set of 3-Bags of Modern Comics had been released. Modern Comics were cherry-picked reprints from the Charlton back-catalog. I didn’t quite realize this at the time, I just knew that there was … Continue reading BHOC: BLUE BEETLE #1

BHOC: CAPTAIN ATOM #84

Another of the Modern Comics reprints of classic Charlton comics that I picked up in 3-bags at the Two Guys was this issue of CAPTAIN ATOM. my first exposure to the character. This was a bit of a transition issue in the original run as, having helped to originate the character several years before, Steve … Continue reading BHOC: CAPTAIN ATOM #84

BHOC: BLUE BEETLE #3

Two-Guys was a low-rent department store chain in the New York area in the 1970s–something of an equivalent to K-Mart years later. Because it was cheaper than most regular department stores in our area, albeit just a bit shabbier, my family shopped there frequently. And tat’s where I first came across Modern Comics. These were … Continue reading BHOC: BLUE BEETLE #3