Great Covers; G.I. COMBAT #69

The DC war titles often used monochromatic covers for effect in the late 1950s and early 1960s and this Jerry Grandinetti image for G.I. COMBAT is a good example of why. Not only does it convey the mood of the moment in a gripping and visceral way, but the whites of the gunner's eyes stand … Continue reading Great Covers; G.I. COMBAT #69

Brand Echh – Plastic Man #16

As interest in comic books and super heroes began to grow in the 1960s, several fly-by-night companies attempted to get in on the action. One such organization was Super Comics, published by Israel Waldman. Waldman's M.O. was to try to make a buck as cheaply as possible, and so for his Super Comics output, he … Continue reading Brand Echh – Plastic Man #16

Great Covers – G.I. COMBAT #54

It's the word balloon that really puts this one over the top, that and the strong primary red background. And that logo pops like crazy. Artwork by Jerry Grandinetti. A great cover that tells an entire story in a single image, and is cool as hell. You can understand why DC sold so many war … Continue reading Great Covers – G.I. COMBAT #54

The First Doom Patrol

This one's a little bit of a cheat, as the story I'm about to share with you doesn't concern Robotman, Elasti-Girl or negative man in any way, nor does it have any direct relevance on the World's Strangest Heroes apart from the similarity of name. But as the Doom Patrol's creators seemed to take inspiration … Continue reading The First Doom Patrol


My brother Ken was still picking up the occasional war comic, and I have a memory of this one coming home from the supermarket one day. DC's Dollar Comics initiative did make inroads into my local supermarket, at least for a while, so on that level it was a success. Even as a kid, I … Continue reading BHOC: G.I. COMBAT #206


My brother Ken was still on his war comic kick, and so this issue of G.I.COMBAT came into the house, eventually to wind up in my possession. In the 1970s, particularly at DC, there was still a robust publishing plan for genres apart from super heroes: war comics, western comics, romance comics (although those were … Continue reading BHOC: G.I.COMBAT #199


This next comic was definitely bought for my brother Ken. There was a period of about a year where he was interested in war comics, and bought a small bunch of them. At that stage, I really had no interest in war comics, or war in general, and so I didn’t pay them much mind, … Continue reading BHOC: G.I.COMBAT #197