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

WC: BRAVE AND THE BOLD #55

By the mid-1960s, BRAVE AND THE BOLD had morphed into a pretty strange comic book. It had started out, as its name implies, as a venue for stories of adventures in medieval times, starring characters such as the Silent Knight and the Viking Prince. When interest in those sorts of adventures waned, the book segued … Continue reading WC: BRAVE AND THE BOLD #55

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: SGT. FURY AND HIS HOWLING COMMANDOS #8

At this point, there's interest in pretty much any comics from the 1960s and the early Marvel period, but that hasn't always been the case. In particular, the western and girl humor titles of that period remained affordable for years, as did the pre-hero monster/suspense books. As did this series, SGT. FURY AND HIS HOWLING … Continue reading WC: SGT. FURY AND HIS HOWLING COMMANDOS #8

BHOC: BLACK LIGHTNING #1

The above Rich Buckler cover is something I didn't get to see back in the 1970s. That's because, like other books I've been covering here recently, I got BLACK LIGHTNING #1 in one of the bundles of coverless comics that my local Drug Store chain had begun to sell in lieu of their Big Bin … Continue reading BHOC: BLACK LIGHTNING #1

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