BHOC: FANTASTIC FOUR #194

An exciting day at the 7-11 when a new issue of FANTASTIC FOUR showed up. This one was the second half of a two-parter featuring Diablo and Darkoth the Death-Demon, and was set during the year when the FF had broken up, with each member going his or her own separate way. I didn't believe … Continue reading BHOC: FANTASTIC FOUR #194

5BC: Five More Mean Caricatures of Comic Book Creators

Comic books are a petty business, it must be said. And the same freedom to imagine and play that allows for the creativity in conceptualizing new stories about characters who, let's face it, were designed to appeal to children also somehow invites the darker side of itself--the version where grown-ups behave like petulant children on … Continue reading 5BC: Five More Mean Caricatures of Comic Book Creators

BHOC: MARVEL TREASURY EDITION #16

I can remember debating with myself whether to purchase this book or not, standing in my local 7-11 on a weekly comic buying excursion. I wasn't yet reading DEFENDERS, though I had sampled an issue or two prior to this. But they hadn't hooked me especially. I think the thing that sealed the deal for … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL TREASURY EDITION #16

BHOC: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #160

Now that I had begun to pick up AMAZING SPIDER-MAN as a new series, I also did the typical thing and began being open to buying somewhat older issues of the title out of my local drugstore's Big Bin of Slightly Older Comics made up of affidavit returns that were intended to have been destroyed. … Continue reading BHOC: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #160

BHOC: INCREDIBLE HULK #223

While we were at Heroes World, by younger brother Ken picked up a comic book as well, this brand new issue of INCREDIBLE HULK, a title he was still following buoyed by his interest in the weekly television show. His interest, though, was waning a bit, and by the next issue he would be finished … Continue reading BHOC: INCREDIBLE HULK #223

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

BHOC: FANTASTIC FOUR #185

While I was at Heroes World, I took advantage of the rare opportunity to fill in a couple of the holes in my FANTASTIC FOUR collection, including this issue and the next. This finally bridged the gap between the new off-the-racks issues I had been buying and the older ones that had been showing up … Continue reading BHOC: FANTASTIC FOUR #185

BHOC: SUPERMAN #323

Bought this issue of SUPERMAN in the same weekly 7-11 run as the MARVEL'S GREATEST COMICS issue I wrote about yesterday. That's a nice cover by Jose Luis Garcia Lopez, an incredibly talented artist who worked for DC for decades but who has been somewhat overlooked--primarily because he did relatively few regular stretches on titles, … Continue reading BHOC: SUPERMAN #323

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