BHOC: INCREDIBLE HULK #217

I got this issue of INCREDIBLE HULK, with its very nice Jim Starlin-drawn cover, in one of those 3-Bags sold in department stores and toy stores. The books in those bags were always about nine months old, so this was a way, at least during the first year of my starting to read Marvel books, … Continue reading BHOC: INCREDIBLE HULK #217

BHOC: INCREDIBLE HULK #226

I think I bought this issue of INCREDIBLE HULK during that same trip to Heroes World with my grandparents. As I've related previously, I wasn't really all that interested in the character to start with, but my brother had begun picking up the book, spurred on by the live action television series that was then … Continue reading BHOC: INCREDIBLE HULK #226

PIZZAZZ #1, Part 2

Continuing our survey of the first issue of PIZZAZZ Magazine, published regionally by Marvel in 1977 before eventually earning full national distribution. PIZZAZZ was intended as an answer to such kids' magazines as DYNAMITE and was undertaken as a first step towards getting the company out of teh dying comic book business and moving into … Continue reading PIZZAZZ #1, Part 2

BHOC: INCREDIBLE HULK #216

This was another issue that came to me fresh out of a 3-Bag of nine month old comics purchased at a department store or a toy store. I had just transitioned over to buying INCREDIBLE HULK for myself--prior to that, it was a series that my younger brother Ken had been following for a while, … Continue reading BHOC: INCREDIBLE HULK #216

BHOC: CONAN #79

This issue of CONAN also came to me inside of a plastic 3-Bag purchased at a department store or toy store. As we've covered before, I wasn't at all interested in sword and sorcery comics--they felt too much like history class to me--and so I typically would have traded this book to somebody for something … Continue reading BHOC: CONAN #79

BHOC: PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #20

There was no question for the first bunch of years after it launched that PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN was, at best, a secondary title. While it contained adventures of the popular wall-crawler, it wasn't the book that was driving the character's narrative. At best, it was operating around the fringes, and at worst it … Continue reading BHOC: PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #20

BHOC: PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #19

Another Thursday meant another trip to my regular 7-11 hangout for new comic books, plus possibly a Clark bar or maybe even a Slurpee. I had fallen into following the adventures of the wall-crawler, and so I picked up this new issue of PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN when I saw it. I recognized the … Continue reading BHOC: PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #19

BHOC: MARVEL TRIPLE ACTION #42

Bought this issue of MARVEL TRIPLE ACTION featuring the Avengers at my regular 7-11. This cover has always amused me--Hawkeye somehow swinging in with a rope wrapped loosely around his leg so that he can take an upside-down arrow-shot--it's truly a bizarre choice. In this instance, the choice wasn't directly Ernie Chan's, who drew this … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL TRIPLE ACTION #42

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