The second part of this epic three-part examination of Mark Evanier and Dan Spiegle's 1980's Blackhawk run is now available to listen to. I guarantee this is the only podcast in the world that will deliver three hours of conversation about Mark Evanier's Blackhawk!
In this middle installment, we start going through the actual issues themselves, discussing #251-259 in detail. Enjoy!
Yesterday we took a look at the dawn of the Bronze Age with the Superbooks. It would be about another year, however, for the Superbooks to start hitting their stride with some classic Bronze Age goodness. For me, the quintessential Superman Bronze Age book is Superman #233, so let's see what else was on the newsstands that month as well.
Aside from having the most iconic of Neal Adams' Superman covers, this issue starts a year-long story of a de-powered Superman by Denny O'Neil. Whi
Continuing on for the theme of the week, let's set the time machine forward a few years to April of 1969 to see both the end of one era, and the dawn of another.
The end of the Silver Age is a hard one to pin down, and there's a ton of debate to be had. I, myself, like to keep things simple and generally assume that the end of the 12¢ books also ends the Silver Age, and this is the month that it happened.
I sorted the books by release date, so you'll see that it starts with 10¢ b
Been a while, just been crazy busy at work and Summer activities. When you live in Minnesota you have to take advantage of time outdoors in the Summer. The good news is, I have finished up the rest of the Pasko run and ready to start Moore, can't wait. But first I am going to finish up the rest of the reviews of Pasko's run.
Also picked up my own Swamp Thing!
Now on to the review of issues #14 and #15. Both issues are written by Dan Mishkin and the Art by
Yesterday I was a little surprised that I was able to go all the way back to November of 1959, with having a complete set of all the Superbooks on sale for a particular month. I thought for sure that my oldest set would've been in the early 12¢ era. I ended up being wrong twice, as not only could I go farther back than I thought, but the next instance of this happening is way into the second half of the Silver Age. It takes another 7 ½ years for my collection to once again have all of the Sup
So here's that cheap unappreciated Neal Adams Superman. I was showing this around in the Bronze Comics Forum:
How can you not love this? Superman at the gates of Hell! How'd that happen? Where are those gates? What did the lady do, and should Superman help her?
I'm going to find out and I'll report back!
Edit: OK, I read it. A few things I can say, Curt Swan interior art and a Batman Cameo. But I can't describe the plot without revealing spoilers. I can say th
So I was ruminating on the state of my Superman collection the other day, as I am getting close to checking off all of the 12¢ books from Superman and Action Comics. That made me curious as to how far back I could get in my collection, and have the entire month of Superman books represented. I figured it would be early in the 12¢ run somewhere, but to my surprise it was late in the 10¢ era instead.
Step out of the time machine, and welcome to the world of November 1959!
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I bought this beauty at TampaCon
Ordinarily, I would try to buy a nicer book, but this one was in the mid $300 range and my dollar seemed to go just far enough with this. What I mean by that is that I saw a scraggly looking raw Batman 251 (perhaps a VG book) for $250 at the show. It seems you almost have to pay at least $200 just to get a halfway decent raw book. For the extra $100, I could get this. It seems that the extra $100 was money well spent to attain a more
Here's a master list of all the episodes of the Classic Comics Forum Podcast so far!
As new episodes are released, i will update this list as well as post new entries for new episodes.
Most episodes I am joined by guests, so before we start the discussion about the topic at hand, there's a short interview where we discuss their reading and collecting history so you have an idea what their frame of reference is going into the discussion.
Issue #1: Life the Archi
earlier today the comic I most regretted selling has been restored to my collection. It is an Incredible Hulk 2. The story on this begins in 2010. I saw a Hulk 2 raw listed on Ebay that looked seriously under graded as a buy it now for $400 dollars. It looked to be 6.5 to 7.0 but was listed as a vg minus 3.5. I watched it thinking it was to good to be true . I waited and watched the seconds tick down to zero but did not buy it. No one did. A week later it was relisted as
My first Journal was simple. I had a through an dI wrote. Now, thoughts have been few and far between. My life opened and upended again. I am almost exactly where I started and better off for it. However, my collecting has changed, and I don't necessarily mean by grading company. Marvel lost me on all titles but two and that might change to one. I have been visiting more comic conventions in the hope to lose myself into my hobby. Ive been listening to inspirational messages and trying to create
Lastly for this week of low content anagram fun, let's see what we can do with this latest round of purchases from the wilds of eBay.
A nice little run of high-grade Weird Western Tales featuring Jonah Hex! Such good stuff. I especially like this cover Weird Western Tales #25 from December 1974.
Jonah Hex riding out on horseback from a pit of quicksand! How badass is that?!
Jonah Hex = ?
I got nothing here. Hex is an enigma even in
Back when I was collecting coins, I was interested in appreciation. Yet I kept making the same mistake over and over. A mistake that collecting Bronze Comics corrects.
Without fail, when presented with a cool looking coin from the early 1800's, vs. a cool looking coin from the modern era for the same price, I would always buy the old coin. But that was a mistake....and here's why:
Imagine a coin made in the year 1800 worth $100. Now compare that to another coin made in the year 200
Yesterday I mentioned that I'll pick up lower grade 12¢ books to help fill out the run if the price is right, well on these the price was right!
The focus of my collection is completing Action Comics and Superman, but I've slowly been filling out the secondary and tertiary titles as the opportunities present themselves. After enjoying the heck out of @Silver's Superboy Complete thread over in the Silver Age Forum, I decided to bump the Superboy collecting up a notch as there are
I picked up a couple of early 12¢ Action Comics off of eBay recently to help fill out the run.
Action Comics #290 from July 1962 and Action Comics #306 from November 1963.
I realized long ago that trying to fill out a run of both Action Comics and Superman was going to be a herculean task at best. With that in mind, I settled on a minimum grade for the 12¢ books to be at least a nice presenting F/VF. I'll obviously make exceptions, however, if I come across some beaters at a pri
Low content mode week continues, as we delve deeper into the latest purchases for my collection, through the skewed lens of anagrams.
This next book I picked up off of eBay after a fellow boardie tipped me off that this is, in fact, the first use of the Supergirl masthead.
From what I could turn up, it does appear that The Brave And The Bold #63 from January 1965 is in fact the first usage. It predates Action Comics #334 from March 1966 by over a year, which I would have guessed
It's looking like a low content week for the journal, as I have a busy work week ahead of me, so I'll probably be spending it posting some pics of my newest acquisitions.
First up, I got this beauty off of eBay for a great price...
Adventure Comics #267 from December 1959, featuring the second appearance of The Legion of Super-Heroes. This particular issue only cost me $42 bucks, and it's a killer looking copy, although I'm sure some would balk at the ½" tear that goes through th
Almost everything I've highlighted in my journal to date has been silver and bronze age books. Granted, that's where my collecting focus is these days, but I do have my fair share of copper and modern books...especially when it comes to Superman. My collection of the main Superman titles is 100% complete from this week, all the way back to 1966. With that said, let's round out this week's theme with a book from 1997!
Action Comics #730 from February 1997 features an appearance from