The Canadian Captain Marvel Comics #10

Here's another interesting novelty sent my way by Mark Waid. It's got a bit of an interesting history to it, which is why I'm featuring it. We're going to look at a 1940s Captain Marvel story the way it saw print in Canada back in 1942. As you'll see, this wasn't a straight reprint of … Continue reading The Canadian Captain Marvel Comics #10

Comics Creators in the Wild 4

Once again, here are a batch of vintage photographs of comic book creators taken in years gone by. We might also call this feature "Stan and friends" since there are proportionately so many more Stan Lee photos from the past than anything else. Stan Lee in the Marvel offices, publicity photo circa 1980 Stan Lee … Continue reading Comics Creators in the Wild 4

Your Comics Code at Work: LOVE SECRETS #48

Here's a post that you can credit (or blame) entirely to Mark Waid. Mark sent me these two old Quality Comics releases with instructions to read a particular story inside each one. And now I'll share that story with all of you--another example of how the Comics Code of America was protecting the corruptible youth … Continue reading Your Comics Code at Work: LOVE SECRETS #48

BHOC: MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #20

This was yet another back issue that I picked up during my first trip to the Batcave, the very first full-on comic book specialty store that I had ever been in. I was drawn to this issue for a single, specific reason: somewhere in my travels, I had learned that this issue reprinted the 1950s … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #20

The Last Quicksilver Story

We've talked about Quicksilver in the past, and how this perennial back-page filler for Quality Comics' NATIONAL COMICS was brought back decades later by writer Mark Waid in the pages of FLASH and transformed into a virtually new character, Max Mercury. Quicksilver had never been a headliner, but he was a reliable supporting player, and … Continue reading The Last Quicksilver Story

The First Quicksilver Story

Quicksilver was one of the many second banana super heroes who profligated throughout the Golden Age of Comics, filling up the back pages of assorted anthology titles and providing thrills but not being so memorable or distinct that they ever became stars themselves. Occasionally, one of these back-page crime-busters would break out and become a … Continue reading The First Quicksilver Story

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

Blah Blah Blog – My Unknown Greats, Part 4

A post from my old Marvel blog concerning comics that I edited and liked that largely flew under the radar. My Unknown Greats pt. 4 April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General Today's Unknown Great won an Eisner award, but it also killed one or two projects in its wake. … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – My Unknown Greats, Part 4

Blah Blah Blog – Good Comics Part Two

A post from my long-gone Marvel blog of a decade ago concerning Mark Waid and Mike Wieringo's first issue of FANTASTIC FOUR Good Comics pt 2 April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General I've name-checked Mark Waid a couple times in this blog over the past few weeks, because we … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – Good Comics Part Two