5BC: 5 Most Unlikely and Unprecedented Crossovers

These days, the concept of a crossover between two different fictional characters has become so entrenched in popular culture that it's difficult to come across a pairing that is truly noteworthy. In a world in which everybody is exploring a Multiverse, it seems strange to think that there was a time when the idea that … Continue reading 5BC: 5 Most Unlikely and Unprecedented Crossovers

FANTASTIC FOUR #286 John Byrne’s Way

If there's a moment that truly crystalized the Direct Sales marketplace and helped to forge it into a meaningful distribution pipeline for comics, it was with the release of X-MEN #137 in which creators Chris Claremont and John Byrne wrapped up what is today known as "The Dark Phoenix Saga" in a double-sized issue that … Continue reading FANTASTIC FOUR #286 John Byrne’s Way

BHOC: MARVEL TEAM-UP #63

This was another comic book that I bought in a 3-Bag bundle from a department store or a toy store. The new creative team on MARVEL TEAM-UP, Chris Claremont and John Byrne, had first worked together on IRON FIST, the recently-cancelled martial arts super hero series. Before it went away, they had begun a subplot … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL TEAM-UP #63

BHOC: X-MEN #112

Dealer and comics historian Bob Beerbohm was recently talking about how the sales of X-MEN skyrocketed in his shop when artist John Byrne came on board the title with issue #108. He indicates that his guess is that the series might have been cancelled otherwise, though I find this difficult to believe. Based on what … Continue reading BHOC: X-MEN #112

X-MEN: GOD LOVES, MAN KILLS Neal Adams’ way

I would have to say that arguably X-MEN: GOD LOVES, MAN KILLS is the single best-executed, best-realized single release in Chris Claremont's long time as the writer of the X-Men. It does exactly what the MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVELs were intended to do: crafts a story with a beginning, middle and end that encapsulates all of … Continue reading X-MEN: GOD LOVES, MAN KILLS Neal Adams’ way

BHOC: X-MEN #103

The All-New, All-Different X-Men hit like a lightning bolt out of the blue when the new iteration of the team debuted in GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1. The title had been a reprint book for several years, and so the quantities of the early new issues that made it to the stands were much smaller than most … Continue reading BHOC: X-MEN #103

BHOC: MS. MARVEL #2

This issue of MS. MARVEL was another comic that I got in one of those plastic-wrapped bundles of coverless, stripped-for-credit titles from my local Drug Store. It was certainly a "bonus book" in whatever bundle it was that I happened to purchase, and not the reason why I was making that purchase in the first … Continue reading BHOC: MS. MARVEL #2

Comics Creators in the Wild 9

Given that today is Stan Lee's birthday and that he is likely the most photographed comic book creator in the world, it seems like an ideal time to do another installment of this series. Once again, these are all vintage photographs of assorted comic book writers, artists and editors from years past. Jack Kirby in … Continue reading Comics Creators in the Wild 9

BHOC: PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #11

By now, I imagine that you all know the drill here: this was another book that I got in a 3-Bag purchased from either a department store's toy section, or a toy store proper. SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN was very much a series without a mission statement in these early days (apart from selling more Spider-Man comic … Continue reading BHOC: PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #11

BHOC: MARVEL TEAM-UP #62

This issue of MARVEL TEAM-UP was another book that came out of a 3-Bag, those plastic sealed wonders that were sold in department stores and toy stores. And in fact, this issue was likely the reason I bought that particular bag in the first place. You see, ever since first becoming aware of him in … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL TEAM-UP #62