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

BHOC: VENGEANCE SQUAD #5

Another book from the latest Modern Comics 3-Bag find was this issue of VENGEANCE SQUAD, a not-terribly-exciting action-adventure series that aspired to the level of a 1970s cop show. But creator Pete Morisi did have a very interesting George-Tuska-influenced art style which was appealing, if stiff. Also, I’m particularly taken with the way that the … Continue reading BHOC: VENGEANCE SQUAD #5

BHOC: JUDOMASTER #93

Another quasi-super hero title from the Modern Comics 3-Bag assortment was JUDO MASTER–an odd combination of World War II adventure, real-life martial arts instruction and super heroics. It honestly was a bit of a dull strip–but it had a guy in a costume in it, and so i was interested as a kid. This particular … Continue reading BHOC: JUDOMASTER #93

BHOC: CAPTAIN ATOM #83

Also available in one of the new Modern Comics 3-Bags was this issue of CAPTAIN ATOM, the issue prior to the one I’d purchased previously. This was a bit of a mixed blessing, in that it meant that I knew exactly how this story turned out and much of what happened in it before I … Continue reading BHOC: CAPTAIN ATOM #83

BHOC: BLUE BEETLE #1

The first big surprise of the summer came during a routine trip to the Two-Guys department store, where i discovered that a new set of 3-Bags of Modern Comics had been released. Modern Comics were cherry-picked reprints from the Charlton back-catalog. I didn’t quite realize this at the time, I just knew that there was … Continue reading BHOC: BLUE BEETLE #1

BHOC: VENGEANCE SQUAD #6

One more book from the Modern Comics 3-Bags reprinting vintage Charlton releases, VENGEANCE SQUAD was very much of a kind with a lot of Charlton’s output during the 1970s: it resembled a low-budget television show, it lacked in personality and individuality, and it was a bit shoddy and dull. The key thing that got it … Continue reading BHOC: VENGEANCE SQUAD #6

BHOC: JUDOMASTER #98

Another book from the 3-bags of Modern Comics Charlton reprints that I picked up at Two Guys. JUDOMASTER was something of an odd character conception, even by comic book standards. It concerned an American serviceman during World War II who had been taught the fighting skills of judo and who wore a costume emblazoned with … Continue reading BHOC: JUDOMASTER #98

BHOC: E-MAN #2

Another book that came from one of those Two Guys Modern Comics 3-Bags, this was an earlier issue of E-MAN than the one I’d read previously. To recap, Modern Comics were produced in 1977 as three comics in a plastic bag for $1.05 (or often a dollar) reprinted and repurposed from the Charlton back catalog. … Continue reading BHOC: E-MAN #2

BHOC: CAPTAIN ATOM #84

Another of the Modern Comics reprints of classic Charlton comics that I picked up in 3-bags at the Two Guys was this issue of CAPTAIN ATOM. my first exposure to the character. This was a bit of a transition issue in the original run as, having helped to originate the character several years before, Steve … Continue reading BHOC: CAPTAIN ATOM #84