Making The Shield Into Captain America

Captain America was not the first patriotically-themed super hero to appear in comic books. That honor is reserved for The Shield, headliner of PEP COMICS for MLJ (eventually ARCHIE) who first appeared in the inaugural issue of that series, the creation of Harry Shorten and Irv Novick. Like most of the early super heroes, the … Continue reading Making The Shield Into Captain America

BHOC: MARVEL’S GREATEST COMICS #58

So, having read and enjoyed my first three issues of FANTASTIC FOUR, I did what any self-respecting comic book reader would do in that situation: I went back to the drug store just as soon as I could and got more. I had seen that the Fantastic Four were also featured in MARVEL’S GREATEST COMICS, … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL’S GREATEST COMICS #58

BHOC: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #146

The mailman showed up with my subscription copy of this month’s JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA, featuring this cover by long-time interior artist Dick Dillin. I remain a fan of Dillin’s work, despite it’s occasional awkwardness–like Irv Novick on FLASH, Dillin defined the look of JUSTICE LEAGUE for me, drawing the series for 12 years solid … Continue reading BHOC: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #146

BHOC: FLASH #249

Subscription copy time! I can remember bringing this issue of FLASH and the previous one to school not too long after this–I recall it because, after talking them up and showing them around, some other kid wanted to subscribe, so, checking first that it wasn’t against a story page, I dutifully cut out the subscription … Continue reading BHOC: FLASH #249