Your Comics Code at Work: Fantasy Masterpieces #6

In the mid-1960s, Joe Simon began legal action to try to reclaim the copyright to the Captain America stories he and Jack Kirby had written and drawn twenty years earlier, and by extension the rights to the character. In a move apparently made to help re-establish his ownership of the material, Marvel publisher Martin Goodman … Continue reading Your Comics Code at Work: Fantasy Masterpieces #6

BHOC: MARVEL’S GREATEST COMICS #70

Here's another issue of MARVEL'S GREATEST COMICS that I got in trade with the one and only other person I knew at this point who liked and collected comic books, by school friend Donald Sims. As the years went by, it became more and more socially dangerous to be overt about one's interest in such … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL’S GREATEST COMICS #70

BHOC: MARVEL’S GREATEST COMICS #50

This is yet another book that I got in trade from my comics-reading buddy Donald Sims, and it was a welcome addition to my collection. FANTASTIC FOUR was at this moment my favorite comic book series, and so any opportunity to experience another story from its long history was greatly welcome by me. And in … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL’S GREATEST COMICS #50

Lee & Kirby & Everett & Grandinetti & Friends – The Messy Story of Tales to Astonish #84

Even with the limited output allowed to them under the terms of their distribution deal with Independent News (which only permitted the Marvel of the 1960s to release a certain number of titles every month), Marvel often ran into situations where the talent they had on hand in order to complete everything wasn't enough. During … Continue reading Lee & Kirby & Everett & Grandinetti & Friends – The Messy Story of Tales to Astonish #84

Blah Blah Blog – History II

An installment of my old Marvel blog concerning Marvel's first attempt to brand the company's output with that name in 1947. History II April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General Another quick bit of history that I came across while doing some research. The attached page ran in CAPTAIN AMERICA … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – History II

Lee, Lieber & Kirby: The Prototype for the Incredible Hulk

A few days ago in the post concerning the prototype versions of Aunt May and Uncle Ben that had appeared in an earlier Lee/Ditko fantasy story, I mentioned an actual prototype for the Hulk that Lee and Kirby worked on prior to launching that character in his own title in 1962. So I thought it … Continue reading Lee, Lieber & Kirby: The Prototype for the Incredible Hulk

Brand Echh – Demon Hunter #1

I've written here before of the short-lived Atlas Comics line of titles that appeared for a brief year in 1975 before vanishing without a ripple. But just to recount the basics for newcomers: after Martin Goodman sold Marvel to Cadence Industries, his expectation was that his son Chip, whom he'd been grooming for the role … Continue reading Brand Echh – Demon Hunter #1

Lee & Ditko: The Non-Prototype of Uncle Ben and Aunt May

As the back issue marketplace for certain key old comic books began to truly heat up in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and sums undreamed of were beginning to be demanded for and gotten for comics of a relatively recent vintage (comics that are in much greater supply than the Golden Age books that … Continue reading Lee & Ditko: The Non-Prototype of Uncle Ben and Aunt May

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

Lee & Kirby & Ditko & Everett & Brodsky: A Guest Post on DAREDEVIL #1 and Related Matters

In response to yesterday's post concerning DAREDEVIL #1, I received an e-mail from my friend Mark Evanier. Mark is one of the most knowledgeable people I know about classic comics and in particular the people who worked on them. He had a number of insights that he wanted to bring up, not just about yesterday's … Continue reading Lee & Kirby & Ditko & Everett & Brodsky: A Guest Post on DAREDEVIL #1 and Related Matters