BHOC: SUPERMAN #320

Another issue of SUPERMAN that I bought at my local 7-11. It's got something of a strange cover image to it--I'm not certain how intrigued a potential reader would likely to be by the notion that Solomon Grundy was stealing Superman's cape. It's not exactly a big stakes question, after all. But what do I … Continue reading BHOC: SUPERMAN #320

5BC: Five Best Comics of 1979

This issue of MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE featured John Byrne's first outing with the team as both writer and artist, a time travel adventure that had Ben Grimm coming face-to-face with the earliest version of himself as seen and characterized in FANTASTIC FOUR #1 and #2. Byrne does a great job of capturing the period of the … Continue reading 5BC: Five Best Comics of 1979

5BC: Five Best Comics of 1975

In a time before the British Author Invasion and the rise of Vertigo titles, this issue of GIANT-SIZE MAN-THING was quite possibly the most literate and literary comic book as-yet published. A heartfelt, emotion-driven Steve Gerber story concerning a dead, bullied schoolkid anchors the issue. Gerber experiments with using huge blocks of text on certain … Continue reading 5BC: Five Best Comics of 1975

BHOC: SUPERMAN #317

As I understand things, the Neal Adams image that was used on the cover to this issue of SUPERMAN was sitting around in editor Julie Schwartz’s flat files, an inventory piece or just something that Neal had done to amuse himself. Writer Marty Pasko saw it and wanted to use it on one of his … Continue reading BHOC: SUPERMAN #317

BHOC: SUPERMAN #316

I bought this issue of SUPERMAN at my usual 7-11. That’s a nice cover by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, an artist who’d begun to pop up across the DC titles, giving them a more modern sheen. He’d eventually wind up doing much of his work for DC’s licensing department, his drawing appearing on apparel and toys … Continue reading BHOC: SUPERMAN #316