Summer was winding down when the mailman brought me my subscription copy of JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #137. This was the wrap-up to that year’s epic meeting of the JLA with their counterparts in the Justice Society–and this year, the Fawcett super heroes of the 1940s had been added into the mix. But up until … Continue reading BHOC: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #137


The next issue of JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA that arrived in my mailbox continued that year’s regular team-up between the JLA and their historic fore bearers in the Justice Society of America. And this time, as had become the pattern, a third group of heroes was also in the mix. This unnamed band was comprised … Continue reading BHOC: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #136


Summer was upon us. I had finished Third Grade and had another seemingly-eternal vacation stretched out before me. Over at DC Comics, the first moves by new incoming Publisher Jenette Kahn began to appear on the comic book racks. This included the DCTV initiative. There were a number of programs based on properties controlled by … Continue reading BHOC: SHAZAM #25


This was the beginning of the last gasp of regular DC reprint books, which would be phased out over the course of the next year or two as incoming new publisher Jenette Khan focused the company’s fortunes on new material. But this issue of DC SPECIAL was nonetheless a beloved read, filled with three stories, … Continue reading BHOC: DC SPECIAL #18


Another big Treasury Edition was the next book I brought home, from my favorite 7-11 outlet. This SECRET ORIGINS SUPER VILLAINS (no of) contained five stories starring a number of favorite characters of mine, including the oldest Silver Age Flash story I had read up until this time. The first story up was “The Man Behind … Continue reading BHOC: LIMITED COLLECTORS’ EDITION #C-39


I feel like this issue of SHAZAM was probably purchased for my brother before ultimately ending up with me. That said, given that the cover features a reverse version of the hero, it is possible that I selected it myself, given my love of the Reverse-Flash.  It’s a pretty solid issue, with two stories both … Continue reading BHOC: SHAZAM #19


This SHAZAM Treasury Edition featured Saturday morning’s Captain Marvel, Jackson Bostwick, on its front cover, a transparent though appropriate attempt to appeal to fans of the show, then-airing. I can’t say that I was especially a fan of the show–I watched it, but primarily because it was there. In those days of limited television channels, … Continue reading BHOC: LIMITED COLLECTORS’ EDITION #C-35


Another 100-Page Spectacular, and a sure call for my money and my attention. By this point the SHAZAM television series had begun airing on Saturday mornings. I watched it dutifully, but found it a bit dull. I could tell that it was trying to teach me things rather than just telling a story. And besides, … Continue reading BHOC: SHAZAM #16


I have a vague memory of getting this issue of SHAZAM at my grandparents’ house, though I’m far from certain about that. But it does track to me–I was only a so-so fan of Captain Marvel at this point, but if the pickings were slim, the 100-Page format would have been a deciding factor in … Continue reading BHOC: SHAZAM #15


Another delight-filled 100-Page Spectacular, this one revolving around the Marvel Family. I’m guessing that it was the package more than anything that made me pick this up, as I wasn’t a huge SHAZAM fan. Then again, like the earlier Treasury Edition, this book was filled with classic Captain Marvel reprints from the Golden Age, A.K.A. … Continue reading BHOC: SHAZAM #14