The Original Plot For The Unfinished JLA/AVENGERS Crossover

It's one of the great unfinished symphonies in the history of comics. After having successfully teamed up Superman and Spider-Man twice, Batman and the Incredible Hulk, and the X-Men and the New Teen Titans, in 1983 Marvel and DC were prepared to release JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA VS THE AVENGERS, uniting their two flagship teams … Continue reading The Original Plot For The Unfinished JLA/AVENGERS Crossover

BHOC: MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #42

I bought this issue of MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE on one of my weekly Thursday afternoon jaunts to the 7-11, for that is when the new comic books arrived. That's a nice cover by George Perez and Terry Austin, not that I needed to be convinced by any cover image to pick the book up. The Fantastic … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #42

The Last Blue Beetle Story

The Blue Beetle is one of the longest running character-concepts in the world of comic books. The character was initially conceived in 1939 as a take-off of the Green Hornet, but the approach swiftly changed to better suit the needs of a burgeoning marketplace. The Beetle got a regulation super hero costume and even a … Continue reading The Last Blue Beetle Story

BHOC: MARVEL PRESENTS #10

As i related yesterday, this was one of two consecutive issues of MARVEL PRESENTS that I got copies of, coverless, in those bundles of stripped comics being sold by my local drug store outlet. I seem to think that I got them both at the same time, which means that either the both of them … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL PRESENTS #10

BHOC: INCREDIBLE HULK #225

Here's another issue of INCREDIBLE HULK that I bought new from my regular 7-11 supplier, now that I had gotten on board with following the series. I seem to recall that my younger brother Ken eventually bought his own copy as well, possibly the last issue of INCREDIBLE HULK he picked up. But what was … Continue reading BHOC: INCREDIBLE HULK #225

Brand Echh: E-Man #6

E-MAN was a short-lived but well-remembered (and often revived) Charlton title of the early 1970s, representing a last gasp on the part of that firm to establish a presence in the super hero marketplace. E-Man was a bit of a throwback character, crafted in the mold of Plastic Man or Captain Marvel. A super hero … Continue reading Brand Echh: E-Man #6

Forgotten Masterpiece: THE SPIRIT #30, Part Three

This is the third and final part of our look at the "Spirit Jam" story published by Kitchen Sink Press in THE SPIRIT Magazine #30 and overseen by publisher Denis Kitchen and associate editor Cat Yronwode. This was the first new full-length Spirit story produced since the reprint editions of the 1960s, and the first … Continue reading Forgotten Masterpiece: THE SPIRIT #30, Part Three

Stan Mack’s Real Life Funnies: Inside Marvel Comics

Stan Mack's Real Life Funnies was a documentary comic strip that ran in the pages of the Village Voice for just over twenty years starting in 1974. Its creator and author, Stan Mack, created the strip by overhearing and transcribing conversations between real people and then dramatizing them on the page. And in this particular … Continue reading Stan Mack’s Real Life Funnies: Inside Marvel Comics

BHOC: INCREDIBLE HULK #224

Here's another new book that I picked up during my first trip to the Batcave comic book shop in the South Shore Mall, and it represents, I believe, the first issue of INCREDIBLE HULK that I bought for myself. My brother Ken had been following the series prior to this, but was beginning to drift … Continue reading BHOC: INCREDIBLE HULK #224