Captain America after Pearl Harbor

Behind this excellent Alex Schomburg cover (rife though it is with unfortunate racial stereotypes) lay not only a pair of adventures of the Young Allies, the kid gang team led by Captain America's young pal Bucky and his rival, Toro the Flaming Kid, but an after-the-fact account of Captain America's experiences after the bombing of … Continue reading Captain America after Pearl Harbor

Your Comics Code at Work: Fantasy Masterpieces #6

In the mid-1960s, Joe Simon began legal action to try to reclaim the copyright to the Captain America stories he and Jack Kirby had written and drawn twenty years earlier, and by extension the rights to the character. In a move apparently made to help re-establish his ownership of the material, Marvel publisher Martin Goodman … Continue reading Your Comics Code at Work: Fantasy Masterpieces #6

BHOC: CAPTAIN AMERICA #204

This was another comic that I got from my school friend Donald Sims, set smack-dab in the midst of Jack Kirby's return to Marvel after a number of years away at DC where he innovated his Fourth World Saga, among other things. Kirby's comeback was well touted by Marvel, but his approach--an approach which had … Continue reading BHOC: CAPTAIN AMERICA #204

5BC: Five More Times Marvel Self-Mythologized

As assorted readers pointed out, there were a lot more instances of creators at both Marvel and DC including themselves as characters in the stories that they produced than I covered in the prior two pieces about Self-Mythologizing. And so, since this is a concept that seems to have attracted some audience interest, here then … Continue reading 5BC: Five More Times Marvel Self-Mythologized

BHOC: SUPER-VILLAIN TEAM-UP #10

Here's another comic that I got in trade with my 5th Grade friend and classmate Donald Sims. And on the surface, it seems as though this book should have been an easy home run: it features the Fantastic Four's greatest enemy in a lead role, and it was the Marvel equivalent to my beloved SECRET … Continue reading BHOC: SUPER-VILLAIN TEAM-UP #10

BHOC: FANTASY MASTERPIECES #7

Continuing on with comics I bought during my first trip to Bush's Hobbies in Ronkonkoma. I was a huge fan of the Golden Age of Comics and the histories of the assorted characters that I was following--I wanted to know everything, to read everything. In particular, it had been the original Human Torch who provided … Continue reading BHOC: FANTASY MASTERPIECES #7

BHOC: CAPTAIN AMERICA #222

I bought this issue of CAPTAIN AMERICA as usual at my local 7-11 convenience store. And while I didn't think much of anything of it at the time, boy, that's a bizarre cover, isn't it? It was executed by Ernie Chan, who had been for several years DC's primary super hero cover artist, during a … Continue reading BHOC: CAPTAIN AMERICA #222

Blah Blah Blog – Bad Comics I Bought, Part One

A post from my old Marvel blog detailing early Marvel comics I sampled that didn't hook me. Bad Comics I Bought pt. 1 April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General This is looking to be a busy week, so I need to do something a little bit easier for the … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – Bad Comics I Bought, Part One

Blah Blah Blog – The Great Gold Steal

A post from my long-ago Marvel blog in which I discuss rereading one of the very first Marvel novelizations: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE GREAT GOLD STEAL. Thursday, 9:17 April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General Just finished rereading, for no particular reason, "The Great Gold Steal", one of the earliest prose … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – The Great Gold Steal