BHOC: FANTASTIC FOUR #107

So as I've related before, it came out at some point that the branch of the Chase Manhattan Bank that my father worked out of was situated in the Levittown Mall--the same Mall that contained the first comic book shop that I ever went to, Heroes' World. What this amounted to in practice is that, … Continue reading BHOC: FANTASTIC FOUR #107

WC: JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #91

One of the myths about the Marvel Age of Comics is that it pretty much happened all at once--that as soon as FANTASTIC FOUR #1 hit newsstands coast-to-coast, the paradigm of comic books changed completely. And that's clearly not the case. In fact, it took a few years for the Marvel approach to storytelling to … Continue reading WC: JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #91

BHOC: INCREDIBLE HULK #226

I think I bought this issue of INCREDIBLE HULK during that same trip to Heroes World with my grandparents. As I've related previously, I wasn't really all that interested in the character to start with, but my brother had begun picking up the book, spurred on by the live action television series that was then … Continue reading BHOC: INCREDIBLE HULK #226

BHOC: MS. MARVEL #2

This issue of MS. MARVEL was another comic that I got in one of those plastic-wrapped bundles of coverless, stripped-for-credit titles from my local Drug Store. It was certainly a "bonus book" in whatever bundle it was that I happened to purchase, and not the reason why I was making that purchase in the first … Continue reading BHOC: MS. MARVEL #2

Personal Best: UNTOLD TALES OF SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1, 1996

UNTOLD TALES OF SPIDER-MAN was the series that brought me to the attention of fandom, the first truly successful title that I worked on, at least from a critical standpoint. And this didn't have so much to do with me as it did Kurt Busiek and Pat Olliffe, the creative team that produced most of … Continue reading Personal Best: UNTOLD TALES OF SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1, 1996

BHOC: MARVEL’S GREATEST COMICS #73

Here we go, yet another book that I bought in a 3-Bag at either a department store or a toy store, and definitely the reason why I would have picked up the 3-Bag in question. FANTASTIC FOUR was by this point my favorite comic book series, and so an opportunity to get in on this … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL’S GREATEST COMICS #73

BHOC: MARVEL’S GREATEST COMICS #72

This is another comic book that I got out of a 3-Bag, and almost certainly the reason why I bought it in the first place, given that I was obsessed with the Fantastic Four at that point. I have a dim recollection that it was bought in a local Two Guys department store that my … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL’S GREATEST COMICS #72