TBTV: The Cruelty of “Through the Wringer”

https://youtu.be/KivjcPGaKXQ A video expansion on our piece about "Through the Wringer", a story produced at the expense of Batman co-creator Bill Finger right around the time that the man passed away. ADDITION: Turns out that like so many, I grabbed a wrong bit of reference right towards teh end of this video. So please refer … Continue reading TBTV: The Cruelty of “Through the Wringer”

Brand Echh – The Heap #1

There really wasn't a lousier time to try to start up a new color comic book line than the very early 1970s, but this didn't stop Skywald. Skywald was a joint venture of Israel Waldman, who had previously been behind the I.W./Super comics line of unauthorized golden age reprint titles distributed directly to department stores … Continue reading Brand Echh – The Heap #1

5BC: Five More Mean Caricatures of Comic Book Creators

Comic books are a petty business, it must be said. And the same freedom to imagine and play that allows for the creativity in conceptualizing new stories about characters who, let's face it, were designed to appeal to children also somehow invites the darker side of itself--the version where grown-ups behave like petulant children on … Continue reading 5BC: Five More Mean Caricatures of Comic Book Creators

Brand Echh – Inferior Five #6

The Powers-That-Be at DC Comics in the 1960s could see that something was going on over at Stan Lee's new upstart Marvel imprint, but they were ill-equipped to figure out just what. This is largely due to the fact that the editorial and creative staff remained largely unchanged since the halcyon days of the 1940s. … Continue reading Brand Echh – Inferior Five #6

BHOC: SGT ROCK #309

It seems appropriate to write about this particular comic book today, the 6th anniversary of the passing of comic book titan Joe Kubert. This is another book that was purchased by my younger brother Ken, and eventually found its way to me. He went through a period where he had a passing interest in World … Continue reading BHOC: SGT ROCK #309

BHOC: BLACK LIGHTNING #4

I had seen the ads for the new BLACK LIGHTNING series running in DC comics for months before it’s debut–DC really put some marketing muscle behind its launch. However, the first actual issue of the title I would encounter was this one, issue #4, which I bought at my local 7-11. This wasn’t an irregular … Continue reading BHOC: BLACK LIGHTNING #4

BHOC: FOUR STAR SPECTACULAR #3

Bought this issue of FOUR-STAR SPECTACULAR at my regular 7-11 (to which I still could not journey myself; I needed to wait for some adult to be going there in order to get comics.) The attraction here, apart from it being another big reprint collection, was the Green Lantern story, the Emerald Crusader having become … Continue reading BHOC: FOUR STAR SPECTACULAR #3

BHOC: FOUR STAR SPECTACULAR #2

I missed the first issue of FOUR STAR SPECTACULAR, which is a shame, as it reprinted among other things a redrawn Golden Age Flash story. But I was there for when the second issue arrived at my 7-11–and while a Kid Flash story was maybe not as compelling as one featuring Jay Garrick, it was … Continue reading BHOC: FOUR STAR SPECTACULAR #2

BHOC: WONDER WOMAN #212

I mentioned earlier that I would follow the Flash anywhere at this point, and this comic is a good example of that. The appearance of the Scarlet Speedster on the cover is the only reason I picked up this issue of WONDER WOMAN, and I was embarrassed to do it even so, in that way … Continue reading BHOC: WONDER WOMAN #212