BHOC: SUPERMAN #323

Bought this issue of SUPERMAN in the same weekly 7-11 run as the MARVEL'S GREATEST COMICS issue I wrote about yesterday. That's a nice cover by Jose Luis Garcia Lopez, an incredibly talented artist who worked for DC for decades but who has been somewhat overlooked--primarily because he did relatively few regular stretches on titles, … Continue reading BHOC: SUPERMAN #323

5BC: Five Best Comics of 1989

1989 was the year in which I entered the field, so this will be the final installment of this topic, as I don't think it's possible to be objective past this point. Grant Morrison begins his revelatory run on DOOM PATROL by hearkening back to the earliest stories and remembering that thees characters are more … Continue reading 5BC: Five Best Comics of 1989

Brand Echh – Thunderbolt #57

For a short period in the mid-1960s, under the editorship of Dick Giordano, bottom-rung publisher Charlton had a very nice line of up-and-coming super hero comics. It didn't last long--the market dip in the post-BATMAN TV show craze put the kibosh on all sorts of super hero aspirations. In this instance, though, we're going to … Continue reading Brand Echh – Thunderbolt #57

BHOC: JUDOMASTER #93

Another quasi-super hero title from the Modern Comics 3-Bag assortment was JUDO MASTER–an odd combination of World War II adventure, real-life martial arts instruction and super heroics. It honestly was a bit of a dull strip–but it had a guy in a costume in it, and so i was interested as a kid. This particular … Continue reading BHOC: JUDOMASTER #93

BHOC: JUDOMASTER #98

Another book from the 3-bags of Modern Comics Charlton reprints that I picked up at Two Guys. JUDOMASTER was something of an odd character conception, even by comic book standards. It concerned an American serviceman during World War II who had been taught the fighting skills of judo and who wore a costume emblazoned with … Continue reading BHOC: JUDOMASTER #98

BHOC: SHAZAM #25

Summer was upon us. I had finished Third Grade and had another seemingly-eternal vacation stretched out before me. Over at DC Comics, the first moves by new incoming Publisher Jenette Kahn began to appear on the comic book racks. This included the DCTV initiative. There were a number of programs based on properties controlled by … Continue reading BHOC: SHAZAM #25

BHOC: LIMITED COLLECTOR’S EDITION #C-46

This was another Treasury Edition that I loved. I can recall intending to duplicate Dick Giordano’s cover as an art entry in a Block party art contest that summer–it would also be used as the basis for a key frame in the opening credits to CHALLENGE OF THE SUPER-FRIENDS. More interesting to me, the back … Continue reading BHOC: LIMITED COLLECTOR’S EDITION #C-46

BHOC: SECRET SOCIETY OF SUPER-VILLAINS #2

Now, this was a series that I truly loved as a kid. I can recall coming upon this issue of SECRET SOCIETY OF SUPER-VILLAINS on the spinner rack at my local 7-11. I was a big Green Lantern fan based on his back-ups in FLASH and appearances in JUSTICE LEAGUE, and Dick Giordano’s cover was enough … Continue reading BHOC: SECRET SOCIETY OF SUPER-VILLAINS #2

BHOC: SUPERMAN VS THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

It came out right around the time of my 9th birthday–in fact, that may have been the reason it was bought for me, given its hefty cover price. At a time when regular comics cost a quarter (and were right on the cusp of increasing to 30 cents–my most recent subscription issue of FLASH carried … Continue reading BHOC: SUPERMAN VS THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

BHOC: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #119

There was a supermarket not that far from my home, a Waldbaums. It wasn’t the regular supermarket my mother shopped at, so we only went there when she needed something in particular that she couldn’t find elsewhere. The big appeal of the place for me is that they still carried those 3-Bags of comics, all … Continue reading BHOC: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #119