The Unknown Vince Colletta

An awful lot has been written about longtime inker Vince Colletta, most of it not good. These days, the man's primary claim to fame is having inked several years' worth of Jack Kirby's pencils on THOR. In doing so, Colletta would routinely simplify backgrounds and eliminate details or even whole figures in order to make … Continue reading The Unknown Vince Colletta


This was the second of the two issues of MARVEL SPECTACULAR I picked up from my drugstore's Big Bin of Slightly Older Comics when I went looking for more Thor adventures, and it was the Thor story that I enjoyed the most up to this point--largely, I expect, because the antagonist wasn't some Asgardian god … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL SPECTACULAR #19


Now that I had begun to buy THOR regularly, the next time I was in our local drugstore I took the opportunity to go digging around in their Big Bin of Slightly-Older Comics for any THOR releases. I didn't come up with any issues of the eponymous title, but I did find what turned out … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL SPECTACULAR #18


I bought this issue of GREEN LANTERN on one of what had become my regular weekly Thursday trips to my local 7-11--Thursday being the day that the new comics came in, a fact that I had worked out over the preceding summer. I was a regular reader of GL's adventures--he was my second-favorite DC hero … Continue reading BHOC: GREEN LANTERN #101


In addition to new old issues of FANTASTIC FOUR and MARVEL’S GREATEST COMICS, the drug store’s big bin of somewhat older comics had also received copies of a few issues of THE INVADERS, which I picked up as well. This one had a somewhat messy cover–how is it that Captain America is seemingly standing in … Continue reading BHOC: INVADERS #3