5BC: Five Best Comics of 1977

Possibly the best issue of WHAT IF and certainly one of the best-looking as a young Klaus Janson inks Gil Kane to great effect. Writer and soon-to-be-Editor in Chief Jim Shooter delivers on all fronts with an emotional story that packs a real wallop to it. A tour de force by writer Paul Levitz and … Continue reading 5BC: Five Best Comics of 1977

BHOC: DC SPECIAL #29

The arrival of this issue of DC SPECIAL was the second part of a one-two origin punch that began with the origin of the Justice League about a month earlier in JLA 144. I loved these two comics, their sense of history, their primal secrets revealed for the first time. It doesn’t hurt that both … Continue reading BHOC: DC SPECIAL #29

BHOC: DC SPECIAL #27

This was the first issue of DC SPECIAL to go all-new, and which signaled the end of reprint comics at DC for the time being. There’d still be a few stragglers, but from this point forward, virtually everything the company published in regular comic book form (and even in Treasury format) would be original material. … Continue reading BHOC: DC SPECIAL #27

BHOC: DC SPECIAL #22

This was the beginning of the end for the regular reprint series at DC, as DC SPECIAL went from being all-reprint to half-new, half-reprint, a format that the FAMILY books had for the most part been following. Which sounds like a good thing, but not so much from my point of view; I tended to … Continue reading BHOC: DC SPECIAL #22

BHOC: DC SPECIAL #21

The next book I picked up at the 7-1 was the final super hero issue of DC SPECIAL for the time being–with the following release, the book began reprinting Three Musketeers stories and the like, which didn’t interest me. I feel like I’m harping on him and his work, but it’s unavoidable given that he … Continue reading BHOC: DC SPECIAL #21

BHOC: DC SPECIAL #20

The next issue of DC SPECIAL was an all-Green Lantern extravaganza, the second (although I never saw the first) that helped to test the waters for the return of the Emerald Warrior’s own series in a few months. I loved this Mike Grell cover, so much so that my Mother sewed a needlepoint recreation of … Continue reading BHOC: DC SPECIAL #20

BHOC: DC SPECIAL #19

I remained a sucker for oversized reprint comic books, and so DC SPECIAL became, for a time, a go-to title for me. Each issue was built loosely around a theme, and each featured several older super hero stories. I’m pretty sure that it was the Green Lantern tale in this one that led me to … Continue reading BHOC: DC SPECIAL #19

BHOC: DC SPECIAL #18

This was the beginning of the last gasp of regular DC reprint books, which would be phased out over the course of the next year or two as incoming new publisher Jenette Khan focused the company’s fortunes on new material. But this issue of DC SPECIAL was nonetheless a beloved read, filled with three stories, … Continue reading BHOC: DC SPECIAL #18

BHOC: DC SPECIAL #29

DC Special #29 - September, 1977 The “DC Secret Origin Summer of 1977” continued with this entry, revealing the untold origin of the Justice Society of America after 37 years. It’s just as good a story as its bookend, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #144. Writer Paul Levitz turned in what is arguably the best story … Continue reading BHOC: DC SPECIAL #29