Personal Best: SPIDER-BOY #1

This was perhaps the first truly excellent comic book that I put out, a single issue that accomplished its mandate exceptionally well and delivered on teh promise-of-the-premise in fine fashion. It's always going to be a little bit awkward talking about books I worked on in such glowing terms, so please understand that when I … Continue reading Personal Best: SPIDER-BOY #1

Blah Blah Blog – Hanging Around the Library

A post from my Marvel blog of time gone by, this one talking about the then-recent acquisition by the Library of Congress of the original art to AMAZING FANTASY #15. I did a deep dive on these pages here: https://tombrevoort.com/2019/03/03/lee-ditko-amazing-fantasy-15/ Hanging Around The Library May 14, 2008 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – Hanging Around the Library

BHOC: MARVEL TALES #93

A new issue of MARVEL TALES had also appeared on my local spinner rack--new to me, of course, but old hat to readers of only a relatively few years previous who had already read the story contained therein in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. But as I wasn't one of those lucky readers, I dutifully bought this issue … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL TALES #93

Lee & Kirby: THE CHARACTER WRITE-UPS OF STAN LEE

I'm fairly certain that I came across these documents at Scott Edelman's blog. In any case, Scott was one of those who found these documents preserved in the back of a drawer in the Marvel offices and hung onto them. Around 1966, as Marvel was beginning to make its first faltering in-roads into other media, … Continue reading Lee & Kirby: THE CHARACTER WRITE-UPS OF STAN LEE

Spider-Man Takes On The Candidates

1972 was an election year, and as the various campaigns got underway during this tumultuous period in American history, the Sunday magazine of the NEW YORK TIMES reached out to a bevy of top cartoonists to provide single page strips featuring their characters and commenting on the battles being waged in the political arena. For … Continue reading Spider-Man Takes On The Candidates

Forgotten Masterpiece: EL SORPRENDENTE HOMBRE ARANA #154

Here's another in our series on the new Spider-Man stories that were written and drawn by local talent in Mexico for publisher La Prensa. This one's a real oddity for completely different reasons. To start with, Spidey himself is nowhere to be seen on this cover. The selling point is a positively scandalous image of … Continue reading Forgotten Masterpiece: EL SORPRENDENTE HOMBRE ARANA #154

Forgotten Masterpiece: EL SORPRENDENTE HOMBRE ARANA #150 and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #8

At this point, I expect that most of you know the drill here. But to hastily recap for those who do not: in the early 1970s, demand for Spider-Man stories was so strong in Mexico that the Mexican publisher of Spidey's translated adventures, La Prensa, got permission from Marvel to produce all-new adventures of the … Continue reading Forgotten Masterpiece: EL SORPRENDENTE HOMBRE ARANA #150 and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #8

Forgotten Masterpiece: EL SORPRENDENTE HOMBRE ARANA #153 and DAREDEVIL #9

People certainly seemed to be interested in my earlier story about the assorted Spider-Man stories that were crafted for the voracious marketplace in Mexico in the early 1970s and which have not been translated or reprinted in English. So let's take a look at another one, since I happen to have a stack of these … Continue reading Forgotten Masterpiece: EL SORPRENDENTE HOMBRE ARANA #153 and DAREDEVIL #9

The Imaginary Spider-Man Episodes of the Grantray-Lawrence Marvel Super Heroes 1966 Cartoon

As many know, and as we've talked about here in the past, the Marvel characters first came to television in 1966, in the form of a syndicated animated series produced by Grantray-Lawrence. The series ran five days a week and featured five Marvel characters: Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk, Captain America and the Sub-Mariner. But … Continue reading The Imaginary Spider-Man Episodes of the Grantray-Lawrence Marvel Super Heroes 1966 Cartoon