5BC: Five Times DC Referenced Marvel Characters in Interesting Ways

We've been talking a lot about the unofficial crossovers between characters and the homages that were done. But beyond that, there's a whole other category of instances in which one company either appropriated or parodied or referenced the characters of another. These instances tended to take many different forms--there was one memorable instance, for example, … Continue reading 5BC: Five Times DC Referenced Marvel Characters in Interesting Ways

5BC: Five More Forgotten DC Retcons

Ever since I did the initial post about the 5 Best Forgotten DC Retcons, people have been turning up to remind me about other stories, most of them of a slightly later vintage, that fall into the same general category. And who am I to keep these sterling masterworks from enjoying the notoriety that they've … Continue reading 5BC: Five More Forgotten DC Retcons

5BC: Five Best Forgotten DC Super Heroes

Over the course of eighty years, DC Comics has introduced any number of great super heroic characters, many of whom have gone on to have long and lasting careers in comics. But alas, some others were struck down before their prime, managing only a few, or even a single solitary appearance before retreating back to … Continue reading 5BC: Five Best Forgotten DC Super Heroes

BHOC: SUPERBOY & THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #235

This issue of SUPERBOY & THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES was later disavowed, the revelation it makes concerning the Legion's future discarded and never mentioned again. Even writer Paul Levitz considered it a mistake. But I don't know about that. It definitely cast the world of the Legion in a different light, and perhaps it was … Continue reading BHOC: SUPERBOY & THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #235

5BC: Five Best Comics of 1982

The first entry in Marvel's line of European-style albums, released under the sobriquet "Marvel Graphic Novels", THE DEATH OF CAPTAIN MARVEL remains as effective and affecting today as it was when it was first published. A good deal of that is down to the subject matter, which sees the titular Mar-Vell dying not in battle … Continue reading 5BC: Five Best Comics of 1982

BHOC: SUPERBOY & THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #234

I can recall buying this issue of SUPERBOY & THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES at my usual 7-11. No idea why I went for this issue in particular--the Legion was a very hit-or-miss proposition with me, most often coming down on the miss side. But for whatever reason, maybe it was the oversized page count, I … Continue reading BHOC: SUPERBOY & THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #234

BHOC: DC SUPER-STARS #17

I got this issue of DC SUPER-STARS while visiting my grandparents in Valley Stream, New York. They were weekly visitors to our home in Farmingville, making the hour drive up virtually every Saturday, but on occasion we would go out to meet them at the home they shared with my Aunt and Uncle--possibly for some … Continue reading BHOC: DC SUPER-STARS #17

BHOC: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #148

Now that I was able to travel to the 7-11 at will, my subscriptions to JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA and FLASH were becoming a little bit troublesome. To wit: I am certain that I saw this issue of JLA on the spinner rack at the 7-11 before my sub copy arrived in the mail. The … Continue reading BHOC: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #148

BHOC: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #147

I believe this issue of JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA turned up in my mailbox on the same day as yesterday’s issue of FLASH, right at the end of my fourth grade term. It was the beginning of the annual crossover with the Justice Society, a concept that I loved (at least in theory–most of the … Continue reading BHOC: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #147

BHOC: SUPERBOY AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #228

This book I’m not sure about. I might have bought it, or it might have initially been bought for my brother Ken. But I think it was mine. A strange choice at any rate, as SUPERBOY AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES wasn’t a huge favorite of mine, as we’ve covered previously. So maybe it was … Continue reading BHOC: SUPERBOY AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #228