5BC: Five Best Forgotten Early Marvel Story Developments

Not every idea that gets published in a comic book story is a good one. Especially over the long periods of time that most of the mainstay comic book heroes have been in existence, there have been any number of developments that turned out to be a bad instinct, and which were subsequently either overturned … Continue reading 5BC: Five Best Forgotten Early Marvel Story Developments

BHOC: MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #14

This was another older issue that turned up in the drugstore's Big Bin of Slightly-Older Should-Have-Been-Pulped Comics. New books would show up there on a routine and rolling basis, and so any time my family had an occasion to be in there, that's where you'd find me, rummaging through those books for whatever new treasures … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #14

Blah Blah Blog: Comics I Don’t Apologize For, Part 5

A post from my old Marvel blog discussing comics I edited that I liked more than the audience did. Comics I Don't Apologize For pt 5 April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General All right, back on the horse after life got in the way several days ago. Today, we're … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog: Comics I Don’t Apologize For, Part 5

Blah Blah Blog – Comics I Screwed Up, Part 5

A post from my old Marvel blog concerning comics I worked on and made a mess of. As with yesterday's post, the preceding installments of this series haven't turned up yet. Comics I Screwed Up pt 5 April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General Rounding out our survey of comic … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – Comics I Screwed Up, Part 5

BHOC: DEFENDERS #57

When the cover price on comic books went up to 35 cents, this presented certain new challenges for readers. Primary among them was the fact that a dollar would no longer get you three comics--you needed to be packing an extra nickel. I didn't really yet have a ready source of income at this point, … Continue reading BHOC: DEFENDERS #57

BHOC: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #152

Around this time, the mailman brought me the latest issue of JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA as I still maintained a subscription, although those days would soon draw to a close. This isn't an issue I have a whole lot of strong memories about. I will say that somebody in the DC production team is still … Continue reading BHOC: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #152

5BC: Five Best Marvel/DC Crossovers

It's been bettered but never equaled, the granddaddy of all inter-company crossovers. At a time when a comic book featuring Superman and rival Spider-Man sharing the same pages was a positively shocking idea, this enormous tabloid spent its 100 pages synthesizing the narrative styles of both the DC and Marvel house approaches into a single … Continue reading 5BC: Five Best Marvel/DC Crossovers

BHOC: FANTASTIC FOUR #187

So, having enjoyed the three issues of FANTASTIC FOUR and the three issues of MARVEL’S GREATEST COMICS that I had sampled, I then took the next obvious step: I bought the latest issue of FANTASTIC FOUR to see what was going on with the group now. I purchased this issue in Valley Stream while on … Continue reading BHOC: FANTASTIC FOUR #187

Great Covers – BATMAN #230 follow-up

kurtbusiek: A Tumblr post yesterday suggested that a “person of color” didn’t appear on a Batman cover until 1970. I checked pre-1970 BATMAN, DETECTIVE and WORLD’S FINEST covers, to see.  If you take “person of color” to mean a non-Caucasian, the claim wasn’t remotely true. There were Asians, Egyptians, South Americans, American Indians, Latinos, etc. Often … Continue reading Great Covers – BATMAN #230 follow-up