THE AMAZING WORLD OF DC COMICS #1

Like FOOM over at Marvel, THE AMAZING WORLD OF DC COMICS was an in-house fan magazine produced by DC/National Periodical Publications throughout much of the 1970s and made available by direct mail order only. It was an irregular publication, put together initially largely by interns (nicknamed "woodchucks") at the company; interns who would almost to … Continue reading THE AMAZING WORLD OF DC COMICS #1

Wonder Woman and the Unpublished Pencils of Curt Swan

This is a story that's been kicking around for a number of years now, and yet, despite the fact that the pencils for this job are complete, it's never been finished or published officially. It's a short 10-page Wonder Woman adventure produced in the late 1970s, and if nothing else, it gives us the rare … Continue reading Wonder Woman and the Unpublished Pencils of Curt Swan

The 1964 Alley Award Winners

Dr. Jerry Bails was truly the forefather of organized comic book fandom in the early 1960s. As a full-grown adult, his interest in comic books and comics history brought some respectability to the medium, and his status as a grown-up allowed him to interact with the creators and editors of the comics as a peer … Continue reading The 1964 Alley Award Winners

5BC: Five More Mean Caricatures of Comic Book Creators

Comic books are a petty business, it must be said. And the same freedom to imagine and play that allows for the creativity in conceptualizing new stories about characters who, let's face it, were designed to appeal to children also somehow invites the darker side of itself--the version where grown-ups behave like petulant children on … Continue reading 5BC: Five More Mean Caricatures of Comic Book Creators

BHOC: BRAVE AND THE BOLD #140

There was a little store in one of the mini-malls where my Mother regularly shopped--I can't recall if it was a candy store or a stationary store or what. But the important bit here is that it carried a tiny selection of comic books. Tiny--just a few titles at any given time. So each time … Continue reading BHOC: BRAVE AND THE BOLD #140

5BC: Five Best Comics of 1985

After a few false starts and doglegs, Dave Sim found his footing as his long-running Church and State storyline began to build up steam. Now paired with Gerhard, whose elaborate and expressive environments made the Earth-Pig's world more fully realized than ever, Sim was more free to focus on plot, character, world-building and even the … Continue reading 5BC: Five Best Comics of 1985

BHOC: SUPER-TEAM FAMILY #14

After my new experimentation with the Fantastic Four and Marvel Comics, things got back to normal with my next purchase: the final installment of the “Atom’s Quest” saga that had been running in SUPER-TEAM FAMILY. In this final part, the Atom finally got to take headliner billing (albeit behind Wonder Woman, an acceptable compromise) rather than … Continue reading BHOC: SUPER-TEAM FAMILY #14

BHOC: WORLD’S FINEST COMICS #246

I bought this issue of WORLD’S FINEST COMICS while on a visit to my grandparents’ house–not a typical purchase for me, as I had come to realize that WFC was one of those DC super hero titles that read “wrong”, and so I would avoid it if there were other options available. In this instance, those … Continue reading BHOC: WORLD’S FINEST COMICS #246

BHOC: WORLD’S FINEST COMICS #245

I picked up this issue of WORLD’S FINEST COMICS, despite its dollar price tag, because its lead story was going to wrap up the ongoing Martian Manhunter storyline that I had been following in recent issues of ADVENTURE COMICS, and that I liked quite a bit. So this was my first encounter with the phenomenon … Continue reading BHOC: WORLD’S FINEST COMICS #245

BHOC: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #143

Another subscription copy of the giant-sized JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA turned up next. This one featured a rare cover by interior artist Dick Dillin, here inked clunkily by Jack Abel. Dillin’s figures were always just a little bit peculiar, but he was the iron man of JLA, illustrating issue after issue and even handling the … Continue reading BHOC: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #143