Your Comics Code at Work: Fantasy Masterpieces #6

In the mid-1960s, Joe Simon began legal action to try to reclaim the copyright to the Captain America stories he and Jack Kirby had written and drawn twenty years earlier, and by extension the rights to the character. In a move apparently made to help re-establish his ownership of the material, Marvel publisher Martin Goodman … Continue reading Your Comics Code at Work: Fantasy Masterpieces #6

Blah Blah Blog – What An Inker Does

An old entry from my Marvel blog of the 2000s concerning the role played by the inker. What an Inker does April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General People often ask what an inker does. Back in the days before comic book credits became so complete, most people assumed that … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – What An Inker Does

BHOC: MARVEL’S GREATEST COMICS #70

Here's another issue of MARVEL'S GREATEST COMICS that I got in trade with the one and only other person I knew at this point who liked and collected comic books, by school friend Donald Sims. As the years went by, it became more and more socially dangerous to be overt about one's interest in such … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL’S GREATEST COMICS #70

Brand Echh: Mighty Crusaders #4

The combination of the super hero fad and a bit of an overlapping nostalgia boom led to the creation of this issue of Archie/Mighty Comics' MIGHTY CRUSADERS #4, one of the best-remembered bad comic books of its era. For in its pages, having brought back a couple of its golden age heroes in prior adventures, … Continue reading Brand Echh: Mighty Crusaders #4

BHOC: MARVEL’S GREATEST COMICS #50

This is yet another book that I got in trade from my comics-reading buddy Donald Sims, and it was a welcome addition to my collection. FANTASTIC FOUR was at this moment my favorite comic book series, and so any opportunity to experience another story from its long history was greatly welcome by me. And in … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL’S GREATEST COMICS #50

Lee & Kirby & Everett & Grandinetti & Friends – The Messy Story of Tales to Astonish #84

Even with the limited output allowed to them under the terms of their distribution deal with Independent News (which only permitted the Marvel of the 1960s to release a certain number of titles every month), Marvel often ran into situations where the talent they had on hand in order to complete everything wasn't enough. During … Continue reading Lee & Kirby & Everett & Grandinetti & Friends – The Messy Story of Tales to Astonish #84

Blah Blah Blog – No-Prize

An entry from my long-ago Marvel blog concerning the return of the Marvel No-Prize. I still possess the last remaining supply of the actual printed things. No Prize! April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General The No-Prize. A Marvel tradition.The No-Prize originated as a joke, back in the early 60s, … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – No-Prize

BHOC: MARVEL PREMIERE #27

I know that I bought this issue of MARVEL PREMIERE from out of my local drugstore's Bib Bin of Should Have Been Pulped Slightly Older Comics, but I really have no idea after all this time why I picked up this book. I wasn't really interested in all of the assorted monster titles that Marvel … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL PREMIERE #27

Blah Blah Blog – Behind the Curtain

An entry from my Marvel blog of the mid-2000s asking and answering the question: at what point did I as a reader become aware of the personalities behind the stories I had been reading? Behind the Curtain April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General I really did intend to do … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – Behind the Curtain

BHOC: MARVEL PREMIERE #25

This was another book that I dug up in my local drugstore's Big Bin of Somewhat-Older Comic Books, books that were reported as having been destroyed but were instead being sold off the back of the truck at five for a dollar--a great bargain for me. I was continuing to explore different avenues in the … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL PREMIERE #25