Picked up this issue of INCREDIBLE HULK on that week's Thursday trip down to the 7-11 for the new comics, a trip I made like clockwork every week. While I was still a bit lukewarm on the character, the series as a whole had been growing stronger, mainly as new writer Roger Stern began to … Continue reading BHOC: INCREDIBLE HULK #229


This issue of CAPTAIN AMERICA turned up at the 7-11 the next time I visited there. The series had been somewhat shaky for months, ever since the departure of Jack Kirby. it was plagued with back-ups and fill-ins, and so its running storyline concerning Steve Rogers attempting to learn more about his past prior to … Continue reading BHOC: CAPTAIN AMERICA #227


AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #186 represented something of a turning point for the character, as new writer Marv Wolfman began charting out the direction he wanted to take the wall-crawler's life in next. Last issue saw Peter Parker graduate from college, which seemed monumental for a series so associated with that environment, and now he was ready … Continue reading BHOC: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #186


As we've talked about before, MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE was a series adrift. Following the departure of writer/editor Marv Wolfman, the title limped along for close to a year, running assorted one-off and two-part stories that all had the feeling of being a fill-in about them. There wasn't any permanent creative team, and you never quite knew … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #45


If there was a super hero title during the Silver Age of Comics that organized comic book fandom just didn't care for, then WONDER WOMAN was that series. Year after year, it would be voted the title most in need of improvement, its silly and often hallucinatory stories not really appealing to the slightly-older fan … Continue reading WC: WONDER WOMAN #107


Another week and another trip to the 7-11 brought me another stack of brand new comic books. Among them was this issue of CAPTAIN AMERICA, a title that I was buying regularly despite the fact that it had been listing badly for a while. With the departure of Jack Kirby, who had written and drawn … Continue reading BHOC: CAPTAIN AMERICA #226

The First Hulk Parody

By 1966, there was no way for industry leader DC/National Comics to be unaware of the growing appeal of upstart publisher Marvel--especially given that both companies' output was distributed by an outfit owned by National's owners. Marvel's growth was often scoffed at and decried as a passing fad, but as the firm started making inroads … Continue reading The First Hulk Parody


This was another recent back issue that I picked up as part of a plastic-encased 3-Bag in some department store or toy store. For its first year or two, PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN was a title that seemed to drift aimlessly. It felt more akin to MARVEL TEAM-UP, running stories involving Spider-Man that didn't … Continue reading BHOC: PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #12


Among the more memorable strips DC launched during the Silver Age of Comics was Metal Men. The brainchild of writer Robert Kanigher and artists Ross Andru and Mike Esposito, the Metal Men was a team of robots, each one crafted out of a particular element, who battled super-scientific menaces under the direction of their creator, … Continue reading WC: SHOWCASE #40