WC: MYSTERY IN SPACE #55

This issue of MYSTERY IN SPACE, another book that I got in my Windfall Comics purchase of 1988, sports another of those great halftone covers that DC production man Jack Adler was experimenting with. The added texture does give the piece a nice painterly quality, as well as far more subtlety than the typical DC … Continue reading WC: MYSTERY IN SPACE #55

WC: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #6

It turns out that I made an error a while ago when I covered JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #15, indicating that it was the oldest of the JLA issues that I wound up with in my Windfall Comics purchase of 1988. Because in actuality, that was this book, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #6. So we'll … Continue reading WC: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #6

BHOC: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #157

My subscription to JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA was still in force, and so this next issue arrived one day in my mailbox. This was an issue of some note, both because it featured the wedding of the Atom (at a time when super hero weddings was still a relatively rare occurrence) and because only a … Continue reading BHOC: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #157

SHOWCASE #50 and the Non-History of Yankee Doodle Dandy

This one isn't about a comic book feature that saw print but rather one that didn't--at least not in its original intended form. SHOWCASE was the round-robin series that would move from editor to editor throughout the DC stable, each of whom was expected to debut some new feature within its pages as a try-out … Continue reading SHOWCASE #50 and the Non-History of Yankee Doodle Dandy

WC: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #15

Among the many comics that I acquired in my Windfall Comics purchase of 1988, there was a string of six or so issues of JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA from right in its earliest period. This one was the oldest of the bunch, #15, and it featured a story that I had read previously as a … Continue reading WC: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #15

Comics Creators in the Wild 7

Another awesome assemblage of photographic images of comic book creators taken in years and decades past. Stan Lee with presentation board, circa 1976 John Romita, early 1970s John Romita and Stan Lee, circa 1970 Herb Trimpe, circa 1972 Mark Gruenwald at home, circa 1994 Not 100% certain who this is in the Marvel offices with … Continue reading Comics Creators in the Wild 7

Brand Echh: Mighty Comics #40

By 1966, the super Hero fad of the 1960s was in full swing, propelled to the forefront of popular culture by the debut of the BATMAN television show, which became a short-lived national obsession. BATMAN's mix of straightforward heroics with broad self-deprecating humor made it the poster child for middle America in terms of defining … Continue reading Brand Echh: Mighty Comics #40

Secrets Behind the Comics 6

The wrap-up to our sequence on this self-published book Stan Lee put out in 1947 giving detailed information about the comic book business (albeit detailed information aimed at a relatively young readership.) Al Jaffee just celebrated his 100th birthday last month, and was a regular and celebrated contributor to MAD Magazine for many decades, responsible … Continue reading Secrets Behind the Comics 6

Secrets Behind the Comics 5

More from the pages of this how-to pamphlet that Stan Lee self-published in 1947 Morris Weiss was a writer and artist for Timely in 1947, and here his working day is fictionalized by Stan. Apparently Morris and his wife Blanche would routinely talk about Stan Lee day to day. This definition of a synopsis is … Continue reading Secrets Behind the Comics 5