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: FOUR STAR SPECTACULAR #3

Bought this issue of FOUR-STAR SPECTACULAR at my regular 7-11 (to which I still could not journey myself; I needed to wait for some adult to be going there in order to get comics.) The attraction here, apart from it being another big reprint collection, was the Green Lantern story, the Emerald Crusader having become … Continue reading BHOC: FOUR STAR SPECTACULAR #3

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: ACTION COMICS #443

Pretty sure that I traded my next door neighbor Johnny Rantinella something for this comic, as it guest-starred the Flash, and was one of those great 100-Page Spectaculars that I loved. It’s got a fun Nick Cardy cover as well. The story opens as, inexplicably, Superman is in Clark Kent’s usual place, reading the news … Continue reading BHOC: ACTION COMICS #443

BHOC: MARVEL TEAM-UP #16

There was a candy store near my grandmother’s house that we used to walk to when we would visit her, which was frequently. We’d go there and get a candy bar, or play some pinball. And it turned out that they carried comics–but only one kind of comics, Marvel Comics. And so, this was the … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL TEAM-UP #16