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

BHOC: PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #2

Here's another book that came into my hands through parlay with my grade school friend Donald Sims. And boy, you can't imagine a cover on a comic today having such an overt plug for a film not connected in any way with the publisher. But in the 1970s, it was fine, all part of the … Continue reading BHOC: PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #2

5BC: Five More Times Marvel Self-Mythologized

As assorted readers pointed out, there were a lot more instances of creators at both Marvel and DC including themselves as characters in the stories that they produced than I covered in the prior two pieces about Self-Mythologizing. And so, since this is a concept that seems to have attracted some audience interest, here then … Continue reading 5BC: Five More Times Marvel Self-Mythologized

BHOC: MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #24

Here's another book I got out of a 3-Bag. This was likely the reason I bought the 3-Bag in the first place, as FANTASTIC FOUR had become my favorite comic book series and the Thing was on his way to becoming my favorite Marvel character (though at this moment, I was still more partial to … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #24

BHOC: INCREDIBLE HULK #208

I continued to prowl through the 3-Bags at all of our local department stores and toy stores whenever I got the opportunity, and it was always exciting whenever a new batch would show up. They represented another batch of comics that I had missed buying when they were new on the racks that I had … Continue reading BHOC: INCREDIBLE HULK #208

BHOC: CAPTAIN AMERICA #222

I bought this issue of CAPTAIN AMERICA as usual at my local 7-11 convenience store. And while I didn't think much of anything of it at the time, boy, that's a bizarre cover, isn't it? It was executed by Ernie Chan, who had been for several years DC's primary super hero cover artist, during a … Continue reading BHOC: CAPTAIN AMERICA #222

BHOC: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #181

The regular INCREDIBLE HULK television series debuted on Friday, March 10, 1978, the week before I would have bought this issue of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN at my regular 7-11 haunt. This was another one of those issues where my younger brother Ken would eventually pick up his own copy as well. He was also a lot … Continue reading BHOC: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #181

BHOC: PETER PARKER, SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #18

I bought this issue of PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN at my local 7-11. I think I was motivated here in reading about the wrap-up of the Champions, a title whose last issue I had read a few months earlier, and liked well enough. That book had promised a resolution in the pages of AVENGERS, … Continue reading BHOC: PETER PARKER, SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #18