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


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


I had missed the first issue of the TEEN TITANS revival, and I skipped the second (though i recall seeing it on the stands at the time–there must have been other books that I wanted more) but with this issue I finally took the plunge. Kid Flash’s prominent placement probably didn’t hurt. It must be … Continue reading BHOC: TEEN TITANS #46


My subscription copy of FLASH arrived next. It wasn’t an especially memorable issue. The thing I can recall the most is that somewhere–maybe the previous issue’s letters page–I had read the title of the story, “Who Put The Zing In The Flash” and intuited that perhaps we’d be getting a story that delved into mysteries and … Continue reading BHOC: FLASH #245


The supermarket my mother would sometimes frequent occasionally carried some comics. It was never many, and there didn’t seem to be much rhyme or reason to what ended up on their shelves. One title they seemed to get semi-consistently was SUPERMAN FAMILY, and that’s how I wound up with this issue, one earlier than the … Continue reading BHOC: SUPERMAN FAMILY #176


Another eh cover by Ernie Chua/Chan graced the latest issue of THE FLASH to arrive in my mailbox. As was usual for the DC covers of this era, the premise of the image was good, but the actual drawing was a bit lumpy and misshapen, and the reproduction was blotchy. It would be a few years … Continue reading BHOC: FLASH #241


When it first showed up, I honestly thought it was a mistake of some kind. It was a change in something that I considered a “fact”, and so wasn’t ready for a change. When this issue of FLASH turned up in my mailbox, without warning, it hadn’t been sent folded in half, but rather was mailed … Continue reading BHOC: FLASH #240


Came the mail, and another delivery of a folded-in-half issue of THE FLASH, always a welcome surprise when it turned up. It has a cover that I really don’t like. The concept and composition is good, but the reproduction of the linework is again shaky, with finer lines breaking up throughout the piece. The baby … Continue reading BHOC: FLASH #239


It must have been a slow month, because before I knew it, the next issue of FLASH turned up in my mailbox, neatly folded in half. This was the second part to the short three-issue “Iris-is-missing” saga, which felt like an epic to me at the time. Sadly, this second issue wasn’t really a favorite. The … Continue reading BHOC: FLASH #236