BHOC: PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #12

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

WC: SHOWCASE #40

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

BHOC: CAPTAIN AMERICA #224

Ever since the departure of Jack Kirby some months earlier, CAPTAIN AMERICA had been a title that had struggled to maintain its schedule. Between then and here, there'd been unannounced reprints, and emergency back-up stories dropped in when full issues hadn't been completed in time. And now this time, an out-and-out fill-in story. It was … Continue reading BHOC: CAPTAIN AMERICA #224

BHOC: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #183

This was another issue of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN that I bought new during one of my weekly trips to my neighborhood 7-11 on the Thursday when new comic books were put out. It's the first book I encountered where Marvel has restored the cover months to its covers, a change I was in favor of for … Continue reading BHOC: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #183

BHOC: PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #11

By now, I imagine that you all know the drill here: this was another book that I got in a 3-Bag purchased from either a department store's toy section, or a toy store proper. SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN was very much a series without a mission statement in these early days (apart from selling more Spider-Man comic … Continue reading BHOC: PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #11

BHOC: PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #20

There was no question for the first bunch of years after it launched that PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN was, at best, a secondary title. While it contained adventures of the popular wall-crawler, it wasn't the book that was driving the character's narrative. At best, it was operating around the fringes, and at worst it … Continue reading BHOC: PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #20

BHOC: PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #2

Here's another book that came into my hands through parlay with my grade school friend Donald Sims. And boy, you can't imagine a cover on a comic today having such an overt plug for a film not connected in any way with the publisher. But in the 1970s, it was fine, all part of the … Continue reading BHOC: PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #2