The next comic I bought was a regular on my list: BATMAN FAMILY. The switch-over to all-new material hadn’t dampened my enthusiasm for big, oversized comics. This lovely Jim Aparo cover is a hair deceptive, though–indicating that Robin, Batgirl and Man-Bat will all be sharing linked stories in this issue, which wasn’t the case. But … Continue reading BHOC: BATMAN FAMILY #12


This was the first all-new issue of BATMAN FAMILY, eschewing reprints in favor of completely original content. I’m pretty sure that this was another comic book that my family had two copies of when my younger brother Ken subsequently bought a copy as well, something he would do from time to time for no earthly … Continue reading BHOC: BATMAN FAMILY #11


It was shortly before Christmas 1976 that I picked up this issue of BATMAN FAMILY, the last issue of the series that would feature reprints. After this, new Publisher Jeanette Kahn’s dislike for reprinted material in ongoing titles would change the series to being all-new–a double-edged decision as far as i was concerned, as much … Continue reading BHOC: BATMAN FAMILY #10


Another issue of WORLD’S FINEST COMICS about which I remember very little. This is another book that might have originally been bought for my brother Ken, but I’m not sure. I do know that I wouldn’t normally have picked up an issue of WORLD’S FINEST without good reason as I’d already identified it as one … Continue reading BHOC: WORLD’S FINEST COMICS #243


This issue of BATMAN FAMILY featured the culmination of writer Bob Rozakis’ short Joker’s Daughter mystery, a storyline that would hereafter continue into the pages of TEEN TITANS. I picked this one up at my usual 7-11 back in the day–I was a regular reader of the series at this point, the only Batman title … Continue reading BHOC: BATMAN FAMILY #9


Another issue of BATMAN FAMILY bought at my usual 7-11. This issue once again featured separate stories for Batgirl and Robin rather than a team-up tale. It was also the first comic I bought that carried the special Bicentennial banner that had been promoted for a month or so–if you bought 25 of them and … Continue reading BHOC: BATMAN FAMILY #6


It would have been shortly after the Six Million Dollar Man series aired the first of its Bigfoot episodes–featuring the mysterious woodland creature as an alien robot–that I picked up this issue of BATMAN FAMILY, most likely at my regular 7-11. By this point, the DC giants had gone from being squarebound to they typical … Continue reading BHOC: BATMAN FAMILY #5