Lee & Kirby: Even More on FANTASTIC FOUR #1

This is a topic that never quite gets exhausted for me. Over this past weekend I had a need to revisit the pieces I had originally devoted to analyzing FANTASTIC FOUR #1 and the assorted art changes and adjustments that I detected therein. And in doing so, a number of new ideas struck me--including one … Continue reading Lee & Kirby: Even More on FANTASTIC FOUR #1

Brand Echh – Fantastic Four Chronicles #2

A short-lived publication from the early 1980s, FantaCo's CHRONICLES series of fanzines devoted each issue to a specific Marvel title (until their final annual, in which every comic book series published up to that time was reviewed.) These fanzines were pretty great, chock full of interesting information and articles as well as checklists and indexes--and … Continue reading Brand Echh – Fantastic Four Chronicles #2


Following up from yesterday's entry, I moved into the second of the two issues of MARVEL TALES that I had purchased from my local drugstore's Big Bin of Should-Have-Been Pulped Comics. Like the previous issue, this one was produced by the team of Stan Lee, Gil Kane and John Romita--and it was reading reprints such … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL TALES #72

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

What goes around comes around, and when it comes to the often-fannishly-induced game of dropping in references benign or malicious to a competitor's characters, there isn't any company who is entirely blameless in this endeavor. Here then are five times Marvel referenced DC characters in interesting fashion. ADVENTURE INTO FEAR #17 - Steve Gerber was … Continue reading 5BC: Five Times Marvel Referenced DC Characters In Interesting Ways

Blah Blah Blog – Editor’s Notes

A blog entry from my old Marvel blog in which I reproduce some story notes I sent about SECRET INVASION #1. Editor's Notes April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General People constantly ask what editors do (and the snarky ones talk trash about it whenever there's something they don't like … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – Editor’s Notes


So the next time my family went to our local pharmacy, I chose to develop my burgeoning interest in Spider-Man by digging through their Big Big of Slightly Older Comics and walking away with two consecutive issues of MARVEL TALES, the reprint series that presented anew stories from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN that were a number of … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL TALES #71

Brand Echh – The Many Ghosts of Doctor Graves #12

It's well-known that Steve Ditko, the formative Marvel creator, left that company in 1966 after broken promises and worsening relationships with the people at the outfit, notably editor Stan Lee. It's also well-known that, for all that Ditko's most popular and lasting creation for Marvel is Spider-Man, his work on the mystic series Doctor Strange … Continue reading Brand Echh – The Many Ghosts of Doctor Graves #12


I bought this issue of PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN at my local 7-11. I think I was motivated here in reading about the wrap-up of the Champions, a title whose last issue I had read a few months earlier, and liked well enough. That book had promised a resolution in the pages of AVENGERS, … Continue reading BHOC: PETER PARKER, SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #18


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