Blah Blah Blog – And Speaking of Ten Years…

A post from my old Marvel blog concerning how a Sub-Mariner story that I'd held in my files for a decade finally came to see print. And Speaking of Ten Years... April 8, 2009 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General Next week sees the publication of SUB-MARINER COMICS, the second in our … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – And Speaking of Ten Years…

Make Mine Marvel Memorabilia 3

It's been a while since we did one of these round-ups of vintage Marvel merchandise from years past, primarily the formative 1960s and 1970s. So what say we look at a few more pieces of this stuff? This INCREDIBLE HULK/AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ADVENTURE CITY playset from 1978 features cardboard stand-ups of teh Green Goliath, the wall-crawler … Continue reading Make Mine Marvel Memorabilia 3

Personal Best: UNTOLD TALES OF SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1, 1996

UNTOLD TALES OF SPIDER-MAN was the series that brought me to the attention of fandom, the first truly successful title that I worked on, at least from a critical standpoint. And this didn't have so much to do with me as it did Kurt Busiek and Pat Olliffe, the creative team that produced most of … Continue reading Personal Best: UNTOLD TALES OF SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1, 1996

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

BHOC: MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #20

This was yet another back issue that I picked up during my first trip to the Batcave, the very first full-on comic book specialty store that I had ever been in. I was drawn to this issue for a single, specific reason: somewhere in my travels, I had learned that this issue reprinted the 1950s … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #20

BHOC: MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #44

Continuing on with the review of books that I acquired in trade with my grade school friend Donald Sims, that's how I laid hands on this issue of MARVEL SUPER-HEROES. I've mentioned this fact before, but just to reiterate: Don and I were friends for a few years, from the start of 5th Grade to … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #44

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

The Last Gasp of the Sub-Mariner

Here's a weird little throwback adventure, one that some have theorized might have represented an earlier unpublished Sub-Mariner adventure being burned off, but that I think simply amounts to something of an inside joke. In this 1956 premiere issue of ADVENTURE INTO MYSTERY, there's a short 4-page story drawn by Tony Mortellaro about an undersea … Continue reading The Last Gasp of the Sub-Mariner