Comics Creators in the Wild 5

Another batch of vintage photographs of comic book creators taken in years past. As usual, there are a number of these that revolve around Stan Lee, probably the most photographed creator of the era. Roy Thomas wearing the first Spider-Man personal appearance costume at a comic convention in 1966 A sleepy Herb Trimpe in the … Continue reading Comics Creators in the Wild 5

Comics Creators in the Wild 1

Just like with our sequences on vintage comic books seen out and about in the world, so too do I have a relatively large collection of vintage photographs of writers, artists and editors either at work, in public or just generally goofing around. So why not show some of these vintage pictures off? Collected from … Continue reading Comics Creators in the Wild 1

Perfect Game – DETECTIVE COMICS #500

When I think abut the Christmas season, I'm often put in mind of this issue of DETECTIVE COMICS, the seminal issue #500. I bought it on Christmas eve, 1980, and I don't know that any of the gifts I received the following morning were a match for that reading experience. It's all tangled up in … Continue reading Perfect Game – DETECTIVE COMICS #500

Forgotten Masterpiece: The Massacre of the Innocents

Here's another forgotten, fannish collection, a story that was serialized across three issues of the long-running fanzine The ROCKET'S BLAST COMICOLLECTOR. It was produced by artist Brad Caslor, who would eventually go into animation as a storyboard artist and director. But here, he channels the individual styles of close to a dozen other creators to … Continue reading Forgotten Masterpiece: The Massacre of the Innocents

Great Covers – FLASH #189

Joe Kubert was one of the most talented cover artists of his time. Typically, though, his skills would primarily be put to use on the war and western comics that he usually drew throughout the Silver and Bronze Ages of Comics--where he perfected almost infinite variations on the "heroes exclaim that they're out of danger … Continue reading Great Covers – FLASH #189

Perfect Game – JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #200

in the final years of the 1970s, the major comic book companies realized that centennial issues and other similar anniversary issues could be upsized and uppriced and bring in a heck of a lot more money for their respective companies. And so, this was the age where the centennial mega-special was really hatched. And it … Continue reading Perfect Game – JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #200

Great Covers: TOMAHAWK #136

This is a great, visceral cover, and one that retains its relevance even today. By 1971, TOMAHAWK as a series was looking long in the tooth--it wasn't a western per se but rather set during the Revolutionary War, when Tom Hawk aka Tomahawk helped take on the Redcoats for a nation's independence. In an attempt … Continue reading Great Covers: TOMAHAWK #136

BHOC: SGT ROCK #312

My brother Ken was still buying and reading the occasional war comic, and so here's another one that eventually came over to me. That's a pretty dramatic Joe Kubert cover on it--Kubert was the undisputed king of DC's war comics, having drawn so many of them over the years, and edited them as well. His … Continue reading BHOC: SGT ROCK #312

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