5BC: Five Best Comics of 1980

It's perhaps difficult to see from the vantage point of so many years later, but this issue of X-MEN was a game-changer when it came out, and cemented the popularity of the series at the top of the Direct Market sales charts for a decade and a half. Powerful, unexpected, emotional, this comic generated both … Continue reading 5BC: Five Best Comics of 1980

BHOC: GREEN LANTERN #98

I picked up this issue of GREEN LANTERN/GREEN ARROW at some non-typical convenience or candy store that my Mom happened to go to (or near) in her daily travels. That was one of the benefits of going out to do whatever errands there might be for the household on any given day--the possibility that I'd … Continue reading BHOC: GREEN LANTERN #98

BHOC: GREEN LANTERN #97

The “Now Monthly” blurb on the cover of this issue of GREEN LANTERN (co-starring Green Arrow!) was welcome news to me, as the Emerald Crusader was then my second-favorite super hero, just behind my beloved Flash. So, picking up this issue, I was pleased to learn that I’d be getting to experience his adventures more frequently … Continue reading BHOC: GREEN LANTERN #97

BHOC: 5 STAR SUPER HERO SPECTACULAR

DC and its new publisher Jenette Kahn put a strong push behind her new Dollar Comics initiative as a way to change the standard format of comic books, providing more profit for individual outlets and thus hoping to get them better display in more places. And so, I found this copy of FIVE-STAR SUPER HERO … Continue reading BHOC: 5 STAR SUPER HERO SPECTACULAR

BHOC: GREEN LANTERN #96

This issue of GREEN LANTERN began a four-part storyline that I recall really liking and being into at the time, though I find I can’t recall any of the specifics of the story today. Bought it at my usual 7-11, which was becoming a regular hangout for me. The issue opens with an alien Green … Continue reading BHOC: GREEN LANTERN #96

BHOC: SUPER-TEAM FAMILY #12

This next issue of SUPER-TEAM FAMILY I bought while on a trip to a more distant supermarket than the one my family typically frequented. it was the second part of the “Atom’s Quest” serial, a four-part story that owed a bit of its style to the Marvel approach of the era–writer Gerry Conway had been trying … Continue reading BHOC: SUPER-TEAM FAMILY #12